For The Toyota RAV4 offers an enormous cabin and a big boot. Most versions are well equipped, too.
Against It will cost more to run than key rivals and the engines are weak. Refinement and perceived quality are disappointing.
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The Toyota RAV4 is a practical five-seat SUV, but the cheaper Mazda CX-5 is a better all-rounder.
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There are 6 Toyota RAV4 versions available
Target Price team says:
If you want a petrol RAV4, the only option is a 2.0, which gets four-wheel drive and a CVT automatic gearbox as standard. Just bear in mind that the diesel models will be much cheaper to run; there’s a front-wheel-drive 2.0-litre that comes with a manual gearbox, and a four-wheel-drive 2.2 that’s available as a manual and an automatic.
The petrol car is available only in mid-level Icon trim, whereas the 2.0 diesel comes in all three trims, and the 2.2 just the top two. Icon cars are well equipped, though, so we wouldn’t bother going any further up the range if you’re in the market for a diesel.
Whichever model you choose, we’d recommend you look at Toyota’s Access Toyota finance scheme before buying, because this can make the RAV4 surprisingly affordable.
Reader test team says:
After test driving several SUV's, I Picked up the Rav4 a week ago and have not been disappointed. The cabin is very spacious and all the controls are…
I have owned this since March and it does not resemble the review at all. Engines are good, don't suffer from cabin noise/vibrations as reported,…