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  1. I have had mine since May and I am delighted with the fuel consumption. Mine is Excel spec AWD version (one of the first to arrive in the UK). The computer is showing 53.1 mpg with about 1800 miles driven. I use tank full to tank full figures and keep complete track of everything that goes in the tank. So far at the 1676 mile reading when I last filled up the cumulative calculates as 51.8. OK I have been driving in eco mode and have been consciously trying to drive economically but overall I think this is an excellent result for such a heavy car. My mileage has included a good mix of rural, urban and motorway driving to date. The car was delivered with Dunlop GrandTrek PT30 tyres. When I fill it right up as usual the range now shows around 550 miles. I have never had a car that would go over 500 miles without filling up before!
  2. I took delivery of my AWD Excel last Friday. It is Silver Blade with Black upholstery and I can confirm that the headlining and pillars are light grey. All my initial impressions are very positive.
  3. My Excel AWD arrived at my dealer bang on the original schedule quoted when ordered last December. Well done to Toyota logistics. I be collecting it next week on my return from holiday.
  4. My dealer told me that even they cannot track the cars accurately. The online system gives an indication but is often out of date with cars still showing as not yet delivered when they are sitting on their forecourt. Usually the first they know of a delivery is when it turns up on the low loader! Clearly car manufacturers could learn a lot from the likes of courier companies with their online tracking and 1 hour slots but then again, they might decide it is not in their interest to give too much detail. I am quite certain that the car logistics companies know exactly where every car is at any given time.
  5. I would agree with Heidfirst. When Toyota issued the RAV4 bulletin to the trade in the first few days of December (dated 27/11/2018) it was clearly stated to my dealer to expect to see a car for the showroom in February and a demonstrator in March with the first FWD cars being delivered to customers in April followed by AWD models in May. So far those dates have held true. My AWD car was ordered on 6th December and accepted in the Toyota ordering system with a delivery date of 1st May. I have yet to find out the exact lead time from factory to dealer but I suspect that what we are now seeing is the result of high demand in the UK which can only be good in the long term. We have grown used to short delivery times for Japanese cars but longer times are quite normal with several other makes. I often feel that this is quite deliberate as it helps maintain prices and discourages discounting. No manufacturer likes press photos of large numbers of unsold cars. Be patient everybody. I feel sure we will not be disappointed. I have driven my dealer's FWD Dynamic and was highly impressed.
  6. I am still expecting my AWD Excel to arrive within the next couple of weeks but I did order it last December. The extended delivery times must either mean that Toyota is having manufacturing problems or that demand is running higher than they anticipated. Given the general drop in demand for new cars we read about, that raises some interesting questions. I guess that the factories in Japan are supplying most of the world except North America which has its own plant in Canada from what I have read. RAV sales have always been very, very strong in the USA. Given that RAV4 sales in the UK have reportedly been declining for a while it will be interesting to see if the new model will reverse the trend? Supplies of the last version were exhausted at least 3 months before the first of the new models started to appear so I guess there was a pent up demand anyway. All in all it doesn't look like very good planning on the part of Toyota. Time will presumably tell?
  7. I ordered a new Excel AWD RAV4 when the dealers received their initial trade briefing, that was way back, last December. The Toyota system accepted the order and the delivery date was then shown as 1st May and this has not changed. My dealer has had delivery dates change on other more recent orders but mine is still showing as 1st May and that is what I am working on. I have got a registration number and insurance ready to go. I guess that it should be on the water by now but I have failed to find any useful information as to the shipping method and timescales for these cars. The only thing I did find is that these cars arrive at a facility at Portbury, Bristol. Time will tell if it arrives on time. I understand from the dealer that the Toyota logistics advice is unreliable and often not updated. The first indication that they often have is when a car turns up on site.
  8. Thanks for your reply. Yes, I do have the full manual and yes, the position you suggest does leave these lights on. The term "parking lights" does not appear anywhere in the manual. Using the position you suggest leaves the car like an exhibit at Blackpool with far too much light showing at the rear and front plus the full instrument panel. I would hesitate to leave the car for long like this as I am sure it would very soon flatten the battery. Some cars allow the use of the indicator switch to set parking lights for the appropriate side. Sadly this does not work on the Toyota. As far as I can see, the car does not have what I expect to see as "parking lights" of any description. In other words a modest white light at each front corner and the same in red at the back.
  9. As I understand it, the UK highway law requires parking lights to be shown on the front and rear of the car if it is parked the wrong way in a 30mph area and for all parking by the side of the road in areas other than 30mph. Why can I not find a method of switching on just the parking lights i.e.front side and rear lights on my Auris TSS? The only setting I can find on the light switch puts on the number plate and instrument panel lights as well as the running lights and then shouts a warning if I try to leave the car with them on. I am not sure if the rear lights go on as well anyway. Surely every car must have the ability to show parking lights without flattening the battery too quickly?
