What used Toyota RAV4 4x4 will I get for my budget?
While the RAV4 generally depreciates quite slowly, the earliest examples of this generation are still old enough to be in 'banger' territory, so £1,000, or even slightly less, can buy you a three-door example from 2000. You’ll pay slightly more for a five-door: £1200-£1500 for a good one from 2000 or early 2001.
You won’t pay much more than that for a 2003 five-door – £1900-£2100 for a really nice one with history – but the strength of the RAV4’s residuals is really reflected in the later, 2005 models. You’ll still need to pay as much as £6000, or even £6500, for a really good, low-mileage diesel RAV4 of this age with a full service history.
How much does it cost to run a Toyota RAV4 4x4?
The diesel engine, with its 39mpg official fuel economy, should by rights be the cheapest RAV4 to run, but it’s not that simple. The 2.0 D-4D has high CO2 emissions (190g/km), so you’re going to pay £270 a year for road tax.
The 1.8-litre petrol can manage only 32mpg at best, but it has CO2 emissions of 175g/km – hardly exceptional, but low enough to save you £60 a year in tax. For those doing mostly short, urban journeys it’s certainly worth considering, expecially given that you’re likely to pay more for a diesel in the first place.
Servicing at Toyota main dealers shouldn’t be too expensive, but it’s worth remembering that the brakes need replacing or re-surfacing every second major service and that some parts (notably for the exhaust) have never been sent out to pattern makers, so you can only buy original Toyota-branded replacements – and these can be pricey.