Toyota RAV4 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Toyota RAV4 2022 front cornering
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 rear cornering
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 interior dashboard
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 interior rear seats
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 interior infotainment
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 right cornering
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 right tracking
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 front cornering
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 interior front seats
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 interior driver display
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 interior detail
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 interior detail
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 interior seat detail
  • Toyota RAV4 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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. 

Overview

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.

  • Exceedingly frugal
  • Regular hybrid has slow predicted depreciation
  • Strong reliability record
  • Terrible infotainment system
  • Rivals are better to drive
  • No seven-seat option
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