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Toyota bZ4X Review & Prices

The Toyota bZ4X does little to get your heart racing, but plenty of tech and comfort will make it easy to live with

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Reviewed by Darren Cassey after extensive testing of the vehicle.

What's good

  • Very easy to drive
  • Plenty of tech as standard
  • Comfy on bumpy roads

What's not so good

  • Fiddly driver display controls
  • Small boot
  • Awkward interior storage spaces

Find out more about the Toyota bZ4X

Is the Toyota bZ4X a good car?

If you’re looking for a new electric SUV that’s comfortable and packed with tech, the Toyota bZ4X is a car you may be considering. It’s about the size of Toyota’s RAV4 SUV and goes up against plentiful alternatives including the Volkswagen ID4, Nissan Ariya, Skoda Enyaq, Ford Mustang Mach-e and Kia EV6.

In a way, the Toyota bZ4X is a bit like your washing machine. It’s got a complicated name, looks pretty unassuming and isn’t the most thrilling thing to use, but it gets the job done.

From some angles it looks good – the front end is pretty cool, for example, and the rear has some nice touches like the full-width light bar and roof spoiler, but the chunky black body cladding looks a bit cheap.

Inside there’s an interesting design and some plush materials to be found. The driving position is comfortable and the controls are all dead easy to find, but the driver display is placed so the wheel could block your view of it. There’s no glovebox, so front seat passengers have a bit more knee room. Instead, you get an awkward-to-use storage space under the centre console that’s visible to those outside. Seems like an odd decision.

Watch our head-to-head video: Toyota bZ4X v Kia EV6

An 8.0-inch infotainment screen is standard with the Toyota bZ4X, but it’s worth stepping up one trim level at least to get a 12.3-inch version instead. The software is sharp and very user-friendly, plus you’ll get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay thrown in.

Passengers in the back are treated to a decent amount of headroom, plus loads of space to stretch their legs out. That’s even with an ever-so-slight bump in the floor.

You won’t find a storage compartment beneath the bZ4X’s bonnet, though, as you would in a Tesla Model Y or Volvo XC40 Recharge. Also, with just 452 litres of luggage space in the boot, it’s well behind the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s 527 litres and Skoda Enyaq’s 585 litres.

Official tests put the range of the bZ4X between 286 and 317 miles, depending on spec. A few hours of mixed driving routes of the higher-consuming AWD version saw a real-world range of about 250 miles, which is actually pretty good.

It might not be the most exciting car in the world, but the bZ4X is comfortable and surprisingly fun when you want it to be

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
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The Toyota bZ4X is just as unassuming to drive as it looks. It’s effortless around town with really light steering and a decent turning circle, as well as a comfy ride.

That translates to a relaxed drive out on the motorway, particularly with a heap of standard-fit assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control. It’s surprisingly capable in corners, but not quite as much as the EV6 or Model Y.

Though the Toyota bZ4X doesn’t do much to stand out in a crowded electric SUV sector, it’s a comfortable all-rounder that’s worth shortlisting. You’ll want to look elsewhere for practicality, though.

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How much is the Toyota bZ4X?

The Toyota bZ4X has a RRP range of £42,860 to £51,950. However, with Carwow you can save on average £4,716. Prices start at £38,653 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £356. The price of a used Toyota bZ4X on Carwow starts at £34,995.

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The Toyota bZ4X is competitively priced among electric SUVs, with the likes of the ID4, Ioniq 5, EV6 and Enyaq all starting around £40,000 to £45,000 with high-spec versions in the mid-to-high 50s. The Mustang Mach-e is generally a bit more expensive than this company, while top-spec EV6 and Ariya models will set you back around £60,000.

Performance and drive comfort

The bZ4X is surprisingly agile and sporty to drive, but rear visibility is poor

In town

The bZ4X majors on refinement and you’ll really notice that around town. The ride comfort — even on the optional 20-inch alloy wheels of our test car — is very good. In fact, we reckon it’s one of the more comfortable electric SUVs you can buy.

The scuttle of the windscreen, where the dashboard meets the glass, is quite low. Not as much as that of a Tesla Model Y, but low enough that there’s excellent visibility out the front, and Toyota says that it has slimmed down the windscreen pillars as much as possible to enhance that feeling. They still block your view a bit, though.

