Facelift Rav4 adds ag­gres­sive modernism

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THE launch of the new Hilux has tem­po­rar­ily eclipsed most things at Toy­ota, but the re­cent up­date of the best- sell­ing Rav4 for 2016 is im­por­tant, given the fact that the com­pany moves around 500 units a month.

The front has ac­quired LED head­lamps and the grill and bumper have been re­designed to give the ve­hi­cle a sleek and ag­gres­sive look.

At the back the tail lamp clus­ters have lost a lit­tle weight and the back bumper has been re­designed. The ve­hi­cle kindly made avail­able to us by Deon Olivier, new car sales man­ager at McCarthy Toy­ota, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg also had al­loy wheels in a new de­sign, which adds to the Rav’s feel­ing of ag­gres­sive modernism.

The Rav 4 2.0 GX Man­ual which we drove is prob­a­bly the best value of the five- model Rav 4 range and Toy­ota have up­grad- ed the cabin build qual­ity and the ma­te­ri­als used.

There is a lit­tle dis­creet fid­dling in the cabin to of­fer some ex­tra stor­age space, but by and large most de­sign fea­tures re­main the same.

The in­fo­tain­ment touch screen has grown to seven inches and a third 12 V power plug is avail­able to those in the third row of seats.

In terms of safety the Rav 4 now also has a Trailer Safety sys­tem, which helps to con­trol trailer sway, par­tic­u­larly at speed.

For the rest the Rav4 re­mains as it was, one of South Africa’s most pop­u­lar SUVs and the good news is that the price re­mains the same and has not risen in line with the cur­rent round of price in­creases.

The en­try model comes in at R330 000 and the range- top­ping AWD VX 2,5- litre petrol will cost you around R460 000.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

The new Hilux now has the same trailer sway con­trol of­fered by the RAV4.

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