Hire a Hybrid Car: Is There Economy?

The cost of renting a car consists of two main parts: the cost of fuel and, in fact, the cost of rent. In order to understand whether there is a real benefit in choosing exactly hybrid rental cars, you need to know these components and compare them with alternative options.


If to consider public transport as an alternative to high-quality high-end rolling car, it definitely wins in terms of value. However, even in rich countries with a developed system of such transport, it rarely can compete with the car in terms of comfort, comfort and speed of travel in the city and in the suburbs.


The only real competitor to the rolling "hybrids" are the same rolling cars, but with conventional engines. Electric vehicles remain a very specific type of vehicle in Ukraine, they are not sufficiently distributed or available for rent. Classic diesel or gasoline cars from eminent manufacturers, provided they are relatively "freshnessy" and good technical condition, can provide the necessary level of comfort for the driver and passengers, as well as high overall convenience of use of the service.


What to compare?


Leodrive company offers hybrid Japanese crossover Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. For comparison, as a competitor it is logical to choose a car of the same class and similar equipment. Of course, you can find a rental car for $ 30 per day, but it is usually collected in Ukraine Lanos, Vida (Aveo) or double Smart, which is even relatively inadequate for comfort and ease of travel on the level of modern RAV4.

The ideal variant for a visitor for comparison can be considered the same Toyota RAV4, but with the usual, not hybrid power plant, and with an automatic transmission. If the client is lucky, then he will use a more expensive and powerful version with a 2.5-liter engine instead of a cheap 2.0-liter crossover.


Transportation costs in Lviv on a rented car


Comparing the declared average fuel consumption, you can determine the estimated costs of its purchase. Typically, the actual cost is slightly higher than claimed by the manufacturer, but in the case of a single brand, this error is usually the same for different models and allows you to imagine a real difference in fuel consumption.


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: 5,3 l/100 km
Average fuel consumption City Outside the town
Toyota RAV4: 9,8 l/100 km 7,6 l/100 km

Usually, customers of rental companies use cars in one of several modes: in the city (for example, business meetings), outside the city (visiting sights) and in a mixed mode (city and neighboring settlements). On average, for one day, a rolling car overtakes from 100 to 300 km. Based on these data, you can calculate approximate transport costs for each of the options.


Typical options for using a rented car (the estimated price of 1 liter of fuel equals 30 UAH.)


  City (100 km) Outside the town (300 km)
Toyota RAV4 294 UAH 684 UAH
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 159 UAH 477 UAH

It is obvious that in the case of using the hybrid version of the car, there is really real savings when traveling both in the city and beyond. And the bigger the mileage, the more tangible it is.


At the same time, it should be understood that the cost of fuel in the total cost of renting an automobile plays not the most important role. The average short-term rental price of a Japanese or European crossover in Lviv is 70-90 USD per day. The hybrid Toyota RAV4 Hybrid from Leodrive for this option is usually not different from its classic competitors or cheaper.


So what is the meaning of renting a hybrid Japanese crossover?


  • he, unlike his competitors, always has a rich set of equipment
  • thanks to a powerful power plant very dynamic, accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.3 seconds
  • moves quietly, accelerates smoothly
  • less polluting the environment
  • and at the same time consumes less fuel than ordinary cars!

To find out more about hybrid Toyota RAV4 and terms of leasing from Leodrive, write to us, call or visit our office.