Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 7" colour TFT display
  • Adaptive cruise control with lane trace assist
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert
  • Bluetooth system
  • Cyclist Detection
  • Drive mode selector
  • eCall emergency call system
  • ECO-driving indicator
  • Electric power steering
  • Hybrid system indicator
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lights on warning
  • Night Time Pedestrian Detection
  • Pedestrial detection
  • Power boot opening and closing
  • Rear parking camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Remote boot door release in cabin
  • Tachometer
  • Touch 2 Go navigation system
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • 8" Multimedia display touch screen
  • Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
  • DAB audio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Toyota touch media system
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming interior mirror
  • Auto high beam
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatically retractable door mirrors
  • Bi-tone black roof
  • Black door mirrors
  • Black rear spoiler
  • Black roof rails
  • Black Shark-fin antenna
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Emergency brake-light signal (EBS)
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Gloss black front bumper insert
  • Gloss black rear bumper insert
  • Headlight cleaners
  • Heated door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED High mounted stop lamp
  • LED rear lights
  • Meshed upper front grille
  • Power front windows
  • Power rear windows
  • Privacy glass
  • Projector LED headlights
  • Rear screen wiper - intermittent
  • Rear windscreen defogger
  • Silver front under-run
  • Silver rear under-run
  • Turning signal integrated indicators in door mirrors

Safety

  • Trailer Sway Control
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Adjustable front driver and passenger seat belt extender
  • Brake assist
  • Child proof door locks
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Emergency brake light system (EBS)
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure warning

Interior Features

  • 3 rear headrests
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat back
  • Black roof lining
  • Boot light
  • Clean air filter
  • Driver and front passenger personal light
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual sided deck board in boot
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Floor mats
  • Folding rear centre armrest
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front headrests
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Front sport seats
  • Front/rear roof mounted assist grips
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Leather gear shift with chrome surround
  • Light blue ambient lighting on front cupholders and open tray
  • Manual telescopic and tilt 3-spoke leather steering wheel with Chrome insert
  • Manually reclining and sliding front passenger seat
  • Pollen filter
  • Power height-adjustable sliding reclining and lumbar support for driver seat
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Rear door armrests
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Synthetic leather upholstery

Packs

  • Parking pack - Rav4

Security

  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Glass-breaking alarm sensors
  • Key in reminder
  • Remote central locking
  • Smart entry + Smart start
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Tilt detection sensors

Technical

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Trim

  • Piano black centre console with silver insert
  • Soft-touch black lower dashboard
  • Soft-touch black upper dashboard with silver insert

Wheels

  • Full size spare wheel

Emissions

CO

0.169

CO2 (g/km)

101

HC

0.0173

HC+NOx

NOx

0.0028

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

2487

Compression Ratio

14.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

87.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

103.5

Engine Code

A25A-FXS

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

1 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

64.2

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

61.4

EC Urban (mpg)

62.8

General

Badge Engine CC

2.5

Badge Power

222

Based On ID

Coin Description

VVT-i Hybrid

Coin Series

Dynamic

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

100000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

5

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.4

Engine Power - BHP

222

Engine Power - KW

163

Engine Power - RPM

5700

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

163

Engine Torque - MKG

22.5

Engine Torque - NM

221

Engine Torque - RPM

3600

Top Speed

112

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/60 R18

Tyre Size Rear

225/60 R18

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

5-SPOKE

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1685

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4600

Wheelbase

2690

Width

1855

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

55

Gross Vehicle Weight

2155

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

580

Max. Loading Weight

501

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1650

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1654

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11

On The Road

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

Though opinion may be divided as to whether the RAV4 invented the soft roading segment, few people doubt that, more than any other, this model defined it. In some ways, it continues to do just that, for this car still sums up a lot of what a vehicle of this kind should be all about. Smart, reasonably spacious, affordable to run and with just enough SUV-ness about it to get you to the places you tend to dream about but will probably never go. The changes Toyota has made in further refining this fourth generation model have been welcome. The car now has more equipment and the hybrid engine most buyers want is more widely available across the range. Perhaps then, this is, as Toyota assures us, 'a better way' of owning a model of this kind - you decide. One thing's for certain: for many, this car's buying proposition still makes family-friendly, real world sense.

Background

It's easy to underestimate quite what a debt of gratitude we owe the Toyota RAV4. Back in 1994, the market for compact 4x4s was massively different to the one we have today. If you wanted a modestly-sized SUV back then, you had to get yourself one remembering that it was likely to fall over if it was shown a picture of a corner. The RAV4 changed all that. It was the first small 4x4 that was actually good fun to drive on road. But times change. The RAV4 has grown ever bigger and more sophisticated in response to rival soft-roading compact SUVs like its nemesis, the Honda CR-V. The fourth generation car, first shown in late 2012, is a smarter take on a well-established theme and was further developed late in 2015 with a smarter look and feel, plus the option of hybrid power. It's since been further embellished with a range of attractive trim packages.

