Toyota's Safety Sense pack has been added to all but the entry-level RAV4 range

The Toyota RAV4 now features Toyota’s Safety Sense pack as standard on all models above the entry-level Active trim.

Safety Sense consists of a pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic lights and road sign recognition.

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The pack, which was added along with other changes to the RAV4's spec, is intended to make the small SUV represent greater value for money.

Business Edition cars and above now get Toyota’s Touch 2 with Go multimedia system including sat-nav, as well as all-round parking sensors and footwell lighting. A three-year subscription to map updates is also included.

Safety Sense’s addition to the range as a standard-fit item – or a £1060 option on Active trim – means that autonomous emergency braking (AEB) will come as standard on the RAV4 on the selected specs. The move brings the car industry closer to AEB becoming standard on all cars.

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Toyota claims that the addition of Safety Sense brings the insurance of so-equipped RAV4s down by six groups. Elsewhere in the range, a black rooflining has been applied to top-spec Excel cars, while this spec’s sat-nav system also gets voice recognition and 3D mapping.

Despite the extra safety kit as standard, prices remain unchanged. The RAV4 range starts with the £23,755 Active trim.

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17 October 2016
Anyone see the IIHS small overlap crash test for the RAV4? It passed the drivers side. It failed the passenger side. Toyota omitted the crash reinforcement on the passengers side, because up until that point, the passenger side wasn't crash tested. On that form, I would bet the UK RAV4 has no small overlap crash protection as it isnt tested by Euroncap.

17 October 2016
The small overlap crash scenario is responsible for 25% of frontal collision fatalities. In this scenario, the car was scored Poor by the IIHS, meaning you are at a high risk of severe injury or death. It makes a mockery of the 5 star Euroncap rating.

18 October 2016
and let's not forget that the RAV4 wasn't alone. Nissan did the same dodgy trick with the latest X-Trail whereby they only reinforced the tested side leaving, we must assume from the passenger side test, right hand drive examples the poor, more dangerous, relation. Incidentally one of the only cars tested that scored highly on both left and right hand sides was the humble Buick Encore (Vauxhall Mokka). A rare well done to GM.

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