Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Black Edition 5dr CVT Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £39,185What Car? Target Price£38,230
Review

The Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has an impressive all-electric range and low emissions, but the extremely high list price limits its appeal for private buyers and company car buyers alike. The regular front-wheel drive RAV4 hybrid is the sweet spot in the range. It’s fairly ordinary to drive, but strong resale values, astounding economy and a fantastic reliability record make it a tempting option in the large SUV category.

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This pricey trim is only available with the standard hybrid and adds plenty of trinkets to Dynamic trim. These include a JBL stereo, surround view camera, rear cross traffic alert and plenty of black detailing. You can have it in any colour – as long as it’s black.

The RAV4 has both a 176bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, giving a total system output of 215bhp (or 219bhp if you go for the four-wheel-drive version). That offers brisk performance (0-62mph takes 8.4sec, or 8.1sec for the four-wheel drive model) that will better many regular petrol or diesel rivals, while the RAV4 should also prove relatively frugal, particularly around town.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.1 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

47.9

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

580

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

133

g/km

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