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  1. Topped up possibly but charged fully from nearly flat is not possible. Say the charge rate is 10 amps at 14 volts a nominal 140 X 0.5 watt.hours of energy can be transferred to the battery in 30 minutes. For a 12 volt 45 AH battery that is very approximately 10% of the battery's capacity. In practice the rate of charge will vary and Toyota are very good at managing battery condition and life but can't work miracles. Essentially if you try to fully charge a flat 45AH battery in less than 5 hours it would be at the expense of its life span and I don't think that would be acceptable to Toyota's engineers.
  2. I can confirm that the Rav4 battery charging starts immediately when ready mode is switched on according to my voltmeter. It may be that charge rate diminishes once the battery reaches full charge. I doubt that the charge rate ever goes above 10 amps so one hour in Ready mode, whether in motion or not, will not fully charge a flat battery.
  3. Yes its a collision warning which gets triggered by such things as cars in adjacent lanes or half way through a turn off etc. It would be much better if there was a secondary green message saying that the alert was triggered but then cancelled, this could persist on the screen long enough to be read without causing another risk due to the driver being distracted! My understanding of the collision avoidance is that the first phase is increased sensitivity on the brake pedal to give a stronger than usual initial bite which presumably means bypassing the normal energy recovery electronic retardation and going straight to friction braking; but its all guesswork. Automatic braking is the car's last resort and thankfully not one that I ever experienced.
  4. Are you certain about that? My plug in Hyundai has a massive 68AH 12 volt battery and it is definitely charged while the main traction battery is on charge. I measured it once at around 8 amps with a non-contact ammeter. My RAV4 wasn't a plug in and as you know its a relatively small 12 volt battery which needed regular charging. I wouldn't be surprised if Hyundai use the 12 volt system to stretch the electric range a little bit as their power train is an amalgam of hardware found on other variants and is visually a bit of a dogs breakfast!
  5. An interesting range of responses with a trend towards a dislike for intrusive driver assistance in particular. Its ironic that as well as concentrating on the driving we now have to learn which features to turn off or override and which warning beeps it is safe to ignore. We also have to try to remember where various buttons are on the steering wheel, central display, and centre console without taking our eyes off the road; plus working out which, if any, voice commands are meaningful and useful. Then of course there is the conundrum of trying to decide whether there is an actual fault if something unexpected happens while in motion.
  6. Nothing significant really changed then. Probably a good thing as the core design would be very hard to improve upon ( except availability of course).
  7. Not just extended delivery times but completely unpredictable ones. I would happily have ordered a new Toyota eight months ahead if the dealers could guarantee the delivery date but they have no power to do this, and even a company as massive as Toyota couldn't guarantee their sources for electronic components. I only wandered in to the Hyundai showroom to find out if their situation was the same and I was more than a little surprised that they could offer me a car from the showroom floor. Their deliveries are now just as unpredictable as Toyota's. I am enjoying the Hyundai and the chance to drive a plug-in hybrid within my budget, but its probably true to say I would have enjoyed driving a new RAV4 even more.
  8. I originally planned to replace my RAV4 with another one this September but in January I saw the writing on the wall and bought a Hyundai on the spot ex-showroom. It turned out to be a good decision! I also got a very good price for the RAV4 and its now even more of a sellers market. The next few years are going to be interesting with a deadline in 2030 and if I had a large dry barn I might well fill it with nearly new hybrids!
  9. This is the oil level at which real harm is done and unfortunately only detailed knowledge of the engine internals can pin it down. It used to be quite easy to see the smoke from burning oil coming out of the exhaust at higher engine speeds but modern systems burn it off in the catalytic converters or at least vaporize it.
  10. If the Kia is like the Tucson the paddle shifters are not as versatile as the RAV4. The RAV had a manual option using a separate gear shift position whereas the paddles on the Hyundai just temporarily override gear selection and usually revert to automatic quite quickly.
