2020 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid: even more tax efficient

  • New plug-in version offers battery-only running
  • Company car-friendly SUV will have even lower CO2
  • Launched in the USA, on sale in the UK in 2020

The petrol-electric hybrid Toyota RAV4 is proving popular with company car drivers thanks to its low CO2 and BIK ratings. Launched in 2018, the striking-looking SUV will gain additional business user appeal in 2020 thanks to the addition of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version that allows for zero-emissions EV running.

The new Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid was unveiled at the 2019 LA motor show and it comes with a bigger capacity battery than the current regular hybrid, allowing owners plug in at home or at work so they start every commute with a full charge. Toyota says CO2 emissions will be less than 30g/km and it also has an above-average 37-mile EV-only range, which is going to make it a big hitter in the BIK stakes.

Despite the massive growth of plug-in hybrids, there aren't actually that many alternatives to the RAV4 right now – with most plug-ins being positioned further upmarket or in other market sectors. You can buy a MINI Countryman PHEV and order a Volvo XC40 plug-in right now – but that's about it. 

Under the skin, it comes with the 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that's used in the petrol-electric hybrid RAV4. Existing cars can run on EV mode, but this will be significantly increased, no longer limited to urban and low-speed driving. It might also satisfy the enthusiast driver, with power output of 305hp for a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds.

There's no word yet on pricing, although we expect it will be offered at a premium over the standard car, which starts at £29,635 - Toyota says that the RAV4 PHEV won't arrive in the UK until later in 2020.

Given the dearth of rivals, could the RAV4 PHEV be the surprise hit of 2020? Don't count against it.

>> Read the full Toyota RAV4 review on Parkers

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Toyota RAV4 PHEV (2020) rear view