Ratings: Toyota RAV4 2.5 in Malaysia - Class-leading features come at a cost

Sanjay · Jul 3, 2021 08:00 AM

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Following our earlier review of the Toyota RAV4 2.5, it's now time to put it through the scrutiny of WapCar's Ratings. Let's take a look at how the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V competitor fares in these instrumented tests.

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Please note that all photos, tests, and measurements were taken before MCO.

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Toyota RAV4 2.5: Driving Performance - 36/50, Relaxed and gentle

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2020 Toyota RAV4 2.5 - Facts and Figures
Engine 2.5-litre, NA four-cylinder
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Power 207 PS @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 243 Nm @ 5,000 Nm
Weight 1,620 kg
0-100 km/h 9.0 seconds
100-0 km/h 39.6 metres

For what it is, the RAV4 is a decent performer with its 2.5-litre, naturally-aspirated mill. Combined with the smooth-shifting 8-speed torque converter automatic (not a CVT), the sprightly Dynamic Force engine can propel the SUV to complete the century sprint in 9 seconds.

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Top to bottom: Accleration and braking test results

The brakes are progressive and respond quite well, needing just 39.6 meters to stop the 1,620 kg SUV from 100 km/h. Adding on to the driving merits is its Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform and double wishbone rear suspension, which lends the RAV4 compliant handling.

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Weight shifts are a bit more pronounced in the RAV4, but it still handles better than a CR-V

That said, the RAV4 isn't exactly a corner carver; the weighted, not-overly-sensitive steering lends a relaxed character to its drive.

2020 Toyota RAV4 2.5 - Driving Performances Breakdown
Engine Acceleration 4 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 3 / 5
Throttle Response 3.5 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3
Smoothness 4 / 5
Sport/Manual Mode 2 / 3
Steering Accuracy 2 / 3
Response 2.5 / 3
Weight & Feel 2 / 3
Braking Distance 2 / 3
Feel 2.5 / 3
Handling Chassis Balance 2.5 / 3
Grip 2 / 3
Load Reaction 2 / 3
Total   36/50 pts

Toyota RAV4 2.5: Ride Comfort - 37/50, Great for cruising

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Just as we said in our review, benefits in the chassis and suspension translate to more than just a nice drive as the RAV4 brings comfort to the forefront.

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Moderate damping - combined with soft, supportive seats - results in a calm demeanour, beating competitors like the CX-5, Subaru Forester, and even the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace in this department.

Toyota RAV4 2.5 - Cabin noise
0 km/h (AC off) 47 dB
0 km/h (AC on) 49 dB
60 km/h (AC on) 62 dB
90 km/h (AC on) 64 dB
110 km/h (AC on) 69 dB

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Engine and tyre noises are well-suppressed at all speeds, but road noise is rather audible. Cabin noise is generally quieter than the CR-V, but noisier than the rest of the C-segment SUV crop.

Toyota RAV4 2.5 - Ride Comfort Breakdown
Sound Proofing 7 / 10
Suspension 9 / 10
Passenger Comfort 8 / 10
Seat Support 3 / 5
Ergonomics 3 / 5
Engine Refinement 7 / 10
Total points 37 / 50 pts

Toyota RAV4: Quality and Features – 41/50, TSS 2.0, many toys, well-built

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Being a fully-imported car (CBU Japan), most prospective buyers will have a higher level of scrutiny of the build quality.

Toyota RAV4 - Panel Gaps (mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 4.5 4 0.5
Front Fender 4 3.5 0.5
Front to Rear Door 4 4 0
Rear Door to quarter panel 4.5 4 0.5
Tailgate 6 6 0

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Toyota RAV4 2.5 - Paint Thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 126
Front Fender 117 105
Front Door 112 105
Rear Door 117 112
Rear Quarter Panel 115 122
Tailgate 108
Roof 137
Average paint thickness: 113 µm ±8

In this regard, we say the RAV4 will step up to the challenge quite well as it scores full points for paint finish and quality. Panel gap consistency could be slightly tighter, but it's well within average scores.

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Toyota RAV4 2.5 - Exterior Material Use
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thin
Struts Manual
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction Multi-piece
Tailgate/Boot Opening Powered

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Toyota RAV4 2.5 - Cabin Material Use
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Soft Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Leather
  Middle Section Leather
  Lower Section Hard Plastic

The geometric interior is anything but lively, with the all-black colour scheme only broken up by silver accents.

