Toyota RAV4 2019 RHD cornering shot

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

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What Car? Target Price:£35,860

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

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

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