Explore the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: powertrains and performance

This is the last of three blog articles focusing on important characteristics of the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The first article examined the SUV’s concept and design, while the second looked at its comfort and equipment.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: powertrains

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s new 2.5 litre powertrain is both more powerful and fuel-efficient than that in the outgoing model. This fourth-generation self-charging hybrid electric system brings additional benefits. Key components, including the power control unit and nickel metal-hydride battery are lighter and more compact, and engineered to reduce electrical and mechanical losses.

Its full system maximum output of 219bhp is 24bhp higher than the unit in the previous generation RAV4 Hybrid, signalling how Toyota’s latest self-charging hybrid technology is not lacking in strength. Acceleration from rest to 62mph takes just 8.1 seconds, while combined fuel economy is expected to be 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 102g/km. For the driver, the benefits are better acceleration from stationary, improved efficiency at higher speeds, and more linear acceleration.

This proposal of power with no compromise gives the new RAV4 a unique advantage in its class. And with the benefit of its improved performance, driveability and efficiency, this powertrain is expected to account for an even greater proportion of sales across Western Europe.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: all-wheel drive

The new RAV4 Hybrid is equipped with a significantly enhanced and more capable electric all-wheel drive (AWD) system. Free of disadvantages, it returns better fuel economy in urban driving, quieter performance at high speeds, and better traction in slippery conditions. It is also more compact and lighter than mechanical AWD systems, so fuel consumption and vehicle packaging are not compromised.

The system generates drive torque using power from the hybrid vehicle system and an additional motor generator on the rear axle. This design reduces energy losses, saves weight and optimises AWD operation in different driving conditions.

Compared to the current model, the level of torque that can be directed to the rear wheels has been increased by 30%, enabling a front/rear split from 100:0 to up to 20:80, depending on driving conditions. Maximum torque to the rear wheels has increased, matching or even bettering that achieved by mechanical systems and giving more surefooted performance, such as when pulling away on loose, slippery surfaces.

The new RAV4 is an adept lugger of loads. All-wheel drive RAV4s have a towing limit of 1650kg (braked) and 750kg (unbraked). Front-wheel drive examples have a braked and unbraked towing limit of 750kg.

AWD Integrated Management: The new RAV4’s AWD performance is further improved with the introduction of AWD Integrated Management (AIM), a unique feature in its class. This automatically adjusts different vehicle systems – steering assist, brake and throttle control, shift pattern and drive torque distribution – according to the drive mode selected.

In the new RAV4 Hybrid, the driver can switch from Normal to Eco or Sport mode. When choosing Sport, AIM modifies the steering assist, throttle control shift schedule and drive torque distribution to gain better on-road performance.

Great escapes with Trail Mode: The RAV4 Hybrid gains a higher level of off-road capability with the introduction of a new automatic limited-slip differential control  called Trail Mode. This ensures the best possible grip and control in slippery or off-road conditions.

With the current generation RAV4 Hybrid, there is a risk of the vehicle becoming stranded if a driven wheel loses contact with the ground on very uneven terrain. On the new model, Trail Mode will brake the freely rotating wheel and direct torque to the grounded wheel. Throttle control and the transmission shift pattern are also adapted to help the driver keep the vehicle moving.

Please note that UK specifications and details will be confirmed nearer to launch.

Comments (63)

  1. I am hoping to order a RAV4 AWD Excel shortly and I want to use this for towing a 1300Kg caravan. When towing it is important to know all the weights of both car and caravan. However, I cannot find the actual kerb weight of this vehicle (needed to calculate payload weight). Even the downloaded handbook does not stipulate it. If you can would you please inform me of the kerb weight without the driver or fuel, if not could you state that it includes these. Many Thanks.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The kerb weight for the AWD RAV4 is from 1654kg minimum to 1725kg maximum, which includes a driver and fuel. The towing capacity with a brake is 1650kg, while without a brake it is 750kg.


  2. My wife & I bought a Rav4 2019 Excellence model in November 2019. We love virtually everything about it except the lack of Android Auto.
    Why is Android Auto available on a model such as the Aygo, but not the Rav4?
    I read on some review sites,that a software update may come in to allow Android Auto. Is this happening?
    I’ve noticed in the settings of the infotainment system a greyed out option for MirrorLink, Can this be activated?

