Europe’s 2021 Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid Offers 46-Mile EV Range

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Toyota has released the final specifications of its flagship hybrid model for Europe, the RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid (RAV4 Prime in North America), along with an extensive photo gallery.

The most powerful RAV4 yet delivers a combined 306 PS (302 HP / 225 kW) from a 2.5-liter Hybrid Dynamic Force petrol engine and two electric motors (one on each axle) powered by a 18.1 kWh lithium-ion battery.

But the output is not the most important thing about the RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid. The final homologation data is in and it places the electrified SUV at the top of its segment. WLTP testing indicates a combined fuel consumption of 1.0 l/100km (235 mpg US / 282.5 mpg UK) and corresponding CO2 emissions of 22 g/km.

These impressive numbers are obviously made possible by the contribution of the battery and electric motors. Speaking of which, the RAV4 PHEV can cover 75 km (46 miles) in EV mode, a 10-km (6.2-mile) improvement over the initial estimate.

Toyota says the RAV4 operates as an authentic electric vehicle: EV running is its default mode and it can cover around 98 km (61 miles) in urban driving (City WLTP cycle) on a full battery charge, at speeds of up to 135 km/h (84 mph). Besides the default EV mode, there are three other drive settings: HV (hybrid vehicle) mode, Auto HV/EV mode, and Charging mode.

When full power is needed, the 185 PS (183 HP) 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine kicks in, enabling the RAV4 PHEV to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6 seconds thanks also to the standard intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i) made possible by the 40 kW (53.6 HP / 54.4 PS) rear-mounted electric motor.

However, the plug-in hybrid model makes up for that with additional standard features such as a 230 V/150 W power outlet, the latest Toyota multimedia system with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration, key fob remote control for the vehicle’s air conditioning system operated via the MyT app, and illuminated power switches in the door panels. Needless to say, the latest generation Toyota Safety Sense suite comes standard too.