Toyota RAV4 (2019) Review

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Toyota RAV4 (2019) At A Glance

4/5

+Efficient hybrid crossover available with two- or four-wheel drive. Spacious and robust interior. Very quiet and refined to drive.

-Not everyone will like how it looks. No seven-seat option. Expensive compared to rivals like the Skoda Karoq.

On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

Arguably the original crossover SUV, the Toyota RAV4 is now in its fifth generation and better than ever thanks to its solid build quality and sophisticated petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.

The majority of buyers will opt for two-wheel-drive models, although there's also a four-wheel-drive version available if AWD capability is high on your wish list. In the UK, the sole engine offering is a 2.5-litre petrol combined with an electric motor along with an automatic gearbox.

The advantages of the hybrid powertrain are obvious as soon as you drive the RAV4. It's quiet and refined, with even the CVT automatic transmission not kicking up too much of a fuss under acceleration.

One thing that will put some buyers off is the near-£30,000 starting price - that's significantly more than the likes of the Ford Kuga, Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Karoq (and even the bigger Kodiaq). But, spec-for-spec, it's not that much more expensive. And they're not available with hybrid engines, either.

While interiors have never been Toyota's strong point, the new RAV4's is hugely better than its predecessor. It feels well-made and borderline premium, with lots of plush materials. All models get an eight-inch touchscreen media display perched on top of the dash, although this isn't as slick as some used in rivals and, frustratingly, doesn't offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

There's loads of space - more so than in a Skoda Karoq or Nissan Qashqai - with room for five adults without too much discomfort. There isn't a seven-seat option, unfortunately, but the boot is huge and easy to access. 

If you're looking for a robust family SUV with lots of room, the Toyota RAV4 is a strong choice. It has its niggles - that infotainment system and a limited engine line-up - but Toyota's five-year warranty and well-deserved reputation for reliability makes it a difficult option to ignore.

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Real MPG average for a Toyota RAV4 (2019)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

75%

Real MPG

35–59 mpg

MPGs submitted

98

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I bought a new car remotely and it was driven erratically on the way to my house. Where do I stand?
"I completed the purchase of a new Toyota RAV4 solely by telephone calls. The Toyota Dealer is based in Liverpool and I live in Essex. I made an extra payment for the vehicle to be transported to my home address, direct from the dealer. Imagine my complete surprise to find my vehicle had been driven an extra 20 miles from the dealership to I presume the delivery driver's home address at erratic speeds (71mph+), harsh braking and using fuel. Not once did the dealer state the car would be driven. Where do I stand with this? Many thanks and kind regards."
If you really want to, it classes as a distance sale (as you haven't visited the dealer) so you can reject the car under Distance Selling Regulations. It must be within two weeks of delivery, with limited mileage added and you'll be liable for transport costs. If you're otherwise happy with the car, though, there's little to be gained by doing this. Driving the car an extra 20 miles won't have caused it any long-term damage.
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Can you recommend a hybrid estate that'll be suitable for dogs and towing?
"I'm looking to replace my Mistubishi Outlander PHEV. I need an estate car with hybrid/plug-in, large boot (I've got dogs) and, ideally, occasional 4WD. I do sometimes use the car to pull a caravan, and I do sometimes do long journeys - but not all the time, and I'm still not convinced about an all-electric car (doubtful about the infrastructure). I don't want anything too expensive either! I wondered about another Mitsubishi, a Honda or a Skoda - but would really appreciate some advice."
There are some great plug-in hybrid estate cars on the market. We'd recommend the new Skoda Octavia iV or the bigger Superb, if you need more space. Both are very practical, will be cheap to run and should comfortably tow a caravan (provided it's not too big and heavy – the Octavia has a braked towing capacity of 1500kg while the Superb can tow 1600kg). Alternatively, consider a hybrid SUV – the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are two very good choices.
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Should my next car be electric or petrol?
"I will be without a car for 6 months as the police are kindly looking after my licence. I currently have a diesel Kia Sportage, which I will sell. I want a 4x4. What fuel type should I buy? From doing 20,000 miles per year, I think it will be well less than 10,000 as the pandemic has made a huge difference in the way people meet. I'd appreciate your advice."
It depends on your needs, really. If most of your journeys are relatively short and you can charge a car at home, an electric vehicle might suit. Electric 4x4s are quite expensive, though –so depending on budget, you could consider cars like the Polestar 2 or Jaguar I-Pace. As a compromise, consider hybrid vehicles like a Toyota RAV4.
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What hybrid should I replace my Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with?
"I have a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. I have been happy with it, with the exception of the battery mileage - which dropped from 30 to 24miles within 2 years. I would like another hybrid. What would you recommend?"
The plug-in hybrid market has grown considerably since you bought your Outlander, so there are quite a few good replacements available. We'd recommend the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid or the new Toyota RAV4 Plug-in. You could consider upmarket alternatives like the Volvo XC40 Recharge PHEV, too.
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What does a Toyota RAV4 (2019) cost?

Buy new from £26,323 (list price from £31,070)