Toyota RAV4 2.0 VVT-i

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Toyota RAV4 2.0 VVT-i

Toyota present the RAV4 XT5 2.0 VVT-i 5dr 4 X 4 with 5 Speed - (Man) / 4 Speed - (Auto), Four Wheel Drive (4x4) running on Unleaded Petrol

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published 12/08/2003 | littlebean
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Pro drives like a dream, reliable, funky looking, well designed
Cons rear tailgate has limited opening, room in the rear is a bit cramped
Road Handling
Fuel consumption

"The best vehicle we've ever driven"

We bought a new 2.0GX 5 door in 2001. We were immediately bowled over, and remained so for the 2 years that we had it.
Firstly, it looks fantastic, chunky and rugged and very trendy-ours was black and we were always getting admiring glances and comments.

More importantly, it handled like a dream. Being in permanent 4 wheel drive, it holds the road like glue. It is extremely stable even on sharp bends and great at taking off from a standing start at dodgy junctions where you need to get out fast.
The engine is second to none. It cruises well at high speed, and allows you to safely overtake when you wouldn't normally contemplate it-it's just so powerful and so reliable.

Inside the cab it is well designed. Good stereo, great drinks holders and neat CD storage. The legroom generally leaves a bit to be desired, both front and rear. The rear seat is limited on space widthways too. We had a child seat at one side, and it was too cramped with 2 adults in the back as well.
The seats were comfortable and the upholstery looked great. The carpet was of excellent quality, and even when it got really dirty, it hoovered off without much effort and looked new again.
Toyota seat covers are an excellent buy. Costly at over £200 but so well fitted that no one knew they were covers.

Boot space is good. Plenty of room for a family of 3 with travel cot, baby buggy and a weeks worth of luggage.

We didn't even mind getting it serviced. The cost was quite cheap and the customer service faultless. It puts Ford's service to shame-our second car is a Ford!

In the two years we owned it, all we spent on it was about £85 for a spare tyre-not due to wear and tear, but a rusty nail!

In summary we would say buy this vehicle. You may gather from this we have now sold ours. We have bought a Honda CRV for one reason alone-the rear legroom. The Honda is fine, but our hearts lie with the Rav still, and I feel sure that when our child has moved on to a booster seat we will go back to the Rav. We are hoping that in another 2 years they will bring out a model with slightly more legroom and a tailgate that opens to 90 degrees. If so, we won't hesitate to buy another one.
Incidentally-they hold their value. We got £14,000 for ours against the Honda at 2 years old and with 22,000 on the clock. You really can't go wrong.

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  • thingywhatsit published 31/08/2003
    I still prefer my Twingo
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Product Information : Toyota RAV4 2.0 VVT-i

Manufacturer's product description

Toyota present the RAV4 XT5 2.0 VVT-i 5dr 4 X 4 with 5 Speed - (Man) / 4 Speed - (Auto), Four Wheel Drive (4x4) running on Unleaded Petrol

Product Details

Body Type: 4 X 4

Fuel Type: Petrol

Available Trims: XT2; XT3; XT4; XT5; XT-R, XT3; XT4; XT5

Range: Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV 4

Range + Engine Type: RAV4 2.0 VVT-i, RAV4 2.0 VVT-i Auto, RAV4 Granite 2.0 VVT-i, RAV4 2.0

Manufacturer: Toyota

Wheel Base (mm): 2490, 2280

Combined Fuel Consumption (mpg): 01-May, 31-Jul, 32.5, 32.1

Service Interval: 10000 miles

Avg Price: 24450, 18250, 17250, 18750, 21250, 23450, 19750, 22250

Power: 147

Type: Car

Release Date: 01-02-09

Transmission type: 4 Speed Automatic Gearbox, 5 Speed Manual; 4 Speed Automatic, 5 Speed - (Man) / 4 Speed - (Auto)

Height: 1705, 1685, 1715

Width: 1785

Length: 4265, 3870, 4220

Weight: 1385, 1325

Insurance Group: 12, 11

Engine Size (cc): 1998

Towing Limit (kg): 1500

Boot Capacity (litres): 970, 690

Driven Wheels: Four Wheel Drive (4x4)

Torque: 142@4000 lb/ft

Fuel Capacity (litres): 57

Cylinders: 4

Warranty: 3 years / 60000 miles

Maximum Speed (mph): 109, 115

Acceleration (0 - 62 mph): 10.8 seconds - (Auto), 10.6 seconds - (Man)

Number of Doors: 5, 3

Emissions Class: EU4

CO2 Emissions: 224 g/km - (Auto), 218 g/km - (Auto), 207 g/km - (Man) / 218 g/km - (Auto), 211 g/km - (Man) / 224 g/km - (Auto)

Country of Origin: Japan

Classification: SUV

Long Name: RAV 4 VVT-i 4WD, RAV 4 4WD, RAV 4 VVT-i 2WD


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