Tag: Toyota RAV4

Review: Toyota RAV4 2.5L – Just Because it’s Pricy, Doesn’t Mean it’s Bad

So, the new fifth generation Toyota RAV4 SUV shocked the internet when news broke that it is priced from RM196,436, making it the most expensive model in its segment.

Bad, condescending remarks were flying from left, right, and centre all over social media and the internet, about how only stupid people will buy it, and how UMW Toyota have lost their minds, and this was just the tip of the iceberg.

Well, to be frank, even we were a bit surprised with the price, but not to the point of having to senselessly condemn it before even seeing it in the flesh, let alone driving it – which is always the case with most “car guys” you see on car website social media comment sections.

Look at the CH-R for instance – the same amount noise was made when it was released, and guess what? People still bought it, lots of it! It may not be the best-seller in its segment but there are still thousands of units on the road out there, and the owners are happy and have absolutely no regrets.

So, the moral of the story here is that, you say lah what you want to say; those who can afford it will still quietly go and buy it because it is actually a very decent product.

Coming back to the all-new Toyota RAV4 – we were given the opportunity to sample the range-topping 2.5-litre variant (RM215,665 minus SST) when it was launched, just to get a first-hand experience, and frankly speaking, it was not bad at all.

But before we get into the nitty-gritty, let us answer the magic question first – Why is the RAV4 more expensive than the top-spec versions of the Honda CR-V (RM175,900) and the Mazda CX-5 (RM181,660)?

Simple – While the CR-V and CX-5 are assembled locally, the Toyota RAV4 is fully imported from Japan. So, since the duties, taxes, incentives, and what not are different for both, imported vehicles have always been more expensive than CKD units. That’s all.

“Will the RAV4 ever be assembled locally?”

We did ask the folks at UMWT during the launch, and the answer was, well… “We don’t know yet…” as many factors have to be taken into consideration, and many processes need to take place between the manufacturer and the government before a vehicle can be assembled locally, so let us keep our fingers and toes crossed, hoping that the RAV4 will be assembled here and sold at a more competitive price in the near future, shall we?

Now, the second most important question – What exactly do you get for RM215,665?

Besides the different engine and gearbox (which we will get to shortly), both the 2.0 and 2.5 versions of the RAV4 get the same list of features on the exterior, interior, as well as safety, which includes:

  • LED Headlights & Tail lamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Automatic wipers
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Powered tailgate with Kick sensor (first in class)
  • 580-litres of boot space (biggest in class)
  • Keyless entry
  • Optitron meter panel
  • 7-inch touch screen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Dual zone air-conditioning
  • Combination leather seats
  • 8-way powered driver’s seat
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats
  • Wireless charger for mobile devices
  • 3D Panoramic View Monitor
  • Digital View Monitor
  • Waterproof boot floor board
  • Pre-Collision System (PCS)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Auto High Beam
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • ISOFIX
  • Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • 7 Airbags
  • Vehicle Telematics System

Sharing the same TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform as the latest Camry, the RAV4 2.5 we’re looking at here is powered by a new naturally aspirated Dynamic Force engine, which is paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that sends power exclusively to the front wheels. Sorry guys, no AWD here.

As far as Toyota models in Malaysia are concerned, this is the first time this powertrain package is being offered here. Please inform your friends who like to take a swipe at Toyota for “always using old engine”.

Offered in 6 colours (Dark Blue Mica, Red Mica, White Pearl CS, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, and Attitude Black), the all-new Toyota RAV4 is offered with a 5 years/ unlimited mileage warranty.

Driving it

While the RAV4’s key rivals like the high-spec Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 Turbo are turbocharged, the Toyota is naturally aspirated. So, it doesn’t really pounce off the line when you put the accelerator pedal to the floor.