  10. Many thanks for posting that information PeteB. Much appreciated. It's good to know that there are other people like me who are obsessed with detail! I have had a look at HanDBase of which I was previously unaware. I might just have a go at using it and start when my new AWD RAV4 arrives (due 1st May).
  11. Even at my advanced age (into the 4th quartile) I am always willing to learn. Is there a specific Android app that you can point me to? I have to add that I have been using computer spreadsheets since they were invented but I am always prepared to try something new.
  12. Personally I have never found that the computer generated fuel economy figure is a reliable guide. I make a habit of always filling the tank full and keep a cumulative record of mileage and fuel used on a spreadsheet. I appreciate that in itself assumes the odometer reads correctly. I find that after a few thousand miles the overall figure settles down and rarely moves more than about 0.1 mpg at a time. It also helps me identify the best compromise between speed and time when travelling long distances on motorways. I have accurate fuel figures for all the cars I have owned in recent years all on one spreadsheet. No doubt many people would find this boring but it suits me! When I get my new AWD RAV 4 I know it will be at least 4-5,000 miles before the fuel consumption settles down to anything really meaningful.
  13. No, your memory is not wrong. We were told it was to be shorter than the 4.4. Some of the press articles commented that Toyota had managed to increase the wheelbase length whilst reducing the overall length. This Autocar article states that the 2019 model is both shorter and lower: If you compare the dimensions in the 4.4 brochure and on the website for the 2019 model then the new one is both longer, higher and wider so I am totally confused about the claims made in the pre-launch publicity. One has to assume that at least the manufacturer would measure on a like for like basis? I have attached a page from the trade pre launch details that was published last November and this states quite explicitly that the overall height is 10mm lower whereas what we now see is 25mm higher. Pages from NG RAV4 Follow-up Bulletin 27-11-18.pdf
  14. I'll answer my own question. My local dealer (Perth, Scotland) now has a Tokyo Red Design spec FWD car in its showroom. I had a good look at it yesterday and have to say that it looks very good. Whilst on paper it is only a few mm larger in length and width it actually looks a lot bigger. Maybe that's just because it was in the showroom? This one is for showroom only at the moment and no test drives. They expect to have an Excel spec on the road for demos in the first week of March. Probably off topic but the time aspect makes me think. How long is the shipping time from leaving the factory in Japan to arriving in the UK, clearing the importer's preparation process and delivering to the dealer? Does anyone know the rough timescales? Do the first few cars for press review and initial showroom purposes get flown here?
  15. If anyone spots one in a dealer it would be good to hear about it here so we can know that there are at least some in the country.
  16. Strictly off topic, I know but . . . the dealers have had full prices and specifications since early December. The Toyota ordering system allowed my dealer to place an order on 7th December but without a specific delivery date other than "May". Rumour has it that FWD demo cars will start appearing at some dealerships within the next few days. You will have noted that the European press launch took place in December in Spain which is why lots of reviews appeared around the same time. The press were able to drive both FWD and AWD versions. Whether these early ones come by sea or get wings I don't know. I am "RAV less" at the moment. My previous car was about to need money spent on it, new tyres, brake pads and discs etc. so I took the plunge as I had a good offer for it then. I am just hoping my other half doesn't realise that we really only need one car!
  17. IanML stated "The site suggests that hybrid 4WD gives 3.4 mpg less than 2WD" . I would question this as what the figures actually show for the FWD version is a range of 49.5 to 51.3 and for the AWD 47.8 - 48.7. I would suggest that when the more detailed figures are available we will find that the 51.3 for the FWD option only applies to the Icon which has 17" wheels. From past experience with the Auris, when on 18" wheels the MPG will be less. This means that the difference between FWD and AWD of the same trim and accessories is likely to be smaller than the 3.4 figure mentioned previously. It is perhaps interesting to note that when Toyota issued the pre-launch brochure (which is the only one still available online on the Toyota UK website) they quoted mpg figures that were presumably based on the old testing regime. These were 65.7 for FWD and 64.2 AWD. They specifically stated 17" wheels in that even though there is no UK version of AWD with 17" wheels. We all know that these figures would never have been achievable in the real world. I have been running the series IV for the last 5 years (Petrol AWD CVT) and the mpg claimed for that in the original brochure was 39.2. Over some 30,000+ miles I have actually achieved 34.7 (i.e actual measurements, not onboard computer figures). Mainly Scottish rural roads with occasional trip south of the border on motorways. That's 88% of the claimed figure. I currently have the AWD version of series V on order and shall be disappointed if I don't get better than 45 mpg.
