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

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Overall length4570mm
Overall width1845mm
Overall height1715mm (including roof rails)
Wheelbase2660mm
Front track1570mm
Rear track1570mm
Turning radius (kerb)5.3m
INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Length1935mm
Width1505mm
Height1220mm (1150mm with moonroof)
Front head room1012mm (988mm with moonroof)
Front shoulder room1455mm
Front leg room1081mm
Rear head room987mm (989mm with moonroof)
Rear shoulder room1407mm
Rear leg room944mm
Front-rear couple distance972mm
Luggage volume577 litres by VDA method to top of second-row with space-saver spare wheel, 506 litres with optional full-size spare wheel
WEIGHTS AND CAPACITIES
Kerb weight (kg)2WD: 1485-15102WD CVT: 1520-1540AWD petrol: 1580-1605AWD petrol auto: 1605-1630AWD turbo-diesel: 1630-1660AWD turbo-diesel auto: 1640-1660
GVM (kg)2WD: 20002WD CVT: 2050AWD petrol: 2100AWD petrol auto: 2130AWD turbo-diesel: 2170AWD turbo-diesel auto: 2190
Fuel-tank capacity60 litres
Coefficient of dragDiesel: 0.32, Petrol: 0.34
ENGINE
RAV4 2WD
Type2.0-litre in-line 16-valve, four-cylinder with ACIS and Dual VVT-i
Designation3ZR-FE
Capacity1987cm3
Bore x stroke80.5 x 97.6mm
Compression ratio10.0:1
Power107kW @ 6200rpm
Torque187Nm @ 3600rpm
Fuel systemMulti-point EFI into intake port
Min fuel octane rating91 RON
Australian emissionsEuro IV
RAV4 AWD Petrol
Type2.5-litre in-line 16-valve, four-cylinder with ACIS and Dual VVT-i
Designation2AR-FE
Capacity2494cm3
Bore x stroke90.0 x 98.0mm
Compression ratio10.4:1
Power132kW @ 6000rpm
Torque233Nm @ 4100rpm
Fuel systemSequential multi-point EFI into intake port
Min fuel octane rating91 RON
Australian emissionsEuro IV
RAV4 AWD Turbo-diesel
Type2.2-litre in-line 16-valve, DOHC four-cylinder with high-pressure injection
Designation2AD-FTV
Capacity2231cm3
Bore x stroke86.0 x 96.0mm
Compression ratio15.7:1
Power110kW @ 3600rpm
Torque340Nm @ 2000-2800rpm
Fuel systemHigh pressure 'common rail' system with Piezo injectors
Australian emissionsEuro IV
TRANSMISSIONS
RAV4 2WD
TypeSix-speed manual
DesignationEB61
Ratios
1st3.833
2nd2.047
3rd1.303
4th1.025
5th0.875
6th0.733
Final drive ratio4.600:1
Reverse3.545
RAV4 AWD petrol
TypeSix-speed manual
DesignationEB63F
Ratios
1st3.833
2nd1.909
3rd1.303
4th0.975
5th0.744
6th0.659
Final drive ratio4.600:1
Reverse3.545
RAV4 AWD turbo-diesel
TypeSix-speed manual
DesignationEB64F
Ratios
1st3.818
2nd1.913
3rd1.218
4th0.880
5th0.809
6th0.711
Final drive1st to 4th gears, 4.312:1: 5th, 6th and reverse, 3.631:1
Reverse4.139
RAV4 2WD CVT
TypeSteel-belt and pulley type Multi-drive continuously variable transmission with lock-up torque converter and seven-step sports sequential shift
DesignationK111
Pulley ratio (forward)2.396:1 - 0.428:1; (reverse): 1.668:1
Final drive5.791:1
RAV4 AWD petrol
TypeElectronically controlled six-speed Multi-mode sequential-shift automatic
DesignationU760F
Ratios
1st3.300
2nd1.900
3rd1.420
4th1.000
5th0.713
6th0.608
Final drive4.071:1
Reverse4.148
RAV4 AWD turbo-diesel
TypeElectronically-controlled six-speed Multi-mode sequential-shift automatic
DesignationU660F
Ratios
1st3.300
2nd1.900
3rd1.420
4th1.000
5th0.713
6th0.608
Final drive3.935:1
Reverse4.148
FUEL ECONOMY
Fuel economy* (L/100km, ADR 81/02 combined cycle)2WD manual: 7.72WD CVT: 7.4AWD petrol manual: 8.6AWD petrol auto: 8.5AWD turbo-diesel manual: 5.6AWD turbo-diesel auto: 6.5
Combined cycle CO2emissions* (g/km)2WD manual: 1792WD CVT: 173AWD petrol manual: 200AWD petrol auto: 198AWD turbo-diesel manual: 149AWD turbo-diesel auto: 172
*Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories.
BRAKES
Front296 x 28mm ventilated disc with floating calliper
Rear281 x 12mm solid disc
Parking brakelever-type on rear brakes
Brake systemsABS with EBD and brake assist, emergency brake signal - hazard typeDownhill assist control on automatic models
SUSPENSION
FrontMacPherson strut with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar
RearTrailing-arm double wishbone with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar
Suspension electronicsVehicle Stability Control
STEERING
FrontRack and pinion with electric power assistance
Steering gear ratio14.5:1
Turns lock to lock2.83
WHEELS
17x6.5J steel (GX), 17x7J alloy (GXL, Cruiser)
TYRES
Yokohama Geolander 225/65R 17H