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That said, there are a few nice touches, like rubber grips on the door handles and air-cond control knobs, which themselves have a very tactile feel to them.

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DVD player won't probably see much use though

The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which bundles in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support claws back more points, and the 6-speaker audio setup - with its crisp, clear sounds - further augments the in-car comforts.

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DVR (dashcam) is included

There's also the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0) ADAS suite, which includes all-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Pre-Collision System (PCS), and also Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with steering assist, just to name a few.

Toyota RAV4 2.5 - Quality & Feature Breakdown
Exterior Paint Finish 4 / 4
Panel Gaps 3 / 4
Assembly Quality 2 / 2
Interior Build Quality 4 / 5
Materials Used 3 / 5
Features Safety 8 / 10
ADAS 5 / 5
Luxury 2 / 5
Convenience 5 / 5
Infotainment 5 / 5
Total   41 / 50 pts

Toyota RAV4: Interior space – 28.5/50, Spacious, but lacks practical touches

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For an otherwise refined interior, the RAV4's cabin is rather lacking in practical storage spaces.

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There's only one seat back pocket, the door bins are small, and the front overhead console only houses one pair of sunglasses.

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About people space however, it doesn't leave one wanting. The wide cabin sits five comfortably, and a 170 cm tall adult can fit in about 2 tennis balls of legroom and headroom in the second row.

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Boot space is 580 litres with the rear seats up, 1,185 litres with second-row fully folded
Toyota RAV4 - Interior Space Breakdown
Front Row 8 / 10
Middle/Back Row 7 / 10
Third Row 0 / 5
Boot Space 3.5 / 5
Practicality 2 / 5
Storage Space 2 / 5
Visibility 4 / 5
Storage Flexibility 2 / 5
Total 28.5 / 50 pts

Toyota RAV4: Fuel consumption – 13.5/20, Relatively efficient

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After travelling 75.6 km with part city and part highway driving, the RAV4 used up 6.738 litres of fuel, clocking an average fuel consumption of 8.9 l/100km. The car's fuel consumption meter reports 8.06 l/100 km which is only slightly under reported.

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These figures mean it bests the CX-5 2.5 turbo (9.1 l/100 km), and puts the RAV4 on equal footing with the CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD.

Toyota RAV4 - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
Fuel Consumption 10 / 15
Eco Mode 2 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 1.5  / 3
Total points 13.5 / 20 pts

Toyota RAV4 2.5: Purchase and cost - 17.5/30, Pricy, costly maintenance

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For what it packs, costs are the detractor to the rest of the package. The Toyota RAV4 is offered in the sole 2.5 variant in Malaysia, with prices starting from RM 215,665 (OTR without insurance and 50% SST discount).

At this price, it's dearer than the turbocharged Mazda CX-5 2.5G 4WD High (RM 175k) and Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD (RM 163k), and VW Tiguan Allspace R-Line (RM 204k) but remember - the Toyota is fully imported, while the rivals named above are locally-assembled (CKD).

Toyota RAV4 service costs
Month Mileage (km) Cost (RM)
1 1,000 226
3 5,000 166
6 10,000 366
12 20,000 366
18 30,000 366
24 40,000 626
30 50,000 366
36 60,000 366
42 70,000 366
48 80,000 660
54 90,000 366
60 100,000 916
Total 5,156

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Maintenance cost is not the cheapest too, totalling RM 5,156 in the first five years/100k km. Warranty is the standard 5-year/unlimited mileage coverage.

Toyota RAV4 - Purchase & Cost
Purchase Car Price 7 / 15
Warranty 3 / 5
Cost Maintenance 5  / 5
Fuel Cost 2.5 / 5
Total   17.5 / 30 pts

Toyota RAV4: Conclusion – 173/250 pts overall

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Scoring well in most aspects - particularly in ride comfort and driving performance - the RAV4 is one for those looking for a feature-packed family SUV.

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Strengths lie in its calm demeanour, punchy engine, and certainly in its TSS 2.0 ADAS suite.

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Nonetheless, pricing proves to be its Achilles heel, as it's significantly costlier than most of its Japanese or even German rivals, without being overwhelmingly practical.

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However, if you are in the market for a C-segment SUV with a suitable budget, it's worth taking the Toyota RAV4 into consideration.

Full Ratings list: https://www.wapcar.my/car-ranking

Also read: Review: 2020 Toyota RAV4 2.5 – The perfect car for humble rich people

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