Built on Toyota’s TNGA platform allows for a lower centre of gravity and significantly increased body rigidity, which allows for superior handling, ride comfort, a spacious interior, class-leading load space (580 litres VDA with rear seats in place) and higher ground clearance. As well as providing more space and comfort, the cabin displays exceptional quality and finish throughout.
The new RAV4 remains unique in its class in offering customers a self-charging, hybrid powertrain. The new 2.5-litre petrol hybrid Dynamic Force engine, offering 215bhp in front-wheel drive form and 219bhp with all-wheel drive. At the same time, the all-wheel drive system has been comprehensively improved to achieve a “drive on any road” capability.
Power out-put is up from 195bhp/145kW for the fourth-generation front wheel drive model. Acceleration from rest to 62mph takes just 8.1 seconds (FWD model). Combined cycle fuel economy is from 48.70 to 50.44mpg (FWD model, using the more stringent WLTP data), with CO2 emissions from 101g/km (AWD Design and Dynamic models),
The strong SUV character and styling sets it apart from other models in its segment, combines with the new self-charging hybrid powertrain to give RAV4 the stand-out qualities required to attract customers in a highly competitive marketplace.
The low-set instrument panel has strong horizontal lines that flow into the door panels, emphasising the cabin’s generous width and giving the driver a clearer view of the road ahead. A larger, open centre console between the front seats is in keeping with a welcoming, functional SUV interior. Special attention was paid to providing plenty of useful and easily accessible storage for the driver and front passenger.
The TNGA platform also helps secure impressive cabin space, best-in-class load space and all-round comfort. With all seats in place, the cargo area has a capacity of 580 litres, 79 litres more than the previous generation RAV4 Hybrid. With the rear seats folded down, the new RAV4 can accommodate a 29-inch mountain bike without any wheels having to be removed.
The new RAV4 is also the first Toyota model to benefit from additional Toyota Safety Sense features that extend the use of advanced technologies to help prevent accidents and provide greater driver assistance, including systems that introduce a degree of automated driving functionality.
Features that are available as standard or as options, according to specification level, include a power-operated panoramic roof, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated seats and up to five USB ports around the cabin for the connection or charging of multiple devices.
The optional Panoramic View Monitor, provides the driver with a real-time 360-degree view of the area immediately around the vehicle, including a bird’s eye aspect from above. This is of value both off-road, to better negotiate tricky terrain, and when manoeuvring in confined spaces where hazards can lurk outside the driver’s line of sight. This feature is offered in conjunction with a JBL premium audio system. Tailor-made for the new RAV4, this provides concert sound quality through its nine-speaker architecture. It features JBL-signature horn tweeters, a powerful new subwoofer and an amplifier with Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology.
The new RAV4 is available in four equipment levels, Icon, Design, Dynamic and Excel, offering a wealth of comfort, convenience and technology features that meet the requirements and preferences of today’s SUV customers.
At the entry point to the range, the RAV4 Icon is available exclusively with front-wheel drive, from £30,485* on the road – discounts available for export.
The standard features include:
• 17-inch alloy wheels
• Front fog lights
• Rear parking sensors
• Rain-sensing wipers
• Dusk-sensing headlights
• Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
• Push-button start
• Roof rails
• Parabola LED headlights
• Rear privacy glass
• Electronic parking brake
• Power-adjustable heated door mirrors with auto-folding function
• Toyota Touch 2 with eight-inch multimedia touchscreen
• Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
• Seven-inch colour TFT driver’s multi-information display
• Toyota Safety Sense 2
• Rear-view camera .
The Design model (from £32,040 OTR -discounts available for export) can be specified with front or all-wheel drive and adds features including:-
• 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
• Smart Entry
• Power back door
• Front parking sensors
The Excel model (From £34,460* OTR – discounts available for export) extends the Design specification with: –
• Projector LED headlights • Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Power-adjustable heated door mirrors with auto-folding function and puddle lights
• Heated front seats
• Driver’s seat with power slide adjustment and lumbar support and memory function
• Full leather seat upholstery
• Heated steering wheel
• Headlight cleaners
• Windscreen wiper de-icer (front)
The options for the RAV4 Excel are a nine-speaker JBL premium sound system, packaged with a Panoramic View Monitor, and an opening panoramic roof (this choice replaces the spare wheel with a tyre repair kit).
Striking a more sporting appearance, the RAV4 Dynamic (From £35,250* OTR – discounts available for export) adopts (further to the Design specification):
• Black five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels
• Heated front sports seats
• Bi-tone metallic paint
• Black interior headlining
• Projector LED headlights
• Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Power door mirrors with auto-folding function and puddle lights
• Driver’s seat with power slide adjustment and lumbar support The same options are available as for the Excel grade
*Prices correct at date of publication
In a first for a Honda SUV in Europe, the all-new Honda CR-V will be available with advanced hybrid powertrain technology. The hybrid system uses intelligent Multi Mode Drive technology (i-MMD) combining two electric motors, an Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, lithium-ion battery and a fixed-gear transmission to deliver high levels of refinement, responsiveness and efficiency. It is available in both FWD and AWD formats.
