2007 Toyota RAV4 | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

First introduced in Japan in 1994 to cater to consumers wanting a vehicle that had most of the benefits of an SUV, the RAV4 or “Recreational Activity Vehicle, 4-wheel drive” caught on well with the consumers and its early success paved the way for other compact SUVs such as the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute, and the Subaru Forester.

The RAV4 has definitely lost some of its flab and appears a lot leaner. It’s become some sort of a very acceptable family compared to the youngish crowd it was more attracted to in its previous outing. The car’s become bigger, growing in length and wheelbase but connecting well with the outgoing version. designers have penned the new RAV4 pretty well in keeping with the car’s lineage and visual heritage. The overall build quality as well as the shut lines is first-rate in keeping with ’s build principles.

Step inside the cabin and you immediately get the feeling of spaciousness with ample head as well as leg room. Toyota has increased the cabin length by 85mm to 1,820mm. The increased dimensions make way for increased shoulder room for all passengers, and additional head clearance and legroom for second row passengers, allowing for overall greater passenger comfort. The dash is neatly laid out with the entire driver’s paraphernalia. To give the RAV4 interiors an up-market feel, the designers have made use of plastic trimmings in faux pas brushed aluminium on the centre console as well as the steering wheel. The driver gets three analogue ‘Optitron’ gauges in the instrument cluster. The centre console also hosts the audio system, aircon controls and the rest of the usual controls.

There is a 3.5-litre V6 engine option available for the RAV4 in the US. Unfortunately, the Middle East is not blessed with this unit; instead there is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder unit available, ostensibly to keep the price competitive. It has a maximum power output of 168 bhp at 6000rpm, while the maximum torque available is 223 Nm at 4000rpm. The 2.4-litre unit is mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox, although there is also a 5-speed manual transmission available for those of you who would like that extra bit of control over their set of wheels.

Body Type4X4
Price (in AED)89,000-109,000
Engine (litre)2.4
Power (bhp)168
Torque (Nm)223
Transmission5M/4A

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