TOYOTA

TOYOTA RAV4 ESTATE 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [PanRf/JBL+PVM] 2WD

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2132 g/km

Toyota's RAV4 mid-sized SUV soft roader has been around so long it's easy to forget quite how far it's come. The fifth generation model is bigger, better finished, and far more efficient, thanks to an exclusive reliance on hybrid power, now offered in plug-in form as well as in self-charging guise. And Toyota hasn't forgotten that cars in this class need to look good and drive well too. Reacquaint yourself with it. You might be in for a surprise.

RAV REFINED

Toyota's fifth generation RAV4 has become quite the polished item - and now offers two kinds of Hybrid tech. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Toyota's RAV4 mid-sized SUV soft roader has been around so long it's easy to forget quite how far it's come. The fifth generation model is bigger, better finished, and far more efficient, thanks to an exclusive reliance on hybrid power, now offered in plug-in form as well as in self-charging guise. And Toyota hasn't forgotten that cars in this class need to look good and drive well too. Reacquaint yourself with it. You might be in for a surprise.

Background

It's easy to underestimate quite what a debt of gratitude we owe the Toyota RAV4. Back in 1994, the market for compact SUVs was massively different to the one we have today. If you wanted a modestly-sized car of this kind back then, you had to do so with the proviso that it was likely to fall over if it was shown a picture of a corner. This was all part of the bargain. You saved money on the upfront cost, but shelled out when it disappeared through a hedgerow on its door handles. The RAV4 changed all that. It was the first compact SUV that was actually good fun to drive on road. But times change. The RAV4 has grown ever bigger and more sophisticated in response to market entrants like the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Honda CR-V and the Ford Kuga. This fifth generation car is a smarter take on a well-established theme. More spacious and more efficient courtesy of hybrid power, it aims to bring the RAV4 back to a prominent position amongst volume brand entrants in the mid-sized SUV marketplace.

Driving Experience

Having dipped its toe into the hybrid waters with the previous generation version of this model, Toyota has gone all-out with petrol/electric power in this MK5 version. It's all you can have - though buyers are offered the option of either front wheel drive or All-Wheel Drive. This model's body is stiffer than that the previous one, while its centre of gravity is also lower down: it's all aimed at making this model a more engaging steer, as is the engineering of this fifth generation RAV4's much more sophisticated TNGA GA-K platform. The suspension set-up's more predictable, using MacPherson struts up front, while a double wishbone arrangement at the rear. The mainstream self charging hybrid engine isn't too much different from the hybrid unit that RAV4 buyers were served up before. It's 2.5-litres in size and generates a combined power output of 215bhp. The All-Wheel Drive variants gain a second electric motor driving the rear axle, which lifts that output slightly to 219bhp. As before, this set-up has to be mated to CVT belt-driven automatic transmission. This demands a relaxed driving style if revs are not to flare every time you exercise your right foot. If you do that, rest to 62mph occupies 8.4s en route to a maximum of 112mph. Toyota also now offers a Plug-in hybrid variant, which boosts engine output to 302bhp, sprints to 62mph in 6.2s and offeers a 37 mile EV driving range.

Design and Build

This fifth generation RAV4 certainly has a more aggressive, angular look than its predecessors. It's now sits 10mm closer to the ground, and at the front, the emphasis is on width and strength with extra volume added to the lower bumper section. There's a similar effect at the rear where the horizontal line created by the tail lights and back window angles sharply downwards at each edge, drawing the eye towards the rear wheels and expressing what the stylists call the "polygon" influence on the design. Inside, it's not quite as avant garde as outside, but the cabin is usefully more spacious than before, courtesy of the way that the wheelbase has been stretched by 30mm, so as to increase rear leg room. You can really stretch out in the second row as a result. There's no option of third row seating. Up front, as usual with a RAV4, the finish is functional rather than luxurious. Unfortunately, Toyota hasn't taken the opportunity to upgrade its infotainment technology, which means that the graphics aren't particularly smart and there's no smartphone-mirroring functionality. You get a big boot out back though, 580-litres in size. There's 1,690-litres of space on offer if you fold the rear bench.

