2016 Toyota RAV4 road test and review.
Offered in three key trim levels: GX, GXL and Cruiser 2016 Toyota RAV4 prices start from $27,990. My test car was the entry-level Toyota RAV4 GX fitted with the optional 2.2 litre turbo diesel and a six-speed auto transmission, a combo that will set you back from $37,990.
Is it worth paying the extra for the diesel engine? Well of course a lot of that question is answered by what you want to do with your RAV4. Producing 110kW and 340Nm the engine is more at home on the highway where the torque helps you conquer hills at ease, in town though the engine can be a bit harsh and a touch noisy when at work.
The diesel Toyota RAV4 is claimed to use 6.7L/100km, though in my week behind the wheel I averaged more, 8.4L/100km being the result.
While on the road you would say that the RAV4 GX is pleasant enough, without being anything amazing. The ride is good on reasonable surfaces but felt a bit choppy when confronted with poorer surfaces, the steering provides an adequate amount of feel and the handling is adequate enough.
Off-road ability is adequate enough for anything but the really rough stuff, there isn’t a 4×4 system selector, but you do get hill descent control.
The Toyota RAV4 interior is simple and nicely laid out. The gauges are large and clear and the main controls are all easy to operate and located in just the right places. You could make the argument that the RAV4 dash was designed with function in mind, rather than style.
The feel of the plastics is durable and the feel is that of quality, albeit the RAV4 cabin is just a little drab. The seats however are a standout and are soft and supportive.
There’s a substantial amount of room in the back too, and all passengers enjoy excellent visibility. The cargo area is 760 litres in size.
Bearing in mind that the GX grade of the RAV4 is the entry-level model, standard equipment is reasonable and includes; reverse camera, rear parking sensors, touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, auxiliary input, cruise control and air-conditioning.
Metallic paint, which is anything but Glacier White, will set you back another $550, a full-size spare wheel is an option as well, at a cost of $300.
All grades of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 boast a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; the updated Toyota RAV4 GX diesel is comfortable to drive, comfortable to sit in and built with Toyota’s renowned attention to detail. However, at nearly $40,000 on the road, this version of the RAV4 poses questionable value for money and that diesel engine is underwhelming.
2016 NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Toyota RAV4 GX Diesel
Engine: 2.2 litre turbo-diesel producing 110kW and 340Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: from $35,990 (manual) and $37,990 (auto)