2019 Toyota RAV4 (5th Generation)

FiestaST

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Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid: UK details confirmed

New version of fifth-generation SUV will go on sale with 302bhp and a 38-mile-plus electric-only range

Toyota has released new details of its new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, which will arrive in the UK with a 302bhp powertrain capable of more than 38 miles of electric-only running.

The fifth-generation SUV was launched in 2018, but it was initially offered in the UK with just one powertrain option: a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid producing 215bhp in front-wheel-drive form and 219bhp in four-wheel-drive models. Toyota says the new machine is the most powerful RAV4 – and the quickest alternatively fuelled Toyota – ever.

The new plug-in variant features four-wheel drive as standard and uses the same 173bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine as the regular hybrid. That engine is mated to a larger underfloor battery and more powerful electric motor – although Toyota has yet to specify details of these. The new battery is a high-capacity lithium ion unit, with the powertrain featuring a boost converter on the hybrid’s power control unit.

 

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Motorised boot is slow to open and close.
At night you can't see the switches and buttons for the windows and mirrors. The driving lights are really good.
Side mirrors don't automatically close and open.
Plenty boot space. That's awesome.

I drove the car for about 1000km while my folks were away. It's a big car, bulky and "fat". Takes some getting used. The parking sensors and the cameras help allot. Found that useful. I enjoyed the radar cruise control. I found the fuel consumption wasn't great when using the cruise control. I did a better job without it. Managed to get the fuel consumption down to 6.7 L/100km on a trip to pta.

I found the instrument cluster to be unfriendly. In a sense that I couldn't have all the information on one screen. I had to change screens for the fuel consumption, km left in the tank etc. The auto windscreen wipers were either too sensitive or very lazy. I ended up just manually operating them.

The FOB to lock and unlock the car is confusing. Still didn't quite figure it out. I couldn't open the boot with the remote unless I had unlocked the car doors first.

Regarding the CVT. I can only compare it to my current sx4 2.0L. Sooo much better. Doing 120kph the revs were sitting just under 2000rpm. Nice and quiet. I did find from time to time that the CVT would get confused when I wanted to accelerate slightly. It would go really high in the revs then come back down again.

I am following some Facebook groups regarding the car based all over the world. They have had similar issues. Apparently they have gone for a software upgrade. Not too sure if that solves it.

There is no android auto and apple car play. Again overseas it is a free upgrade. I am not sure about here. Haven't found out.

I towed my box trailer with the vehicle. The car handled it fine. My father has the same model as yours.

Would I get one? Yes I would. I would like to test drive the 2.5L with the 8 speed box and see if that is maybe better. To answer your question. Yes my dad is happy.
I have read it somewhere they said the new centre screen is actually a bit obtrusive for the driver's view. Is it too large from your experience?
 

Georgios

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I have read it somewhere they said the new centre screen is actually a bit obtrusive for the driver's view. Is it too large from your experience?
It wasn't obtrusive for myself when driving. I found it not helpful at times and would rather have it off or not display anything. It does sit out of the dash and straight up. So I could see it being obtrusive in that way. It is bulky.
 

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Toyota RAV4 uses updated VSC to pass “Moose Test”

Last October, Swedish publication Teknikens Värld put the new Toyota RAV4 to the “Moose Test” which it ended up failing. The model that was put to the test was the all-wheel drive hybrid variant which isn’t offered in SA.

Toyota took this test seriously and has updated the RAV4’s vehicle stability system (VSC) in order to help it pass this rigorous test. The system now applies more braking force to keep the vehicle in check.

The RAV4 successfully passed the test at 72 km/h and showed similar characteristics at 70 km/h. A big difference was noticed at 65 km/h compared to the previous test. The testers noted that at 70 km/h the RAV4's suspension compresses on the outer side, resulting in a noticeable degree of body lean. But while this technically constitutes compromised handling, it doesn't stop the RAV4 from passing the test.



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