    1. Hi Jim,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Android Auto will be available for MY19 RAV4. For more information on timings for this we would recommend contacting your nearest Toyota dealer for more information on this. You can find your nearest dealer here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/forms/forms?tab=pane-dealer

      Regarding your MirrorLink query, could you please provide us with your reg? We will look into this for you with our Multimedia team.


  3. I have had my new Rav4 hybrid 4 days now and I am pleased on the whole, wish it had awd badge on it to I identify it from the 2wd version, also there no ski hatch inbyge back seat but Toyota has just covered the hole in the back seat with thin black cloth, you can feel the hole, come on toyota who are you kidding here this car could have cone with a ski hatch in the rear seat they are so useful and it’s just a money saving by Toyota because the padding is cut out to take a hatch so at least offer an after market kit fir dealer fit come on. Why fold a sest down for a tube from the diy shop.
    Few issue with the tail gate not opening from key fob or butyonnon boot will keep an eye to this
    When parked with ignition on no way of turning exterior lights off ? Need to read a bit more about setting also electric window do not appear to have a timerbto allow operation once ignition turned off just a Few things I needvt o learn about. Nothing major.
    So far fuel eco is improving every day. Self steering getting use to it but make arms ache after a journey of an hour or more must learn to stop fighting it’s corrections.
    Very happy with car so far

    1. Hi Keith,

      Thanks for your message and congratulations on your new RAV4! We’re really happy to hear your so pleased with your car. Regarding your queries, we would recommend visiting your nearest Toyota centre who will be able to show you any features you may not be used to yet. Of course if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to get back in touch with us.


  4. Hello, what is the maximum speed the Hybrid RAV4 (AWD) can reach on the electric motor before switching onto fuel? Thank you.

    1. Hi Jo,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Hybrid electric vehicles are powered by two sources, the electrically powered motor and a petrol engine. The electric motor is supplied with electricity from the Hybrid battery, the hybrid battery is charged from the petrol engine via a generator, regenerative braking and deceleration.

      The Hybrid system is capable of adapting to different driving conditions, and controls the power coming from both sources to tell the car how to combine them for the greatest efficiency and performance.

      Therefore, there isn’t a maximum speed the electric motor needs to reach before switching to the petrol engine as these systems work in tandem. EV driving range does factor in speed but also wind resistance, terrain, weight, driving style and much more. Our hybrid models are capable in traveling well over 50 mph in EV mode.

      You can learn more about our hybrid system via this link: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/how-does-toyota-hybrid-synergy-drive-work


    1. Hi Ben,

      Thanks for your patience. We’ve checked with our team and Roof bars should be installed to carry a maximum carrying weight of 75kg. There is no difference with/without the panoramic roof.

      Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Yannick,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The maximum towing capacity with brake for Front Wheel Drive is 800kg and for All Wheel Drive is 1650kg. Without brake, it is 750kg for either Front Wheel Drive or All Wheel drive.


    1. Hi Brett,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The RAV4 Dynamic AWD minimum Kerb weight is 1654kg with maximum 1725kg, while the towing capacity with brake is 1650kg and without brake is 750kg.

      Hope this helps.

        1. Hi Brett,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Do you mean the Drawbar Max Load (Nose Weight)? If so for MY19 RAV4 it is 70kg. Do get back in touch if this is not the answer you were looking for.

          Hope this helps.

  5. Lovely RAV 4. Just got my excel with panoramic roof in obsidian blue. Lovely colour lovely drive. Small things like phone charger, rear view camera etc missing for UK customers is very annoying. It feels like we have been cheated and taken advantage of. Not sure who made this decision or why. We paying the same price as other European countries but get less. We are mugs for accepting this. Maybe they think British will just moan and get on with it and accept it. We must let Toyota know we will not pot up with this and be taken for fools anymore.

  6. Good morning, is data available on the 2WD versions EV range? Specifically – What speed (MPH) will EV run up to and what distance is the RAV4 capable of with a fully charged battery in EV mode?