However, the RAV4 is anything but slow. Even though it takes slightly longer than its turbocharged rivals to get up to speed, power delivery is pretty seamless, and before you know it, you’re way past the speed limit. Since it’s naturally aspirated, there is no escaping from the engine noise when you accelerate as well, but it wasn’t THAT loud.

Thanks to the Dynamic Force engine and gearbox that are made from a lot of lightweight material, the TNGA platform, and the fantastically sorted suspension, what we have here is one of, if not the best handling SUV in the segment.

For a vehicle its size, the RAV4 actually feels very light and agile. It also responds to steering input very sharply. Body-roll, weight-transfer, and things along that line that are typical of a top-heavy SUV, are barely noticeable, which makes the RAV4 quite an enjoyable SUV to drive versus models like the CR-V which can behave like a boat around corners.

While the driver is guaranteed a fun time, the occupants are also entitled to an enjoyable experience in the RAV4, thanks to the comfortable leather seats that provide decent support for occupants of all shapes and sizes.

Further adding to the whole experience is a generous list of features which you can check out above, and a spacious cabin which offers generous amount of head and leg space both in front and in the rear.

So, in a nutshell, while the RAV4 is slower than its turbocharged rivals, it is certainly among the best handling models in its class, and also one of the more spacious ones. Design wise, there is nothing much to shout about.

In terms of features, both 2.0L and 2.5L variants get the exact same things besides the engine and gearbox.

So, if power is not on top of your priority list, you can opt for the lower displacement variant and still enjoy all the equipment. Just that it’s the most expensive model in class lah.

Is it worth it? Well, if you have the budget, absolutely. Otherwise, you can always look at its rivals that are more affordable.

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Toyota RAV4 Launched in Malaysia – 2 Variants, From RM196k

After much anticipation, the all-new 5th generation Toyota RAV4 has finally been launched virtually for the Malaysian market.

Offered in two variants, the price of the Toyota RAV4 is as mentioned below:

Toyota RAV4 2.0L – RM196,436
Toyota RAV4 2.5L – RM215,665

Going against models like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Subaru Forester, the all-new RAV4 is powered by Toyota’s latest Dynamic Force engine range, comprising a 2.0-litre M20A-FKS naturally aspirated 4-cylinder DOHC engine making 173 PS and 207 Nm of torque, and the A25A-FKS naturally aspirated 4-cylinder DOHC engine kicking out 207 PS and 243 Nm of torque.

While the 2.0-litre engine is paired to a CVT gearbox, the 2.5-litre variant gets an 8-speed automatic gearbox which is offered for the first time in a Toyota in Malaysia. Both variants are only offered in Front Wheel Drive configuration.

Besides the different engine and gearbox, both the 2.0 and 2.5 versions of the RAV4 get the same list of features on the exterior, interior, as well as safety, which includes:

  • LED Headlights & Tail lamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Automatic wipers
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Powered tailgate with Kick sensor (first in class)
  • 580-litres of boot space (biggest in class)
  • Keyless entry
  • Optitron meter panel
  • 7-inch touch screen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Dual zone air-conditioning
  • Combination leather seats
  • 8-way powered driver’s seat
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats
  • Wireless charger for mobile devices
  • 3D Panoramic View Monitor
  • Digital View Monitor
  • Waterproof boot floor board
  • Pre-Collision System (PCS)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Auto High Beam
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • ISOFIX
  • Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • 7 Airbags
  • Vehicle Telematics System

Offered in 6 colours (Dark Blue Mica, Red Mica, White Pearl CS, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, and Attitude Black), the all-new Toyota RAV4 is offered with a 5 years/ unlimited mileage warranty.

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All-New Toyota RAV4 is Open for Booking, and It’s Not Cheap – From RM196k

UMW Toyota Motor announced the order taking for the much awaited 2019 Japan Car of the Year, the All-New Toyota RAV4 from 10 June 2020 onwards.

Offered with  a full 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage, there will be two variants offered – 2.5L and 2.0L which are priced at RM223,880 and RM203,880 respectively (before the price revision on the Sales Tax exemption).

