first things first: of Course we would have liked to both Hybrid SUVs with all-wheel drive. Only the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid in Switzerland is only in the last few days as a four-wheel drive available. Therefore, we had to take up with the front-wheel drive variant. The is 2500 francs cheaper and 4 PS has less system performance than with a 4×4, but on the paper of 0.2 liters more. More economical and with the beloved 4×4: You must be a Prophet, what are the RAV4-Hybrid variant in the future, in our country the most is sold.

price analysis

we start with a small price analysis: At first glance, both of us driven Hybrid seem to be SUVs, with a good 50’000 Swiss francs more expensive. But you have to consider: We went with the Premium and Elegance by no means the cheapest options. And given the complex drives of the vehicles, with prices from 36’900 Swiss francs (Toyota) and 43’900 (Honda) not so much more expensive than the comparable pure gasoline versions with less power.

for Different systems

Which brings us to the drive. Here are the identical major, and practically the same heavy Japanese differ most. The Honda CR-V is a so-called mixed-hybrid. This means: He is driving mostly electric. The four-cylinder gasoline engine charges the Lithium-ion battery, and drives only in some situations or at higher Tempos directly with a fixed gear ratio to the front wheels. Toyota continues still to its power-split hybrid powertrain with two motor-generators, planetary gearboxes, four-cylinder petrol engine and Nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The RAV4 comes thanks to a larger 2.5-Liter gasoline engine is multi-system power (218 HP) than the two-litre Honda (184 HP) and sprints even faster to 100 kph (8.4 to 9.2 s). On the paper, so the advantages for the Toyota.

fuel-efficient Toyota

On the road, the Honda diesel like us but a little better. Although both burners work on the same principle and for a better efficiency of the compression phase to shorten the Honda engine gentle high, and thus acts not as hard as the always slightly tortured-sounding Toyota gasoline engine. The us driven RAV4 brakes on our test route, a bit more efficient and is more economical than the CR-V. see the of the producers of promised values to the Toyota with nearly a litre advantage (4,6 to 5,5 l/100 km). In our measurements, warens then, 0.6 Liter in favor of the RAV4 (from 7.0 vs. 7.6 l/100 km). And the all-wheel-drive RAV4-Hybrid version is supposed to be even a tad more economical than the pure front-wheel drive. For the nearly 1.7-ton SUVs are no bad values. However, modern diesel engines according to the Euro 6 emissions standard, provide similar values.

more comfortable Honda

top athletes both are not our Hybrid. The main reason for this is its stepless CVT gearboxes are automatic. We will, we will become your good friends will probably never be with their jerk-free, but also aufheule working method which is very popular in Japan. But who buys a hybrid, probably wants to robbers less like a racer through the curves, rather than ordinary comfort to enjoy. In this regard, the Honda offers a bit softer sprung suspension than the Toyota. But cross they do not like the joints of both of them. The space in the trunk and in normal Seating configuration, the RAV4 has the nose slightly in front. And after folding down the rear seats, it offers, in contrast to the Honda, a completely level loading surface.

conclusion conclusion

The Toyota RAV4 offers slightly more space in the trunk, brakes better and is more economical. In addition, there is a more low-priced base variant. The Honda CR-V feel somewhat more agile and cushions comfortable. Ultimately, the taste or the distance to the next dealer decides, for what is the Japanese Hybrid SUV you decide.

it is 2.0-l-R4-gasoline engine (145 HP/107 kW, 175 Nm at 4000/min) plus E-Motor (135 kW), system output 184 HP (135 kW), CVT-automatic, four-wheel drive

0-100 km/h in 9.2 s, top speed of 180 km/h

length/width/height 4,60/1,86/1,69 m, weight: 1672 kg, The load area 497 until 1697 litre

5,5/7,6 l/100 km = 126/174 g/km of CO2, energy efficiency D

50’200 Swiss francs (Elegance), base: 2WD (Comfort), 43’900 Swiss francs

2.5-l-R4-gasoline engine (178 HP/131 kW and 221 Nm at 3600/min) plus electric Motor (80 kW), system output of 218 HP (160 kW), stepless CVT automatic, front-wheel drive

0-100 km/h in 8.4 s, top speed of 180 km/h

length/width/height 4,60/1,86/1,69 m, weight 1695 kg, load space 580 to 1690 litres

4,6/7,0 l/100 km = 105/159 g/km of CO2, energy efficiency, A

50 and’700 Swiss francs (Premium), base: 2WD (Active) from 36’900 Swiss francs

2.5-l-R4-gasoline engine (178 HP/131 kW and 221 Nm at 3600/min) plus electric Motor (80 kW), system output of 218 HP (160 kW), CVT automatic, front-wheel drive

0-100 km/h in 8.4 s, top speed of 180 km/h

length/width/height 4,60/1,86/1,69 m, weight 1695 kg, The load space 580 to 1690 litres

4,6/7,0 l/100 km = 105/159 g/km of CO2, energy efficiency, A

50 and’700 Swiss francs (Premium), base: 2WD (Active) 36’900 Swiss francs