Teknikens Värld has been doing the famous mock test in Sweden for a long time. Many famous cars have either not been there in years of safety assessments where some important products have been disapproved.
The latest is a global player, which is among the best-selling cars in the world and also present in Brazil, the Toyota RAV4 PHEV. This mid-sized Japanese SUV has been tested in Volvo, Scania and Saab…
Includes a controlled speed mode, fast diversion and immediate return to the previous lane. In the case of the RAV4 PHEV, it escaped strongly from the rear, but got no wheels off the ground, as has already been the case with some models.
Using 19-inch rim wheels, the SUV slipped out of the opposite lane, used to avoid the “moose”, and if it was a narrow passage, could collide with a stopped object, wall or even a vehicle.
Between 65 km / ha 70 km / h, the RAV4 PHEV strayed completely out of the cone range, and only achieved the test at 63 km / h. By comparison, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV only reached 70 km / hr.
The test was carried out with luggage to simulate increased weight during the move, but the product had already been criticized in the non-hybrid version, however, Toyota conducted a software correction of the stability control, which is not seems to have worked in this case.
The Toyota RAV4 PHEV is not sold in Brazil, where only the Hybrid version, without recharging the battery, is offered with prices between R $ 241,990 and R $ 266,990, with the drive this four-wheel like the plug-in hybrid.
In all negative reviews, Teknikens Värld – a Swedish magazine created in 1948 – does not recommend buying. In response, manufacturers are generally updating their stability control systems to perform the test.
The most famous case is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in 1997, which became the first car in the world to ever leave the factory with electronic stability control.