Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT 2WD Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

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  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 front cornering
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 rear left tracking
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 rear seats
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 wide front cornering
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 front tracking urban
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 left panning urban
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 front left static
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 rear right
  • Toyota RAV4 PHEV 2021 boot open
RRP £31,120What Car? Target Price£29,612
Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors

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.

It’s a good starting point, coming as it does with adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control, 17in alloy wheels, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic lights and wipers, power-folding door mirrors and rear privacy glass. You also get an 8.0in touchscreen with DAB radio and Bluetooth, plus lots of safety kit including automatic emergency braking, lane assist and traffic sign recognition. The RAV4 Plug-in doesn’t get this trim level.

The least powerful RAV4 has both a 176bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, giving a total system output of 215bhp that offers brisk performance with a 0-62mph time of 8.4sec, but we prefer the four-wheel drive version because of its far better towing performance.


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Key information

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

50.4

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

580

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

126

g/km