    1. Hi Giancarlo,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for your interest in the new RAV4.

      The top speed in EV mode is approximately 74 mph. There is no set distance of which the car is capable of travelling in EV mode. This varies and depends on many factors such as journey type, journey length and road conditions.


  7. I have ordered a Rav4AWD Excel with premium pack
    Can I order a spare wheel for this model?
    Jerry Williams

    1. Hi Jerry,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The Excel comes with a spare wheel, however a tyre repair kit replaces the spare wheel with the option of pan roof.


        1. Hi Stefan,

          The reason for this is that the panoramic roof adds additional weight which needs to be saved elsewhere to prevent the tax band from increasing.


  8. I’m really interested in the new Rav4 but can’t decide if I should get 2WD or AWD. I don’t intent on towing or going off road so I suspect it is not worth the extra expense for the AWD. Am I missing anything? Does the AWD offer other benefits?

    1. Hi Darren,

      Thanks for getting in touch. There is a slightly higher max. power output from the AWD of 222 hp compared to 218, and acceleration of 8.1s compared to 8.4. The AWD will provide more stability and control in different weather conditions eg. snow and wet conditions. If you don’t plan on towing or going off-road, there are no other significant differences to note.

  9. Any chance to introduce Entune 3.0 Audio Plus and Premium Audio multimedia systemsto the new RAV 4 in uk?

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. This is not something that is featured on the new RAV4. The new RAV4 Hybrid features the 8″ Toyota Touch 2 with multimedia on all grades. This includes a multi-touch screen with new pinch and zoom functionality and customisable home screen.


  10. Some questions on seats:
    The seat shape in the dynamic seem more supportive than in the design I haven’t seen an excel model What shape of seat does that have Same as design or dynamic?
    Is real leather used for the excel?
    Is it pretend leather for the dynamic? Can the dynamic be upgraded to real leather?
    Do both excel and dynamic use non cloth material for the rear of the front seats?
    Many thanks James

    1. Hi James,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The shapes of the seats are the same across all grades. On the Excel, black leather seats are standard. On the Dynamic, the steering wheel and gear shift are standard leather, however the seats are synthetic leather. You can see further details on this via configuration here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/rav4/?ds_rl=1259451&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=OEM-UK-EN-B-Model-RAV4-xx-GOO-PHRASE&utm_term=rav4&gclid=Cj0KCQjwg73kBRDVARIsAF-kEH-_1aeegh5PYtkAjkANwV1o7qD6IZ5ii8-gdmtM1M6ZNfN5xYEvAZIaAh3FEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds.


    1. Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The FWD RAV4 has a towing capacity of 750kg (braked).


  11. Toyota have stated first deliveries of the RAV4 in April. Does this only apply to pre sale orders made in January or do they still apply to this date? Suppose it would be good to publish a lead time for orders really. Can this be done?

    1. Hi Alan,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Start of 2WD customer deliveries will be in April, with AWD in May. For a more accurate delivery date, we would recommend contacting your local Toyota Centre who will be able to advise you further.


    1. Hi Kathleen,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The Dynamic grade features a Tyre Repair Kit as standard instead of a spare wheel if you were to choose the Opening Panoramic Roof option. Otherwise, the spare wheel is standard. The grade also features 18″ alloy wheels.

      We hope this helps.

      1. Can you please clarify that as all the information I have looked at shows that the Tyre Repair Kit is only standard on the Dynamic with the panoramic roof option. A proper spare wheel is standard on all grades otherwise, steel on the Icon and Alloy on the other grades.

        1. Hi Chris,

          Thank you for this query. Yes, the Dynamic grade features a Tyre Repair Kit as standard instead of a spare wheel if you were to choose the Opening Panoramic Roof option. Otherwise, the spare wheel is standard. We apologise for any confusion.


        1. Hi there,

          Thanks for getting in touch. That’s correct, a spare wheel is not available with a Panoramic Roof for the Design, Excel and Dynamic grade.


          1. One more, you have mentioned the Apple Play will be soon available. How about Android CarPlay, will it be available too?

