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TOYOTA RAV4

2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [Pan Roof/JBL+PVM]

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Initial Rental (Business)
£2,340.45 exc VAT
Initial Payment
9 Months
Contract Term
48 Months
Annual Mileage
5000 Miles
Maintenance (£56)
No
Businessexc. VAT£260.05
Initial Rental: £2,340.45
Personalinc. VAT£312.06
Initial Rental: £2,808.54
Vehicle Information
List Price
£37,790.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Hybrid
Fuel Consumption
62.8 MPG
0-62 mph
8.4 secs
Engine Size
2.5
No. of Doors
5
CO2
103 g/km
BODY GLASS
  • Power front windows
  • Power rear windows
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear screen wiper - intermittent
  • Rear windscreen defogger
  • Windscreen wiper de-icer
BRAKES
  • ABS/EBD
  • Brake assist function
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Emergency brake light system (EBS)
  • Hill start assist
  • Traction control
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Floor mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth system
  • Voice control system
DRIVER AIDS
  • Adaptive cruise control with lane trace assist
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Cyclist Detection
  • Drive mode selector
  • Electric power steering
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Night Time Pedestrian Detection
  • Panoramic view monitor
  • Pedestrial detection
  • Rear parking camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Traffic sign recognition
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Power boot opening and closing
  • Remote boot door release in cabin
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 7" colour TFT display
  • eCall emergency call system
  • ECO-driving indicator
  • Hybrid system indicator
  • Lights on warning
  • Low screen washer fluid warning
  • Tachometer
  • Touch 2 Go navigation system including 3D maps and voice control
  • Trip computer
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Auto dimming interior mirror
  • Automatically retractable door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turning signal integrated indicators in door mirrors
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Piano black centre console with silver insert
  • Soft-touch black lower dashboard
  • Soft-touch black upper dashboard with silver insert
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 8" Multimedia display touch screen
  • Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
  • DAB audio
  • JBL premium sound system with 9 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Toyota touch media system
  • USB connection
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour rear spoiler
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured Shark-fin antenna
  • Emergency brake-light signal (EBS)
  • Meshed upper front grille
  • Silver front under-run
  • Silver rear under-run
  • Skyview electric opening panoramic sunroof
  • Special solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Auto high beam
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight cleaners
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED High mounted stop lamp
  • LED rear lights
  • Projector LED headlights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Clean air filter
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear passenger air vents
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • Dual sided deck board in boot
  • Folding rear centre armrest
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front/rear roof mounted assist grips
  • Grey roof lining
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather gear shift with chrome surround
  • Leather upholstery
  • Manual telescopic and tilt 3-spoke leather steering wheel with Chrome insert
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Rear door armrests
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Under floor storage in luggage area
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Boot light
  • Driver and front passenger personal light
  • Front footwell lights
  • Light blue ambient lighting on front cupholders and open tray
PACKS
  • Parking pack - Rav4
SAFETY
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Adjustable front driver and passenger seat belt extender
  • Child proof door locks
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
  • Tyre pressure warning
SEATS
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat back
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Front headrests
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Manually reclining and sliding front passenger seat
  • Power height-adjustable sliding reclining and lumbar support for driver seat
  • Reclining rear seats
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
TOWING
  • Trailer Sway Control
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" 5-spoke silver alloy wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre repair kit
  • CO: 0.169
  • CO2: 103
  • HC: 30A
  • HC+NOx: N
  • NOx: 0.0028
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Bore: 87.5
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 2487
  • Compression Ratio: 14.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Codes: A25A-FXS
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Type: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 103.5
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: True
  • EC Combined: 62.8
  • EC Extra Urban: 60.1
  • EC Urban: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 4.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 6.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 5.8
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: VVT-i Hybrid
  • Coin Series: Excel[PanRf/JBL+PVM]
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 222
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 2.5
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 8.4
  • BHP: 222
  • Engine Power KW: 163
  • Engine Power RPM: 5700
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 163
  • Engine Torque MKG: 22.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 221
  • Engine Torque RPM: 3600
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: 5-SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1685
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4600
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11
  • Wheelbase: 2690
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1855
  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 580
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2155
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1650
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1654
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 501

RAV REFINED

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

Ten Second 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.

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.