The iconic Toyota RAV4 continues to set the benchmark for the highly competitive SUV market in Europe with outstanding driving performance, great versatility and now, even more style and refinement. The Toyota RAV4 was the best selling SUV in Europe in 2006. The result also marked a new European sales record for RAV4 of 120,000 in a single year. For the first half year of 2007, over 70,000 units have been sold throughout Europe, topping sales charts.

Now, RAV4 Cross Sport, which is displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, offers customers a stylish and sophisticated design, and premium quality with a range of enhancements for the 2008 model year. These further emphasise the sophisticated and urban design themes of RAV4, creating a more dynamic look on most engine options.

The backdoor, now also without the rear spare tire on the mid-grade, gives the vehicle a more urban and refined appearance. Instead the RAV4 is equipped with a highly effective, but simpleto- use, standard tyre repair kit. Furthermore, the new 17-inch, six-spoke alloy wheels add to the more sophisticated effect.

Highlights of the fresh exterior styling are a new chrome-plate front grille and privacy glass as standard which more accurately reflects the premium quality of RAV4. This grille has previously been available only on the range-topping RAV4 X model. The privacy glass especially creates a contemporary look with sporty, premium overtones. The newly-developed underrun-protector, available in either silver or black, gives the vehicle a sporty touch.

New interior trim in dark grey has a more premium look and feel to further add to the impressive levels of refinement while the versatility of the third generation RAV4 – with Easy-Flat seating and increased luggage space – continues as a major customer benefit.

An increased range of accessories allows RAV4 owners to further customise their cars to create a personal style, such as Bluetooth connectivity and rear parking sensors.

Superior driving performance

A full range of innovative and environmentally-friendly diesel and petrol engines ensures RAV4 offers drivers superior driving performance. The 2.2-litre D-4D 180 Clean Power engine, with Toyota’s advanced D-CAT technology, is not only the most powerful diesel engine in the segment but also the cleanest, with the smallest combined NOx and PM emissions for diesel engines in its segment.

The D-4D 180 Clean Power enables customers to enjoy a top speed of 200km/h and acceleration to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds while achieving combined fuel consumption of 7.0 litres/100km. The diesel line-up is now even more environmentally friendly with the recent introduction of a Diesel Particle Filter (DPF) on the best selling 2.2 D-4D 135 engine. Unlike other particulate filters on the market, the Toyota DPF is entirely maintenance-free throughout the life of the vehicle, reducing running costs for owners and ensuring that emissions reductions are constant and consistent over the years.

Both 2.2-litre D-4D engines come as standard with the Toyota six-speed manual transmission which boasts smooth, quick and precise gear-change. The six gear ratios have been carefully selected to allow drivers to make the most of the new performance available to them, while maintaining excellent fuel consumption.

Total driver control, even under the most difficult terrain and road conditions, is provided by the Integrated Active Drive System. This advanced handling and safety package is unique to the Toyota RAV4 and represents another world first for this segment.

Integrated Active Drive System takes a set of individual technologies and combines them into a complete package via high-speed CAN communications. The three main elements are the Active Torque Control 4WD system, the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and the Electric Power Steering (EPS).

The interaction of all systems allows for real-time control that responds to driver operation and vehicle behaviour, resulting in enhanced running, turning and stopping performance. The Toyota RAV4 Integrated Active Drive System represents a significant enhancement to the safety and performance of the SUV segment.

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  (534) posted on 01.22.2010

Rav4 is really a good SUV, it really handles well, comfortability is great, but when your speed is over 120kph engine is a little bit noisy and it vibrates a lot.

  (1333) posted on 12.21.2009

One of the things that I really fancy about Toyota Rav 4 is its engine performance. Its 2008 version is really cool. I have driven one of them and the engine’s performance is as good as any gasoline cars. Its fast and comfortable.

  (6023) posted on 03.1.2008

In order of need:
5+ speed auto transmission for better economy on the 4 cyl engine

Stow the rear tire inside

hybrid option (pretty much behind the times here, but hybrid costs need to get better to make more sense as well)

Lift gate rear instead of a door

  (133) posted on 01.18.2008

the grand Vitara from suzuki is a better looking option than the rav4.not sure bout equipment lists tho

  (1) posted on 01.18.2008

I really wish Toyota would wake up and sell this car in the US. Removing the tire, and offering it with some other engine options would make it a bigger seller than the standard Rav-4 in the US.

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