The Road Ahead : October 2013
THE OPTION OF a turbo-diesel engine is among a raft of improvements and additions to the new, fourth-generation RAV4 SUV, a line-up that extends to some 16 variants. The 2.2-litre four- cylinder is available with either new six- speed manual or auto transmissions. Maximum power is 110kW at 3600rpm, with peak torque of 340Nm on tap from 2000-2800rpm, which trails competitors such as Holden Captiva, the similar-engined Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage, and Mazda CX-5 turbo-diesels substantially on both counts. That said, the RAV4 'oiler' (as per our test vehicle) proved amenably driveable around town and on the highway. However, Toyota has been ultra-conservative in MOTORING | NEW CAR REVIEW KEY STATS MLP: $38,990^ SAFETY: Seven airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, electronic stability and traction control. MAIN FEATURES: Daytime running lamps, powered/heated external mirrors, roof rails, rear spoiler, 17" alloys, reversing camera, sports seats, dual-zone auto climate- control, keyless smart entry, bluetooth. ENGINE: 2.2-litre, common rail turbo-diesel, 4-cyl. MAX. POWER: 110kW @ 3600rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 340Nm @ 2000-2800rpm. 0-100 KM/H: N/A. 80 KM/H-STOP: N/A. FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 5.6-litres/100km. ANCAP CRASH RATING: EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Improved dynamics, driveability and space. AGAINST: $300 extra for full-size spare, towing capacity. toyota rav4 awd gxl ^MANUFACTURER'S LIST PRICE. REVIEWS BY BARRY GREEN. KEY STATS MLP: $36,990^ SAFETY: Dual front/side/curtain (latter inflate to also protect third row passengers) airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, collapsible steering wheel. KEY FEATURES: Dual-zone climate- control with rear vents, satellite navigation, rear multimedia system with two seven-inch screens and bluetooth wireless headsets, rear camera with parking sensors, hill start assist, 17" alloys. ENGINE: 1.6-litre, turbo-petrol, 4-cyl. MAX. POWER: 115kW @ 6000rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 240Nm @ 1400rpm 0-100KM/H: 11.1 sec (claimed). 80KM/H-STOP: N/A. FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 7.6 litres/100km. ANCAP CRASH RATING: N/A. EMISSIONS RATING: (508). FOR: Versatility, well equipped, plenty of storage, good dymanics for segment. AGAINST: No spare tyre (inflator kit only), requires premium unleaded. peugeot 5008 active ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 52 VERSATILE AND WELL equipped succinctly sum up Peugeot's 5008, a seven seater with multiple passenger and load carrying configurations. Cargo capacity ranges from 758 litres with all seats in place, up to a mammoth 2506 litres when the second and third row seats are folded away. Storage solutions abound, and include 'hidey holes' under the steering wheel and in the rear passenger floor, while a ventilated centre console offers 10.5 litres of cooled space. Occupants are further catered for by way of amenity and comfort. There's airconditioning able to be accessed and adjusted from all five rear seats via vents in the side pillars. Third row passengers have an unobstructed forward view, THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2013 rating its towing capacity at just 550kg, something for weekend warriors to bear in mind. A new Dynamic Torque Control AWD system and D-range Sport Control fulfil their brief of sharpening on-road dynamics, as have a lower centre of gravity, retuned suspension and revised electric power steering, the latter engendering more feel. Good news is there's more space for front and rear seat occupants, and a bigger cargo area of 577-litres with the standard space saver spare wheel under the floor. A full- size spare option (costing $300) reduces this to just over 500-litres. Comfort levels are up to par, ditto the standard equipment inventory of our mid-range GXL test vehicle. while those in the second row score a multimedia system located in the rear of the front head rests. The system, which uses wireless bluetooth headsets, allows connection of external portable systems such as iPods, video, game consoles and DVD players. The 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine, available with six- speed auto only, has enough zip (power) and pull (torque) at least partly laden, and dynamically the 5008 would meet segment expectations. There are front and rear park assist and an innovative system which measures available parking space and indicates the level of difficulty involved. The standard equipment list (which even extends to a rechargeable torch) is as impressive as it is long.