Diesel’s downward spiral at Toyota continues. The latest model making the switch to a majority petrol-electric hybrid share is the RAV4. Toyota only introduced the RAV4 Hybrid in 2016, yet it already takes more than 65 percent of new RAV4 sales.
To drive this further, Toyota has now broadened the number of hybrid models to every trim line in the updated 2018 range – that’s Icon, Icon Tech, Design and Excel. Prices for the revised range start from £27,450 for a 2.0-litre D-4D. Two in three seem happy to spend an extra £1,555 to go for hybrid instead.
Toyota is also offering hybrid variants in fuel-saving front-wheel drive, as well as with its E-Four all-wheel-drive system. You can only get diesel models with front-wheel drive, showing how marginalised the fuel has become within the range.
There are no visual changes for the 2018 RAV4, but Toyota has revised equipment levels. Entry-level Icon models have dual-zone air con, power tailgate, reversing camera and Toyota Safety Sense active safety kit. The Icon Tech adds sat nav functionality to the 7.0-inch Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system.
Design models boast machine-faced 18-inch alloys, LED headlights and dual leather/Alcantara upholstery, which becomes full leather in Excel models (pictured above). They also feature fancier 10-spoke high-gloss black alloys and a new blind-spot monitor. You can also take the new 2018 RAV4 in a fresh colour, Tokyo Red, optionally painted in full body colour on Design models.
Don’t forget the five-year warranty all Toyotas come with either, adds the firm. Ordering opens from 1 October.
2018 Toyota RAV4: prices
Icon 2.0 D-4D FWD: £27,450
Icon 2.5 Hybrid FWD: £29,005
Icon Tech 2.0 D-4D FWD: £27,990
Icon Tech 2.5 Hybrid FWD: £29,545
Design 2.0 D-4D FWD: £30,160
Design 2.0 Valvematic AWD CVT: £32,325
Design 2.5 Hybrid FWD: £31,715
Design 2.5 Hybrid AWD: £33,740
Excel 2.0 D-4D FWD: £31,405
Excel 2.0 Valvematic AWD CVT: £33,570
Excel 2.5 Hybrid FWD: £32,960
Excel 2.5 Hybrid AWD: £34,985