What's the used Toyota RAV4 4x4 like?
Consistency is something many of us will be looking for given the constant uncertainties of our modern world, so it's nice to know that the two previous generations of Toyota RAV4 are amongst the most dependable used cars you can buy, according to our What Car? Reliability data.
What's more, the refinements made to this latest 2019-onwards RAV4 make it an even more compelling used option against its fellow large SUV rivals than its predecessors were.
While there is a dedicated EV (electric vehicle) button, don't expect to get all that far on electric power alone in the regular hybrid version. However, driven smoothly, you should be able to filter through heavy traffic without using the engine much, thus saving fuel and keeping things nicely hushed.
The electric motor in the plug-in hybrid is powerful enough to take the RAV4 to motorway speeds without the petrol engine joining in, and we managed more than 30 miles on volts alone during our varied test route (Toyota claims 46 miles, further than the equivalent Kuga and Range Rover Evoque). The regular hybrid version won’t take you far on electric power alone. Even with its electric vehicle (EV) mode selected, you’ll be lucky to go more than a few hundred yards before the 2.5-litre petrol engine takes over.
Ride comfort isn't brilliant in either, mind, because it tends to thud over potholes and expansion joints, and never feels as well controlled as the Honda CR-V - a fellow rival that can also be had as a hybrid.
Also, the CR-V is less bothered by the additional weight of its battery pack, an issue in the RAV4 that makes it feel less willing to change directions on a twisty road than its rival. The RAV4 also isn't as quiet once up to speed on the motorway compared with the Honda due to higher levels of wind and road noise.