What is it?
This is the Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4-D 150 SR, the top end of the just-refreshed RAV4 range. The entire range has received new engines, but the Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4-D 150 is notable as it mates an automatic to a turbodiesel engine for the first time in the RAV4.
Other changes are less significant, but the RAV4 gets mildly restyled front and rear lights and a new grille. Inside, there have been some gentle tweaks to improve the quality of the cabin trim materials, but nothing major.
What’s it like?
The new engine and gearbox combination, lifted straight from the Toyota Avensis, is impressive. The six-speed gearbox shifts smoothly and quietly, and you rarely find yourself stuck in the wrong ratio, even climbing up steep hills.
The 148bhp turbodiesel, meanwhile, hauls the chunky RAV4 along with reasonable verve. It’s also a commendably refined unit, only sounding strained at high revs when pulling uphill.
A combined economy figure of 39.2mpg isn’t incredible, and is some way off the 48.7mpg you’ll get out of the manual version, but it is pretty much par for the class.
The rest of the RAV4 package is less impressive. Since this generation of RAV4 was launched (more than three years ago now) the entire field of its rivals have either been replaced or are new to the segment. Frankly, the game has moved on and it shows.