Toyota RAV4 (2006–2013)

Model History

September 2005

New RAV-4 from 2006 first shown Frankfurt Show September 2005. Length: 4,395 mm (14’ 5”). Length T180: 4,315 mm (14’ 2”). Width: 1,815 mm (6’ 0”). Height: 1,685 mm (5’ 7”).

New 'Active Troque Control' electromagnetic four wheel drive system. 2.0 litre chain cam petrol manual or auto. Smooth new 2.2 litre D-4D chain cam diesels as seen in Avensis with 140PS or 177PS. T180 has excellent combination of strong performance and economy. T180 is on runflat tyres so no back door spare.

January 2008

RAV XT-R is a special edition available in a choice of 3 metallic colours. Extras include electric sunroof, privacy glass, dual zone climate control, but no spare wheel on the wider opening rear door. Has a Tyrefix kit instead. Fits between XT4 and XT5 models. List price for 2.2 D-4D 140 is £21,245 on the road, the Style pack is £550 extra and the Protection pack is £450 extra.

High specification and high value from new RAV4 XT-R for 2008.
RAV4 XT-R key standard features include
o Bluetooth
o Cruise control
o Rear parking sensors
o New-design 17-inch alloys
o Rear privacy glass
2.0 VVT-i petrol and 2.2 D-4D 140 engines. Prices from £19,995.

July 2008

New sports-themed SR-180 announced. Powered by 175bhp (177 DIN hp) 2.2 D-4D engine. 0-60mph in 9 seconds. 18-inch alloys, extended wheelarches and run-flat tyres. Dark-tinted headlamps. Integrated Active Drive with Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Hill Start Assist Control. On-the-road price £23,045.

May 2009

New Optimal Drive 2.2 diesel 4WD manual with 150PS and 340Nm torque, yet CO2 down to 154g/km and combined mpg up to 48.7mpg. 2.2 diesel 4WD 6-speed automatic offers 39.2mpg combined and 189g/km CO2.

2.0 petrol engines now Valvematic with 158PS and 198Nm torque. With 2WD 6-speed manual offers 38.2mpg and 174g/km, and with 4WD Multidrive S CVT auto offers 37.7mpg combined and 177g/km CO2.

XT-R Toyota Optimal Drive 2.0 Valvematic 6MT 2WD £18,995

XT-R Toyota Optimal Drive 2.0 Valvematic MDS AWD £22,395

XT-R Toyota Optimal Drive 2.2 D-4D 150 6MT AWD £22,795

SR Toyota Optimal Drive 2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT AWD £25,295

Petrol CVT auto and diesel 6-speed torque converter auto both good. Diesel better for towing. Petrol better for the school run.

March 2010

Facelift for 2010, more aerodynamically efficient. A wider grille, with horizontal bars and chrome accents displays the new Toyota family look that has been established on the latest Avensis, Verso and Auris models. The grille is flanked by new headlights, with projector-type low beam lamps. A new flowing bonnet design helps to emphasise RAV4’s wide track and dynamic appearance, qualities that are further expressed in a new full-width front bumper.

Further chrome detailing around the foglamps and bonnet moulding add an extra dash of premium appeal. Inside the cabin the high quality finish is complemented by new leather and Alcantara upholstery. In the UK the 2010 RAV4 will carry forward its Toyota Optimal Drive powertrains, with 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol and 2.2 D-4D and D-CAT diesel engines, with six-speed manual, Mutridrive S (Toyota’s advanced continuously variable transmission) and six-speed automatic transmissions. CO2 emissions start from just 150 g/km.

May 2010

RAV4 restyled and re-equipped for 2010. Introduction of new entry point 2.2 D-4D XT-R model with two-wheel drive. 148 bhp 2.2 D-CAT 6 speed automatic transmission newly available on XT-R grade. Toyota Optimal Drive delivers excellent balance of power, fuel economy and emissions performance across the range. New contemporary urban front-end styling. Leather and Alcantara upholstery and new 17-inch alloys for RAV4 XT-R AWD. HDD satellite navigation with music jukebox function standard on SR grade. Available to order from 13-5-2010 official on-sale date 1-6-2010. On-the-road prices from £22,410

2.0-litre Valvematic petrol with Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT system remains part of the RAV4 portfolio, now exclusively in XT-R specification with all-wheel drive. The grille, a signature feature of the latest Toyota models such as Avensis and Verso, is framed by new-look headlights. These incorporate projector-type low beam lamps, integrated into the new bonnet and front wing design, emphasising RAV4’s wide track and dynamic appearance.

Two new exterior colours have been added for the new 2010 RAV4: Deep Titanium metallic and White Pearl pearlescent.

New leather and Alcantara upholstery combination standard, together with heated front seats. In addition, both AWD and 2WD versions ride on new-design 17-inch alloy wheels.

The RAV4 SR gets Toyota’s hard disc drive (HDD) satellite navigation system now part of the standard package (previously it was an option). This sophisticated navigation technology, which is also optionally available on XT-R models, includes dedicated disc space for owners to set up their own on-board “jukebox” of their favourite audio files.

Highlights of the XT-R grade include cruise control, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, seven airbags, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and rear privacy glass; AWD versions add Intelligent All-wheel Drive and, with automatic and Multidrive S transmission, Downhill assist control (DAC).

The RAV4 SR, offered exclusively with the 2.2 D-4D D-CAT engine and six-speed automatic transmission, gains 18-inch dark-finish alloys, smoke-finish headlamps, a reversing camera, Smart Entry and Start and over-fenders.

All RAV4 powertrains benefit from Toyota Optimal Drive technologies to deliver an excellent balance of power, fuel economy and loweremissions. The table below demonstrates the advantage this gives the core model in the RAV4 range, the 2.2 D-4D XT-R AWD, over some of its key compact SUV rivals.





XT-R 2.2 D-4D 6MT 2WD




XT-R 2.0 Valvematic MDS AWD




XT-R 2.2 D-4D 6MT AWD












What does a Toyota RAV4 (2006 – 2013) cost?

List Price from £30,950
Buy new from £26,765
Contract hire from £275.99 per month