Contemporary classic as good as new

Charl Wilken

Charl Wilken

With the ever-increasing fuel price, it makes sense to buy a vehicle like a Toyota Rav4.

The vehicle offers practicality, loads of space and fair fuel consumption. Best of all is that you can even take the Rav4 off-road. This doesn't mean serious bundu-bashing, but it is comfortable on most gravel and uneven roads.

There are many reasons for the success of the Rav4. Build quality as well as a comfortable ride with lots of practicality stand out as some of the main reasons for the Rav4's good credentials.

This Japanese model has been around for some years already, but in its latest incarnation it still looks like it was introduced to the market yesterday. The contemporary design of the Rav4 ensures that this vehicle doesn't look outdated.

Our used test car for this week comes in the form of a 2006 Toyota Rav4 2.0 4x4.

This is a very fine example if you take into account that the vehicle has only done 43000km in two years. As with all cars from Auto Pedigree Meadowdale, the car is mechanically in good condition.

The interior of the Rav4 is modern and good-looking. Its sporty dials come with a backlight that is soft on the eyes during the night. Leather seats add to the overall luxury feel and all the controls are easy to reach and operate.

Having good fuel economy, the Rav4 would have kept its owner smiling although the fuel price is at a record high. The four-cylinder 2.0 engine may not have the largest displacement, but is powerful enough to fulfil most tasks. It delivers 112kW and an even more impressive 194Nm and is mated to a smooth five-speed gearbox delivering power to all four wheels.

There is also enough power for overtaking and to cruise at freeway speeds without the need to constantly play with the gears. Standard luxury features include CD player, aircon and electric windows.