The CR-V Hybrid is equipped with an efficient 2.0-litre i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, with peak power of 143bhp (145PS) at 6,200 rpm, and a powerful 181bhp (184PS) electric motor with torque of 315Nm. The petrol-electric powertrain can propel the CR-V Hybrid from zero to 62mph in 8.8 seconds in FWD guise, and in 9.2s for the AWD model. The top speed of the Hybrid is 112mph.
In most urban driving situations, the CR-V Hybrid will shuffle between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive for optimum efficiency. In Hybrid Drive, excess power from the petrol engine can also be diverted to recharge the battery via the generator motor. EV Drive permits pure-electric propulsion and gives the CR-V a zero-emissions range of around 1.2 miles (2km) depending on the driving condition and battery charge.
The front-wheel drive CR-V Hybrid has achieved official average fuel economy of 53.3 mpg. It’s 51.4mpg for the AWD.
The 2019 CR-V has a fresh and sophisticated exterior design, with broader, muscular wheel arches, sharper contours on the bonnet and rear quarters, as well as the latest Honda family ‘face’ with its signature headlight graphic.
The new model raises the bar in terms of interior quality, sophistication and spaciousness. Benchmarked against premium-brand products, it delivers improved ride quality, steering response, body control and NVH management. Evolved in every way, the all-new CR-V delivers more comfort, convenience and connectivity than ever before.
The all-new CR-V’s slightly larger exterior proportions, longer wheelbase and wider stance enable a significantly larger interior. Best-in-class space efficiency is highlighted by the generous space available for all occupants, as well as a wider, deeper boot with a longer load bay. A hands-free power tailgate enables convenient loading access.
There are eight exterior colours to choose from: solid Rallye Red, metallic Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, Cosmic Blue and Premium Crystal Red, and pearlescent Platinum White, Crystal Black and Premium Agate Brown.
All versions of the CR-V Hybrid are equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, and top-trim level cars also feature a panoramic glass sunroof as standard.
A strong horizontal emphasis applied to the instrument panel and fascia layout enhances the feel of spaciousness in the cabin. Sleek design conveys a sense of strength and solidity, while the use of highly tactile materials reinforce the premium ambience. Lustrous metallic trim embellishes the air vent bezels, steering wheel trim, door handles and the climate control panel, adding a contemporary finish. Premium seat upholstery is plush black fabric as standard, while high-quality supple leather is available in a choice of black or ivory for higher grade models.
There is one central touchscreen in addition to the 7-inch Driver Information Interface (DII) visible through the steering wheel. The control knob layout has also been simplified, including a simple cluster for air-conditioning management located beneath the touchscreen.
The second-generation Honda Connect software in the new CR-V offers enhanced intuitive operation and full, seamless smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Four USB charging points in the cabin enable multiple connections for phones, tablets and other personal electronic devices. There are 1.5-amp and 1.0-amp USB charging ports for front occupants, plus two high-capacity 2.5-amp USB charging ports at the back of the centre console for second-row passengers.
The new CR-V features the biggest ever loading bay ‘footprint’ in the model line’s history. The 160mm increase in width and a maximum loading length of 1,830mm – up 250mm on the previous model – can accommodate a 19.5-inch frame mountain bike.
The CR-V is now safer than ever thanks to new body construction and enhanced safety technologies.
The Honda Sensing™ suite of active safety technologies includes:
Collision Mitigation Braking System: helps to bring the car to a stop if the system determines that a collision with a vehicle detected in front is unavoidable. A warning sounds, and if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied
Forward Collision Warning: scans the road ahead to warn drivers of a potential collision, and provides visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions to avoid a crash
Lane Departure Warning: will detect if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated, and provides an alert to prompt the driver to make a correction
Road Departure Mitigation: uses data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering out of its lane. It uses the Electric Power Steering to apply subtle corrections to keep the vehicle in its lane, and in certain situations can also apply braking force. The system switches off when it detects that the driver has regained control
Lane Keeping Assist System: helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane, by detecting road markings with a monocular camera and making small adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines.
Adaptive Cruise Control: allows the driver to set a desired speed and following distance from a vehicle detected ahead, which enables the use of cruise control in light, variable-speed traffic conditions
Traffic Sign Recognition: detects and automatically recognises road signs and displays the signs on the instrument binnacle’s IID
Intelligent Speed Assistance: combines the automatic speed limit set by the driver with TSR to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that indicated by the last road sign
Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control: a pioneering technology that debuted on the 2015 Honda CR-V, i-ACC predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ on multi-lane highways. It uses a camera and a radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road and applies an algorithm – developed with exhaustive research on European roads – to predict the likelihood of vehicles in neighbouring lanes ‘cutting-in’. This enables the new CR-V to adjust its speed automatically before other vehicles cut in, for a safe and comfortable journey.
Further safety technologies in the all-new CR-V include:
Blind Spot Information: uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and alerts the driver via a warning symbol in the door mirror
Cross Traffic Monitor: uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing
Multi-angle rear view camera: provides the driver with options for complete visibility and therefore peace-of-mind when reversing; a normal 130-degree view, a wide 180-degree view and a top-down view
Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering, and Deflation Warning System for tyres