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The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 has launched in Australia with a starting price of $28,490, a $500 reduction over the outgoing model.

The all-new Toyota RAV4 sports a far more modern look than its predecessor and is recognisable as part of the new Toyota family of cars, sharing a close resemblance with the recently launched Corolla.

The most noticeable difference is the location of the spare wheel, which has been moved from the back door to under the cargo floor.

There are 16 variants in the 2013 Toyota RAV4 line-up, three more than before, thanks largely to the inclusion – for the first time ever – of a turbo-diesel engine, which will undoubtedly help Toyota’s second best-selling SUV counter strong opposition.

The front-wheel-drive models are powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 107kW of power and 187Nm of torque, while sipping 7.7 litres of standard unleaded per 100km when coupled to a six-speed manual. No other engine is offered in the front-wheel-drive configuration. Stepping up to a continuously variable transmission (CVT automatic) adds $2500, which uses an extra 0.2L/100km.

Moving up to the AWD RAV4 range, the Toyota SUV is offered with either a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. The bigger petrol offers 132kW of power and 233Nm of torque while the diesel offers 110kW of power and 340Nm of torque. The V6 model has been dropped and no hybrids are available.

Both are available with either a six-speed manual or a traditional six-speed automatic (not CVT). Despite being AWD and the heaviest of the lot – the diesel variants – are the most fuel efficient, with manual models using just 5.6L/100km and the automatic not too far behind at 6.5L/100km. The AWD petrol is the least efficient in the range, burning 8.6L/100km for the manual and 0.1L/100km more for the auto.

Toyota has included a Sport mode (on all models except the manual 2WD variants) which the company claims helps improve handling and provde a more engaging drive. When in Sport mode the RAV4’s steering system decreases power-steering assistance to give more steering feel, while also sharpening throttle response, and adapts the control logic for the automatic and CVT gearboxes to allow for more responsive gearshifts.

The AWD system has also been upgraded, now making use of a Dynamic Torque Control system that alters torque distribution between the front and rear wheels, using an electromagnetic coupling in the rear differential housing.

Although no safety results have been released yet, it’s almost guaranteed the Toyota RAV4 will achieve the maximum five-star safety rating, thanks to its high-quality construction as well as seven airbags, stability and traction control and anti-skid braking systems.

Standard features across the range include a tilt- and telescopic-adjustable steering column, cruise control, projector-style headlamps, Bluetooth-enabled CD player, six speakers, 60:40 split-fold rear seats, rear spoiler and roof rails. Despite the safety benefits, the base model GX variants miss out on a reversing camera as standard equipment.

The mid-spec Toyota RAV4 GXL gains over the GX 17-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, upgraded audio system and seats, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, power-retractable exterior mirrors, keyless smart entry and push-button ignition.

The top-of-the-range Cruiser variants add satellite navigation, blind-spot monitor (detects vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and shows a warning on the side mirror), power-operated luggage door, HID headlamps, powered driver’s seat and a sunroof.

Luggage space measures 577 litres with a temporary spare wheel on board or 506 litres with an optional full-size spare ($300). All models are covered by Toyota’s capped-price servicing program, which means you’ll pay no more than $170 per service for the first six services (10,000km or six-month intervals).

2013 Toyota RAV4 manufacturer’s list prices:

2WD petrol – GX manual $28,490 – GXL manual $32,490
AWD petrol – GX manual $31,990 – GXL manual $35,490 – Cruiser manual $42,990
AWD diesel  – GX manual $35,490 – GXL manual $38,990 – Cruiser manual $46,490

