Due to a lower back problem, I had to change my Audi for something that would offer a better/higher driving position for the 30k mileage I do each year. Having reviewed the market and driven numerous vehicles, I purchased an 08 plat T180.
First impression - great car. It is comfortable, superbly equipped and the drive is excellent. I do a lot of motorway driving and this is effortless - indeed, it is easy to creep up to 90mph without realising that you are travelling anywhere near that speed. Importantly, as I live in the country, it also handles well on the B roads and country lanes.
I would however agree with other comments on fuel consumption - I reckon I am getting approx 33mpg which is not bad for such a big car with good performance but it is nowhere near Toyota's claimed economy. Equipment levels are very good especially the sat nav and bluetooth phone set-up (although there is a lot to learn about both!). The rear parking camera does take some getting used to - why they didn't just fit parking sensors is a bit of a mystery to me!
Comfort was also a major factor for me and neither I nor my passengers have been disappointed. The seats are good and I love the higher driving position which really does aid visibility and gives a feeling of security.
My honest view (from a person who would not normally choose a 4x4) is that this is a really good car and I am liking it more and more each time I drive it. Very pleased with my decision.
Got my Rav4 T180 in tyrol silver a fortnight ago now and must say I'm quite impressed. I really like the higher driving position compared to my previous car (Golf GTi) and don't really miss the difference in power / acceleration. The safety features (9 airbags / higher ride) were a real consideration as a new father when changing from my Golf. As a bloke I was a little worried about getting what was percieved as a woman's car but I feel the 5 door version (the only one you can get now!)looks manly enough for me. Inside the car is a nice place to be and the SATNav / Phone kit is really useful. The heated leather seats take ages to warm up though and the 40.2mpg Toyota reckon you can get is rubbish - even being incredibly light footed I'm lucky if i get 30-32mpg. Apart from this though I would thoroughly recommend anyone looking for a large(ish) family car to take one out for a test drive and then get a year old one like I did and save 5k.
I took delivery of this car as a company car in Oct 07 - unfortunately was involved in a serious accident - and its now written off. I have re-ordered an identical car - its safety is just outstanding, and without doubt it saved me from serious injury or worse. Besides the safety thing, I absolutely loved the car - it's a great drive, I do a lot of mileage, so comfort is essential, the latest XT-R special edition has a few more gadgets too, like cruise control and blue-tooth. Great for kids and chucking all your stuff in. All in all a totally fab car!
Had this car since March from new, traded in my old RAV4 XT3 D4D which had only lost 25% of its purchase price over 3 years and Toyota gave me an excellent trade in deal. New car is an improvement on the old, the old chesnut of the tailgate not opening fully has been rectified on the XTR, although it was not really a problem on the old model. New car handles well, is quiet, very nippy and good to drive on the motorway. Seats and interior are practical and the new fold flat seats are a big improvement on the old. Boot space has also been improved although the bumper lip around the boot is a step back and I can see this getting damaged in time. MPG is as described in the brochure, and one stone chip on the windscreen was repaired. Excellent service from the dealer as usual, get the car as you wont regret it.
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