What's the used Toyota RAV4 4x4 like?
The Toyota RAV4 is a large SUV that has grown over the years in both size and prestige.
Its utilitarian beginnings are still present beneath the surface of this model, and it displays a rare ruggedness in a class that has become more focused on luxury and comfort of late.
It finds itself in a category chock-full of competitors, with the likes of the smaller Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca at one end and larger and more premium products such as the BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque at the other.
To compete, Toyota has made the RAV4 quite flexible. It offers a 2.0-litre diesel engine, a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, as well as front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and automatic or manual gearboxes, depending on engine choice.
The petrol is of niche appeal in the UK, with the front-wheel-drive diesel being the more popular entry-level choice. This engine is refined, but hasn’t got much muscle. On the road, the RAV4’s ride is slightly unsettled, and its handling is less responsive than some family 4x4s. It’s not particularly comfortable, either, and despite its rugged air, it’s not as capable off-road as some.
As for trims, there are five to choose from: Active, Business Edition, Business Edition Plus, Icon and Excel. All models are well equipped, with entry-level Active models coming with 17in alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, heated wing mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, a reversing camera, a DAB radio and a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen as standard.
The RAV4 has quality, practicality, mechanical refinement and decent value for money – especially as a used purchase – on its side, but it’s definitely a more old-school kind of SUV.