Toyota RAV 4 test – Generation 4×4 Magazine

Like the compact Corolla, the RAV4 SUV has converted to a hybrid, at the same time driving out any other type of engine in its offering. Good news: to live up to its 4 × 4 DNA, the all-wheel drive version has significantly improved its capabilities.

The RAV4, a small, jolly-styled urban 4 × 4 launched in 1994, has evolved over the years to become one of the largest compact SUVs on the market. If it exists in traction, the new generation does not completely renounce its registration number, which stands for “Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4-wheel drive”. The only hybrid engine is available in 4 × 4, with a second electric motor, placed on the rear axle.

And, good news, Toyota engineers have revised their dogma, which was not to allow the rear wheels to turn if the front wheels had no grip, for fear of the slightest oversteer! So now, the rear really helps in tough situations, with an efficiency roughly equivalent to that of a viscous coupling system.

But most RAV4s will never get off the tarmac. And this is ultimately where this new version brings the most significant progress. Because the road handling is at the best level in the category, even if we can sometimes regret some loss of traction with the wheels turned. Suspension comfort sometimes suffers from a certain stiffness, while remaining acceptable.


Find the full test drive of the Toyota RAV4 in Generation 4 × 4

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PRIX DES VERSIONS 4x4 : DE 40 600 À 48 500 EUROS


Type :  4 cylindres essence hybride
Puissance : 222 ch
Boîte de vitesses : train épicycloïdal
Conso mixte constructeur : 5,7 l/100 km
Emissions de CO 2 : de 128 g/km à 131 g/km (ni bonus ni malus)


L/l/h (mm) : 4 600/1 855/1 685
Empattement (mm) : 2 690
Garde au sol (mm) : 190
Poids à vide (kg) : de 1 590 à 1 730
Poids maxi remorque (kg) : de 800 à 1 650
Capacité coffre (litres) : de 530 à 1 690
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