Market and Model

Prices now start at around £30,500 in the all-Hybrid range and run to around £37,000 - though you'll pay significantly more for top versions of the Plug-in variant. There's a choice of four trim levels - 'Icon', 'Design', 'Excel' and 'Dynamic'. With each of these options, there's a £1,555 premium to go from a front wheel drive to an AWD version. Even the base 'Icon' models get 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, auto headlamps and wipers, roof rails, LED headlights, rear privacy glass and power-folding mirrors. Inside, there's the 'Toyota Touch 2' infotainment screen with a DAB tuner and a rear view camera built in. And all RAV4 models are equipped with the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense. Significant upgrades have been made to some of the systems in the package, notably with the Pre-Collision System now able to detect pedestrians in the vehicle's path during both day and night-time driving, and cyclists during daylight hours. The Adaptive Cruise Control has improved deceleration and acceleration control, keeping the RAV4 a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. Other systems include Lane Departure Alert and Lane Trace Assist, to help keep the vehicle positioned within its traffic lane, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High Beam. Other advanced safety features include a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (on 'Excel' and 'Design' grades) for safe manoeuvring. Plus an E-Call service on all models that can automatically alert the emergency services to the vehicle's location in the event of an accident - triggered when the airbags are deployed.

Cost of Ownership

The Japanese maker describes the RAV4 Hybrid's mainstream technology as being of the 'self-charging' variety - but now also offers a plug-in version too, which can offer an EV driving range of 37 miles and a CO2 reading of less than 30g/km, both class-leading figures. Most though, will want the ordinary self-charging hybrid version of this car. Let's get to the figures for that. CO2 emissions range between 102 to 129g/km (NEDC) for the front-driven model and 103-131g/km (NEDC) for the AWD version. The combined cycle fuel figure for the front driven model is quoted at up to 50.4mpg (WLTP). For the AWD version, it's up to 48.7mpg (WLTP). The low emissions mean low Vehicle Excise Duty (£135 annually across the range). And, more importantly, low Benefit-in-Kind taxation for business users. The base RAV4 model has a BiK rating of just 21% - and every other version comes in at 22%, regardless of drivetrain or spec. As a result, Toyota thinks that a RAV4 company user will save around £120 a month in tax over what they'd have to fork out by running a comparable Volkswagen Tiguan in either petrol or diesel form. That's a strong incentive. Residual values for the RAV4 have always been good, in most cases bearing comparison with its closest Honda CR-V and Land Rover Discovery Sport rivals and there's little reason to doubt that they'll only improve this time round. What else? Well, the five year 100,000 mile warranty is extremely good and even after that runs out, you'll find that most spares are relatively inexpensive. There's also three years warranty against rust and 12 years of anti-corrosion protection.

Summary

Though opinion may be divided as to whether the RAV4 invented the soft roading segment, no one doubts that, more than any other, this model defined it. In some ways, it continues to do just that, for this car still sums up most of what a model of this kind should be all about. Smart, wieldy, reasonably spacious, affordable to run and with just enough SUV-ness about it to get you to the places you tend to dream about but will probably never go. This fifth generation version has brought notable changes - extra space and technology, lower running costs and a more dynamic drive - timely improvements, even if there are still other rivals that better it either on or off road. Few though, provide a stronger compromise between the two and none can better the unimpeachable build quality and strong residuals that have become a RAV4 trademark.

  • Privacy glass
  • Rear screen wiper - intermittent
  • Power front windows
  • Rear windscreen defogger
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Power rear windows
  • Automatic wipers

  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Brake hold function
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Brake assist function
  • Hill start assist
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

  • Floor mats

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Bluetooth system
  • Voice control system
  • Apple car play and Android auto

  • Full range adaptive cruise control
  • EV audible alert
  • Multimedia switches on steering wheel
  • Lane trace assist
  • Cyclist Detection
  • Night Time Pedestrian Detection
  • Panoramic view monitor
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Drive mode selector
  • Rear parking camera
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Front parking sensors
  • Electric power steering
  • Memory on adjustable speed limiter

  • Power boot opening and closing
  • Push button start
  • Remote boot door release in cabin
  • Remote boot door release in key

  • Touch 2 Go navigation system including 3D maps and voice control
  • 7" TFT multi information display
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Hybrid system indicator
  • ECO-driving indicator
  • Road sign assist - RSA
  • Low screen washer fluid warning
  • Trip computer
  • Lights on warning
  • My T Connected services
  • Analog tachometer

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Electrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Automatically retractable door mirrors
  • Turning signal integrated indicators in door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors

