Toyota Rav4 variants
Total price
Monthly payment
Figures are based on a 20% deposit

Finance representative example (PCP)

Total cash price £27,499. Borrowing £21,999 with a £5,500 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£372.96
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£36,347.21
Cost of credit
£8,848.21
Optional final payment
£12,945.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Toyota RAV4 buying guide

What Toyota RAV4 trim levels are there?

Starting off the range is the RAV4 Icon, with 17-inch alloy wheels, two-zone air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, active safety kit and a 10.5-inch touchscreen. RAV4s from 2019-on also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can use your phone’s apps instead of Toyota’s software.

Design trim ups the wheel size by an inch, and also gets sat nav, a powered tailgate, front parking sensors and keyless entry. Dynamic aims to add a sportier look with black alloy wheels, in addition to heated seats and blind-spot monitoring. Top-spec Excel adds a heated steering wheel, leather seats and even windscreen wipers that can de-ice themselves. Fancy or what?

Toyota RAV4 interior and technology

The Toyota RAV4 has a pleasingly sturdy cabin that feels like it’ll stand up to years of muddy shoes, biscuit crumbs and jam spills. You get pretty decent materials on the whole, and it shouldn’t take you long to work out where all the buttons are and what they do.

We’d better point out that the touchscreen isn’t the most user-friendly system on the market, and the infotainment setups in the Tucson and Sportage do feel more modern. Look for newer cars with smartphone mirroring and this won’t be an issue, mind.

Toyota RAV4 engine range explained

Toyota RAV4 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid

At the core of the RAV4 is a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to an electric motor and a small battery. It can’t drive on electric power for any real distance, instead it helps to reduce fuel consumption by helping out the petrol engine. And it works, as no other purely petrol SUV this size can manage 50mpg. With around 220hp, the RAV4 is even pretty quick off the line, and it’s even decent enough to drive, too.

Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid

While many plug-in hybrid SUVs can manage around 30 miles of electric driving, the RAV4 and its big battery can manage 46 miles without worrying the fuel gauge. It’ll charge up fully from a three-pin plug overnight, so you can wake up with plenty of zero-emission miles ahead of you everyday. The powerful PHEV has over 300hp and a six-second 0-62mph time, although the focus is on refinement rather than outright sportiness.

Don’t fancy the RAV4 for some reason? The Suzuki Across is a rebadged RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid.

Your Toyota RAV4 questions answered

Toyota’s mid-size SUV has been knocking around since 1994, and that first car is barely recognisable from the latest RAV4 that launched in 2018. Every modern RAV4 is a five-door SUV that rivals the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Ford Kuga. In the UK, every new-shape RAV4 is a hybrid with a petrol engine and electric motor and, in the last couple of years, that hybrid has been joined by a plug-in hybrid with a bigger battery. Four-wheel-drive RAV4s are available.

Drive a RAV4 and you’ll be taking up 4.6 metres of space. It’s exactly the same length as the Honda CR-V, and a little longer than the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. Don’t worry about parking the thing, as reversing sensors and a rear camera come as standard. And, despite being a hybrid with both a petrol engine and electrical wotsits, it has a huge 580-litre boot and space for taller-than-necessary humans.

More often than not, the RAV4 has been available with electrified powertrains. In fact, 1997’s Toyota RAV4 EV was the company’s first fully electric car. These days, Toyota’s EV is called the bZ4X, while the similarly sized RAV4 has a brace of hybrid engines that switch between petrol and electric power.

In short, yes – the RAV4 is a really good car and a great option for a family SUV.

This class is really competitive, however, with lots of rivals to choose from – so what features might make you choose the Toyota over everything else?

Its first key strength is real-world efficiency. All RAV4s come with hybrid or plug-in hybrid power, which means you can tackle lots of urban driving while the on-board electric motor slashes your fuel consumption. This also makes the RAV4 a great alternative to diesel SUVs, which score similarly good mpg figures, but need fairly regular long-distance driving to avoid blocking the diesel particulate filter (DPF).

A pleasant side effect of the RAV4's hybrid engines is impressive performance – recent models feel worlds away from the sluggish hybrids of old. Strong electric acceleration off the line is backed up by enough power from the petrol engine that the RAV4 doesn't feel out of puff on the motorway.

Then there's Toyota's excellent reliability record, which sees lots of owners hang on to their cars for many years as they keep happily racking up the miles without complaint. This is backed up by Toyota's excellent 10-year warranty, which remains active as long as you have it serviced at an authorised Toyota dealership.

Considering most hybrids have a pretty poor towing capacity, the RAV4 is a decent option if you want to haul cargo without losing the option to drive electrically.

If you're towing, avoid front-wheel-drive hybrid versions, as they can only pull an 800kg braked trailer. Jumping to the four-wheel-drive hybrid knocks this figure up to 1,650kg, making it much more capable as a tow car. The plug-in hybrid is also reasonably accomplished with a 1,500kg braked towing capacity.

The RAV4 should be able to pull most small-to-medium-sized caravans, as long as you select the right version.

That means avoiding front-wheel-drive hybrid versions as these can only pull a braked trailer weighing 800kg. Caravan owners will be much better off with the four-wheel-drive hybrid RAV4, which can pull 1,650kg or the plug-in hybrid which can haul 1,500kg.

Four-wheel drive is optional on the full-hybrid RAV4 and standard on the plug-in hybrid. Neither of these is a mechanical system, instead using a powerful electric motor on the rear axle to work in tandem with the petrol engine on the front axle.

RAV4 hybrid models with four-wheel drive are a little faster than the front-wheel drive model and have a higher towing capacity. They do, however, trade away a little of the front-wheel drive's fuel economy in exchange.

Broadly speaking, yes, the RAV4 enjoys an excellent reputation for reliability. Toyota usually scores extremely well in reliability surveys, and most of the engines and parts used in the RAV4 also appear in other Toyota models so, if anything does break, you won't struggle to find a replacement.

The brand also offers a brilliant 10-year warranty so long as you keep the vehicle serviced at authorised Toyota dealerships.