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Toyota RAV4 4x4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT [Nav] 2WD

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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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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 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 MPH8.1 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

52.3

Urban: 53.5Motorway: 50.1
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

580

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

102

g/km