A reasonably thick SUV with mild hybrid drive - is this a contradiction or a wonderful symbiosis? The result is definitely worth a second look.
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Barcelona - Well, after all, Toyota! The newest hybrid in the program run better and quieter than the small and compact car in front of him. not quite as telling television Commissioners in advertising. But the right foot follows the speed now much better. And not just the noise.
Source: Toyota Nevertheless: Who wants to enjoy the new Rav4 hybrid, which should, at least drive Prius. Adrenalin there somewhere, here ruled sensitive electronics. Gently, with feeling - and suddenly the Rav4 hybrid begins to conjure up and seduce. Inimitably comfortable, quiet and smooth. Only a kickdown drives the Atkinson engine in indecent high speeds. Then it's over with the rest. So far, so hybrid and known since the first Prius.
Toyota leads the hybrid drive for a facelift of the Rav4. The compact SUV gets the Mickey Mouse nose, pardon, the brand face of his siblings. There are also a stiffer chassis, a firmer suspension, better soundproofing, finer materials and new assistants. On the merits of the Rav4 nothing changes: clear body, plenty of space front and rear and in the trunk. A solid family castle.
Driving under the standard consumption
But, as the hybrid drive fits into this car? He initially increases the weight of the already not easy Rav4 to more than 1.6 tons. The boot volume is reduced from 547 to 501 liters. No conditions. Therefore, Toyota picked up the big solution: Instead of the small Prius machine features the famous Lexus Gasoline over 2.5 liters and 155 hp. The system performance of the drive is 197 PS - that's enough for speedy traffic starts or 100 kph after 8.3 seconds. The famous hill descent mode replaced by Toyota six simulated gear stages. Thus, the strength of the recuperation can be controlled.
Source: Toyota It all feels the Rav4 not sporty, but not sluggish. The direct steering and good brakes can forget the heavy weight. When consuming the old Prius wisdom applies: The hybrid educates the driver. In city driving speeds and without gradients the standard consumption of 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers can be easily undercut. Whoever enters the Rav4, however hectic, pays for it at the gas station.
Positives: The noise level of the constraints inherent in the load current at high speed Atkinson engine Toyota has significantly reduced. The typical sawtooth you can hear practically only at full throttle, but not at a constant highway driving. So life is good, and yes, it also contributes to education in - too often one does not want to hear that. Much more pleasant to leave the command on longer stages the adaptive distance control and to lead a quiet conversation at a speed of 140.
Please, do not buy diesel
If you really want to, may buy the Rav4 with a diesel engine. but then without all-wheel or automatic - both no longer exists in the diesel. Instead, the Rav4 Toyota the first hybrid in Germany, may draw an earnest followers and is optionally available with all-wheel drive. For this, the Japanese install an additional electric motor with 50 kW on the rear axle, which comes on when needed. System performance does not increase it, because the motor draws its power directly from the main drive.
Source: MOTOR-TALK Rav4 prospective arrive at the hybrid way or another future Irish acts. He is the most powerful engine, but costs (front wheel drive) even 300 euros less than a petrol engine with automatic transmission and all-wheel. Or 1,200 euros more than a diesel with manual switch and worse equipment. Even the Wizard package "Safety Sense" costs in the hybrid 550 euros less than in gasoline or diesel.
In the competition but pure Nitro cost something less: Good 2,000 EUR is the Rav4 hybrid, for example, about the Hyundai Tucson (177 hp with dual clutch transmission). At Mazda, there is the CX-5 with 160 hp, all-wheel and automatic 1,800 euros cheaper than the Toyota. But then you do not have hybrid drive - and its properties, which has been shown by this journey, absolutely can enhance a SUV. Though not for everyone.
Toyota Rav4 hybrid: Specifications