All-new Toyota RAV4

The new Toyota RAV4 is bigger, lighter and more efficient and goes on sale in early 2013.

The Toyota RAV4 starts at £2,000 less than the outgoing model, with the entry-level Active priced from £22,595.

The front-wheel drive version is offered in two spec levels, starting with the Active. Powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, the Active has 17-inch alloy wheels, LEDs, power windows and Bluetooth. It’s the most efficient, too, returning 58.6mpg and emitting 127g/km of CO2.

The Icon adds 18-inch alloy wheels, touchscreen DAB audio with Bluetooth, sports seats, cruise control and automatic windscreen wipers. It also has a clever electrically opening tailgate as standard. This opens upwards, not outwards like before, meaning it can be opened in smaller spaces and doesn’t stick out into traffic. The tailgate also has a clever memory height setting, so you can specify it to open to the height of your garage ceiling, for instance.

All-wheel drive models are offered in Icon and Invincible equipment levels. The Icon is offered with a 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a CVT automatic for £25,595, or for another £900 there’s a 2.2-litre diesel. There’s a choice of six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions for the diesel, with the automatic priced at £27,595.

The Invincible is sold only with the 2.2-litre diesel and all-wheel drive. As the flagship, it comes with keyless entry and start, plus leather seats with heating and electric adjustment. The six-speed manual is £28,195, while the automatic is £29,295.

The new-generation RAV4 has been completely restyled with Toyota’s new ‘Keen Look’ design, which gives it a bold, square-edged look for a rugged yet sporty profile. It’s also bigger, with a massive 205mm increase in length delivering more rear legroom and a much larger boot. It’s now 547 litres, which is 137 litres bigger than the previous model. With the rear seats folded flat, there’s now 1,619 litres of space. The lip is also lower and wider than before, making it easier to load your shopping.

To view the full Toyota range, visit the CarBuyer Toyota reviews page.

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