Advanced safety tech is standard on all 2019 Toyota RAV4 models – and there’s a hybrid option for the first time – but the new generation costs more than before.
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The new Toyota RAV4 arriving in showrooms this week has class-leading levels of standard safety technology – and the option of hybrid power for the first time – but the recommended retail price has risen by up to $1200 on certain models and drive-away pricing has increased by more than $3000 on some of the most popular variants.

The base model Toyota RAV4 GX 2.0-litre petrol with automatic transmission has been $32,990 drive-away for the past 12 months.

But the same variant in the new generation RAV4 range is priced from $32,640 plus on-road costs, which equates to approximately $35,990 drive-away.

The cheapest ticket into a RAV4 hybrid is the front-drive GX hybrid at $35,140 plus on-roads, or approximately $38,000 drive-away.

The all-wheel-drive RAV4 GX hybrid starts from $38,140 plus on-roads, or approximately $41,000 drive-away.

Toyota has dropped affordable petrol-only all-wheel-drive variants in favour of all-wheel-drive hybrid tech.

The sole petrol all-wheel-drive petrol offering is the range-topping Edge – with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder paired to an eight-speed auto – priced from $47,140 plus on-road costs.

Six of the 11 models in the new, fifth-generation RAV4 range are hybrid variants and the company has phased out diesel power.

There are three main model grades: GX, GXL and Cruiser, all of which are available as a 2.0-litre petrol front-drive, a 2.5-litre hybrid front-drive, and a 2.5-litre hybrid all-wheel-drive.

It means buyers who only want front-drive power can now buy the most luxurious model in the new RAV4 range; the Cruiser wasn’t available in this configuration before.

Buyers who want a RAV4 with hybrid tech can choose all three model grades – with front- or all-wheel drive – giving buyers a vast choice in the critical $35,000 to $50,000 price range.

Prices of petrol models have risen and the option of hybrid power is a further $2500 step up from non-hybrid 2.0-litre petrol variants.

However, all-wheel-drive hybrids undercut their equivalent diesel models in the previous RAV4 range by $920 (GX), $3985 (GXL) and $5860 (Cruiser). See the full price list below.

“As the first hybrid RAV4 for Australia, it will help drive our ongoing push to offer customers proven technology that delivers strong performance, outstanding fuel consumption and low... emissions,” Toyota Australia head of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, said in a media statement.

As with every new-generation Toyota released locally since November 2017 (C-HR city SUV, Camry sedan, and Corolla hatch) every variant in the new RAV4 range comes with a complete suite of advanced safety technology in addition to seven airbags.

Toyota Safety Sense includes city and highway autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise control, lane keeping assistance, speed sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, auto-dipping high beam, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear-view camera.

The comprehensive technology package elevates the RAV4 to the status of class-leading standard safety among its mainstream rivals and Toyota says it expects to achieve a five-star ANCAP crash protection rating.

As we’ve reported in a separate story, the new RAV4 will also be the first Toyota sold in Australia with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. However, the smartphone mirroring tech will not be available locally until late 2019. Vehicles sold before then can have the system “retro-fitted” free of charge once it becomes available.

Figures show the new RAV4 has a larger cabin than before and class-leading cargo space. There are two ISOFIX child seat mounts on the back seat and three top tether points.

Although the new RAV4 is slightly shorter bumper-to-bumper than its predecessor, it has a bigger footprint than before. Because of this, the turning circle has grown slightly from 10.6 to 11.0 metres.

The 2.0-litre petrol engine has had a power boost (up from 107kW/187Nm to 127kW/203Nm) but average fuel consumption has been trimmed from 7.0L/100km to 6.5L/100km.

Importantly for buyers on a budget – and those living in rural areas – petrol and hybrid models in the new RAV4 range can run on 91 octane regular unleaded.

Fuel misers can expect a best of 4.7L/100km to 4.8L/100km on the front-drive and all-wheel-drive petrol hybrid variants – compared to 6.7L/100km for the average consumption rating for the previous diesel RAV4 automatic.

As before, front-drive RAV4 petrol models have a maximum towing capacity of 800kg and all-wheel-drive RAV4 models – petrol or hybrid – have a maximum towing capacity of 1500kg.

However, RAV4 hybrid front-drive variants have only a modest towing capacity of 480kg.

All RAV4 models come with a space-saver spare tyre, although a full size 17-inch spare is an optional extra on GX grades.

CarAdvice is attending the media preview drive this week. Road test reports are embargoed until Friday 17 May 2019.

2019 Toyota RAV4 prices

  • GX Petrol 2WD manual - $30,640
  • GX Petrol 2WD CVT - $32,640
  • GXL Petrol 2WD CVT - $35,640
  • Cruiser Petrol 2WD CVT - $39,140
  • GX Hybrid 2WD CVT - $35,140
  • GXL Hybrid 2WD CVT - $38,140
  • Cruiser Hybrid 2WD CVT - $41,640
  • GX Hybrid AWD CVT - $38,140
  • GXL Hybrid AWD CVT - $41,140
  • Cruiser Hybrid AWD CVT - $44,640
  • Edge Petrol AWD Auto - $47,140

All prices exclude on-road costs.

GX standard features

  • Toyota Safety Sense
  • Electric park brake
  • Dusk-sensing headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • AM/FM and digital radio
  • Built-in navigation with traffic alert
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto (from late 2019)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

GXL standard features (above GX)

  • Roof rails
  • Rear factory tinted windows
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Dual zone air-conditioning with rear vents
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Sensor key and push button start
  • Five USB ports (including four fast-charging)
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Cruiser standard features (above GXL)

  • Sunroof
  • Chrome door handles
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way electric adjustment driver’s seat, two-position memory
  • 360-degree camera
  • Power tailgate
  • Nine-speaker JBL audio
  • 19-inch alloy wheels

Edge standard features (above Cruiser)

  • Multi terrain select
  • Hill descent control
  • Sports bumpers front and rear
  • Wheel arch mouldings
  • Body-coloured door handles
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Synthetic leather-look seats
  • Unique 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional sunroof
  • Optional Khaki paint

Power and economy

  • 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol front-drive, CVT auto, 127kW/203Nm, 6.5L/100km
  • 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol hybrid front-drive, CVT auto, 131kW/221Nm, 4.7L/100km
  • 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol hybrid all-wheel-drive, CVT auto, 131kW/221Nm, 4.8L/100km
  • 2.5-litre petrol all-wheel-drive, eight-speed auto, 152kW/243Nm, 7.3L/100km