TOYOTA

TOYOTA RAV4 ESTATE 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Dynamic 5dr CVT [Pan Roof]

Fuel

FuelPetrol/Electric Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2133 g/km

TOYOTA'S HIS 'N HERS

Four-wheel drive comes no more fashionably than with Toyota's fifth generation RAV4. June Neary checks it out

Will It Suit Me?

It's intriguing to consider that Toyota's upwardly mobile statement of urban chic might well be the finest mud-plugging tool yet invented and we wouldn't know it. The trendy townies who snap up the company's latest RAV4 models are no more likely to take them to the sludge than the GTi `hot hatches` and small sportscars they probably traded in as part exchange. I thought I'd try the latest MK5 version with its frugal hybrid engine.

Practicalities

Both my other half and I enjoyed the high up driving position which gives a super view of the road (as well as enabling you to look down on other road users). Our nephew has been a four-wheel drive fan since the first time he came out with me on a test drive and was impressed with the Toyota's huge boot space which had room to spare for his bicycle, small friend's pushchair - and me - as we went to the park with some friends. It also fits the bill nicely if, like we do, you keep bottles, newspapers and aluminium cans for recycling. There's loads of room to load up the monthly collection (light on the bottles, I hasten to add), along with sacks of fallen leaves, to take to the dump. That's because this latest five-door RAV4 is a very different beast to the original Nineties version. Across each successive iteration, the RAV4 has got bigger and better equipped. This fifth generation model has represented the most radical change yet. Cute and chunky was replaced with bold and aggressive. The MK5 design is a whole lot more angular and a good deal more spacious than RAV4s past but remains at the more practical and family-orientated end of the mid-sized SUV market. What it lacks in funky, urban styling it makes up for in capacity and user-friendliness. Rear seats that fold flat to the floor with one pull of a lever are one reason why the RAV4's load capacity is as big as it is and it also helps that the middle row of seats can reclined. The seat folding action is particularly slick. Whereas some rivals may also claim flat folding rear seats, the reality is that you will often have to spend time dismantling the head restraints or risk a hernia from flipping seat bases up before the operation can be completed. There's none of that palaver in the RAV4, a one-handed operation seeing the seat vanish flush with the load bay floor. You get 580-litres of space in the boot - or 1,690-litres when the seats are folded.

Behind the Wheel

On the move, the RAV4 is surprisingly comfortable. Perhaps Toyota have decided to acknowledge that most owners don't buy an off-roader to drive off the road and have adjusted the suspension accordingly. The self-charging hybrid powertrain's apparently new, using a re-worked Lexus-derived 2.5-litre VVT-I 'Dynamic Force' engine that puts out 176bhp, with the rest of the output provided by electrification. The 2WD variant I tried gets one electric motor mounted on the front axle and develops a combined total of 215bhp. Toyota though, expects most customers to pay the extra for the AWD-i 4x4 system, which adds a further electric motor on the back axle, upping total power to 219bhp and providing significantly increased extra traction. As with the original RAV4, the handling is impressive. No, it isn't as sharp as the GTi my other half used to drive in his carefree younger days (he said), but the RAV4 came surprisingly close. Cornering roll in some other SUVs is such that they require an entirely different driving technique. That isn't the case here. "It's just like driving a car," was his verdict. It's less manoeuvrable in the supermarket car park, even with power steering, than a car would be, but given the size and weight of the vehicle, this is a very minor point.

Value For Money

RAV4 pricing sits in the £30,000 to £37,000 bracket and though you still only get the one five-door, five-seat SUV bodystyle, there's otherwise a wide range of choice, assuming you're happy to have a 2.5-litre VVT-i petrol/electric hybrid engine. From launch, there was no Plug-in option. As for what you can have, well there are four trim levels - 'Icon', 'Design', 'Excel' or 'Dynamic'. Base 'Icon'-spec comes only with the front wheel drive format that'll account for a minority of sales. Otherwise, every trim level offers buyers a choice of either front wheel drive or - for £2,240 more - the i-AWD 4x4 package that most of them are expected to choose. Whichever format you go for, as usual with any hybrid car, you have to have auto transmission.

Could I Live With One?

The fact that the man in my life could quite happily live with a RAV4 certainly makes it a viable option for me. Where the previous version was very much a second - or third - family vehicle, in my view, this fifth generation model could feasibly be our main family car. I rather like the thought of it.

  • Privacy glass
  • Rear screen wiper - intermittent
  • Power front windows
  • Rear windscreen defogger
  • 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • USB connection
  • 8" Multimedia display touch screen
  • Toyota touch media system
  • DAB audio
  • Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
  • 6 speakers

  • Body colour door handles
  • Black roof rails
  • Black rear spoiler
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Gloss black front and rear bumper
  • Glass black protection moulding on side doors
  • Emergency brake-light signal (EBS)
  • Skyview electric opening panoramic sunroof
  • Black Shark-fin antenna
  • Meshed upper front grille
  • Silver front under-run
  • Silver rear under-run

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

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

  • Folding rear centre armrest
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Front/rear roof mounted assist grips
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Under floor storage in luggage area
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Black roof lining
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Rear view display in display audio screen with dynamic guide lines
  • Dynamic sports seats
  • Telephone and voice recognition switches on steering wheel
  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • 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

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

  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Child proof door locks
  • 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
  • Pre collision system
  • Adjustable front driver and passenger seat belt extender
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Front passenger airbag detector
  • Toyota safety sense
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Acoustic vehicle alerting system

  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • 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 headrests
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Reclining rear seats

  • Key in reminder
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Smart entry + Smart start
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • 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 black alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.169
  • HC: 0.017
  • NOx: 0.003
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 101
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 113
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 113
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 133

  • 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): 62.8
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.0
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.0
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.0
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Dynamic [Pan Roof]
  • Coin Description: VVT-i Hybrid
  • 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: 222
  • 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: 163
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5700
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 163
  • Engine Torque - NM: 221
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3600
  • Engine Power - BHP: 222
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.1
  • 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: 1654
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2155
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 580
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1650
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 501
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Black side steps with chrome detail: £499
  • Metallic Bi-tone paint: Included
  • Pearlescent bi-tone paint: £310

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

  • Metallic Bi-tone - Decuma Grey/Black: £0
  • Pearlescent Bi-tone - White Pearl/Black: £310
  • Metallic Bi-tone - Silver blade/Black: £0
  • Metallic Bi-tone - Obisidian blue/Black: £0

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

  • Synthetic leather - Black: £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.

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