2019 Toyota RAV4 Design 2.5 Petrol Hybrid 7 Day Test Drive Review Day 4 | Motorway fun
As part of any car test, I am always keen to test the vehicle on a motorway run. This is not just to see how it handles (although this is obviously important) but to determine how it copes in every other respect.
Is it comfortable for all occupants? Can the stereo system handle increased road noise and vibrations? Is there enough room? Is the cabin a pleasant environment?
For me – as for most people – choosing an every-day car is not just about the 0-62mph time, it’s about how it fits into your life as an all-rounder. The ‘Motorway Test’ is one of the most important trials that any of my test cars undergo.
There’s no better way to check out all the above than a trip with the kids following a day out. This is what I did and here are the results.
One of the things that I liked about the New Corolla Hybrid Hatchback (click here to read my reviews and view the accompanying Vlogs) was the infotainment system controls – they are chunky and easy to navigate without taking your eyes off the road. The RAV4’s controls are the same.
Having them on the multi-function steering wheel is great; this adds to the overall emphasis on safety - such details can and do very often make all the difference.
Confusing systems cause accidents: fact.
I have a real thing about tinny sound systems in cars. I like to sing and I hate music distortion. I don’t want to hear wind noise either; I simply want to hear the track I’ve chosen to drive to clearly.
Good news, then, that the 2019 RAV4 has a fab stereo – it tackled both the Motorway noise and the clamour of our group singing-session with ease. And this is no mean feat.
I selected ‘normal’ mode for this motorway test journey, travelling along my ‘usual’ route into town. It handled well, overtaking other vehicles with no problems, and it averaged around 47.3mpg - pretty good by anyone’s standards.
The RAV4 feels like it is higher off the ground than its rivals. It seems to me that I am in a larger SUV than I am, which is not a bad thing at all.
Unlike many other cars in this sector, thanks to the TNGA platform (Toyota’s New Global Architecture), its centre of gravity makes you feel that you are in a car and not a van. You almost don’t realise how fast you are travelling, so keep an eye on that one, folks!
I was comfortable; the driving position is brilliant, there was loads of room for my two boys in the rear of the RAV4. There is in fact, plenty of space in general – I think that three adults would not struggle in the rear space for leg or headroom.
There is no ‘rattling’ sensation that you often get when travelling on motorways as a passenger or driver and the seats are very comfortable.
Once again, well done, Toyota.
Before I sign off, it is worth mentioning the Toyota Safety Sense package (standard with every fifth generation RAV4 Hybrid SUV) is wonderful for that all-important extra peace of mind. All variants include automatic emergency braking for pedestrians and cyclists, lane keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and an SOS emergency call function.
I certainly felt safe to transport my most precious cargo along the motorway in the RAV4 Hybrid SUV: my boys.
In any event, I can confirm that we ALL felt very comfortable, entertained and above all, happy, throughout the journey.
Day 5 here we come – it’s Countryside Driving day!
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