Is Toyota's New Rav4 Hybrid As Impressive As It Looks On Paper?

Is Toyota's New RAV4 Hybrid As Impressive As It Looks On Paper?

If you're in the market for a new hybrid compact SUV, chances are that you'll come across the 2019 Toyota RAV4.

The new Toyota RAV4 comes with the company’s latest hybrid powetrain that pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 215hp (218PS). Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT as standard, with an all-wheel drive option also available.

Toyota claims that the new RAV4 Hybrid AWD-i can return a combined 64.2 mpg UK (4.4 l/100km) and emit just 100g/km of CO2, which should become a major selling point of their new SUV but it’s not just about the fuel efficiency here.

That’s because the new RAV4 rides on the TNGA platform, which gives the new compact SUV a much lower center of gravity, 57 percent stiffer body and an almost perfect 51:49 weight balance between the axles.

The cabin has also been upgraded with better-quality materials and more trim options than previous models. The new  RAV4 also offers more space for passengers and their luggage while the infotainment system comes with an eight-inch touchscreen display and the ability to receive over-the-air updates.

Thanks to the new platform and hybrid powertrain, Toyota makes some bold claims about the handling and refinement values of the new RAV4 but does it actually deliver on its promise? Carwow seeks to find out in their latest review.