Toyota Rav4

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Verdict

The Toyota Rav4 was first debuted in Europe in 1994 and it was a very exciting vehicle on our roads. It was unique in the way that SUVs weren’t even nearly as common as they are now. As the segment grew the RAV4 started receiving competition with some excellent models like the Nissan Qashqai, the BMW X3, the Ford Kuga, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Mitsubishi ASX. While this is one of the original compact SUVs it didn’t move fast enough with the times and the Nissan Qashqai overtook it swiftly in terms of sales. This is a good looking SUV but for some reason it appears to be overlooked in its segment which is a pity because it’s a good car.

Performance

At the time of writing this article Toyota announced that in 2016 the RAV4 will be revised for 2016 and it will be available with a new BMW-built 2.0 litre engine. Of course this is not the first time Toyota has outsourced from BMW, with a 1.6 litre BMW power outlet in the Toyota Auris. Toyota’s 2.0 litre D-4D engine offers 143 bhp and we’re told that it has a maximum speed of 195 bhp. The vehicle charges from 0-100 km/h in 9.6 seconds. Toyota also offers a 2.5 litre hybrid model and this is said to give a top speed of 180 km/h and a sprint from 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds, which is fast.

Ride & Handling

The RAV4 has a nicely tuned suspension that shouldn’t throw up too many problems on Irish roads. It deals well with bumps and road imperfections and it shouldn’t leave you bouncing all around the cabin from aftershock. The steering is both accurate and responsive and therefore this vehicle offers an engaging ride. Although we are yet to drive the 2016 upgraded model the body control of the current model is good and there is only a small amount of body roll on corners. This machine grips the road well and should leave drivers feeling secure.

Refinement

The current diesel engines can be loud, especially when put under pressure. The car also suffers a small bit from road noise and wind noise. Again, the padding may be better in the 2016 model and we will update when we know more.

Quality & Reliability

Toyota has been making great efforts in recent years to make their interiors more interesting. As you move up the trim lines things are certainly nicer. The new RAV4 may get the same upgrade treatment that the Avensis and Auris did in 2015 and if this happens the inside of the RAV4 will be a nice place to sit. At the moment it is not too bad. The plastics on lower level model can feel a bit bland but there is no doubting that they are put together securely.

Safety & Security

The RAV4 has had long enough to learn about safety and it should come as no surprise to anyone that it received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP test in 2013. It received 89% for adult occupancy and 82% for child occupancy. For pedestrian safety it scored 66%. This car is available with a myriad of safety systems like front and rear parking sensors as well as vehicle stability control

Space & Practicality

When the current model was released in 2013 it came with buckets of extra space. Head and leg room to the front and rear is ample. The car is 4605mm long and 1845mm in height. The boot capacity is a very attractive 547 litres and the space is easily accessible too.

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Key Facts

New Price
€29,950
Make

Toyota

Model
Rav4
Variant
2.0 D-4D (143) 2WD Aura
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
2.0
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
Average Cost Per 200km
€11.46
Cost of filling a tank
€73.14
Average L/100km
4.7
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1052
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
124
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
143
Top Speed
195 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
9.6
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
310

Space & Practicality

Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
547
Air Conditioning
Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
Automatic Parking
Available
Bluetooth
Yes
High Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
Yes
Power Steering
Electric Power Steering
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
Reversing Camera
Yes
USB Connectivity
Yes
Tyre Size Front
225/65 R17
Tyre Size Back
225/65 R17
Wheel Base
2660

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year warranty for paint defects
Warranty Mileage
100,000
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The Toyota RAV4 has grown up considerably in its latest generation, but it lacks character and is a dull drive
Top Gear
Not a bad SUV, just a boring one. There are plenty more interesting contenders than this.
What Car
A decent SUV, but there are other rivals that are better to drive and offer more for your money.

Security

Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control
Folding Rear Seats
60:40 Split
Front Cup Holders
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
547 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
225/65 R17 mm
Tyre size back
225/65 R17 mm
Rim size
6.5J x 17 mm
Length
4570 mm
Width
1845 mm
Height
1660 mm
Wheel Base
2660 mm
Front Track (mm)
1660 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1570 mm
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2135 KG
Turning circle (m)
11.6 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Double wishbone
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
143 bhp