The Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV comes with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine or Hybrid Synergy Drive, new six-speed transmission, two-row seating for five, and a host of available in-cabin technologies. The new 2018 RAV4 is available to order now, which features improved Hybrid technology, the 2.0-litre diesel version is also available.
The Toyota RAV4 offers a fine balance of performance and all-around capability, including class-leading cargo capacity, striking design, class-leading eight standard airbags, and a compelling array of standard features. The RAV4 is in the same class as the Ford Kuga, Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan.
For 2018, hybrid power is available across all the new model grades: Icon and Icon Tech versions have front-wheel drive while Design and Excel versions also offer the choice of Toyota’s compact, lightweight and energy-saving E-Four electric all-wheel drive system.
The line-up continues to feature 2.0 D-4D diesel front-wheel drive models and 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol power with CVT automatic gearbox and (mechanical) all-wheel drive.
The new entry-level Icon grade is equipped with the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with seven-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth, DAB reception and reversing camera. It also comes with Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance features, Smart Entry and push-button start, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a power tailgate with a height memory setting – ideal when the backdoor is regularly opened in a confined area, such as a domestic garage or multi-storey car park. The Icon Tech models additionally feature navigation and connectivity functions with the Toyota Touch 2 package.
The new RAV4 Design models ride on 18-inch black and machined-face alloys and are fitted with LED headlights with automatic levelling. Black leather and Alcantara upholstery is used for the seats, door trims and arm rests and the front seats are power-slide-adjustable with integrated heating and lumbar support.
At the top of the range, the Excel grade adds high-gloss black 18-inch 10-spoke alloys and matching black door mirror casings and underruns. Black, beige or grey leather upholstery can be specified and the driver’s seat gains a memory function. The multimedia system has additional functions, such as voice recognition, text-to-speech and 3D maps. Safety provisions are enhanced with the addition of a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Option packs and colours
The RAV4 Design can be specified with a Visibility Pack, equipping the vehicle with a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Panoramic View Monitor. For Excel models a new Assist Pack provides a hands-free, “kick-activated” tailgate and panoramic view monitor.
The Panoramic View Monitor is a new feature for RAV4, helping make parking and manoeuvring easier. It combines images from four external cameras to create a near-360-degree, 3D view of the car’s surroundings, presented on the central multimedia screen. The driver can choose from two viewing modes: moving view and see-through view, to check for any obstacles or hazards that are out of their sightline.
The 2018 RAV4 is available in a new colour, Tokyo Red. A full body colour treatment is available for Design grade models, in Tokyo Red and Silver Blade, taking in the bumpers and wheel arches. The underruns have a contrasting silver finish.
The RAV4's dash panel is driver-centric and asymmetrical, with primary and secondary controls all within easy reach. On the passenger side, the sculpted dash panel creates an atmosphere of airy spaciousness.
Standard on RAV4 is a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen. TheToyota RAV4's Audio Display includes a standard reverse camera and Bluetooth connectivity. When shifted into reverse, the audio display will show the image of what the reverse camera captures.
All RAV4's will feature 60/40 split/fold second-row seats that recline several degrees to enhance passenger comfort.
Privacy glass, Daytime Running Lights, cruise control, power side mirrors, power door locks and power windows are standard.
The All New RAV4 is now available with Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive for the first time,Representing the next step in Toyota’s application of hybrid technology. It's new powertrain combines a muscular 2.5-litre petrol engine and an efficient electric motor powering the rear axle to deliver electronic all-wheel drive.
Grades and Prices
|MODEL GRADE||POWERTRAIN||OTR PRICE|
|Icon||2.0 D-4D FWD 6MT||£27,450|
|Icon||2.5 Hybrid FWD||£29,005|
|Icon Tech||2.0 D-4D FWD 6MT||£27,990|
|Icon Tech||2.5 Hybrid FWD||£29,545|
|Design||2.0 D-4D FWD 6MT||£30,160|
|Design||2.0 Valvematic AWD CVT||£32,325|
|Design||2.5 Hybrid FWD||£31,715|
|Design||2.5 Hybrid AWD||£33,740|
|Excel||2.0 D-4D FWD 6MT||£31,405|
|Excel||2.0 Valvematic AWD CVT||£33,570|
|Excel||2.5 Hybrid FWD||£32,960|
|Excel||2.5 Hybrid AWD||£34,985|