This is the Toyota Rav 4 2.2 D4-D 150 SR spec, the top within the just updated Rav 4 range. The entire range has obtained fresh motors, even so the 2.2 D4-D Diesel 150 is noteworthy because it joins an auto gearbox with a turbo diesel powerplant for the very first time in the New Rav4.
Several changes are generally less major, however the New Rav4 obtains slightly restyled front and back lights and then a newer grille. Inside the car, there have been some soft changes to boost the calibre of the dashboard trim components, but nothing major.
The 148 horsepower diesel, meanwhile, pushes the large Toyota along with tolerable enthusiasm. What's more, it's a commendably polished machine, only sounding strained at top revs when pulling uphill.
A combined fuel economy figure of 39.2 miles per gallon isn’t remarkable, and it's a way off the 48.7 mpg you are going to get from the manual choice, but it's more or less par for the category.
The remainder of the New Toyota packaging is less surprising. Considering that this style of Toyota Rav4 was launched around 3 years ago the whole arena of its competitors have either been replaced or are a newcomer to the sector. Truthfully, the market has improved & it shows.
There is nothing wrong with the cabin components, however. In terms of quality, the New Toyota RAV 4 seems a match for the Kuga, & a step or two nicer than a Mitsubishi Outlander or Honda CR-V, specially in top-spec SR trim.
The RAV4’s handling seems less outdated than its interior, though it still trails the sector best. The New Toyota RAV4 corners enthusiastically enough, however the blend of unnatural-feeling steering and an inclination to understeer mark it down.