Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT [Pan Roof/JBL+PVM] Review

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Toyota RAV4 2019 RHD cornering shot

The RAV4 is fairly ordinary to drive, but its strong points lie elsewhere. 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 strong resale values. If you’re a company car driver, the RAV4 should work out to be one of the cheapest large SUVs on company car tax, too.

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Trim: Excel

Well equipped but getting a little pricey. Adds 18in alloy wheels, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, leather seats, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, with adjustable lumbar support, and a heated steering wheel.

Engine: 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid

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

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


Urban: 61.4Motorway: 60.1
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating