The question that remains on the minds of many rural drivers is the economy of hybrid cars versus their traditional diesel models. This issue comes into particular focus when we look at popular rural SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4.

I’ve put the RAV4 hybrid to the test in recent weeks, because from the start of 2019, this was the only engine option available in the range. Can we cope with the change from diesel to hybrid in terms of driving style? More importantly, is the change going to rack up more running costs? These are the questions that I am regularly asked.