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Toyota RAV4 AWD GXL (2013)
The option of a turbo-diesel engine is among a raft of improvements and additions to the new, fourth-generation RAV4 SUV, a line-up that extends to some 16 variants.
The 2.2-litre four-cylinder is available with either new six-speed manual or auto transmissions. Maximum power is 110kW at 3600rpm, with peak torque of 340Nm on tap from 2000-2800rpm, which trails competitors such as Holden Captiva, the similar-engined Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage, and Mazda CX-5 turbo-diesels substantially on both counts.
That said, the RAV4 ‘oiler’ (as per our test vehicle) proved amenably driveable around town and on the highway.
However, Toyota has been ultra-conservative in rating its towing capacity at just 550kg, something for weekend warriors to bear in mind.
A new Dynamic Torque Control AWD system and D-range Sport Control fulfil their brief of sharpening on-road dynamics, as have a lower centre of gravity, retuned suspension and revised electric power steering, the latter engendering more feel.
Good news is there’s more space for front and rear seat occupants, and a bigger cargo area of 577-litres with the standard space saver spare wheel under the floor.
A full-size spare option (costing $300) reduces this to just over 500-litres. Comfort levels are up to par, ditto the standard equipment inventory of our mid-range GXL test vehicle.
Improved dynamics, driveability and space
$300 extra for full-size spare, towing capacity
Daytime running lamps, powered/heated external mirrors, roof rails, rear spoiler, 17” alloys, reversing camera, sports seats, dual-zone auto climate-control, keyless smart entry, bluetooth
Seven airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, electronic stability and traction control
||RAV4 AWD GXL
||SUV Under $40,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||2.2-litre, common rail
||110kW @ 3600rpm
||340Nm @ 2000-2800rpm
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.