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The original Toyota RAV4 was instrumental in catalyzing the shift of our motoring preferences to SUVs. Now, we examine the fifth iteration of Toyota’s highly successful formula.

Beneath the 2019 RAV4’s bolder sheet metal, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform provides the robust foundation for capability, comfort and safety.

The mass switch from rugged ladder frames to unibody construction was a crucial turning point in the history of SUVs. It marked the moment from which motorists could utilize the superior practicality of this form factor whilst enjoying the refinement and comforts of a passenger car.


Playing a key role in catalyzing this renaissance was Toyota. In the 1990s, the Harrier and its Lexus twin, the RX, helped spur acceptance of the unibody SUV as a bona fide premium vehicle well before the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 came along. And for the masses, came the Toyota RAV4 in 1994, a full two years ahead of the Honda CR-V.

The RAV4 name stood for Recreational Active Vehicle with 4WD and it was offered with a choice between three- and five-door configurations. It blended conventional passenger car elements with the design features of a light off-road vehicle.


The concept behind the RAV4 includes five specific aims. It was to provide generous space, a compact, sporty, and progressive body design, and a combination of good off road capabilities with excellent performance and superior on road comfort. It also had to meet Toyota’s own internal safety and environmental requirements.


Two decades and a half since the original model, the RAV4 has gone through five model generations. Each re-iteration progressively refined the formula that successfully spurred the original whilst also having to compete against an increasingly crowded and talented field of rivals.


TNGA – The Basis of Dependable Dynamics

Lower-sitting engine

Lower CG

Fuel weight distributed evenly left & right

Saddle-style fuel tank

High-strength steel

Reduced upper body weight

57% stiffer chassis




Common feature of Toyota’s new TNGA cars is the use of double wishbone rear suspension – a highly sophisticated setup widely used in motorsports and high performance vehicles.


Incidentally, the original RAV4 also featured independent rear double wishbones!

Power and efficiency both make a leap in the RAV4 thanks to the new Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission

Dynamic Force – More Power from Less Fuel

D4-S direct and port injection system

Ultra-low internal friction

VVT-iE intelligent variable valve timing

High compression ratio, 13.0:1

High-speed combustion

Fulfilling a goal announced in 2016, Toyota has made active safety technology with automatic front braking standard on most new models. The RAV4 is equipped with the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), which adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

Exterior Features

LED headlamps, daytime running lights

18” Alloy rims


Apple Carplay & Android Auto

Boot Space

Kick-sensor Power Back Door

Split folding rear seats

Two-level floor with reversible board

Here in the RAV4, where you have the TNGA platform and pair it with the Dynamic Force engine, it feels like the engine and chassis are made for each other. Everything just operates together in a beautiful and harmonious nature. It just feels like a well-honed machine overall. - Kon

What We Said…

Selesa lah. Kalau nak balik kampung, jalan jauh, pakai kereta ini, memang best. – Fadhil

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Being a Toyota, you can expect the RAV4 to be an extremely reliable machine ready to offer years of tireless service. Of course, there is the assurance of a 5-year warranty coverage with no mileage restrictions. Complete peace of mind.

To Top It Off

207PS @ 6,600rpm

243Nm @ 5,000rpm


7” colour Multi-Info Display (MID) with Optitron meter

Rear air-con vent

Dual-zone auto air-con

Wireless Charger