I owned this 56 reg Rav4 for two years and 80k miles. I can not understand why it appears as a crossover and not in the 4X4 category (and yet the appalling Honda CR-V is classed as a 4X4) - apart from the Land Rover Freelander it is by far the best in class off road.
The slightly firm ride gives you total confidence when off road, yet is not too firm for many motorway miles. Level of equipment, storage and versitility inside is just fantastic.
In 80k miles it never once put a foot wrong - basic servicing was all it ever needed.
And averaging over 45 mpg - for a motor this size was quite exceptional.
I will be getting another soon!
I have owned this car for 8 months now and have done about 6,000 miles of mixed driving; motorway, x-country, urban. I find that the fuel consumption is very good on long journeys as long as you don't push the speed. I can easily get 45mpg on the ringroads near where I live where the speed max is 60. Motorway at 70mph is over 40 I find that the phone bluetooth is excellent. I wish it had heated seats and electric seats would be better. I hate the interior as I find it quite plastic and certain bits are quite flimsy. I find myself pining for the Landrover Freelander that I nearly bought or the Nissan Murano that I used to own when I lived overseas instead as I just find the car very boring to drive. I can't believe that they sold a 4WD without mud flaps so I had to have these fitted afterwards and when I asked for a quote for a towbar to be attached, the cheapest was over 600pounds. When I got some mats for front, back and cargo, Toyota tried to charge me nearly 40pounds for labour - all they had to do was put them in and twist two little levers on the front mats - what a rip off! and I find this is the case for all the extras. if I bought another rav4 it would be with a bigger diesel engine and I would expect an upgrade in interior quality.
I have owned this car from new for 6 weeks and 2000 miles now. The car runs beautifully and does everything I ask of it. The load space is good and comfort excellent. I dissagree with other posts about the fuel consumption figures. The best I have managed was an indicated 51 mpg. This was on a 150 mile motorway trip with 2 people on board at 55-60mph. I admit that if I had been doing 70mph the consumption would probably have been in the high 30s but I regularly achieve 43mpg.This with an engine not yet run in.Before you say any thing the fuel pumps appear to back this up. I am a little dissapointed that I wasn't told that the T180 was being discontinued but in fairness I never thought to ask. "A lesson learnt". The only real concern I have is the problems mentioned at great length on the Toyota Owners Club website cocerning T180 run flat tyres and their cost and availabilty. All in all so far a great car but with concerns about the run flat tyres and Toyotas apparent indifference to the problem
i have a 56 reg RAV 4 auto XT4 petrol I replaced a diesel car with this as needed an auto. Had a Rav in the past and thought i'd play safe - WRONG! This car is nowhere as well built as previous Ravs, feels flimsy, rattles and bangs over most road surfaces. Trim is not good quality, neither is the paint - breathe on it and it chips off!! I've no doubt like all toyotas it will go on and show reliability and i have no complaints here. Be prepared however to have deep pockets if you buy a petrol version. I am in my 50s and not heavy footed but i cannot get it to do more than 27.5mpg overall. Even trying fuel injector cleaner regularly etc still does not improve it. It shows 35+ mpg on the motorway providing you stay withing the limits but the minute you leave the consumption plummets!. Would i but another one - no - can't afford it. Shame really because it could be an excellent all round vehicle. Come on toyota make it better!
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