Toyota’s first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is the bZ4x. Given how well-known its hybrid technology is, the carmaker’s move to an all-electric model is significant. Still, there is a lot of competition for the bZ4x in an electric SUV market.
With a few design elements that can split opinions, the bZ4x’s handling and performance will have to be appealing. The BEV performs admirably both on and off road and is built alongside Subaru on top of Toyota’s modular eTNGA chassis.
In their individual markets, Autovista Group experts from France, Spain, and the UK analysed the model. The car’s advantages, disadvantages, opportunities, and threats have been compared to those of its main competitors, and projected residual values are included along with new pricing points.
Quick, nimble, and sensitive
With a quiet cabin, a short turning circle, and excellent comfort levels, the bZ4x is a quick, nimble, and responsive SUV. Either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is an option for the vehicle.
The range of the 75kWh battery is about 435 km, which is less than other competitors. The bZ4x can charge from 20% to 80% in less than 30 minutes thanks to its maximum charging speed of 150kW.
Angular, pointed, and powerful
With its long hood, thin headlights, and sharp front end, the bZ4x has a very eye-catching look. The contemporary rear end’s split spoiler and unhindered light bar that spans the boot enable excellent visibility.
Automatic boot door, keyless entry, and emergency stop assistance are among the features. The 452-liter boot has a level floor and space for charging cords underneath. Considering the scarcity of storage beneath the engine, this will come in handy.
Some of the most controversial design decisions are displayed on the side of the car. Those who like more refined appearance may be turned off by the big arches and huge black cladding covering the front wheels.
A comfortable interior?
Although the instrument panel and centre console do contain harsh plastics, the interior of the car is well-equipped with a variety of materials. There are plenty of basic features, electrical outlets, and storage in the automobile. An additional option for the bZ4x is a 12.3-inch infotainment screen.
However, a few of the interior components lack ergonomics. There may be a sense of separation and misalignment between the infotainment screen, steering wheel, and instrument cluster. Certain storage compartments, like the one at the bottom of the centre console, are likewise hard to access.
There is ample room for people in the back, and the front and rear seats are very cosy. As with many BEVs, people in the back may find the seats to have a higher knee position.
A good deal of competition
The bZ4x offers Toyota its first chance in a new market as the company’s first fully electric car. The brand has a stellar reputation for dependability, which could influence the decision-making process of prospective buyers.
Although it was at the forefront of hybrid technology, Toyota entered the rapidly-filling electric SUV market far later than its competitors. There is fierce competition for the bZ4x, including more reasonably priced competitors with greater range.
Check out the Autovista Group dashboard for France, Spain, and the UK, where the bZ4x is benchmarked. The SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis, new prices, and projected residual values are all displayed on the dynamic dashboard.