2009 Toyota RAV4 | new car review

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 by



The RAV4 was one of the first compact SUVs on the market when it went on sale in 1996, but it has paved the way for many more.

With the height and four-wheel drive of a regular SUV but the fuel economy and handling of something smaller, it was a hit, and continues to be 13 years later. The RAV4 is now in its third generation and is bigger than its predecessors, with almost a quarter more interior space. It seats five. There are three versions of the RAV4 available in the Middle East.

All come with the same 168bhp, 2.4-litre engine, attached to either a five-speed manual gearbox in the Basic model, or a four-speed automatic as an option on the Basic or as standard in other trims. The powertrain is connected to a permanent four-wheel drive system. The Basic model’s exterior includes 17-inch steel wheels, powered mirrors, a rear spoiler and roof rails. A spare tyre is mounted on the tailgate with a hard cover over it.

2009 Toyota RAV4Inside, the car features air conditioning and an audio system that features a radio and cassette player, should you have any old tapes knocking about. The steering column adjusts for both reach and rake and sports controls for the audio system on the wheel. Electric windows are included and the front seats – upholstered in fabric – adjust in six different ways for the perfect driving position.
Safety features include two front airbags and anti-lock brakes.

The Mid-Range RAV4 adds 17-inch alloy wheels and automatic dual-zone air conditioning, allowing driver and passenger to bask in different temperatures to each other. Cruise control is also thrown in. The full-spec Top Range RAV4 comes with front fog lamps, a sunroof and rear parking sensors, as well as wing mirrors that point downwards when reverse gear is selected, to help you avoid bashing into low down objects.

2009 Toyota RAV4Inside, the audio system gets a six-CD changer and Bluetooth phone connection for hands free talking, while on the safety side the Top Range gets side and curtain airbags. The Top Range comes with fabric seats as standard, although a package is available as an option. This package also features electronic stability control and gives the seats a heater and electric adjustement.

The RAV4 shares its slot in the market with its sibling, the FJ Cruiser. But where the FJ is geared more towards off-road adventuring, the RAV4 is much more at home on the road. If you must have a from Toyota but are unlikely to explore further than the mall, then the RAV4 is the best choice.

2009 Toyota RAV4 Specification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission

Price Range (AED) 85,500-111,500

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