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Toyota RAV4 ESTATE 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD

Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
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Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT 2WD

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG51.10
  • 0-62mph8.1 secs
  • Top Speed112 mph
  • C02105 g/km
  • BHP218
  • Torque163 lbs/f
  • P11D25%

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. 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.

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Toyota's fifth generation RAV4 has become quite the polished item. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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. That 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.

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 £30,000 in the all-Hybrid range and run to around £37,000. 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 technology as being of the 'self-charging' variety, which means that it isn't of the currently popular Plug-in variety. The brand of course has this technology (it's available on top versions of its Prius model) but currently feels it isn't necessary for the RAV4 line-up. Let's get to the figures. CO2 emissions range between 102 to 105g/km. And the combined cycle fuel figure for the front driven model is quoted at 51.2mpg. Those figures are WLTP-rated, converted to NEDC2-spec. 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.

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Exterior Features
Special solid paint
Auto dimming interior mirror
Auto high beam
Automatic headlamp levelling
Automatic headlights
Automatically retractable door mirrors
Black roof rails
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors
Body colour rear spoiler
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured Shark-fin antenna
Door mirror puddle lights
Electric adjustable door mirrors
Emergency brake-light signal (EBS)
Follow me home headlights
Front fog lights
Headlight cleaners
Heated door mirrors
LED daytime running lights
LED High mounted stop lamp
LED rear lights
Meshed upper front grille
Power front windows
Power rear windows
Privacy glass
Projector LED headlights
Rear screen wiper - intermittent
Rear windscreen defogger
Silver front under-run
Silver rear under-run
Trailer Sway Control
Turning signal integrated indicators in door mirrors
Windscreen wiper de-icer
Interior Features
Leather upholstery
3 rear headrests
60/40 split fold rear seat back
Boot light
Clean air filter
Driver and front passenger personal light
Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Driver seat memory function
Dual sided deck board in boot
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Floor mats
Folding rear centre armrest
Front and rear bottle holders
Front centre armrest
Front footwell lights
Front headrests
Front seatback pockets
Front/rear roof mounted assist grips
Grey roof lining
Heated driver and front passenger seats
Heated steering wheel
Isofix child seat preparation
Leather gear shift with chrome surround
Light blue ambient lighting on front cupholders and open tray
Manual telescopic and tilt 3-spoke leather steering wheel with Chrome insert
Manually reclining and sliding front passenger seat
Pollen filter
Power height-adjustable sliding reclining and lumbar support for driver seat
Rear coat hooks
Rear door armrests
Rear passenger air vents
Reclining rear seats
Satin chrome interior door handles
Sunglasses holder
Wheels
18" 5-spoke silver alloy wheels
Full size spare wheel
Driver Convenience
7" colour TFT display
Adaptive cruise control with lane trace assist
Adjustable speed limiter
Apple car play and Android auto
Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
Bluetooth system
Cyclist Detection
Drive mode selector
ECO-driving indicator
Electric power steering
EV audible alert
Hybrid system indicator
Lane departure warning system
Lights on warning
Low screen washer fluid warning
Night Time Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrial detection
Power boot opening and closing
Rear parking camera
Rear parking sensors
Remote boot door release in cabin
Tachometer
Touch 2 Go navigation system including 3D maps and voice control
Traffic sign recognition
Trip computer
Voice control system
Entertainment
6 speakers
8" Multimedia display touch screen
Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
DAB audio
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Toyota touch media system
USB connection
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS/EBD
Adjustable front driver and passenger seat belt extender
Brake assist function
Child proof door locks
Collision mitigation braking system
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Drivers knee airbag
eCall emergency call system
Electronic parking brake
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
Emergency brake light system (EBS)
Front and rear curtain airbags
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Hill start assist
Passenger airbag cut-off device
Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
Traction control
Tyre pressure warning
Security
Alarm/immobiliser
Glass-breaking alarm sensors
Key in reminder
Remote central locking
Smart entry + Smart start
Speed sensitive auto door locking
Tilt detection sensors
Technical
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Trim
Piano black centre console with silver insert
Soft-touch black lower dashboard
Soft-touch black upper dashboard with silver insert
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.155
CO2 (g/km) 105
HC 0.025
Noise Level dB(A) 70
NOx 0.0021
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 129
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 131
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 129
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 157
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 115
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 117
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 115
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 126
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 128
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 126
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 109
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 110
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 109
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2487
Compression Ratio 14.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 87.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 103.5
Engine Code A25A-FXS
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 1 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 51.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 50.1
EC Urban (mpg) 50.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 4.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 48.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 41.5
WLTP - MPG - High 55.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 54.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Low 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium 58.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 58.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 58.9
General
Badge Engine CC 2.5
Badge Power 218
Coin Description VVT-i Hybrid 2WD
Coin Series Excel
Generation Mark 4
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 26E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 85
NCAP Safety Assist % 77
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.1
Engine Power - BHP 218
Engine Power - KW 160
Engine Power - RPM 5700
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 163
Engine Torque - MKG 22.5
Engine Torque - NM 221
Engine Torque - RPM 3600
Top Speed 112
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/60 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/60 R18
Tyre Size Spare FULL SIZE
Wheel Style 5-SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1685
Length 4600
Wheelbase 2690
Width 1855
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 55
Gross Vehicle Weight 2155
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 580
Max. Loading Weight 565
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1590
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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36 months 10,000 miles p/a £346.00 p/m £16.26 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £332.58 p/m £28.58 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Lease Type
Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Mileage
Include Maintenance

An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Entertainment
Double tablet holder £120.00
Single tablet holder £70.00
Exterior Features
Black side steps with chrome detail £499.00
Metallic paint £545.00
Pearlescent paint £795.00
Solid paint £250.00
Towing solutions - Detachable - 7 pin+13 pin £599.00
Towing solutions - Fixed - 7 pin+13 pin £549.00
Packs
Chrome pack - Rav4 £399.00
Essential protection pack - Rav4 £249.00
Protection plus pack - Rav4 £399.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Cyan splash £545.00
Metallic - Decuma Grey £545.00
Metallic - Galaxy black £545.00
Metallic - Obsidian blue £545.00
Metallic - Silver blade £545.00
Pearl - Tokyo Red £795.00
Pearl - White pearl £795.00
Solid - Pure white £250.00
Special solid - Urban Khaki FOC
Trim
Leather - Beige FOC
Leather - Black FOC
Leather - Grey FOC
Wheels
18" Glossy black alloy wheels £699.00
18" Glossy black machined - face alloy wheels £699.00
18" Glossy silver alloy wheels £699.00
* option prices shown are estimated