I ordered this vehicle as my first key step-up from the bangers that I applied to drive. My last vehicle was a Daihatsu Sportrak, a fantastic small petrol 4×4, developed like a reservoir, particularly great in summertime with the removable difficult covers though certainly not worthy of extended motorway driving. It had been this vehicle that encouraged me to look for still another 4×4 when it ultimately died.
I was buying similar sized 4×4 which was more comfortable on long journeys, it needed to be diesel to boost on gas costs compared to my prior car.
After much exploring, and looking at different various models including the Suzuki Grand Vitara, Ford HRV, Honda CRV, Landrover Freelander, and Daihatsu Terios, I came across the small wheel foundation (SWB) version of the Toyota Rav4 (there has since been a new product in that the short wheelbase edition is no further being produced and the number has been given an over-all facelift). The first thing that stood out is so it seems a lot more fashionable compared to different 4×4’s in exactly the same type, particularly the diesel engined version, which I plumped for, with the bonnet deal for the turbo intercooler.
It turns out that the diesel engine that is available in this product (2.0 D-4D) is actually very effective, I am presently returning 41.7 mpg on average which is mainly city driving. Still another good place relating to this engine is it’s reduced CO2 production (190g/km) that will be 1 in the attention for anyone 4×4 haters out there as it has lower emmissions than many cars, be aware however that the raising vehicle excise work rates means demanding the car can be quite high priced but you’ll reclaim that money with the savings on fuel.
The design I ordered NRG Steering Wheels was the two home NRG which was included with the recommended leather seats and 6 disk changer which will be located beneath the individual seat. The leather chairs are really relaxed on extended journeys, the experience feels sturdy yet does not break your back when experiencing pot holes.
For a 4×4 the RAV edges extremely well with little if any roll. The RAV was rumoured to function as the’4×4 GTi’and I could ensure those rumours, it brings really strongly through each equipment and will simply top 100mph. The RAV comes as a regular 4 wheel travel aside form the NV model that is 2 wheel drive. Individually I do believe this model is pointless, who in their proper brain is going to obtain a 2 wheel travel 4×4?
The RAV is charged as a softroader meaning it’s vehicle like driving faculties but has the capability to cope with the occasional down roading should you will need it. The thought of softroaders came into being because vehicle businesses knew that individuals buy large 4x4s since they believe they’re better, in addition they realised that very few of those individuals really used their 4x4s off path, therefore softroaders maintained the large driving position and size of’correct’4x4s while simplifying the 4×4 running gear and softening the suspension to make them more suited to operating on the road. While it generally does not have the lower transfer field which is sold with the bigger 4×4’s, it’ll handle the majority of the off path cases that you are likely to come across. The 4×4 component really has it’s own under intense temperature situations, meaning it will manage better and therefore be safer, that in conjunction with electronic brakeforce circulation (EBD) means that you are feeling more confident driving that car in bad temperature than any typical 2 wheel travel car.
One special feature relating to this D-4D motor could be the variable nozzle turbocharger, this allows the turbo to adjust how much air is permitted to enter the turbo and hence produces an additional 5bhp on the old D-4D engine and provides a continuing torque of 250Nm between 1800rpm and 3000rpm.
Maximum power of 114bhp (85kW) happens at 4000rpm. Not to mention it makes a satisfying turbo protest when you reach the turbo band!
Anything you do not get with the 2dr RAV4 is a boot. With a corner seats pushed entirely back (the 2 independent rear chairs modify forward and right back and also incline) there’s pretty much number useful start place whatsoever. This renders the SWB 2 home edition of the RAV 4 unsuitable to people in excess of 2 unless you’re planning to use the RAV as an additional family car. For me personally it’s great as I seldom have more than 2 persons in the automobile at any 1 time. If I do need any start place for any such thing substantial it’s no hassle since the rear 2 chairs fold ahead and lock into place, and if required may be entirely removed with the easy push of a lever.
With Toyota being a Western car firm you also get the advantage of exemplary build quality and exceptional reliability. This could save you money in the future and may outnumber the advanced that you will purchase a vehicle with this make. Toyota proposes that significant solutions must certanly be done on the RAV 4 every 20,000 miles which entails that you ought to see less of the vendor or local garage which is generally a good sign.
Available in three and five-door bodystyles
Full-time four-wheel get (two-wheel get NV version not available with D-4D engine)
Latest technology, frequent train, 2.0-litre D-4D diesel
Exceptional gas economy, reduced sound, reduced emissions
For sale in four cut levelsl (NV, NRG, GX and VX)
Exceptional mixed fuel usage of 39.8 mpg
0-62mph in 12.1 seconds, maximum rate of 106mph
WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening) front chairs, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and double top airbags common on all qualities
MPV-style flexibility with rear chairs designed to slide, fold, slide and be eliminated
Air conditioning common on all levels
Remote alarm and Thatcham Group One immobiliser fitted as common
Ceiling rails typical on all qualities
Offered with three-year/ 60,000 mile warranty as standard
For sale in the UK from 1 September 2001
D-4D engine is really a £1000 premium over petrol types
ENGINE (2.0L D-4D)
Device Device Variable valve timing, 16 valve, DOHC, Sequence Drive
Bore x Swing (mm) 82.2 x 94.0
Displacement (cc) 1995
Retention proportion 18.6:1
Max. Power bhp/rpm (kW) 114 @ 4,000 (85)
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm) 250 @ 1,800-3,000
0-62mph 12.1 secs
Max rate 106mph
FUEL ECONOMY AND EMISSIONS
Downtown mpg 31.7
Extra-Urban mpg 46.3
Mixed mpg 39.8
CO2 g/km 190
WEIGHTS 3 DOOR 5 DOOR
Kerb weight (kg) 1315-1425 1370-1485
Major car fat (kg) 1785 1925
Towing capacity-u/braked (kg) 640 640
Towing capacity-braked (kg) 1500 1500
DIMENSIONS (exterior) 3 DOOR 5 DOOR
Over all length 3850 – NV3865 – NRG 4200 – NV4250 – GX4260 – VX
Overall thickness (mm) 17351785 (wide pack) 17351785 (wide pack)
Over all level – 4WD (mm) 1695 (215 tyre)1700 (235 tyre) 1705 (215 tyre)1710 (235 tyre)
Wheelbase (mm) 2280 2490
Min. turning radius (m) 5.0 5.3
Tread breadth – 4WD (mm) front 1505 (215 tyre)1525 (235 tyre)
Tread thickness – 4WD (mm) rear 1495 (215 tyre)1520 (235 tyre)
Energy Tank capacity (L / gal) 57 / 12.5
Coefficient of Pull 0.35
LUGGAGE CAPACITY (L) 3 DOOR 5 DOOR
Rear seats in position 150 410
Rear seats folded 230 520
Back chairs removed 690 970
Top MacPherson Struts with L-shaped hands
Rear Dual Wishbone with trailing arms
Top (diameter) Ventilated disc (302mm)
Rear (diameter) Solid disk (298mm)
Form Sheet and Pinion
Converts lock to lock 2.9
TYRES AND WHEELS
Wheel measurement 16″ Aluminium / Steel
Tyre size (NV & GX)(NRG & VX) 215/70 Page1=46 16235/60 Dtc 16
Good Points Exemplary quality, trusted, fashionable, infrequent support intervals, pushes effectively, relaxed, energy successful, and eco-friendly.
Bad Details Expensive to tax, not enough start place on the 2dr model.