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Toyota RAV4

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Summary


The Toyota RAV4 is a mid-size SUV/crossover, which in the UK is available with either a petrol-electric regular hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain. Over the last 25 years, the RAV4 has been one of the biggest-selling models in the world, and a pioneer for the current trend of car-based SUV-style vehicles.

The latest model is the fifth generation of RAV4, and was launched in early 2019. Many of the early reviews were conducted overseas in non-UK spec cars, with local reviews being added all the time. A plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 joined the range in 2021.

The Toyota RAV 4 has received generally good reviews from the UK automotive media and ranks several points behind the best in its class. It has been particularly praised for its practicality, low CO2 and fuel consumption figures (with corresponding tax benefits for company car drivers) and comfort. The new plug-in hybrid model has so far achieved higher scores than the standard hybrid model. However, all models have been criticised for high noise levels at motorway speeds.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £30,595 on-road

Launched: Winter 2018/19
Last updated: Winter 2020/21
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Fleetworld

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2019

93%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

85%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

77%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Toyota RAV4 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic. It resumed in the second half of the year.

Security rating


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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Fail

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Toyota RAV4 has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – True MPG Awards (Best for Town Driving)
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Mid-Size SUV + Best Plug-In Hybrid Car

2020

  • Fleet World Awards – Best Mid-Size SUV

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