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The all-new, fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 2019 model range has arrived on sale in Australia, with the brand hitting hard at the hybrid factor this time around.
The 11-strong model range includes six hybrid versions, and arrives with competitive pricing, ranging from $30,640 up to $47,140 (plus on-road costs). That puts it in a good spot against rivals like the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, all of which top out over fifty grand.
In terms of variants, there are four to choose from - the entry-level GX, the step-up grade GXL, the higher-end Cruiser, and the Edge flagship model.
Drivetrains available for the GX, GXL and Cruiser include a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which is only available in front-wheel drive layout, but can be had with either a six-speed manual (GX only) or CVT auto (GXL and Cruiser).
The 2.0-litre is good for 127kW of power and 203Nm of torque, with fuel consumption rated at 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres for the manual, and 6.5L/100km for the auto.
The GX, GXL and Cruiser models can also be had with a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid, which teams a four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine (with 131kW and 221Nm) to an 88kW/202Nm electric motor. The total combined power output is 160kW for the 2WD. The figure jumps to 163kW for the AWD, which gets an additional on-demand 40kW/121Nm electric motor at the rear axle. As is Toyota’s way, there’s no combined torque figure. All hybrid models run a CVT automatic transmission as standard.
Fuel use for the 2WD hybrid is 4.7L/100km, while the AWD uses a claimed 4.8L/100km - a new benchmark for the segment.
The top-spec Edge variant is the only model not available with a hybrid powertrain. Instead, it cops a 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine with 152kW of power and 243Nm of torque. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission, and comes with all-wheel drive - the AWD system can split torque between 100 per cent front bias down to a 50:50 ratio front/rear, and rear-axle dynamic torque vectoring. Edge models also get a terrain select system with mud & sand, rock & dirt, and snow modes.
Fuel use for the AWD 2.5L engine is 7.3L/100km.
The new RAV4 is built on the Toyota New Generation Architecture - just like the Camry, C-HR and Corolla before it - and as part of the brand’s big push towards a higher percentage of its models coming with hybrid power, it’s no surprise the big-selling RAV4 was a prime candidate.
Pricing and specs breakdown
The line-up kicks off with the GX, the standard equipment levels are generous.
Standard gear includes auto LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, front fog lamps, heated and folding electric exterior mirrors, auto wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels with temporary spare (optional full-size wheel available), fabric seat trim, a urethane steering wheel, air conditioning with rear vents, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a six-speaker stereo, AM/FM/DAB radio, one USB port, plus sat nav with SUNA live traffic is standard. There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto - yet! The brand has announced it will be fitting the tech to all models from the fourth quarter of this year, and every version sold before then can be retrofitted with the integration.
Hybrid GX models add dual-zone climate control and push-button start. All GX models get an electric park brake and rear mudflaps.
The safety on offer is also solid, with all grades getting auto emergency braking with day/night pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection, lane keeping assist (manual models with a slightly lower-grade system), adaptive cruise control (with stop-and-go for auto models, high-speed only for manuals), auto high beam lights, road sign recognition and alerts, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, and seven airbags (dual front, front side, side curtain and driver’s knee).
Next up the model range is the GXL, which adds roof rails, tinted windows at the rear, 18-inch wheels with a 17-inch temporary spare, front and rear mudflaps, “premium embossed fabric seats”, a leather steering wheel and shifter, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, Qi wireless phone charging, keyless entry and push-button start.
The camera has active guidance lines on the display, plus you get three front USBs and two rear USBs.
Third up the ranks is the Cruiser grade, which is visually differentiated by a silver grille, chrome door handles, a “moon roof”, 19-inch alloy wheels with a temporary 18-inch wheels for the petrol versions (18-inch black alloys with a temporary 17-inch spare for hybrid versions).
The Cruiser’s interior has leather-accented seats, heated front seats, 10-way electric driver’s seat adjustment with memory settings, leather-accent door trims, a 7.0-inch driver info display, ambient lighting, a reversing camera with a 360-degree monitor, a power tailgate and a nine-speaker JBL sound system.
The range-topping RAV4 Edge brings a different look - it gets a model-specific front bumper design, grille, skid plate, wheel-arch mouldings, fog-lamp surrounds and rear bumper. It also rides on distinctive 19-inch wheels with an 18-inch space-saver spare, and deletes the chrome from the door handles.
The Edge can be had in “Jungle Khaki” paint - none of the others can - and inside there is “Softex” fake leather trim on the seats, heated and ventilated front seats, but the driver’s seat weirdly loses the memory function. A panoramic glass roof is optional in this grade.
Stay tuned for our detailed Toyota RAV4 2019 review and video, coming soon.
Toyota RAV4 2019 list pricing (plus on-road costs):
|GX 2.0L manual FWD||$30,640|
|GX 2.0L auto FWD||$32,640|
|GX Hybrid 2.5L auto FWD||$35,140|
|GX Hybrid 2.5L auto AWD||$38,140|
|GXL 2.0L auto FWD||$35,640|
|GXL Hybrid 2.5L auto FWD||$38,140|
|GXL Hybrid 2.5L auto AWD||$41,140|
|Cruiser 2.0L auto FWD||$39,140|
|Cruiser Hybrid 2.5L auto FWD||$41,640|
|Cruiser Hybrid 2.5L auto AWD||$44,640|
|Edge 2.5L auto AWD||$47,140|