  • Piano black centre console with silver insert
  • Soft-touch black lower dashboard
  • Soft-touch black upper dashboard with silver insert

  • 8" Multimedia display touch screen
  • Toyota touch media system
  • 800 Watt amplifier
  • USB connection
  • JBL premium sound system with 9 speakers
  • DAB audio
  • Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour rear spoiler
  • Body colour door handles
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Body colour roof
  • Emergency brake-light signal (EBS)
  • Skyview electric opening panoramic sunroof
  • Body coloured Shark-fin antenna
  • Meshed upper front grille
  • Silver front under-run
  • Silver rear under-run

  • Projector LED headlights
  • LED High mounted stop lamp
  • Headlight cleaners
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Adaptive automatic high beam

  • Clean air filter
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Pollen filter

  • Front/rear roof mounted assist grips
  • Folding rear centre armrest
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front centre armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Grey roof lining
  • Under floor storage in luggage area
  • Manual telescopic and tilt 3-spoke leather steering wheel with Chrome insert
  • Rear door armrests
  • Dual sided deck board in boot
  • Leather gear shift with chrome surround
  • Rear view display in display audio screen with dynamic guide lines
  • Telephone and voice recognition switches on steering wheel

  • Driver and front passenger personal light
  • Light blue ambient lighting on front cupholders and open tray
  • Boot light
  • Front footwell lights
  • Illuminated entry system

  • Child proof door locks
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Front passenger airbag detector
  • Acoustic vehicle alerting system
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Toyota safety sense
  • Pre collision system
  • Adjustable front driver and passenger seat belt extender

  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Manually reclining and sliding front passenger seat
  • Power height-adjustable sliding reclining and lumbar support for driver seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat back
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Front headrests

  • Remote central locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Key in reminder
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Smart entry + Smart start
  • Glass-breaking alarm sensors
  • Tilt detection sensors
  • Motion sensor alarm
  • Intrusion alarm

  • Trailer Sway Control

  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 19" 5 spoke silver alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.175
  • HC: 0.017
  • NOx: 0.002
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 105
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 132

  • Engine Code: A25A-FXS
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 14.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 87.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 103.5
  • CC: 2487

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 50.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 50.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 51.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 51.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 54.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 57.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 52.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 58
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 54.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 43.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 40.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 51.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.7

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Excel [PanRf/JBL+PVM
  • Coin Description: VVT-i Hybrid 2WD
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 77
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 218
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 30A

  • Engine Power - KW: 160
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5700
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 163
  • Engine Torque - NM: 221
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3600
  • Engine Power - BHP: 218
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.4
  • Top Speed: 111
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 5-SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1685
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4600
  • Width: 1855
  • Wheelbase: 2690

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1590
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2155
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 580
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 565
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Metallic paint: £615
  • Pearlescent paint: £925
  • Special solid paint: £250
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Black side steps with chrome detail: £499

  • Essential protection pack - Rav4: £249
  • Protection plus pack - Rav4: £299
  • Chrome pack - Rav4: £399

  • Metallic - Galaxy black: £615
  • Metallic - Cyan splash: £615
  • Metallic - Silver blade: £615
  • Metallic - Obsidian blue: £615
  • Metallic - Decuma Grey: £615

  • Pearl - White pearl: £925
  • Pearl - Tokyo Red: £925

  • Solid - Urban Khaki: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £250

  • Towing solutions - Fixed - 7 pin+13 pin: £549
  • Towing solutions - Detachable - 7 pin+13 pin: £599

  • Leather - Black: £0
  • Leather - Grey: £0
  • Leather - Beige: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

BVRLA
ogilvie
Hitachi
Lex Autolease
Alphabet
ALD
AEVAL
Leasing Broker Federation

Join our Newsletter

Join our newsletter to receive our latest offers & news

Tilsun Leasing is a trading style of Tilsun Leasing Limited. Tilsun Leasing Limited is a credit broker not a lender.

Tilsun Leasing Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. FRN: 670872.
All our calls are monitored for compliance and training purposes.

Registered address: Tilsun Leasing Limited, Verity Court, Pochin Way, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 0GW.
Company Registered in England and Wales No. 4393228 Data Protection No. Z7014603 VAT Reg No. 400 8929 64

Tilsun Leasing 2021. All Rights Reserved