Over-the-shoulder visibility is worse, hampered by chunky C-pillars, but there’s a standard-fit reversing camera and parking sensors (and an optional ‘bird’s eye view’ 360-degree camera system) so low-speed manoeuvring is pretty easy. They’re disappointingly low quality, but you can see what you need to.

There is a ‘one-pedal’ regenerative braking system, which has two modes (on and off, essentially) but it’s quite subtle, slowing the car initially, then leaving it up to you to use the actual brakes to bring the bZ4X to a stop. The brakes are smooth and not as grabby as most EVs, though it would be preferable to have true one-pedal driving.

On the motorway

On the motorway, once again, refinement is to the fore. Wind and tyre noise are well suppressed on all but the coarsest concrete surfaces, and given the bZ4X’s decent one-charge range, long journeys should prove pretty relaxing.

It’s a very stable and sure-footed car, with no hint of being deflected by cross-winds or upset by passing HGVs. Then again, weighing 2.5 tonnes will do that for you.

On a twisty road

This impressive comfort level might leave you feeling a wee bit surprised if you decide to point the bZ4X’s nose down a twisty country road.

Its steering may not have much actual road feel coming back through it, but it’s fast and accurate, and the bZ4X seems to shrug off its hefty kerb weight to find an easy rhythm on a twisty road.

It’s not quite as exciting as the Mustang Mach-E, but it’s a remarkable performance for such a heavy car. While most owners will probably just use their bZ4X to cruise the motorway or head to the shops, be in no doubt — this electric SUV has been set up to be a bit of fun.

It’s even good when you get it off-road. Again, few — if any — owners will actually venture further than the grass car park at the local car-boot sale, but the bZ4X has been designed with help from off-road experts Subaru, and it really shows

It may not quite be a Land Rover Defender, but the bZ4X is considerably more rugged than we were expecting. It dealt easily with dry, dusty trails involving steep climbs and descents, and equally well on a course claggy with wet, viscous mud. It can wade through deep water, too — up to 500mm as standard.

Space and practicality

There’s loads of space for passengers in the back, but the boot is quite small and the lack of glovebox is puzzling

The driving position and dashboard layout could require a short adjustment period. The high centre console hems you in a little – not in an uncomfortable way, but it’s interesting that Toyota hasn’t followed rivals like Ford, Hyundai, and Kia in making the bZ4X’s cabin feel very open and airy.

The big surprise is in the driving position. The front seats are very comfortable and supportive, but Toyota appears to have been inspired by Peugeot, giving you a relatively small steering wheel that sits low in your lap, while the digital instrument screen is mounted up high.

The position of the wheel feels natural after you’ve spent a bit of time getting used to it, while the high-set instruments are clear and positioned so that the bZ4X doesn’t really need a head-up display — they’re just where your eyeline would naturally fall. That being said, depending on your driving position, the top of the steering wheel can block your view of the display, which is annoying.

It’s generally pretty practical up front, with good-sized door bins, a deep covered bin in the armrest and cup holders that can carry a chunky bottle. Another covered area appears to be designed for phones, but large ones won’t fit, while there are a few USB slots dotted around the cabin, which is useful. There’s another storage area beneath the centre console for a bit of privacy, but it’s not as secure from prying eyes as a glovebox would have been.

Space in the back seats

Rear seat space is excellent, with loads of legroom and headroom. The floor is pretty flat and the central seat is just as comfortable as the outer ones, so coupled with the wide body it’s actually pretty easy to carry three adults in the back.

There’s an armrest with cup holders and space for your phone when the central seat isn’t in use. The door bins are a useful size too, so rear seat passengers won’t feel hard done by on longer trips.

The doors don’t open as wide as you might hope, but there’s so much space in the back that it’s still no trouble to fit a child seat, even the bulky ones. The ISOFIX points are easy to find, too.

Boot space

If boot space is important, this could be where the bZ4X loses you. At 452 litres it should be big enough for most, but it’s one of the smallest in this class. The Nissan Ariya is a bit better at 466 litres, but the Audi Q4 e-tron gets 520 litres and the Skoda Enyaq has 585 litres. Without the front boot found on some EVs, it’s slightly disappointing the Toyota can’t carry more.

