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RAV4 Range Overview

The RAV4 range allows you to go everywhere you want to go – in style. This crossover SUV has the best of both worlds, with features that enhance urban and off-road driving. The new RAV4 has the bragging rights of a multitude of features that come standard with the fierce vehicle. While many crossover SUVs can cost a fortune to upgrade with additional capabilities, the RAV4 offers a life where incredible comes standard. There is a RAV4 for everyone! With 5 different models to choose from, you can find the perfect crossover SUV for your needs.

This Toyota “compact” crossover SUV did not come to play around. Anything but small, this RAV has space for 5 passengers and a boot capacity of 733 litres. The non-hybrid vehicles are available in two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The hybrid SUV has an E-Four system that offers the thrilling AWD experience with the efficiency of an electric engine. The RAV4 is available in 2.0 and 2.5 litres inline-four-cylinder engines, this improves the performance and efficiency of your everyday drive.

The newest design of the RAV4 is bold and commanding, with strong geometric influences on the exterior. The body of the car is athletic without looking overengineered. The RAV4 has a presence that does not have to be announced when it cruises the streets. The interior offers superior comfort and space for everyone and everything you need. Convenient features like the multifunction steering wheel help you to drive safely with more confidence.

Cinnabar red Toyota RAV4 exterior

RAV4 Trim Options

With five different models to choose from, the Toyota RAV4 is one of the most dynamic crossover SUVs on the market. There are two different trim lines, the GX-R (entry-level) and the VX (premium). In terms of driving options, you can buy a 2WD (two-wheel-drive), AWD (all-wheel-drive) or an E-Four (Hybrid). The transmission options can also be chosen by preference - an automatic transmission or CVT (continuous variable transmission).

Vehicle Specification Prices
Toyota RAV4 2.0 GX-R CVT AWD From R 624 800
Toyota RAV4 2.0 VX CVT 2WD From R 635 500
Toyota RAV4 2.5 GX-R CVT Hybrid E-Four From R663 400
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VX AT AWD From R723 400
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VX CVT Hybrid E-Four From R744 900

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Please note that this review serves as a general overview of the RAV4 range as a whole, with no particular focus on any one model. For full details on one of these RAV4 models, we invite you to contact your nearest CFAO Toyota dealer to speak to our knowledgeable sales staff.

RAV4 Performance & Drive

The RAV4 is a powerful SUV crossover that doesn’t guzzle petrol. The hybrid vehicles have a maximum power of 131kw at 5700r/min and the 2.5 VX AT AWD has 152kw at 660r/min. The maximum torque on both the hybrid and normal models is impressive when considering the low fuel consumption. There has never been a better time than now to invest in a vehicle with good fuel economy. The hybrid model only uses approximately 4.8 litres per 100kms and the normal models range from 6.7 - 7.3 litres per 100kms.

According to Edmunds (car shopping experts), “... the RAV4's optional upgraded all-wheel-drive system includes rear-axle torque vectoring and more advanced traction control systems with selectable terrain settings and hill descent control. These systems, plus respectable ground clearance, give the RAV4 Adventure above-average off-road ability for a small SUV.” The fuel economy, together with the power and off-road abilities, make the Toyota RAV4 a standout crossover SUV.

Toyota RAV4 driving off-road in nature

RAV4 Space & Comfort

The RAV4 is a five-seater that breaks all the rules of a supposed “compact” SUV. The vehicle is spacious in the interior with ample boot space. The second row of seats folds down completely and can be lowered one by one. In this way, you can pop in your surfboard, bicycle or even transport larger objects by yourself. Some RAV4 owners even use this crossover SUV for their “glamping”, by putting a mattress in the back of the car with the seats down.

The comfort features in the RAV4 are extensive, even in the entry-level model (GX-R). The seat trims are partial leather and the driver’s seat has lumbar support. Another cool feature is the automatic dual-zone air conditioner, this allows each passenger to choose their desired temperature and intensity. Both of the front seats have built-in heaters – perfect for early morning starts or frosty evenings. The ergonomic comfort has been upgraded with a bigger centre console with space for four cup holders and a tray for personal belongings.

RAV4 interior cockpit infotainment and steering wheel

RAV4 Technology & Safety

RAV4 Technology

The RAV4 is fitted with cutting-edge technology. One of the best features is the infotainment touchscreen. The touchscreen is 7 inches wide (17.78cm) and can be fully integrated with Android and Apple smartphones. You can also connect your device via BlueTooth or a USB port. The infotainment system can be managed with the control switches on the steering wheel for extra functionality

All of the newest Toyota vehicles are eligible for connection to the MyToyota application. The app allows users to create their own unique profile to manage their vehicle ownership. MyToyota connects to in-car wi-fi and can help call for roadside assistance. In terms of maintenance, the app allows users to connect with dealerships near them to book services or test drives.

RAV4 Safety

When investing in a vehicle, the safety features are a huge part of the decision. It is important that when you are driving you feel safe and secure. Thankfully, the RAV4 is jam-packed with safety features! Every model comes with an anti-theft system that has an immobiliser, alarm and a double lock system. The backseats of every model are fitted with two ISOFIX points for a children’s car seat. There are airbags installed in the driver and passenger seats, curtain airbags and driver knee airbags and airbags on the side.

The driver support systems are substantial for an SUV crossover. The wide range of features gives the driver greater control of the car, making the car safer for everyone. Standard features include:

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
  • Vehicle stability control (VSC)
  • Hill assist control (HAC)
  • Trailer sway control (TSC)

With the above features as standard across all models, it is no surprise that the RAV4 is celebrated for its technology. According to TopGear, “The RAV4 is practical, intelligent, and puts Toyota’s cumulative years working away at this technology front and centre.” From one of the most famous automotive reviewers in the world, we take that as a stamp of approval.

Urban Khaki RAV4 driving up mountain next to ocean

RAV4 Review FAQs

Is the RAV4 a luxury car?

The RAV4 has a variety of modern and high-tech features in its comfortable interior. There is an entry-level model (GX-R) and the premium model (VX) can be considered the luxury variant. If you’re looking for a vehicle that comes with all the bells and whistles standard, we recommend the VX variant.

Which RAV4 model is the best?

If you're looking for the RAV4 model with the most power, and all-wheel-drive you’ll want to buy the 2.5 VW automatic AWD. The VX model is the premium RAV4 and comes standard with more features than the entry-level model. However, if you’re looking for a hybrid SUV crossover – you should go for the 2.5 VX CVT hybrid model.

Are RAV4 reliable cars?

The RAV4 is a car that is known for its dependability and reliable performance. According to Auto Express Online, the RAV4 scored 5 out of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test tests. The vehicle also received 4 out of 5 stars for its reliability and safety rating from AutoExpress Online.

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