Toyota Rav4

Toyota Rav4 Motability car frontThe Toyota Rav4 is a late arrival to the Scheme, having been on sale since Feb 2013, but it’s a most welcome addition. The fourth generation Rav4 is up against the Ford Kuga, Honda CRV, Nissan X-Trail and Volkswagen Tiguan in the SUV sector and like these cars it is available in either two or four wheel drive. Inside there is seating for five and the rear headroom is excellent but the seats are not three individuals but a 60:40 split with the middle seat being reserved for the thinnest hipped of passengers.  The boot has 547 litres of storage space which is generous in this class and up front the driving position is excellent and the all around quality of build is evident, the dashboard being particularly clean and the seats supportive and comfortable.


Toyota Rav4 Motability car insideThe RAV4 Business Edition features Toyota’s Touch 2 with Go infotainment system, which includes sat-nav, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rear-view camera and internet connectivity – all operated through a 6.1″ colour touchscreen. Other standard equipment includes cruise control, LED running lights, rear privacy glass, front fog lights, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, 17″ alloy wheels and electric door mirrors. The ‘Icon’ trim adds 18″ two tone alloy wheels, power operated tailgate with height opening memory, retractable door mirrors, keyless entry and push button start.


Toyota Rav4 Motability car sideThe front wheel drive two litre diesel manual offers a claimed economy of 57.6 miles per gallon and a punchy 124bhp to draw from 0-62 can be reached in 10.5 seconds. Towing weights are an acceptable 1600kg.

Hybrid Rav-4

Sister firm Lexus donates the drivetrain from its NX 300h, meaning the RAV4 gets a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, electric motor, continuously variable automatic transmission and a relatively old-fashioned nickel metal hydride battery pack. Don’t be fooled by a sprightly sounding 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds, in reality, despite decent performance around town thanks to the electric assistance, the RAV4 Hybrid doesn’t feel anywhere near as fast as the figures suggest, particularly when it’s tasked with keeping up the pace on the motorway.

The 2WD RAV4 Hybrid is only available in Business Edition Plus which offers sat-nav, LED headlights, an electric tailgate and keyless entry and start. Towing capacity is greatly reduced as the front-wheel drive car can only muster a 800kg braked capacity.  Economy is a claimed 57.6 miles per gallon from the CVT automatic gearbox.

 Autumn Best Buy – Toyota Rav4 2.5 petrol FWD Hybrid Automatic ‘Business Edition Plus’  –   £1995  Advance Payment (£942 wpms)


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