Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
If you’re looking for a large SUV and don't want a hybrid, there are cheaper options than the Toyota RAV4, including the Mazda CX-5 and Peugeot 5008. However, the RAV4 is priced broadly in line with its closest hybrid rival, the Honda CR-V, and undercuts the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento by a healthy margin. You can only have the PHEV version in higher trim levels, so it costs a lot more than the equivalent Citröen C5 Aircross Hybrid or the excellent Ford Kuga PHEV. In fact, it costs a similar amount to the premium Range Rover Evoque P300e, which is arguably a better car in most areas.
Company car drivers might find the RAV4 compelling, though. The hybrid produces less CO2 than the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, so you'll have low company car tax payments. The PHEV's electric range and CO2 emissions put it in an even lower tax band, but the list price means it's not a noticeably cheaper company car than the Kuga.
Equipment, options and extras
The RAV4's equipment levels are high. All models come with adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, alloy wheels, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding door mirrors and rear privacy glass.
It’s still worth stepping up to Design trim, though, to gain extras including front parking sensors and sat-nav, as well as bigger alloys and keyless entry. Excel and Dynamic are very well-equipped, with leather trim, a heated steering wheel and heated seats, while Adventure models feature a panoramic glass roof and a more aggressive exterior style. These top-end versions bump up the price significantly, though.