Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

Toyota Rav4 Motability car frontThe only Rav 4 on the Scheme this quarter is the front wheel drive Hybrid.

Sister firm Lexus donates the drivetrain from its NX 300h, meaning the RAV4 gets a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, electric motor, continuously variable automatic transmission and a relatively old-fashioned nickel metal hydride battery pack. Don’t be fooled by a sprightly sounding 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds, in reality, despite decent performance around town thanks to the electric assistance, the RAV4 Hybrid doesn’t feel anywhere near as fast as the figures suggest, particularly when it’s tasked with keeping up the pace on the motorway.


Toyota Rav4 Motability car inside

The RAV4 Hybrid is only available in Icon trim which offers 17 inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, 7 inch” touchscreen with DAB & Bluetooth, smart entry & push-button start, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, auto headlights & auto wipers and power tailgate with height memory setting, the Icon Tech adds Sat nav and £300 to the Advance Payment. Towing capacity is greatly reduced as the front-wheel drive car can only muster a 800kg braked capacity compared to the 1600kg for the (not available) 4wd car. Economy is a claimed 57.6 miles per gallon from the CVT automatic gearbox.

 Winter Best Buy – Toyota Rav4 2.5 petrol FWD Hybrid Automatic ‘Icon’  –   £1695  Advance Payment (£638 wpms)

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