  18. My curiosity made me look at the original poster's question more closely. It took only seconds to find that the E-MOTION and E-MOTION SKY are indeed grades of the 2019 RAV 4 as offered by Toyota in Israel. Why Toyota chooses these descriptions and why a poster with a stated location of Oxfordshire is looking at Israeli specifications is beyond me to answer. I would, however, agree that all reasonable questions on this forum are valid and for a supposed "Advanced Club Member" to preach to others demeans his own membership of this forum.
  19. As a final post on this topic, I thought that I would share some advice I have received from the Telegraph's "Honest John". Over the years I have learned a lot from his column. I posted a question related to vehicle type approval and homologation. His reply was "Cars are Type Approved with specific wheel and tyre sizes. That means franchised dealers can't change those wheels and tyres for a different size, however sensible the change may be. Nothing to stop you changing them. Doesn't make the car illegal in any way and is unlikely to affect the warranty, but Toyota dealers have to stick by a very rigid Toyota rule book."
  20. I am not sure that this is correct. It is my understanding that each individual TPMS sensor has a unique ID and requires a process to get your car to register these. First you need to ID. Garages and tyre fitting sensors have equipment to scan the sensors to read the ID and one would also hope that when you buy sensors you get the ID code with them. The second part is to register that ID in the Toyota's memory so that it can read from them. If you search the web for this subject you will find references from USA Toyota owners trying out third party tools and software to do this but as far as I am aware in the UK you need a Toyota dealer or a tyre fitting centre with the correct equipment to achieve this. The manual for my Auris states: Registering ID codes The tire pressure warning valve and transmitter is equipped with a unique ID code. When replacing a tire pressure warning valve and transmitter, it is necessary to register the ID code. Have the ID code registered by any authorized Toyota dealer or repairer, or another duly qualified and equipped professional.
  21. OK. I have had my reply - well sort of . . . For the sake of the record I will now post my question and the answer from Toyota CS. My original post on the blog was removed, presumably because I drew attention to the contradictory advice offered and pointed out by previous posters here. Q. I have a new Auris TSS Hybrid Excel grade car that was supplied new with 17” wheels that are standard on that grade. I am looking at winter options and would prefer to fit 16”alloy wheels, – the size that standard on most of the other grades of this car, with winter tyres. Is it technically acceptable to fit 16” wheels on the Excel grade without compromising the vehicle’s integrity or warranty in any way? If so, would you please advise the correct Toyota part number for the standard 16” wheel as my local Toyota dealer parts manager has been unable to identify it. Failing that, would the fitting of any non Toyota OEM alloy wheels affect the warranty in any way provided, of course, they were the correct specification. Thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer. A. The Excel grade is factory fitted with 17" wheels, and approved for driving on UK roads with same, so unfortunately we cannot recommend a different size wheel. We can offer a winter tyre for your 17" wheels which is a Yokohama 225/45R17 91H available through your Toyota dealer. Jenny Shipley Toyota Customer Relations Case Manager Draw your own conclusions! For the record. I have decided not to pursue things further. I would never forgive myself if I let my wife go out in the sort of winter conditions we usually get here in Scotland on the summer tyre fitted on the new car (Dunlop Sport FastResponse) so next week I will be fitting a set of Michelin Cross Climate + tyres which will probably stay on all the time. My Toyota dealer has price matched a much lower quote from elsewhere (as per Toyota's own stated offer). Anyone looking for an almost new set of 17" Dunlops going cheap, I am open to suggestions!
  22. I have submitted my request to Toyota customer services via email as I want a written reply. I have asked for any technical or warranty issues to be clarified. Stefan.k thanks for your comment and It may be a bit off topic but have you noticed any differences in driving when you swap sizes in terms of handling, comfort or fuel consumption?
  23. Thanks for that suggestion. I'll have a go at that and will report back as to how I get on.
  24. I posted on the Toyota blog asking for clarification of the apparent contradiction where one adviser has said that 16" cannot be fitted on the Excel because it would interfere with steering gear and another adviser said I could get 16" wheels as accessories. This post seems to now have disappeared or at least I can no longer find it. I am inclined to stick with the 17" and probably fit Michelin Cross Climate tyres which are a safer option where I live in Scotland than the Dunlop summer tyres that came as new on the car. I am still no nearer getting a definitive answer on whether smaller than 17" wheels can be safely fitted to the Auris Excel grade. I also note that several reviewers of the Auris have remarked that, unusually, this car handles better on 17" wheels than the smaller sizes. So far I have no complaints of the way the car handles. It seems very smooth and well balanced. The lower profile than I am used to tyres are not making their presence felt.
  25. Thanks for that. I am still trying to find out what is technically feasible at the moment. If I get to the next stage and have any insurance issues then I will make contacts. Thanks again.