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2019 RAV4 Hybrid AWD Test comparisons

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Found a YouTube site that uses roller plates to test AWD vehicles in different combinations of wheel slipping and modes.

They’ve just uploaded videos for the new RAV4 including both hybrid and petrol models (which are available across parts of Europe and other countries)

This link is to the hybrid vs petrol comparison.

https://youtu.be/cJeFOLc_0Sw

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Real world off road test of the Hybrid AWD. 

As reviewer said, not really the terrain the RAV4 is built for, but good to see how it coped.

 

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RAV’s have always been seen as ‘soft roaders’, the majority of them have never see anything more challenging than a gravel car park or grass field at an event. That said, if you actually give them decent off road biased rubber, they are reasonably capable to a point, I remember taking my first 4.2 over the Quantocks in Somerset, as anyone who has ever done one of the hill crossings will tell you, although they are marked as ‘roads’, the term is used in a very loose sense. The first issue tends to be the road biased rubber, followed by ground clearance and no real protection underneath (very vulnerable rear control arms, no bash plate). Either way, it seems Toyota did a reasonably decent job this time round, in so much as it’ll hardly ever get used, but it works automatically and it does it well.

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