The range-topping model in the 2019 Toyota RAV4 range is the Edge variant, which takes a different tact to its stablemates.
The Edge model is the only variant 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.
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Fuel use for the AWD 2.5L engine is 7.3L/100km.
The price you’ll pay for the Edge is set at $47,140 plus on-road costs - and for that you get a long standard equipment list, as well as a different look to the other models in the range.
Edge versions gets a model-specific front bumper design, grille, skid plate, wheel-arch mouldings, fog-lamp surrounds and rear bumper. This model also rides on distinctive 19-inch wheels with an 18-inch space-saver spare, and this grade deletes the chrome from the door handles.
The Edge can be had in “Jungle Khaki” paint - none of the other variants 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 of the model below. A panoramic glass roof is optional in this grade.
There’s 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 in the Edge, just like the Cruiser, plus a leather steering wheel and shifter, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, Qi wireless phone charging, keyless entry and push-button start, and three front USBs and two rear USBs.
Also included is auto LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, front fog lamps, heated and folding electric exterior mirrors, auto wipers, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, AM/FM/DAB radio, and sat nav with SUNA live traffic. 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 smartphone integration.
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, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, 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).