Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Prices for the Toyota bZ4X start just above an equivalent Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 or Skoda Enyaq iV, but undercut the Audi Q4 e-tron, Volkswagen ID.4 (with Pro Performance battery) and Tesla Model Y. In other words, it sits pretty squarely in the middle of the electric SUV class.
A full set of leasing rates is yet to be announced, but early indications show that a slow predicted rate of depreciation will keep monthly PCP rates competitive. Toyota will also be offering a new all-inclusive leasing contract, covering the vehicle, maintenance, wall-box charger installation and access to connected services (roadside assistance and vehicle accessories can be added too). Essentially it is trying to make the EV buying experience as painless as possible, which is to be commended if the rates are competitive.
The full list of standard equipment has not been confirmed, but we know that entry-level Pure models will get 18in alloy wheels, an 8in touchscreen infotainment system, a reversing camera, keyless entry and start, a pre-conditioning system for the interior and a heat pump to improve range in colder conditions (this is an option on most competitors, including the EV6).
Stepping up to mid-spec Motion trim adds some visual enhancements including a rear spoiler plus some genuinely useful kit, including an eight-way electrically adjustable heated driver’s seat, wireless phone-charging, front and rear parking sensors, and a powered tailgate. Venturing further up the range pushes the price into the territory of better premium cars, including the Audi Q4 e-tron 50 Quattro, so it’s not something we’d advise.
We don’t yet have any reliability data for the bZ4X (it's too new), but Toyota finished an impressive joint fifth (out of 20 brands) in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. It will be offering an extended care programme that guarantees the battery will still operate to 70% of its original capacity after up to 10 years of ownership, subject to the owner taking the car to an authorised dealer for an annual health check.
You get plenty of safety technology, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance, a front cross-traffic alert to warn of vehicles approaching from either side at a junction dangers as you reverse and a safe exit assist system that stops you from opening your door on unseen cyclists.
Toyota will also be offering an Advanced Park feature that will allow the car to enter and exit a parking spot without the driver being in the parking seat. Euro NCAP has yet to test the bZ4X for safety, but we'll let you know when its rating is available.