Hybrid crossover rental: for the city or for longer trips?
Crossovers of various sizes and classes first captured the North American, and then the European market. They appeared as a result of the gradual "domestication" of SUVs and their "crossing" with other types of cars. Today, the class includes almost everything that has four-wheel drive (can have it in one of the configurations), as well as increased ground clearance. Such vehicles are conditionally universal and can confidently move both around the city and on light off-road. As a result of the growing popularity, crossovers are increasingly being used as rental cars.
In 2018, about 15.5 million were sold in Europe. Cars. Of these, more than a third (5340000. Pieces) were SUV / Crossover cars. And this despite the fact that two years ago they formed only a quarter of all sales of new cars.
The advantages of using a hybrid crossover as a rented car for the city and long-distance travels are best appreciated by the example of a specific car. In our case, this Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is one of the best and most popular in its class.
A rented car for the city should be:
- Compact, for easy maneuvering in busy streets and tight parking lots;
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is about 4.6 meters long and 1.85 meters wide. That’s roughly the size of an Opel Vectra or other small sedan.
- Economical in order to remain not only convenient, but also affordable;
The manufacturer claims an average fuel consumption of RAV4 at 5 l / 100 km. In real conditions, achieving such indicators is not easy, although compared to the "traditional" counterparts, the savings in the city are really significant.
- Dynamic, in order to be able to keep the pace of flow without problems, easy to start at traffic lights , to get ahead at short distances;
The large torque of the electric motor in combination with a gasoline 2.5-liter engine provides dynamics that are always enough (8.3 sec. 0-100 km / h).
- Mother automatic transmission, so as not to tire the driver in traffic jams;
The variator guarantees the most comfortable change in speed without jerking and the need to carry out any manipulations.
- Provide good visibility, helping not to stumble on an obstacle in conditions of heavy traffic;
The height of the car is almost 1.7 meters. High landing and comfortable rear-view mirrors provide excellent visibility.
- Have sufficient clearance to drive up close to the curb or even ride on it, as well as get out of snow drifts.
The ground clearance of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is standard for many 18 cm crossovers, which is enough for confident maneuvering in the city.
A rented car for the trip must be:
- Spacious and comfortable, then the driver and passengers get less tired on the way;
Salon RAV4 can be considered typical for its class. It is convenient for four to five travelers of medium build.
- Mother has a roomy trunk so that necessary things do not have to be placed in the cabin;
The boot volume of the model is a little more than 500 liters, which is considered sufficient for a family car.
- Powerful, easy to overtake and keep a high cruising speed;
The maximum speed of RAV4 is 180 km / h, so moving within the SDA will not be a problem. If necessary, an electric motor is connected to the main engine, making acceleration very fast, and overtaking simple and safe even on mountain streamers.
- Have good noise isolation and a quiet engine, do not provoke a headache;
The model is known for the high level of acoustic comfort in the cabin.
- Well controlled and stable at high speed to always feel safe.
This Toyota crossover is well-controlled and confidently holds the line. Riding it over long distances is not at all difficult.
In fact, a high-quality hybrid crossover can be considered the best option for any not too extreme conditions. The rapidly growing popularity of compact SUVs in developed countries suggests that solvent buyers have come to the same conclusion.
Leodrive offers daily rent of hybrid Toyota RAV4 Hybrid crossovers in Lviv. To book a car - write to us or call.