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
Fiche techniques T0Y0TA RAV4 PRIX DES VERSIONS 4x4 : DE 40 600 À 48 500 EUROS MOTORISATION 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) DIMENSIONS/CAPACITÉS 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