New Toyota RAV4 features optional diesel engine; sat nav in Cruiser only

Toyota has launched the new, smaller fourth generation RAV4 SUV with a choice of two petrol engines, front- and all-wheel drive, and for the first time in Australia sat nav and a diesel engine are available.

As we reported earlier, the new RAV4 does away with the long wheelbase model, which we got as standard, that seats 7 people. Also gone is the option of a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. The tailgate-mounted spare wheel, which has been a hallmark of all RAV4s since day dot has been given the heave-ho. As such the tailgate now opens vertically and is no longer split down the middle.

The new RAV4 range kicks off with A$28,490 for the GX, which features 7 airbags, traction and stability control, heated wing mirrors, roof rails, space saver spare wheel, 60L fuel tank, electric power steering, tilt and telescope steering wheel, cruise control, reverse parking sensors, power windows and mirrors, air con and headlamps which switch off automatically. The audio system has 6 speakers, steering wheel audio controls, USB port, auxiliary jack, AM/FM radio and a CD slot.

Next up is A$32,490 GXL which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, faux leather steering wheel and shift knob, sportier front seats, manual headlamp levelling, electric folding wing mirrors, automatic wipers and headlights, push button start, and proximity entry. The stereo is upgraded with a low-res touchscreen display and a reversing camera.

The range topping Cruiser starts at A$42,490 and comes bearing leather seats, power tailgate, xenon headlights, sunroof, blind spot monitoring system, self-dimming rear vision mirror, 8-way electric driver’s seat adjustment, heated front seats, leather seat trim, faux leather door trim and, crucially, sat nav.

Three engines are available in the new RAV4 range: a 107kW/187Nm 2-litre petrol, 132kW/233Nm 2.5-litre petrol, and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 110kW of power and 340Nm of torque.

On the GX and GXL, front-wheel drive, the 2-litre petrol and a 6-speed manual are standard. Upgrading to either the 2.5-litre or turbo-diesel brings all-wheel drive to the party. The AWD 2.5-litre adds either A$3,500 (GX) or A$3,000 (GXL) to the price, while the AWD diesel adds either A$7,000 (GX) or A$6,500(GXL). The Cruiser features the 2.5-litre AWD drivetrain as standard, with the turbo-diesel bearing an extra impost of A$3,500.

Automatic gear selection is a A$2,500 option via a continuously variable transmission in the 2-litre front-wheel drive or a 6-speed auto in all other models.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]