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2020 Toyota Rav 4 review from our Dealership

2020 Toyota Rav 4 review from our Dealership

With the new RAV4, there's no risk of getting the wrong engine. Toyota is taking its role as a leader in the genre and only offers its SUV as a gasoline-hybrid.

If the previous generation of RAV4 was already available as a hybrid, choosing this version was not an easy decision. Mechanically imperfect with a performance without brilliance and a perfectible pleasure, the nippon did not have only qualities. With this replacement, there's no debate, and not just because Toyota now only offers hybrids. We're still allowed to hesitate between four-wheel drive or traction here in the test.

What our dealership think about the new 2020 Toyota RAV 4 ?

2020 Toyota RAV4 Crossover SUV | Engineered for Versatility

Not really big but just toyota RAV 4

Based on the TNGA platform, which is also the pride and joy of the Prius and C-HR, this Toyota RAV4 from our dealership, the fifth of the name, really deserves the adjective "new" because it outperforms its predecessor in every area... except one, and no one should complain. Indeed, the 2019 vintage is no more cumbersome than the one it supersedes. It is even 5 mm shorter (4.60 m long), which is not bad news in these times of expansion of new products. However, the shorter overhangs - especially at the rear (-3 cm) - and longer wheelbase (+3 cm) give the eye the impression of a larger vehicle, a phenomenon amplified by the square wheel arches, a stylistic effect not unlike that of Jeep.

Sense of welcome

Inside the toyota RAV 4 of our car dealership, the impression of space also dominates. Large, bright and with generous glazed areas, the interior meets the expectations of a family with space both behind and in front, sufficient storage space and a trunk worthy of the name, whose volume can obviously be increased - tripling it to 1,230 dm3 - by folding down the backrests. In short, this hybrid does as well in this regard as a good "normal" SUV. And another defect of his elder, namely presentation, was also well erased. Like all the latest Japanese models, a fundamental movement initiated since the launch of the C-HR, the RAV4 indeed features fairly flattering materials, all accompanied by rigorous assembly. While the more picky will find that some plastics are a reminder that you're not in a top-of-the-line car, the whole thing looks pretty good. And then, it must be said that the vast majority of customers will only have eyes for the dial on the left. The latter indicates how the hybrid system works: the main motivation for buying this machine.

Far from revolutionizing this recipe, which was introduced more than 20 years ago and for which Toyota is famous, Toyota has, however, refined it. In practice, this means that the RAV4 innovates both on the thermal side and on the "electrical cabinet" side. Taking advantage of direct and indirect bi-injection, in particular to reduce the emission of particles when cold, of a variable distribution (intake and exhaust) and also operating under the Atkinson cycle in order to improve its efficiency, the 4-cylinder 2.5 is only used in the phases where it consumes the least thanks to the electric propulsion.

Small appetite... in town

But his greatest feat is his appetite. This Toyota of nearly 1.7 t is in fact satisfied with an average of 6.1 l/100 km of super and even - it's exceptional - less than 5 l/100 km in the city, which is the most favourable playground for a hybrid engine. Even consumption on the motorway, the Achilles' heel of this kind of architecture, is acceptable. Admittedly, with still more than 8 l/100 km, the RAV4 can't convince the "big" drivers who will rightly find an ever more efficient diesel. But for all those who only take the motorway to go away for a weekend or for a short holiday, there will be no photo. And the owners of the previous RAV4 will also benefit from it, because in the past, it claimed around 10 l/100 km.

 

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