Handling & Performance - Toyota RAV4

Handling and Performance

The RAV4 is a natural performer. It's designed to go anywhere and cope with anything. Toyota's advanced technologies ensure you have all the power and agility you need, while delivering surprisingly good fuel economy.

Driving Experience

RAV4 epitomises the SUV experience. Whichever model you choose, whether you go for turbo diesel or petrol power, you'll have all the muscle and agility you could need. And yet you'll also find yourself surrounded by the sort of creature comforts you'd expect from a premium vehicle.

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Depending on which engine you choose, RAV4 is available in All Wheel Drive (AWD) or Two Wheel Drive (2WD). AWD models feature Active Torque Control, which automatically switches between front wheel drive and All Wheel Drive to help enhance drivability and handling on every road surface.

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Petrol Engine

RAV4 offers a choice of two petrol engines - either 2.5L or 2.0L. Both are 4 cylinder engines with 16 valves, Double Overhead Camshaft and Dual VVT-i  . All grades are available with a 2.5L engine, while the 2.0L engine is available on both GX and GXL grades.

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RAV4 is available with a 2.2L diesel engine with intercooled turbocharger. As well as generating plenty of power (110kW at 3600 RPM) and torque (340 Nm between 2000 and 2800 RPM), the diesel option also offers excellent fuel efficiency.

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Sports Mode

The multi-mode automatic transmission available on AWD automatic models features Sport shift. This is enabled when you move the gear stick into the S position which allows sequential gear shifting.

In addition, when the Sports Mode button is pressed, the AWD system adjusts driving and handling stability to suit sporty driving. This helps produce a more dynamic and highly responsive drive.

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Towing Capacity

RAV4 is a tough and muscular performer offering a range of towing capacities depending on which engine and transmission type you choose.

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Cruise Control

Cruise Control  is standard across the RAV4 range. The system maintains a constant speed which can be set and adjusted through controls on the steering wheel.

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Electronic Power Steering

Electronic Power Steering, which is more fuel-efficient than hydraulic power steering, is integrated into RAV4's Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)  system and is standard across the range.

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Downhill Assist Control

AWD RAV4 models with automatic transmission are equipped with Downhill Assist Control (DAC)  [G14]  as standard. This technology helps you maintain a steady low speed on steep descents, even when the surface is slippery, by automatically applying appropriate brake pressure.

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Hill Start Assist Control

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)  is standard on all RAV4 models. This technology is invaluable when pulling away on steep slopes. It helps to prevent roll back by momentarily holding the car when you release the brake, giving you time to engage gear and pull away safely.

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6-Speed Automatic

AWD RAV4 models are available with 6-Speed automatic transmission. This incorporates Artificial Intelligence Shift Control  , which senses road conditions and driver intentions and optimises shift patterns accordingly.

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For comfort and stability, RAV4's suspension features highly rigid 'L' armed, MacPherson struts in the front and a lightweight, trailing arm, double wishbone arrangement at the back. The suspension has been optimised to generate a comfortable flat ride, while delivering exceptional quietness and enhanced steering feel.

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Automatic Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

RAV4 2WD models feature auto LSD  technology to help control wheel spin and to enhance start-off performance on uneven or unstable road surfaces such as sand.

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Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)

Variable Valve Timing with intelligence

Toyota engine system that provides continual variations of the intake valve timing to provide optimal valve timing for the full range of driving conditions. It improves driveability, performance and fuel efficiency, and reduces emissions. Dual VVT-i provides even greater improvement, by independently varying exhaust valve timing as well as intake timing. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise control is a system that automatically assists to maintain the vehicle at a set, pre-determined speed. Mostly used for driving on open roads, it is easily disengaged by touching the brake pedal. Image shown for illustration purposes only. Specification may vary across models.

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

System that ensures control in cornering situations the way ABS does under braking and TRC does under acceleration. The VSC system utilises electronic sensors in conjunction with the ABS and TRC hardware to help control any potential understeer or oversteer situations. Understeer is when the vehicle loses front-wheel traction and wants to push forward nose first. Oversteer is when the rear wheels lose traction and the tail begins to slide.

Downhill Assist Control (DAC)

Electronically controlled system designed to help prevent the vehicle slipping sideways during steep off-road hill descents. It provides "feet off" driving down a steep incline.

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

Hillstart Assist Control

Automatic function that prevents the vehicle rolling downhill when starting off. It is particularly helpful on low-traction surfaces and when driving off road. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

Hillstart Assist Control
Hill start assist system prevents the car from rolling backward when taking off from a standing start up a steep incline. Image shown for illustration purposes only. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Artificial Intelligence Shift Control (AI Shift Control)

One of the modern ECT features, it provides the ability to "read" the driver's intentions and to "read" hills, AI Shift Control is a transmission algorithm designed to manage the shift regime according to road conditions and driver behaviour. It uses data on accelerator pedal angle and rate of change, throttle angle and engine speed.

Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

A differential that limits the difference in rotation speed between the two wheels on the same axle to optimise traction. It prevents a wheel that has no grip from spinning excessively.

[G14] Downhill Assist Control is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be driven must be visually monitored by the driver.
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[G14] Downhill Assist Control is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be driven must be visually monitored by the driver.