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  1. Excel trims are available both in FWD & AWD mode. So having Excel trim is no guarantee of AWD. The Trail button and the circle besides gear shifter (instead of a square hole) is indicator for AWD.
  2. In Kia (and I guess in Hyundai too) if you use the paddles while shifter is in D mode, it reverts back to automatic mode after around 10 seconds. However, if you put the shifter into S mode, you can use either paddles or nudge the shifter forward/backward to up/down shift - pretty much same as in RAV4. The car will override only if you do the extreme like redlining the engine or climb steep hill in highest gear.
  3. I am currently evaluating between RAV4 and Kia Sportage (either facelifted model or previous one). The pre-facelift Sportage is considerably cheaper though safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control and Auto Emergency Braking only available in GT Line S trim and that is not hybrid. The facelift model is hybrid with all these features and price is comparable to RAV4. In general, I find Kia/Hyundai offers nicer interior with more creature comfort. RAV4 offers lumber support in Excel and above trims only! While this is standard feature in lower trims in Kia. There are many other trims which are missing or only available at higher trims while in Kia comes as standard like paddle shifters. Earlier it would have been a clear win for Kia [for me] but now with Toyota's 10-yr warranty, I might lean towards Toyota. Other than delay in ordering a new RAV4, I am also waiting to see if Toyota UK launches Corolla Cross soon.
  4. Hyundai's 5 year warranty is for unlimited mileage. Kia's 7 year warranty is up to 100k miles. So high mileage users can choose Hyundai and low/average mileage users can choose Kia. My question was to understand if someone always gets servicing done by Toyota, then it is safe to assume all Toyota cars come with 10 years warranty (or 100k miles whichever is earlier). Is that correct?
  5. What is the difference between manufacturer's warranty vs relax warranty? Is the only difference that within 1st 3 years one can service outside Toyota and still keep warranty valid but after 3 year warranty only applies if serviced by Toyota? How does it compare with Kia's 7-year full manufacturer's warranty? Why didn't Toyota simply offer 10-years manufacturer's warranty instead of splitting it after 3rd year?
  6. You are right. The AWD will give me extra traction in few cases. However, this false sense of superiority may push me to troubles where I would not venture in a FWD car - thus avoiding the problem in the first place! For icy conditions, as someone already said before, proper tyres are more helpful than AWD. Plenty of cars in cold countries manage very well with FWD + winter tyres. I am not anti-AWD by any means. If I get a good deal on AWD RAV4, I'd get it but having no AWD is not a deal breaker for me. I don't why understand Toyota does't offer limited slip differential (LSD) in FWD in place of AWD. Is LSD more expensive than fitting a rear motor?
  7. I have never owned any AWD vehicle in the past, hence this question. I am not going to tow, I'm not going to go off road. Even if my car is AWD, I'd wary of damaging it otherwise - hence no offroad. I have driven in many countries including unmade road, gravel road, wet muddy road etc. but never felt the need that "wish I had AWD". I have done some purposeful offroading in Land Rover AWD but that's somewhere I'd not take my own car even if had the AWD. UK roads are very good compared to many other countries. I live near London where it doesn't snow much and if it snows I'd probably won't go out anyway. Most likely insurance will be invalid in offroad anyway. I have watched some offroad videos of RAV4 AWD. Yes, it is better than FWD but I won't take my car at those places in the first place. Most reviewers who took their cars offroads were not the owners of those cars. To answer the question why I'm interested in RAV4, this is because of the following 1. Toyota's 10-yr warranty 2. The space - with rear seats folded I can lie down for camping. 3. The higher ground clearance, which is higher compared to estate cars and often useful in grassy, unmade, wavy roads What I am interested about, is understanding how the FWD cars perform for a model which is originally made for AWD only. The normal hatchback/estate cars are only available in FWD mode so cars are designed to put more weight on their front wheels. I may be wrong, but I think RAV4 was designed as AWD and then by removing rear motor it was converted to FWD. Does it mean it will perform poorly compared to similar car which was purposefully designed as FWD only? These things are hard to judge in short test drive, hence asking for owners' opinions. I think I made up my mind that I don't need AWD and FWD should fine for me as long as there is no difference in handling and performance compared to any other FWD cars. Thanx
  8. Those who own the AWD version of RAV4, how often do you make use of AWD? Have you been to any situation where AWD (with standard tyres) helped? Have you taken your car somewhere where you would not have taken FWD RAV4? I am trying to figure out whether it is worth spending more for AWD version which I am unlikely to make use of in 99% situation.
  9. Hmm, I think it is all personal choice. I can't imagine paying higher price for used car. May be I shall wait. I think Toyota will launch Corolla Cross in UK next year. If so, will evaluate between RAV4 and Corolla Cross.
  10. This is a short and useful video on how engine, motors/generators link up.
  11. I am not a Toyota owner at the moment but interested in buying a RAV4 in UK. I find it bizarre that 1-2 year old used RAV4 costing same or even more than new car's advertised price in Toyota UK website! In spite of all news about chip shortage etc. why would anyone pay more for used car when new car can be ordered at a lower price?
  12. I find it better looking than current RAV4. Good that they didn't adopt stupid gaping jaw like in Lexus! Would have liked slightly less width. I always find width more of a problem than length. Not sure why Toyota is offering any turbo petrol like its competitors. Still, 2.0 petrol + AWD is good combination. I see engine offerings are not changing compared to current RAV4 except dropping of diesel. Agree with comments about increasing size of RAV4. If you want original RAV4 size car then Suzuki Vitara is better bet. In 2019 I have decide between new RAV4 and Kia Sportage.
  13. Isn't that exact opposite of most other cars - which start with FWD mode and becomes AWD if traction loss detected? Usually pressing AWD indicates diff lock icon in dashboard. Is RAV4 an exception to this?
  14. Hi I have not yet purchased any Toyota but interested in Toyota RAV4 2L petrol CVT AWD model in Design or Excel trim. Is there anything about this car I should be aware of? I couldn't find any user review as such (compared with many other similar cars). I like RAV4 because there are few very few petrol auto AWD SUVs in the market. The other car in my shortlist is Kia Sportage (currently own a Kia Ceed). Reasons for leaning towards RAV4 over Sportage are: 1. No AEB or Adaptive Cruise Control offered in petrol Sportage 2. Fuel economy is better in RAV4 (how much in real life?) 3. Interior feels bit roomier in RAV4. I prefer to buy a ~1 year old car. However, I am finding it difficult to spot a RAV4 in my desired trim in used market! I don't fancy the hybrid model. Does the RAV4 really live up to stellar Toyota standard? I know old RAV4s had good reputation for reliability, but don't know about new models. Thanx in advance for all the advice :-)
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