The revised price list will be announced shortly to reflect the Sales Tax exemption, and is estimated to be at RM215,700 and RM196,500, respectively.

Completely redesigned, the All-New Toyota RAV4 offers a safe, secure, comfortable, and convenient drive experience with the power and sophistication of a Premium Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

The All-New Toyota RAV4, a fifth generation, is developed with Dynamic Force Engine and on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which provide a new level of powerful performance and better driving experience to meet today’s customers’ expectations.

The Premium SUV also comes with impressive Toyota Safety Sense features such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) for All Speed as well as Automatic High Beam (AHB).

The new RAV4 also comes with Kick Sensor Power Back Door and other advanced and versatility features that make it the best-in-class passenger-friendly SUV.

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Toyota RAV4 PHEV Launched in Japan, Can “Cucuk” Civic Type R

Toyota has just launched the new RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) through dealerships in Japan, with performance figures that will blow your mind.

Although this particular version is highly unlikely to make it to Malaysia, the regular petrol variant is all set to make its Malaysian debut very soon.

Now, back to the RAV4 PHEV – Adopting the newly developed Toyota Hybrid System (THS II), the SUV is powered by a 2.5-litre Dynamic Force petrol engine that is paired with front and rear electric motors, a high-output lithium-ion battery, as well as an E-Four electric 4WD system which distributes power to all four wheels.

Together, all these things kick out a combined output of 306 PS, which enables the RAV4 PHEV to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in an interesting 6.0 seconds. Now, just to put things into perspective, that is just 0.5 seconds slower than the FK8 Honda Civic Type R which does it in 5.5 seconds.

On the eco-friendly side of things, the RAV4 PHEV’s offers an electric driving range of 95 kilometers on a fully charged battery, and a hybrid fuel economy of 22 km/L. Plus, the 55-litre fuel tank and boasts an incredible cruising range of 1,300 kilometers.

Built on the TGNA platform (GA-K), the lithium-ion battery which is installed under the floor in the center of the vehicle, actually brings the vehicle’s centre of gravity lower, translating into superior handling and weight balance.

In Japan, the new RAV4 PHEV comes with a maximum of 1,500 W (AC 100 V) external power supply function as standard equipment that are useful during blackouts and other emergencies, and for outdoor leisure activities.

In addition to an accessory electrical socket in the luggage compartment, it is also equipped with a vehicle power connector which can be plugged into the regular charging inlet at the rear (right) of the vehicle for use as an external power socket.

The RAV4 is also readily able to provide regular power supplies at home or outside as a standard feature. The supplied power cable (both AC 100 and 200 V) can be connected to an electrical socket for recharging. 

As far as the cosmetics are concerned, the RAV4 PHEV gets an exclusive Emotional Red II and Attitude Black Mica two-tone body colour combination, as well as 19-inch wheels. Inside, key features include a blacked-out cabin, a 9-inch infotainment system, and a head up display among others.

Impressed yet?  

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All-New Toyota RAV4 Arriving Very Soon

Those who happened to drop by the official website of Toyota Malaysia would’ve noticed something very interesting today – a post teasing the arrival of the all-new Toyota RAV4.

On top of the teaser image, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, the authorised distributor of Toyotas in Malaysia also included an online form for potential customers to register their interest on the upcoming SUV.

Even though there are hundreds of articles circulating with speculated versions and specifications which will be offered in Malaysia, they are still speculations as Toyota Malaysia have not disclosed anything officially.

However, we do have a gut feeling that it is going to be the one powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 171 PS and 203 Nm of torque. Whether there’s going to be a PHEV, or a 2.5-litre version remains unknown.

So, if you’re really interested in getting your hands on one, head to UMW Toyota’s official website and register your interest, or just give a call to your nearest showroom.

Watch out CR-V and CX-5, as player 3 is about to enter the ring to give the two of you a good run for your money.

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