Toyota bZ4X Long Term Review

£54,410

Electrifying.com score

6/10

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​Toyota is a bit late to the (fully) electric car party. Is its first effort – this bZ4X – something I’ll be recommending to friends and family? I’ve been running one for a few weeks to find out.

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  • Battery size: 71kWh
  • Max charge rate: 150kW
  • Range: 286 miles
  • Efficiency rating: B
  • Real world miles per kWh: 2.9
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  • Battery size: 71kWh
  • Max charge rate: 150kW
  • Range: 286 miles
  • Efficiency rating: B
  • Real world miles per kWh: 2.9

Ginny Says

“Tom's not had the smoothest time with the bZ4X but he's been a little more patient with it than I would've been. The interior is not attractive enough and I just think there are better electric cars for the money.”

Mike Says

“The Toyota's unique selling point would seem to be its off-road ability. It might look like any other 'soft-roader' but its probably the electric 4x4 I'd trust most in the mud and snow. Until the new Range Rover appears, at least.”

Driven and reviewed by 

Tom Barnard

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10 Jan 2024

Is Tom spoilt for expecting the technology to work on his bZ4X? This month's woes are around CarPlay, but he's also suffering from a lack of vision. Time to get out the sponge!

Wipe out

My wife says I’m obsessed with rear wipers. That’s a bit strong, but I can’t see why they were standard on a basic Austin Metro when I was a kid and now we have to do with out them.

Actually, I can see why we are forced to do without them. They cost the car maker money, add weight and complexity and aren’t pretty either. But no amount of cameras, special hydrophobic coatings or aerodynamic aids can clear the screen when you want to reverse out of a space on a misty morning.

The bZ4X doesn’t have a rear wiper. This annoys me. Especially since the Toyota’s reversing camera gets so dirty. It means I now carry a cloth around to wipe the glass and the lens so I’m able to park.

Apologize, again

Another bit of more modern tech which I’ve become used to in the last few years is Apple CarPlay. This means you can do all sorts of things, but one of the most useful is getting the car to read out your messages and allowing you to respond using voice recognition.

Barring a few amusing mispronunciations this generally works well, but the Toyota seems to have a bug which is so ridiculous that I now show it off as a party trick.

It starts off well, reading out the message with no problems. It then asks if you’d like to reply. Whatever you say, Siri then chimes in to ask you to repeat it, but the car seems to be listening too. It says “sorry” and then replies to itself, saying: “There is no need to apologise”. Just when you think it can’t get any sillier, it starts playing a song called Apologize by a chap called Timbaland. I’d never heard of him before getting the bZ4X but its now my most played song on Spotify.

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