Driving Experience

If you haven't looked at a RAV4 for some time, the key thing you'll need to update yourself on is the changes that have taken place under the bonnet. Here, the important news is the availability of a hybrid model. Toyota has chosen not to offer the kind of Plug-in hybrid technology here you get in a rival Mitsubishi Outlander but the more conventional 2.5-litre VVTi petrol/electric unit you do get is commendably smooth and frugal, putting out 194bhp and able to get to 62mph in 8.4s. It's offered with either two or four-wheel drive configurations, the latter equipped with Toyota's E-Four system. This uses a second electric motor at the rear which provides automatic electronic all-wheel drive to give increased traction. The lightweight technology - there is no central propshaft - also gives RAV4 Hybrid a 1,650kg towing capacity. Of course, many RAV4 buyers will prefer to save a little up-front cost and stick with a more conventional powerplant up-front - probably a diesel. For these folk, Toyota offers a 2.0-litre D-4D diesel unit with 141bhp. Here, you get a decent 320Nm slug of torque and 62mph is 9.6s away en route to 121mph. Unfortunately though, you can't have automatic transmission or AWD with this powerplant. Both these things though, are included on the 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol variant which offers 149bhp and makes 62mph in 9.9s en route to 115mph.

Design and Build

This heavily revised fourth generation RAV4 got a smarter look back in 2016 - and in particular, a sharper front end. That did a lot for its appearance, the slender upper grille these days flanked by halogen or LED headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights. Inside, the cabin still doesn't have a truly premium brand feel, but it does now look decently inviting. The instrument binnacle, the centre console and the gearshift surround all have a nicer feel than earlier models could provide. Plus the centre console has been neatly designed to accommodate the intuitive Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system touchscreen. Otherwise, things are much as they were in the original version of this MK4 model. All the instrument and switchgear is backlit in cool blue and the dash features strong upper and lower beams, interrupted by a curved, metal-finished spar to frame the instrument binnacle, steering wheel and driver's footwell. The front-to-rear seat couple distance remains a best-in-class 970mm. Combined with a thinner front seatback design, this increases rear legroom. Thanks to Toyota's Easy Flat system, the rear seats can be quickly and easily folded flat (the seats dividing 60:40) and each section can be reclined independently. The load space is long, increasing capacity to 547-litres, and there's also a 100-litre undertray.

Market and Model

Your perspective on RAV4 pricing will depend upon what kind of car you perceive this to be. The motoring mags will tell you that it competes with upper-spec versions of family Crossovers like Renault's Kadjar and Hyundai's Tucson - but against these cars, it looks quite expensive, with prices pitched in the £27,500 to £35,000 bracket. Toyota though, perceives this as something more than a Crossover: yes, the RAV4 can appeal to that kind of buyer but traditionally, it's also been something more sophisticated, a more capable compact SUV too - a car like Honda's CR-V. It's certainly priced very similarly to a CR-V. There are three engines on offer, with two-thirds of customers typically opting for the petrol/electric 2.5-litre hybrid, which is of the non-plug-in variety and comes either front-driven or 4-wheel-driven. The alternative options are a 2.0-litre D-4D diesel with manual transmission that (curiously) only comes in front-driven form. Or a 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol derivative that ony comes in AWD guise and only with a CVT auto gearbox. There are four trim grade - 'Icon', 'Icon Tech', 'Design' and 'Excel'. All models get the brand's Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system and providing you avoid entry-level 'Icon' trim, this set-up will come in 'Toyota Touch with Go' form which gives you navigation. All variants now feature the brand's 'Safety Sense' package of electronic camera-driven safety features - things like autonomous braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam.

Cost of Ownership

The 141bhp 2.0 D-4D diesel unit manages 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and 123g/km of CO2 on 17-inch wheels. It's interesting to compare these figures against those of the petrol/electric 2.5-litre Hybrid variant. This derivative manages 57.6mpg on 17-inch wheels and 115g/km of CO2 in 2WD form. Or 55.4mpg and 118g/km in AWD guise. Go for the conventional automatic 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol model and the figures are 43.5mpg and 152g/km. The RAV4 Hybrid falls into VED tax band C, so owners will pay nothing for the first year registration. Toyota talks of owners saving around 12% in BIK tax payments over an equivalent diesel model, a saving of £2,287 for a 20% UK tax payer. Plus of course you'll be using cheaper green pump fuel. As for residual values in the range overall, well these have always been good for RAV4 buyers, in most cases bearing comparison with the models from premium brands and there's little reason to doubt that they'll only improve this time round.