I have had this car as a company lease car for just over 12 months, in which time i have covered 24,000 miles.
The only problems I have had is a leaky shock absorber, which was spotted at a service, and fixed under warranty, and I am now on my third windscreen, with a stone chip already in the one that i have recently had fitted - this seems to be a common thing reading through some of these reviews.
The service intervals are also quite short for a modern diesel - needing to go into the dealers every 10,000miles
The car is surprising quick considering the size of it - while it is no sports car, you can overtake slower cars on single carriageway roads with confidence.
The things that I like about the car are the driving position, the fuel economy (about 42mpg), it is quiet at motorway speeds, and it is big enough to accomodate my wife, daughter and labrador and all their junk.
The things is dislike are the short service intervals, its appetite for windscreens, and the ISOFIX seat mounts which are hidden under the seats and are hard to get to.
This car is a revelation, if a bit expensive to buy.
I was scared it would be thirsty, having owned Land Rovers (20mpg) before, but it averages low 40s with largely fast A road and (fast) motorway driving.
It will easily exceed the top speed quoted on the clocks and can keep up with most everything else on the roads easily. At a steady 50-60, I have managed over 60mpg on the computer (for a week), but with camping equipment and bikes on roofrack, it dropped to low 30s.
It is very very comfortable and all of the equipment is well set up. The rear door is an annoyance, with limited opening, and inability to fix bikes to spare wheel is expensive having to buy roof bars.
Done 30k miles in 9 months, had two new windscreens and noted lots of stone chips to front already rusting, but finish is o/w of the highest standard and short wash brings it back to as new.
Seats lack side support for fast cornering which it will do, but are otherwise perfect for my dodgy back. Boot bigger than it looks and auto everthing and sat-nav are first class.
A bit on the noisy side on motorway means you have to shout at the built in bluetooth handsfree. Voice activation appears not too like me though, so avoid using it.
Kids love reclining rear seats and spare power sockets for PSP, DVD, etc. Thoroughly recommend RAV4 XT5 if you like the style. Bring on some serious snow - handles mud fine.
After owning two X Trails decided it was time for a change and purchased Rav 4 two weeks ago. Build quality is vastly superior to the Nissan, seating, air con and minor things like radio are vastly superior. Boot space is smaller but the more room you have the more junk you carry. Delighted with fuel consumption, achieving 47mpg even in two weeks of ownership and engine not run in yet. Only ponderable so far is lack of spare wheel. Toyota only supply a tube of fillant and a compressor driven from cigar lighter but have been assured this is sufficient, only time will tell on that score.
For me the RAV 4 is the most ‘ok’ 4x4 for the price; it looks ok, it drives ok, the reliability is ok, the interior is ok etc; in fact the only ‘not ok’ thing is a rear door that only opens half way and then slams itself closed, sometimes whilst you are in the way. It is a testament to its 'okness' that I have owned the last three models and at the end of the day no 4x4 in this price range is going to set your pulse racing (except possibly the new Mazda CX-7; I’ll let you know)so 'ok' is good. I may also be suffering from the fact that familiarity can breed contempt but it's definitely worth a test drive.
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