The Road Ahead Sampler : June July 2016
RACQLIVING.COM.AU 54 THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2016 MOTORING CAR COMPARISON TOYOTA'S RAV4 CAPPED off a third consecutive record year in 2015 by becoming the first vehicle in its class to pass 250,000 sales nationally, making it Australia's top-selling SUV. Subaru's Outback 2.5i Premium is, of course, our reigning Australia's Best All-Wheel-Drive SUV Under $50,000. Given their market relevance and both makers releasing 2016 upgrades, a match-up proved irresistible. VALUE FOR MONEY Being top and top-but-one of their respective ranges, take it as a given that the RAV4 all-wheel-drive turbo- diesel Cruiser and Outback 2.0D (turbo-diesel) Premium both come comprehensively equipped. For 2016, the CVT-equipped 2.0D Premium gains Subaru's third generation EyeSight technology, which includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition along with adaptive cruise control, collision detection and lane departure warning. Tick the boxes also for a Vision Assist package (blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, auto dim rear view mirror, high beam assist, and rear cross traffic alert) and three-year map update guarantee for its satellite navigation. The price has increased by $1500 to $44,990. Like the Outback, prices for the RAV4 turbo-diesel variants have also risen by between $1000 and $2000, taking the AWD Cruiser to $49,490. RAV4's new safety technologies include pre-collision system with forward collision warning and automatic emergency brake, automatic high beam and dynamic radar cruise control. Tick the boxes also for active cruise control and blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure alert, and front parking sensors. The projected cost of ownership is close. Both have three year/unlimited kilometre warranties and similar Glass's Guide residuals after five years/70,000km of 42 percent (Outback) and 43 percent (RAV4). Ditto annual insurance premiums, where the Subaru at $836.03 just shades $852.75 for the Toyota. Capped price servicing favours the Toyota at $180 per six month/10,000km service compared with an average of $407.30 per six month/12,500km service for the Subaru. DESIGN AND FUNCTION Externally, there is little difference in height and width. Restyled front and rear bumpers add 35mm to the RAV4's overall length, although the Subaru remains 210mm longer. Internally, Toyota's 577 litres of cargo space (with seats in place) is 65 litres more. Commonality includes dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, comprehensive connectivity, leather interior, reversing camera, sunroof, and powered driver's seat and tailgate door. However, the Subaru boasts a few extras such as a powered seat for the front passenger, airconditioning vents for the rear passengers, rear seats with auto fold and recline function, and a full-size spare wheel. Both cars have a five-star ANCAP safety rating. ON THE ROAD On paper, our test pair shapes up remarkably close in performance specification. Both produce their peak power of 110kW@ 3600rpm, while the Subaru's peak torque of 350Nm is just 10Nm greater than the Toyota's. However, the Subaru's 2.0-litre Boxer engine torque curve is lower and broader, kicking in at 1600rpm as opposed to 2000rpm for the Toyota's 2.2-litre inline unit. That makes for better driveability, though the RAV4 feels more willing, especially on light throttle application. ON PAPER, OUR TEST PAIR SHAPES UP REMARKABLY CLOSE... Stylish RAV4 interior. Outback interior boasts extras. The 2016 Outback has Subaru's third generation EyeSight technology.
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