Driving impressions: Toyota RAV4

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18 October 2013

Staid new Toyota RAV4 is still a versatile family option.

Model: Toyota RAV4 2,5 Auto VX

Toyota’s RAV4 has been a popular choice in the SUV segment of the market, but the fourth generation RAV4 is very different animal from the original model. The first RAV4 of the ’90s had a cute appearance while the latest version is more conservative.

Today’s low-profile RAV4 has the look of a station wagon that’s had a dose of steroids. But we like the car’s looks and it feels good and sturdy. The interior space is ample and the 476-litre luggage room a plus. It also boasts a keyless access system, leather finish, a sound system with a touch-screen and heated seats. The ride and handling don’t disappoint and the sound insulation is reasonable. The top model, which is the one we drove, has four-wheel-drive and the six-speed automatic gearbox is as smooth as silk. A pleasant surprise was that the steering is light for a vehicle this size. The RAV4 will appeal to families requiring a safe, reliable vehicle that’s perfect both for daily use and longer distances.

  • Price: R410 300
  • Engine: 2,5-litre petrol; 132 kW; 233 Nm
  • Fuel consumption: 8,5 l/100 km (average)
  • Performance: 0-100 km/h in 9,4 sec; top speed 180 km/h
  • Warranty: 3 years/100 000 km
  • Service plan: 5 years/90 000 km

- Wilmer Müller

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