2013 Toyota RAV4 specifications: 

Overall length 4570mm
Overall width 1845mm
Overall height 1715mm (including roof rails)
Wheelbase 2660mm
Front track 1570mm
Rear track 1570mm
Turning radius (kerb) 5.3m
Length 1935mm
Width 1505mm
Height 1220mm (1150mm with moonroof)
Front head room 1012mm (988mm with moonroof)
Front shoulder room 1455mm
Front leg room 1081mm
Rear head room 987mm (989mm with moonroof)
Rear shoulder room 1407mm
Rear leg room 944mm
Front-rear couple distance 972mm
Luggage volume 577 litres by VDA method to top of second-row with space-saver spare wheel, 506 litres with optional full-size spare wheel
Kerb weight (kg) 2WD: 1485-1510
2WD CVT: 1520-1540
AWD petrol: 1580-1605
AWD petrol auto: 1605-1630
AWD turbo-diesel: 1630-1660
AWD turbo-diesel auto: 1640-1660
GVM (kg) 2WD: 2000
2WD CVT: 2050
AWD petrol: 2100
AWD petrol auto: 2130
AWD turbo-diesel: 2170
AWD turbo-diesel auto: 2190
Fuel-tank capacity 60 litres
Coefficient of drag Diesel: 0.32, Petrol: 0.34
Type 2.0-litre in-line 16-valve, four-cylinder with ACIS and Dual VVT-i
Designation 3ZR-FE
Capacity 1987cm3
Bore x stroke 80.5 x 97.6mm
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Power 107kW @ 6200rpm
Torque 187Nm @ 3600rpm
Fuel system Multi-point EFI into intake port
Min fuel octane rating 91 RON
Australian emissions Euro IV
RAV4 AWD Petrol
Type 2.5-litre in-line 16-valve, four-cylinder with ACIS and Dual VVT-i
Designation 2AR-FE
Capacity 2494cm3
Bore x stroke 90.0 x 98.0mm
Compression ratio 10.4:1
Power 132kW @ 6000rpm
Torque 233Nm @ 4100rpm
Fuel system Sequential multi-point EFI into intake port
Min fuel octane rating 91 RON
Australian emissions Euro IV
RAV4 AWD Turbo-diesel
Type 2.2-litre in-line 16-valve, DOHC four-cylinder with high-pressure injection
Designation 2AD-FTV
Capacity 2231cm3
Bore x stroke 86.0 x 96.0mm
Compression ratio 15.7:1
Power 110kW @ 3600rpm
Torque 340Nm @ 2000-2800rpm
Fuel system High pressure ‘common rail’ system with Piezo injectors
Australian emissions Euro IV
Type Six-speed manual
Designation EB61
1st 3.833
2nd 2.047
3rd 1.303
4th 1.025
5th 0.875
6th 0.733
Final drive ratio 4.600:1
Reverse 3.545
RAV4 AWD petrol
Type Six-speed manual
Designation EB63F
1st 3.833
2nd 1.909
3rd 1.303
4th 0.975
5th 0.744
6th 0.659
Final drive ratio 4.600:1
Reverse 3.545
RAV4 AWD turbo-diesel
Type Six-speed manual
Designation EB64F
1st 3.818
2nd 1.913
3rd 1.218
4th 0.880
5th 0.809
6th 0.711
Final drive 1st to 4th gears, 4.312:1: 5th, 6th and reverse, 3.631:1
Reverse 4.139
Type Steel-belt and pulley type Multi-drive continuously variable transmission with lock-up torque converter and seven-step sports sequential shift
Designation K111
Pulley ratio (forward) 2.396:1 – 0.428:1; (reverse): 1.668:1
Final drive 5.791:1
RAV4 AWD petrol
Type Electronically controlled six-speed Multi-mode sequential-shift automatic
Designation U760F
1st 3.300
2nd 1.900
3rd 1.420
4th 1.000
5th 0.713
6th 0.608
Final drive 4.071:1
Reverse 4.148
RAV4 AWD turbo-diesel
Type Electronically-controlled six-speed Multi-mode sequential-shift automatic
Designation U660F
1st 3.300
2nd 1.900
3rd 1.420
4th 1.000
5th 0.713
6th 0.608
Final drive 3.935:1
Reverse 4.148
Fuel economy* (L/100km, ADR 81/02 combined cycle) 2WD manual: 7.7
2WD CVT: 7.4
AWD petrol manual: 8.6
AWD petrol auto: 8.5
AWD turbo-diesel manual: 5.6
AWD turbo-diesel auto: 6.5
Combined cycle CO2emissions* (g/km) 2WD manual: 179
2WD CVT: 173
AWD petrol manual: 200
AWD petrol auto: 198
AWD turbo-diesel manual: 149
AWD turbo-diesel auto: 172
*Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories.
Front 296 x 28mm ventilated disc with floating calliper
Rear 281 x 12mm solid disc
Parking brake lever-type on rear brakes
Brake systems ABS with EBD and brake assist, emergency brake signal – hazard type
Downhill assist control on automatic models
Front MacPherson strut with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar
Rear Trailing-arm double wishbone with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar
Suspension electronics Vehicle Stability Control
Front Rack and pinion with electric power assistance
Steering gear ratio 14.5:1
Turns lock to lock 2.83
17×6.5J steel (GX), 17x7J alloy (GXL, Cruiser)
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