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Toyota Rav4

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Built tough, for the family
Since 1994 the Rav4 has created a storm in the motoring world and I think that is for a good reason seeing as it is the pioneer of the compact crossover segment. With a wilder design and higher capability, this Toyota is ideally manufactured to integrate metropolitan with mother nature - it is even in the name, Recreational Activity Vehicle. After receiving my keys at the dealership and having some bonding time with my test subject, it is safe to say that Toyota has done it again - the vehicle is quite impressive and perfect.

The Concept
A compact crossover SUV is for moms with dynamic and adrenaline-seeking families. The Rav4 is ideal for city dwellers who can appreciate the wonders of nature now and again and who are not scared to push their comfort limit and boundaries. It is resilient, robust and won’t back down.

The Look
The large Rav4 is bold and is certainly a statement maker, its distinctive look makes it easy to identify. If you look closely you will see that it shares a bit of similarity with the revolutionary 4Runner- a clever move on the designer as it’s sure to be a hit with the locals. Although a robust-looking SUV is touched with refined design cues such as the chrome door handles (with smart entry!) for an elegant finish. The upswept LED headlights are equipped with Auto High Beam, Daytime Running, an automatic headlight levelling and a Light Control System with Follow-Me-Home. 19-inch alloy wheels give a proud and conquering stance, that combined with the increased ground clearance and shorter overhangs, it makes the crossover look as if it can tackle any terrain it might be presented with and I have an inkling that it will do just that. Fog lights can also be found in the front as well as in the rear end. It also sports roof rails and a rear spoiler which gives it a sporty attitude.

The Feel
Spacious and comfort was definitely the priority when designing the interior. With Corolla hatch inspiration, the Rav4 sports a roomy cabin (head, knee and legroom for the whole family to enjoy) and has a clear, high-quality touch to it. Partial leather upholstery will also be found and the driver’s seat is enjoyable thanks to a powered front seat adjustment that additionally has a memory feature for optimal flexibility and comfort as well as powered lumbar support. The front seats are also heated and will be highly appreciated on frosty winter mornings. A 750-litre boot has 60:40 split table rear seats which can fold completely flat for a flat loading bay and the powered tailgate will stop out any fumbling when loading.

The Features
The Entune 3.0 multimedia infotainment system features Bluetooth Connectivity, USB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging and six speakers. It also has a panoramic view monitor for the reversing camera to ensure that you have a good view all around and cancel out all those pesky blind spots. A push-to-start function, adaptive all-speed cruise control and auto dual-zone air conditioning will ensure that each journey will be an enjoyable one. It is also equipped with an immobiliser, alarm, Double Lock Driver, front passenger, front driver-knee, curtain airbags, speed depending Auto Door Lock, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, Over-Run and a Speed Limiter as well as a Pre-Crash System (Brake Synchronised). Driver’s aids include Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle-Stability Control (VSC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Multi-Terrain Select (MTS), Hill-Assist Control (HAC), Downhill-Assist Control (DAC), front as well as rear Park Distance Control (PDC), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) With Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and a Lane-Keeping System.

The Drive
The 2.5 VX engine can produce 152kW of power and 243Nm of torque which is suited for city driving but can also tackle tough terrains when necessary (the intuitive AWD system and a plethora of driving aids). It has a decent fuel consumption of 7.3-litres per 100km which I think is reasonable for a vehicle of its size and might. It won’t be climbing out monstrous mountains as it's not considered as a 4x4 but the eight-speed automatic can hold its own and won’t have any qualms in conquering mild terrains because of the forward-thinking engineering such as the debuting Rear Driveline Disconnect system. I like the fact that it is able to configure its driving modes such as Rock & Dirt and Mud & Sand, this means that I will get the most suited driving setting for my drive that will allow me a smooth and comfortable journey. Overall it has an impressive driving capability - it is smooth and stable through corners, the steering is direct, transmission swift and most importantly when you put the pedal to the metal - it delivers. What more do you need than a powerful engine, sleek looks and a safe journey? For you’ll find it all in the new Rav4

Where to find it

If the rowdy Rav4 has piqued your interest and you would like to own one, visit www.toyota.co.za to get yours today!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler
Editor: Pearl Mwale

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