Road Test

Road Test: 2013 Toyota RAV4 2.0 D-4D 2WD

May 6, 2013

Toyota RAV4 2013_01With the total length of 4,570 mm, this fourth generation Toyota RAV4 is 205 mm longer than its predecessor. The new model is also 30 mm wider and 25 mm lower, giving the car a more dynamic dimensions.

A special attention has been paid to the aerodynamics. The cabin has been tapered towards the rear, and the angles of the rear screen, roofline and its integral spoiler have been optimised to stabilise airflow over the upper body. Improved aerodynamics improve fuel efficiency, stability and cabin quietness. The traditional side-hinged rear door has been replaced by a top-hinged version, which may be equipped with power operation. With its new and dynamic exterior, the new RAV4 looks a bit more like a crossover than SUV.

2013 Toyota RAV4’s wheelbase length has been increased by 100 mm. This, together with a thinner front seatback design, provides generous rear seat accommodation. The rear seats may be split 60:40 and each section can be reclined independently to enhance passenger comfort . The driver’s seat hip point has been lowered by 5 mm and seat height adjustment range has been increased by 15 mm to 30 mm. The steering wheel angle has been lowered by 2.3 degrees, and reach adjustment towards the driver increased by up to 38 mm. The increased seat height adjustment range makes it possible to have a lower and more engaging driving position.

In Western Europe, three engine variants are offered for the new Toyota RAV4. The 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol engine produces 151 horsepower. It is available either with a six-speed manual gearbox or Multidrive S transmission. The 2.2-litre diesel delivers 150 horsepower and can be paired with a manual or automatic transmission. Both the 2.0-litre petrol and the 2.2-litre diesel are all-wheel drive models. Every engine variant in the range has reduced both fuel consumption figures and CO2 emissions, with the average of 11 percent.

The most economical model variant in the range is this entry level with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, manual transmission and front-wheel drive. This four-cylinder diesel is equipped with a compact, variable nozzle turbocharger. It might develop just 124 horsepower, but in addition it provides 310 Newton metres of torque. There is 300 Nm of torque available from as low as 1,400rpm, and the top torque of 310 Nm is delivered between 1,600 and 2,400rpm. With this much torque, the car is enjoyable to drive with the manual transmission. The performance isn’t sporty, but acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 10,5 seconds and top speed of 180 km/h are enough for daily driving needs.

The 2.0-litre engine has been specifically developed to be highly fuel efficient, and features numerous measures to reduce friction, weight and energy consumption. The six-speed manual gearbox has really wide gear ration, which also helps to reduce the fuel efficiency. For example when you’re driving 120 km/h at sixth gear, the engine revs are at just 2000rpm. This is a different manual gearbox than the one used with the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines. This 2.0-litre diesel can provide surprisingly small fuel consumption for a SUV. The EU fuel consumption for this 2.0-litre diesel is just 4,9 l/100km.The CO2 emissions are just 127 g/km. In mixed driving conditions you can get under 6 litres on average, but in the city the fuel consumption easily gets a bit bigger.

The four-wheel drive is a very useful feature especially in a SUV model, but if you appreciate smaller fuel bill, then you should definitely consider the front-wheel version of the Toyota RAV4.

Specification

Engine

  • Diesel
  • 4-cylinder
  • 1998cc
  • Turbo

Power

  • 91 kW (124 hp) / 3600rpm

Torque

  • 310 Nm / 1600-2400rpm

Transmission

  • 6-speed manual
  • FWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 10.5 seconds

Top speed

  • 180 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 4.9 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 127 g/km

Toyota RAV4 2013_06