Toyota has chosen the simplicity for its new RAV4, fifth of the name. More supply diesel or even petrol engines: it is a hybrid, a point that is. Everything has changed, except his surname. New platform, in common with other Toyota models (Corolla, among others), and even Lexus (ES 300h), new design, new interior, new powertrain. But this last is an old acquaintance, since it is the system developed for the Toyota Prius there more than twenty years. It does not allow you to roll two or three kilometers in a mode strictly electric; the Fairy electricity is merely most of the time to help the gasoline engine-traditional (mostly city) while contributing to reduce dramatically the consumption figures and emissions. Nothing to do with a hybrid “rechargeable” able to perform several tens of kilometres in all-electric mode.

The rear lights of the car are hinged. www.sebastienmauroy.com

original appearance

it is far the first ” Recreational Active Vehicle “, launched in the mid-1990s, with its 3,71 m long (two doors) and its boiling small backpacker towns. The RAV4 is now a SUV with a family of 4.60 m. To within a few millimetres, it has the same length as its predecessor. But the wheelbase is up by a handful of centimeters. The width is gaining 1 cm but the height loses the same value. This SUV Toyota, already a competitor of the Nissan X-Trail, Peugeot 5008 and the Volkswagen Tiguan, was on his way to the Honda CR-V, a competitor who shares with him the similarities. Like him, the SUV, the japanese is switched to the hybrid and it moves in the same tariff zone.

The RAV4 is distinguished by an aesthetic that is more clivante. Look at those rear lights that protrude, these sculpted flanks, these wheel arches accented, hood, perched high worthy of that of a command because: the lines of the RAV4 2019 are neither smooth nor consensual. Toyota has taken the advantage of an original drawing. Why not? Good news, the design teams involved in the front of the vehicle appear to have signed the peace with those of the back, which was perhaps not yet the case for the CH-R, in which the aesthetic was not of the same harmony.

The rear-view mirror has been replaced with a color screen connected to a camera. It provides an excellent rear view. The refractory can, however, return to the traditional mirror by simply pressing a button. Toyota.

rear view on screen

The interior is more classical, and may even be too much. Let’s not scare the clientele, american and chinese, are more conservative than in Europe. The finish has increased a good notch compared to the usual standards of the brand, both for the assembly of furniture to the quality of the materials. At least, that is at eye level. The plastic top of the dashboard is frothy and somewhat flattering. It is hard and shiny on its lower part. Damage.

The RAV4 is the flavour of the day. USB outlets abound: three front, two rear. The laptops can be recharged by induction. The central mirror has been replaced with a color screen connected to a camera. It provides an excellent rear view. The refractory can, however, return to the traditional mirror by simply pressing a button. The large central screen, touch-sensitive, to be handled easily. Compatibility Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are unfortunately not insured. It will easily find its driving position with an amplitude of adjustment of the steering wheel increased by 50%. The seats are one of the strong points of the model. They are firm without being hard, and enveloping without giving the impression to be binding, even for the big guys.

The interior is classical, and may even be too much. Let’s not scare the clientele, american and chinese, are more conservative than in Europe. Toyota.

Good ability on the track

The ride comfort impresses by the quality of filtering of the suspension is worthy of a French model. The small asperities of the road, like expansion joints placed across roadways, are literally erased. On the version two-wheel drive, however, we found a slight lack of traction on wet road. We conducted a course on track with the model four-wheel-drive, equipped with a group electric additional on the rear axle. It has a “Trail” allowing, on an irregular terrain, braking the wheel that is spinning in the vacuum and send the torque to the wheel on the ground. Even if it does not have the skills of a true adventurer, the RAV4 is able to get out of most situations off road .

On the road, the car is not too pataude for an SUV. She is helped by one direction, fairly accurate and body movements are contained in curves. She can be fast, but it will have to get used to the disconnect between the sound level and the speed. This sensation is due to the slipping of the transmission during acceleration and raises. A well-known effect of the drivers of the Toyota Prius, which is always present on this SUV. When you accelerate, it is necessary to take the habit of… decelerate in order not to pack unnecessary mechanical. The electronic drive is in charge of managing the progress. This reminds us of the conduct of Daf-1960s, but more sophisticated.

OUR OPINION

Toyota France account on this new RAV4 to further increase its sales (105 000 in 2018). The japanese brand hopes to seduce 11 000 drivers this year with this SUV, with a rate of conquest of 70% and 30% of sales to businesses. The RAV4, now carried by the wave hybrid, may well achieve these objectives. There will help you?

TECHNICAL SHEET

search Engines: 4-cylinder in-line 2 487 cm3 group permanent-magnet electric

Power: Rating: 218 hp (222 hp in the 4×4)

Couple: 221 Nm between 3 600 and 5 200 tr/min

Transmission:

Type: Traction or in full,

Box: electronic continuously variable

Dimensions: L/l/h 4 600 x 1 855 x 1 685 mm

Safety: 530 1 690 l

Weight: 1 680 (1 730 4×4)

Performance:

0-100km/h: 8,4 s (8.1 s 4×4)

Speed: 180 km/h

combined fuel Consumption in EU: 4.5 l (4,4 l 4×4)

CO2 Emissions: 102 g/km (100 g/km in 4×4)

Price: 34 950 47 050 €

sculpted Flanks, wheel arches, accented, hood, perched high worthy of that of a command car: the lines of the RAV4 2019 are neither smooth nor consensual. And it is so much better. www.sebastienmauroy.com

SERVICE: See the ads that Toyota used on Paruvendu.fr

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