After the change of generations, the Japanese bestseller Toyota RAV4 has become obscenely more expensive. Even taking into account local assembly, it is 10 000 thousand more expensive than competitors in comparable configurations. The price tag for the new RAV4 starts at 17 000 dollars. And it is a complete set, which nobody will buy, because it is with "manual". Variator and mono-drive versions are 22 000 dollars. A well-packaged all-wheel drive Tucson with diesel or petrol 2,4 litre takes the same sum.
Four-wheel drive RAV4 is 28 000 USD, and even for this money it will not have civilization achievements like adaptive cruise control and a media system with Apple CarPlay/AndroidAuto.
Decent kitting of the Rava leaves for 23 900 USD, and here we can finish the conversation about it. Having 23 900 USD, it is possible to count on more status crossovers and SUVs with moderate running from secondary market.
Volkswagen Touareg II: 26-27 000 dollars
Diesel, rugged, reliable, economical, bigger in size than Rava, with decent trimming, media system, all-wheel drive, strong automatic transmission. Against the background of Touareg, RAV4 looks poor and rustic.
Here is a specimen, for example, at the price of variation mono-drive RAV4:
Under two million (1.99m), with one owner on the PTS, with ridiculous mileage for an SUV - and in a decent package, too.
If to look at the top border - 23 200 USD it is possible to find variants according to the firm "Volkswagen" program Das WeltAuto with corresponding presale preparation.
And it is still absolutely other level of equipment and driving comfort against the background of even 2,5-liter RAV4 for big money.
According to avtocod.ru statistics, Volkswagen Touareg of the second generation is most often sold with repairable (every third), accident (every fourth) and unpaid fines (every fifth). Less common are Volkswag with restrictions, twisted mileage, or leases. Every third Touareg is sold without any problems.
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Porsche Macan prestyled: 25 600 – 27 000 USD
If you can't afford a new Rafik with a mono-drive and a stick, you can take a pedigree Porsche with a three-litre petrol engine, panoramic roof, eighteen wheels and one owner in the anamnesis for just 24 000 USD
There is a more expensive variant of the same year with two owners. But with smaller mileage and dealer service. Top-of-the-range media system, double side windows, seats with memory, adjustable in 14 directions.
Though Porsche Macan is more extreme than Touareg: firstly, inhuman tax for 340-horsepower engine; secondly, expensive service. Certainly, all the rest is not comparable to skinny 149-199 horsepower of RAV4. All the rest, however, is the same.
As avtocod.ru shows, every third Macan is sold in the secondary market without problems. The most part is offered with an accident (every third), settlement of repairs (every fourth) and unpaid fines (every fourth). Every sixth Porsche Macan is listed as leased, every seventh is restricted and every tenth is given in pledge.
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Volvo XC90 II:24 000 – 24 500 dollars
This car has almost no weak sides: strong, super safe, with luxury leather seats, top acoustics, heaps of space on both rows, bottomless luggage compartment, and with a diesel engine: at this point, you just need to stop and do not look any further. If only the most alive from the copies presented on the market. For example, such:
The fattest complete set with adaptive cruise control (aka "cork autopilot"), diesel, modest mileage - and all this for the price of RAV4 in Prestige 2,0 CVT AWD package.
When buying, we recommend you to check up service history of the instance you like. Every third XC90 II is sold as broken. Every fourth Volvo has unpaid penalties, and every seventh is in leasing or pledge. There are also restricted vehicles, vehicles with twisted mileage, and wanted vehicles. Every third car has no problems.
Skoda Octavia III Scout: 23 500 24 500 USD
You will hardly remember this car with a million eight hundred in your pocket, and in vain. For the price of initial RAV4 without everything it is possible to take top Octavia with everything: there is a full drive on the basis of swift muff Haldex, a fierce engine with 180 horsepower, wet (DSG, 600-liter luggage carrier, qualitative interior with alcantara, adaptive cruise, which on a motorway quite replaces a driver.
In general, there is a lot there. One should not be able to count money (or be squeamish about Skoda) very much to pass by such, for example, variant:
Minimum mileage, maximum equipment, one owner, it is necessary to drive the car for diagnostics and to take it, before more zealous and quick-witted got ahead of it. Only don't forget to check the car before you buy it.
Every second Scout is offered with an accident and a repair estimate, every fourth is leased, every fifth - with unpaid fines, every seventh - with restrictions of the traffic police. Without technical and legal problems every fifth Skoda Octavia III Scout is for sale.
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With a budget for a new RAV4 in a decent configuration you can take a swing at its big brother Lexus and win from all sides. Lexus is quite premium as regards comfort, noise isolation, equipment, and with 23 700 USD it is possible to find quite alive and fresh copy. For example, such:
Two litres with a turbine, interior - leather-alcantara, couple of owners in anamnesis and dealer's service. From the point of view of "buy and not to get into trouble" - one of the safest variants in the market. Or such still:
Mileage is even less, equipment is not poorer, brown leather, the same wood on a steering wheel. The maximum RAV4 for 2,66 million hardly has something to cover. Only with novelty.
If you buy Lexus RX, check the car for accidents. Every third car is sold with this problem. Every fourth RX has repair bill or unpaid fines. Every sixth car is in leasing, every seventh is in pledge. Every third Lexus RX has no problems.
Pitfalls of alternatives of new RAV4
The pitfall is only one, but weighty - the high cost of service. It concerns Porsche and Volvo in greater degree, in smaller - Touareg, because it is still Volkswagen, though top-end. The RAV4 is more profitable in operation and subsequent resale: residual value and liquidity are the few reasons to look at it at all.