Sharper Toyota RAV4 debuts


One of the first to popularise the compact SUV segment with its launch in 1994, Toyota has given its strong-selling RAV4 a mid-life facelift with a new frontal appearance and enhanced levels of comfort.

Originally shown at the New York Motor Show earlier this year, the updated sees the RAV4 adopting the same frontal appearance as the C-HR Concept from a year before, with a completely redesigned nose, thinner grille, new bonnet, revised front and rear bumpers, new LED head-and taillights, reshaped tailgate and the option of either 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the interior has also gone up a notch with the inclusion of Toyota’s 4.2-inch TFT multi-info instrument display, and seven-inch Touch 2 infotainment system on the range topping VX trim. In the addition, the flagship trim also gains front parking sensors and auto lock doors, while the base GX comes equipped with auto levelling headlights and Trailer Sway Control.

Engine options remain unchanged with the entry level 2.0-litre petrol making 107 kW and 187 N.m of torque, with drive going to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or CVT. Top speed is rated at 180 km/h for both models with Toyota claiming a combined fuel consumption of 7.7 L/100 km for the manual, and 7.4 L/100 km for the auto.

Completing the petrol engine offerings, the 2.5 continues to be offered in VX trim only with the mill producing 132 kW and 233 N.m of torque. A six-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels with combined fuel consumption coming in at 8.5 L/100 km and top speed at 180 km/h.

Available in both GX and VX trims, diesel power comes from Toyota’s popular 2.2 D4-D units, which makes 110 kW and 340 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the GX with VX featuring a six-speed auto and all-wheel drive. Top speed is rated at 190 km/h for the former and 185 km/h for the latter, with fuel consumption at 5.6 L/100 km and 6.5 L/100 km respectively.

A three year / 100 00 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is standard on all models.



2.0 GX 107 kW / 187 N.m R327 700
2.0 GX CVT 107 kW / 187 N.m R338 800
2.2 D4-D GX 110 kW / 340 N.m R409 900
2.2 D4-D VX AWD AT 110 kW / 340 N.m R487 400
2.5 VX AWD AT 132 kW / 233 N.m R457 000