Toyota bZ4X long-term test: report 2

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Toyota bZ4X over shoulder driving

The car Toyota bZ4X AWD Vision Run by Allan Muir, managing editor

Why we’re running it To see whether this all-new electric SUV has what it takes to justify choosing it over established rivals

Needs to Be practical, comfortable and good to drive in everyday use, and deliver a long enough range to make light work of motorway journeys

Mileage 825 List price £54,950 Target Price £52,242 Price as tested £56,125 Test range 186 miles Official range 259 miles  

20 November 2023 –  Spatial awareness

The driving environment in my Toyota bZ4X isn’t as roomy as you might expect of a large SUV. A high, wide centre console creates a surprisingly cosy, cockpit-like feel (much more so than I experienced in my previous Skoda Enyaq Coupé), and there isn’t an abundance of head room; my hair brushes the ceiling if I lean forwards for a better view at junctions.

Toyota bZ4X driving position

Thankfully, the bZ4X stops well short of feeling cramped. As long as I adjust the driver’s seat so that it’s most or all the way down, there’s enough space for my 6ft 1in frame to fit behind the wheel comfortably, and the seat itself is supremely cosseting. I wouldn’t say the driving position is flawless – the steering wheel and pedals feel slightly offset to the right of the seat, and my left leg tends to rest against the side of the centre console – but so far, I’m finding it much more agreeable than it might sound.

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