  11. Let me say immediately that I loved the RAV and had it been possible I would happily have bought another one, possibly the Prime. However the new car market is in a very peculiar state at the moment and I saw the chances of getting a new RAv4 within six months and at and below the 40000 tax threshold as almost nil. Looking casually at the Tucson PHEV in the Hyundai showroom in February I was surprised to be told that not only could I drive it away within a few days but I could also get a decent discount off the list price. So after a short road test, and foreseeing very high inflation in the economic pipeline, I went ahead. Starting the comparison with the driving experience. The Hyundai is quieter under nearly all circumstances. This is not because the technology is inherently quieter but because the Tucson does not have the obsessive weight reduction philosophy which was applied to the RAV. Both the bonnet and the tailgate are much heavier to lift and the car is significantly heavier over all. The weight also gives a more planted feel to the handling and comfort. Both cars are four wheel drive but at higher speeds the Tucson is more stable if driven in a spirited way. One area where the RAV4 is unbeatable is the responsiveness to accelerator given by the transmission and control electronics. The Tucson system cannot match the RAV's instantaneous pedal response and seamless gear changing. It does not have a continuously variable system although most of the time the automatic gear changes are undetectable. On paper the Tucson is more powerful but in practice I would say they are about the same and because of the lower weight the RAV might have been a little quicker off the line. Coming to fuel consumption this is partly a comparison between plug-in and the "ordinary" RAV hybrid. The Tucson systems is functional but less integrated than the RAV. For example it has a conventional and large 12 volt battery bolted down in the spare wheel well which removes any possibility of carrying a spare wheel, and for some reason only the Plug-in has this arrangement whereas the Tucson Hybrid 12 volt system uses a fully integrated Lithium source. The instrumentation quotes a fairly spurious overall petrol consumption figure which ignores the use of mains electricity. In my particular circumstances the RAV returned 45 mpg overall and if I use the Tucson without extra charging it returns 40 to 45 mpg in hybrid mode. However the savings on shorter and other non-motorway trips are significant as petrol and electricity prices have risen in tandem. The driver has a decent amount of control over this thanks to various modes of operation. Inside the car the Tucson is a little more modern with a large screen and support for Apple Carplay which gives plenty of mapping options. The built in navigation is/was not particularly good in either car. I have to say that these systems are not very important to me so I don't miss RAV's better sound system. Heated seats work better than the RAV's and they are a bit more comfortable on longer trips. The Tucson does not quite match the rear luggage space but with back seats folded it does have a flatter load area and I think rear seat legroom is a bit more generous. In summary I have a car built in Czechoslovakia within a tighter budget. It is slightly less sophisticated than the Toyota but still a very enjoyable and practical way to travel and having moved to the plug-in option I have some control over which power source I use.
  12. LN1 is a size reference and MF stands for Maintenance Free. Not sure about the 345. As there is no starting current or stop-start requirement none of the conventional measures have much relevance.
  13. The aspect which hasn't directly been mentioned is the extra enjoyment you might get from a car which goes around corners. I have always hated front wheel drive because of the inherent understeer which is the only response FWD gives from using more throttle. The RAV AWD system magically chooses when to drive the rear wheels in a way which allows response to driver input to those who like the slow-in fast-out cornering style. In my case it is this rather than the occasional situations where I might get stuck in mud or steep grassy climbs which sells me the AWD version.
  14. I'm afraid I can only echo the above comments. I have bought a couple of new cars in the last ten years which were very smart but to get the spec. I wanted i had no option but to accept fancy alloy wheels with low profile tyres. These proved to be vulnerable and I suffered a huge sidewall blow out on one and some significant rim damage due to kerbing on the other. The state of local roads is one reason why I like the RAV. On narrow roads it is not always possible to avoid pot-holes or ill-maintained road edges when there is oncoming traffic and the RAV's genuine off-road stance is reassuring.
  15. Newly joined the forum! Could there be an ulterior motive? If not the poster should definitely not make any decisions until health is restored.
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