Geneva motor show: 2010 RAV4 goes live

With the world premiere of the full-hybrid Aurid HSD and the first European showing of the FT-86 Sports Concept both taking place at this year’s Geneva motor show, you would be forgiven for thinking Toyota had more than enough to unveil to the world’s press. Think again. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the 2010 RAV4…


Complete with a restyled, more aerodynamic front-end, the new RAV4 offers a full range of Toyota Optimal Drive powertrains for the very first time in the UK. This means that buyers will have the option of 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol and 2.2-litre D-4D and D-CAT diesel engines. A six-speed manual gearbox will also be available, as well as Toyota’s Mutridrive S and six-speed automatic transmissions. CO2 emissions start from just 150 g/km.


Toyota hasn’t just focused on the technical spec. Every passenger will feel the benefit of the new leather and Alcantara interior, ensuring that Europe’s original recreational compact SUV comes with an added touch of luxury in 2010 and beyond.


  1. Purchased new RAV4 2.2D manual on 4th November to replace a Subaru Legacy Diesel(same CO2 and theoretical combined mpg as RAV4). Do the same 80 mile commute at the same speed every day – Subaru averaged 49.2 over 67000 miles, so far RAV 4 under 40 mpg – hope it improves with a few miles on it or it will be back to a Subaru.
    Had a real fright when I hit a long puddle at about 50 mph, vehicle lurched violently left right, left right, I think motorcyclists call it a “tank Slapper”, must have been the electronics shoving all the torque through whichever wheel had contact – Subaru with mechanical four wheel drive never had this problem – not sure this purchase was a wise one.

  2. I have heard that after 4000 miles the suspension adjusts or whatever and you get better mileage like 35.4+ so keep driving while the petrol is kinda cheap 🙂

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