          2. Hi Paul,

            At this time we don’t have any more information however, we would recommend continuing to check our social channels and website for further updates.


  12. I have a question about fuel consumption. I have read the information provided by Toyota on WLTP testing and also searched on the internet but cannot find what is meant by the way that Toyota is showing the figures for the new RAV4. For the AWD version that has just shown up on the website it shows:
    Fuel Economy – Combined Max WLTP 48.7
    Fuel Economy – Combined Min WLTP 47.8
    I know there is not a lot of difference between the figures but was is the significance of the Max and Min figures please and why show both? I can’t find anything on the WLTP published information elsewhere that refers to a Max or Min figure.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The difference between the max and min refers to the specification. For example, if the vehicle has bigger alloy wheels and extra equipment, the fuel consumption will be higher. We hope this answer helps explain it a bit more.


    1. Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you for getting in touch. Unfortunately, we have no information to provide on this. The all-new RAV4 does have a variety of other features that you can read more about here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/rav4/specs-and-accessories. Customer feedback is extremely important to us, so we take all these comments on board and pass them on to our Product Team in order to make future improvements.


    1. Hi Alan,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, at this time, we have no information on whether the new RAV4 will be on the Motability scheme. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for further updates. If you’d like to look at our current range, you can do so via this link:



  13. I’d rather hoped the towing capacity would match or better that of my 4th gen. 2.2 diesel RAV at 2000kg. Unfortunately as it doesn’t I’m going to have to look elsewhere for my next vehicle.

  14. Will the new Rav4 have a spare wheel.The colours are not shown but around 2013 had the GREEN which was stunnong ordained with chrome fitments.It was dropped after a short time on lack of demand but a favourite in america.Obviously we are now in different times and just maybe the Green would now take off

    1. Hi Peter,

      Thanks for getting in touch. A full-size spare wheel will be supplied with the new RAV4. In regards to the colours, there will be an Urban Khaki colour which you may be interested in.


      1. Which models have a FULL SIZE spare wheel please? The one I’ve seen in my dealer’s showroom look quite large but the tyre has “temporary wheel” or something similar clearly embossed on the sidewall.

        1. Hi Pete,

          Thanks for getting in touch. A spare wheel is available across all grades, however, a tyre repair kit will replace the spare wheel with the option of a panoramic roof on the Excel and Dynamic grade.


          1. Thank you for that, but my question related to 2 replies from Toyota above that indicted the cars that had a spare tyre had a FULL SIZE one, whereas the car I’ve seen so far had a space saver in the boot. Just wanted to confirm whether some are available with a FULL SIZE spare.

          2. Hi Pete,

            The RAV4 is equipped with a temporary spare tyre. We hope this helps.


  15. It would be good to see the bhp/hp & torque vs rpm curves for the petrol & hybrid engine and bhp & torque for Hybrid vs road speed (& engine rpm) to understand how it would drive.

  16. The area where protection is most needed in the lower parts of the body works is where the wheel arches are missing. Not only makes it look silly and odd, it has already attracted unnecessary attention from reviewers and journalists. Why on earth did the person in charge gave the go ahead for this design???

      1. I would like to come back to the spare wheel question raised by a previous poster. When the new 2019 RAV4 was launched the only documentation available to the dealers was called “NG RAV4 Follow-up Bulletin 27-11-18”. I have a copy of that document. It was based on this that I placed my order. That clearly stated that all grades had a “Full Size Spare Wheel”. In the description of grades Design and above that changed to a “Full Size Alloy Spare Wheel”. The word “temporary” did not appear in the description. I actually commented to my dealer at the time that this was definitely a good feature. Now the “printed” full brochure still seems to be unavailable but the website just shows “temporary spare wheel” against all grades. I have ordered the AWD Excel grade and will be most upset if it doesn’t come with a Full Size Spare Wheel. Kindly clarify this situation for us all. Thanks.

        1. Hi Chris,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Firstly, we’d like to apologise for any confusion and for the frustration this may have caused. We would recommend contacting our customer relations team who will be able to look into this further for you. You can find the contact details here: http://fal.cn/iZwQ.


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