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Toyota RAV4 4x4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Design 5dr CVT

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What Car? Target Price:£33,440
Review

The RAV4 is fairly ordinary to drive, but its strong points lie elsewhere. For a start it’s well equipped and expected to be incredibly reliable (as Toyotas generally are). But its real selling points are costs. Yes, it’s a little pricier to buy than some other large SUVs, but you should make that back down the line through its extraordinarily good resale values. If you’re a company car driver it should work out to be one of the cheapest large SUVs on company car tax, too. So, while a Peugeot 5008 still remains our favourite model in the class, there are many reasons why you should also take a look at the RAV4.

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Trim:

Design

We’d take the small hike in price and go for this trim because it adds front parking sensors, sat-nav, 18in alloys and keyless entry.

The only engine is a 176bhp 2.5-litre petrol (naturally aspirated, i.e. not turbocharged) with an electric motor, giving a total system output of 215bhp, or 219bhp if you go for the four-wheel-drive model. That offers brisk performance (0-62mph is 8.1sec, or 8.4sec for the four-wheel drive model) that will better many regular petrol or diesel rivals, while it should also prove relatively frugal, particularly around town. The CVT gearbox is a bit of a blight, sending the engine revs flaring when going up hills, so it’s hardly the most refined drivetrain on sale.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.4 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

64.2

Urban: 62.8Motorway: 61.4
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

580

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

101

g/km