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Sophistication best describes the 2017 Toyota RAV 4

By Graeme Lund - Oct 2, 2017
Sophistication best describes the 2017 Toyota RAV 4

The Toyota RAV 4 was first introduced in 1995 and was marketed as a fun compact SUV that would be best enjoyed for a jaunt on the beach or a drive anywhere that would leave it happily covered in mud splatters.

Four generations later and with a significant facelift in 2016 and the new interior in 2017 and the RAV 4 is significantly different from the original of 22 years ago.  Sophistication is a better adjective than fun for the latest model.

The compact SUV segment is far more competitive today than it was in the ‘90’s and the RAV 4, to my mind, is the class leader.

In an age were reliability in any make of vehicle is a given, Toyota can no longer own this space but it can continue to own the best in its class and it has certainly done that with the RAV 4.

From the minute I climbed into the 2.0 GX 2WD I was impressed.  As I closed the door the noise from the busy nearby road was erased and the deep black interior, wonderful ergonomics and very comfortable driving seat tangibly lowered my heart rate and reduced my stress level.  The experience was not too different from entering a luxurious spa.

On the road the GX, which is the least expensive of the RAV 4 range, was, as one would expect from a Toyota, a pleasure to drive.  I have not use the word pleasure flippantly here.  Pleasure is a quiet Sunday afternoon nap, a candle lit dinner with a loving partner or deeply satisfying achievement. 

Driving the RAV 4 is comparable to these.  Everything just feels right and the glare, noise, potholes and humidity on the outside have no effect on your comfort.

The 107kW 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol engine in two-wheel drive format connected to Toyota’s sequential seven-speed Multidrive S transmission ensure that you have no shortage of power for a dash between robots or a fast overtake on a busy national road.

The GX comes standard with LED headlights, reverse camera, cruise control, park distance control, trailer sway control and hill assist control.  The exterior is very stylish and, as has been pointed out before, the front end is not dissimilar to that of a storm troopers mask.

For more information or to book a test drive contact Algoa Toyota on 087 350 6305 or visit them at 347 Cape Rd, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth.

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