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Toyota Rav4 2.2 D4D: Test Drive Review

Date: 19 November 2009   |   Author:

Category: Small 4x4
P11D price: £22,610
Key rival: Ford Kuga

Getting under 160g/km is turning into a vital fleet goal, and Toyota has become the first in the small off-roader segment to make it without sacrificing the car's 4x4 ability.

The likes of Volvo and Ford already offer cars in the sector at sub-160g/km, but only by dropping the weighty all-wheel drive system. The updated Rav4 on the other hand, retains it and makes the drop from 173g/km to 154g/km, and from 42.8mpg to 48.7mpg, thanks to a raft of engineering modifications.

It's odd that the most important thing is that you can't tell the changes have been made, other than on paper in terms of lower tax and fuel bills. The Rav4 is still solid, refined and comfortable, if outclassed for driver appeal by some rivals, though that's not the driving force behind buying decisions in this sector.

Specification levels have also been improved and the range simplified, with the XT-R now the lower of two trim levels while the 4x4 version is fitted with electric leather heated front seats and keyless entry as standard.

Toyota Rav4 2.2 D4D XT-R
P11D price£22,610
Model price range£19,015-£25,315
Fuel consumption48.7mpg
CO2 (tax) 154g/km (21%)
BIK 20/40% per month£79/£158
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 12
Boot space (min/max)410/1469 litres
Engine size/power2231cc/148PS
Top speed/0-62mph118mph/10.2secs
On sale September 2009
VerdictMore efficient Rav4 is
now an even more
intelligent choice.


More efficient Rav4 is now an even more intelligent choice.