Toyota bZ4X review - Reliability and safety
The bZ4X offers impressive levels of safety and a reassuring warranty package
Toyota has a superb reputation for safety, while the bZ4X itself received the five-star rating from crash safety experts Euro NCAP. The mid-size electric SUV was awarded 88 and 87 per cent in the adult and child occupant protection categories, and a 91 per cent score for its safety assistance technology.
The list of standard safety kit is extensive, with every model featuring Toyota’s Pre-Collision System with pedestrian, cyclist and motorbike detection, lane assist, speed limiter, adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera.
Other active safety features include Intersection Turn Assist, which detects pedestrians or other vehicles crossing the carriageway the vehicle is about to turn into, alerting the driver and, if required, applying automatic emergency braking. Upgrading to Motion trim and above brings extras such as a blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree panoramic camera system, driver monitoring camera, front and rear parking sensors with an auto-braking function.
Buyers considering a bZ4X should be reassured by Toyota’s extensive experience with hybrid battery technology and its consistent performance in our Driver Power owner satisfaction surveys. This year the Japanese carmaker finished 12th (out of 32) in our best car manufacturer rankings, while a total of seven of its models made it onto our list of the best cars to own, though the bZ4X was not one of them.
The bZ4X comes with Toyota’s three-year manufacturer warranty as standard, but buyers have the opportunity to extend this cover for up to 10 years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first). Each time you book your car for a service at an approved Toyota centre, your vehicle will receive a further 12-month/10,000-mile warranty up to the stated maximum above.
To help with managing the cost of scheduled maintenance, Toyota provides tailored service plans which take into account your expected mileage and how long you wish the plan to last.
In this review
- 1Toyota bZ4X reviewThe Toyota bZ4X is a capable, all-electric family car that impresses across the board, although some will find it expensive to buy
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceThe bZ4X offers decent driving dynamics and just enough power to keep things interesting
- 3Range, charging and running costsRapid charging ability is a welcome feature, but insurance costs are likely to be expensive
- 4Interior, design and technologyA stylish exterior design and a high-quality feel to the cabin should help the bZ4x win over buyers
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePracticality is a mixed bag for the bZ4X; boot space is adequate, but rear passenger space could be better
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingThe bZ4X offers impressive levels of safety and a reassuring warranty package