Gasoline or hybrid? This question, more people than ever before. The Toyota Rav4 it is unnecessary, as our test shows. The gasoline has significant weaknesses.
The question at the Toyota dealer is: hybrid or gasoline? We have Rav4 tested in two variants in everyday life - and come to a clear answer. You can find our rating in detail below.
Berlin - It can be seen already at the finish. The future, there the past: Our Toyota Rav4 test car with hybrid drive shines as blue as the South Seas in a metallic shade. Striking - Geschmackssache-, but first something else. Next to it is the 2.0-liter gasoline engine. In unsophisticated white - kind of boring.
Source: MOTOR-TALK In a car you do not write about the color. But in this case it looks like the last small manifestation of a strategy: Toyota's hybrid strategy, which has already written off the pure Nitro. We felt clearly in our test.
A Saugbenziner in 2016
Than the current Toyota Rav4 2013 came on the market, the Japanese offered two diesel, one petrol and no hybrid. Beginning in 2016 came the hybrid. Toyota threw out the old diesel, but retained the Saugbenziner with 152 hp. Because you need a diesel engine in the SUV segment, the Japanese relied on a new 2.0-liter diesel from BMW - but painted all-wheel drive and automatic for this model.
That alone is like an invitation to hybrid purchase. Who drove the gasoline engine once, must believe that Toyota does not want to sell the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The old vacuum cleaner sounds hard, although he does little. The 9.9 seconds, which will require the Rav4 to 100 km / h last felt much longer. The six-speed manual looks old - especially if it made her scream in reverse gear. And the clutch is so late that you start in connection with the starting weakness of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder either too slow or too high the motor is rotating.
The Hybrid is much more pleasant
Quite different hybrid: After a drive in frustrating the gasoline combination of electric motor and 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson brings back a piece of life. And yes, we speak of a Toyota - so strong is this contrast.
At the traffic lights, it goes quickly, but quietly with the hybrid forward. 100 km / h is reached in 8.3 seconds. This too is not a big sport, but it feels much better. The CVT is a matter of taste, but the four-cylinder gets in normal driving hard with a loud roar noticeable. Without much effort 5.5 liters fuel consumption per 100 kilometers are possible. Also, if it should be according to the standard at least 0.4 liters less, which is a great value.
We propose coarse: With a fuel price of 1.30 euros per liter of four-wheel drive hybrid saves 100 kilometers around 3.90 euros compared to the all-wheel drive petrol. With a mileage of 20,000 kilometers, the hybrid driver so it saves 780 euros per year fuel costs.
A premium makes the hybrid cheaper
This price difference could pull out after just over three years: With automatic transmission, the same equipment and four-wheel hybrid is more expensive according to the list from 2100 to 2700 euros.
Currently, Rav4 shoppers can save this bill but: With a bonus of 3,000 euros (at least until June 30, 2016) makes the Toyota hybrid models cheaper than comparable petrol. Clear thing.
Our four-wheel drive hybrid (additional electric motor on the rear axle, 37,790 euros) is more favorable than our all-gasoline (38,340 euros) with less equipment already according to the list. In the hybrid test car the glass sunroof and all-LED headlights were missing as leather seats, the 360-degree camera system. We could live very well without these extras, given the significantly improved driving characteristics.
The Toyota Rav4 in detail
Dimensions: The hybrid swallows less charge
Quite large "compact" for an SUV: The Rav4 measures around 4.61 in length. He clearly dominated VW Tiguan and Kia Sportage. The Honda CR-V is about the same length, the BMW X5 a little longer - and more expensive. Despite the dimensions, the Rav4 when maneuvering feels barely larger as the smaller Sportage. All-round visibility is fine, in our test gasoline helps a 360-degree top view.
Source: MOTOR-TALK Front and especially on the rear seats sit passengers with ample legroom. The boot capacity is the category in which the gasoline engine can score. It offers a flat sill and a flat surface. Between 547 and 1,735 liters fit in, to get a 100-liter storage compartment under the cargo floor. The hybrid, in which the batteries are under the back seat, has a small edge in the trunk and has only 501 to 1,633 liters. A practical shopping net for hooking in the hold have both.
Interior: Solid, but not impressive
Toyota is known for durability and efficiency, but not for beautiful interiors. This can be seen in the case of Rav4 both petrol as well as on hybrid. Our test car differed visually only by the lever in the center console (CVT vs. switch), the different fittings and the lack of leather seats in the hybrid. Materials and workmanship are fine, but many switches (seats, mirrors) seem stale.
Infotainment: Old school with little quirks
Is this again was three years ago? 2013 Rav4 was introduced in early 2016 came the facelift. On Infotainment thereby has felt nothing done. The resolution of the seven-inch display is coarse and the look unappealing. Positives: Everything works and is easy to use. However, the computer sometimes does not stop the driver. The traffic can turn to - but that interested the Rav4 when playing music through Bluetooth little.
Propulsion: diesel and petrol engines are neglected
we can not say anything, the petrol we have to say about the Diesel: Toyota, that's nothing. The 2.0-liter working Saugbenziner tough, clutch and gearbox act tired. When towing both come even more into play. And, dear horse lovers: The diesel alternative (BMW engine) is only available with front-wheel drive.
In addition were the gasoline engine a test-consumption, which still goes fine with 8.5 liters per 100 kilometers, promised in the best case, 6.7 liters. And we have almost never used the four-wheel drive. More pleasant, the hybrid shows. He uses significantly less in the test with 5.5 liters, runs faster and quieter.
Chassis: Without abnormalities
The chassis are gasoline and hybrid par: Both variants fall in the test for neither positive nor negative. Not too hard, not too soft the Rav4 rolled through the city by highway or sometimes by quite easy terrain. Only when too much unevenness it rumbles inside.
Price: In certain preferences, the hybrid worth
When it comes to the list base price, the diesel is the most economical choice when Rav4. From 27,290 euros it starts - with front wheel drive and six-speed transmission. The cheapest gasoline (four-wheel and six-speed manual) starts at 27,990, The lowest Hybrid (front-wheel drive CVT) at 31.990 - but in better equipment line.
Unless a four-wheel drive, but an automatic transmission is desired, the hybrid is already provided with the list price: It costs with front wheel drive (31,990 euro) 300 euros less than the automatic petrol (32,290 euros). Because the petrol engine Toyota is forcing the customer to the wheel. Bottom line: Unless you need the four-wheel drive and some equipment, runs better and cheaper with the hybrid. Not only in the purchase.
Specifications - Toyota Rav4 gasoline and hybrid
The gasoline - 2.0 l VVT-i AWD
The hybrid - 2.5 liter 4x4 Hybrid