Fold the seats down and there’s a gap between the main boot area and the seats, so if you’re pushing longer items through they snag here and need a wiggle to get into place. There’s no load lip though, so getting things in and out isn’t too troublesome.

Interior style, infotainment and accessories

Toyota’s infotainment system takes a big step forward, but it can be fiddly changing settings in the driver display

The bZ4X’s interior looks distinctive and high-tech with an interesting design and some quirky features, like the driver display above the wheel.

There’s also an excellent infotainment system. That big 12.3-inch screen is running the latest software, which is more or less the same as that used by the new Lexus NX. It has graphics that are clear and sharp, and such things as the navigation map displays look especially crisp and classy.

The easily toggled ‘Points Of Interest’ display, which can show you where to find nearby charging points, restaurants, and so on, is really neat. Some menu options and layouts are still a touch fiddly, but doubtless you’d start to find it easier with time. Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto connections are standard and there’s a new voice control setup with a range of instructions that has expanded to opening and closing windows or adjusting the cabin temperature.

Below the main screen, there’s a bank of physical buttons, which control the heating and ventilation (which is always good news, instead of being via the touchscreen) as well as taking care of functions such as switching the brake energy recuperation up and down, activating the X-Mode off-road system, changing the parking camera view, and activating the electric handbrake.

Toyota seems keen for you to change most of the functions through the driver display, though, using the steering wheel-mounted buttons. This can make it much more fiddly than using that big touchscreen.

Electric range, charging and tax

The bZ4X comes with a choice of two powertrains, but just the one battery. It’s a 71.4kWh battery pack, which can be charged at speeds of up to 150kW from a sufficiently fast DC public charger, allowing you to charge it to 80% capacity in around 28 minutes. For home charging, early cars have a 6.6kW on-board charger, but that’s upgraded to 11kW for 2023. Unfortunately, early bZ4X customers won’t be able to upgrade to the faster charging setup.

Most bZ4Xs will come with front-wheel drive and a single 204hp motor. That’s enough poke for an 7.3-second 0-60mph time. Fully charge the battery, and Toyota estimates that you’ll get up to 317 miles out of it before needing to charge again. That’s decent range, but significantly less than the 331 miles offered by the big-battery versions of the Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID4, both of which have similar starting prices to the bZ4X.

Our four-wheel drive test car uses twin electric motors, one front and one rear, for a combined 218hp, 337Nm of torque, and a 0-60mph time of 6.7 seconds, though we managed 6.2 seconds. That means it’s fairly quick, but doesn’t have the rapid punch you often get from an electric car. The top speed of both cars is limited to 100mph.

That four-wheel drive system will drain the battery rather faster, though, with an official 286-mile range.

Safety and security

In safety terms, Toyota is introducing its third-generation active safety system on the bZ4X, which it has renamed ‘T-Mate’. There’s a combination of a forward-facing camera and radar which can detect other cars, pedestrians, and cyclists.

The active steering helps you to stay in lane, and if you need to swerve suddenly then the bZ4X will automatically adjust the car’s braking system to keep you steady. The system will also help prevent you from accidentally turning across a junction into oncoming traffic, and there’s a surround-view parking camera system too.

Toyota reckons that the whole ‘Beyond Zero’ thing (that’s what the bZ name stands for) is also about moving towards zero fatal accidents, as well as emissions, so it’s no surprise the bZ4X scored top marks in Euro NCAP safety tests. Its 88% and 87% in adult and child occupant protection respectively are impressive, and the 91% rating for safety assist is up there with the very best.

Reliability and problems

Toyota has an excellent reliability record, so if that’s important to you then the bZ4X could be a good bet, though it’s not been on sale long enough to know for sure.

Further reassurance comes from an excellent warranty. To start with, you get three years of cover, but this is followed by an additional 12 months and 10,000 miles if you get an annual approved service. This continues up to 10 years after the car was first registered.

Toyota is also guaranteeing that the bZ4X’s battery will retain at least 70 per cent of its original performance after 10 years, or 620,000 miles – yes, really – whichever comes first. You do have to regularly visit a Toyota dealer for a battery health check to keep that warranty going, but it’s a remarkable claim, nonetheless.

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