Toyota RAV4 (2006 – 2013) At A Glance
Stepping out of a Yaris and into a RAV4 is bound to give the wrong impression. I always remembered the old RAV4 as the sportiest of all the SUVs. Yet this big new RAV4 D-4D 180 felt more like a Shogun.
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Ask Honest John
What's the best small SUV with an automatic transmission?
"I'm looking to change my current car after the winter for a small SUV. I have back and left knee ligament trouble so an auto box is preferable. I'd be looking at something like a Vauxhall Mokka, Peugeot 2008, Ford Ecosport/Kuga or Volkswagen Tiguan. Budget is £7000."
A Volkswagen Tiguan could be a good option although, unless you cover a lot of miles, we'd recommend a petrol and you'd be looking at an older 2.0-litre TSI 4Motion with your budget. These are rare and could be expensive to run. How about a Suzuki Vitara? They're a bit smaller than a Tiguan and not as plush inside, but they're very reliable. We'd recommend a Toyota RAV4, too.
What cars offer a good ground clearance and large boot?
"We live in rural Cornwall and go camping a fair bit. We're after a secondhand (less than £5000 to spend) car with a large boot and decent ground clearance as we frequently go down unmade/lumpy tracks. What are the options? "
A Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 sounds like a good option. Both have big boots, high ground clearance and are generally very reliable. Avoid diesels unless you cover a lot of motorway miles. You could also consider a rugged version of an estate car like the Skoda Octavia Scout.
Which used SUV is best for rural driving?
"I'm very nervous about buying a car as I've been stung a few times. I have moved to a rural area with lots of narrow lanes and deep gullies at the sides. I want to trade in my 2010 Saab convertible (as it's unsuitable for my new area) for something more robust like a Honda CR- V, Mazda CX-5 or a Landrover Freelander. I have around £5000 to spend plus the trade-in price of the Saab. I would be most grateful for any advice."
A Honda CR-V would be your best bet out of that shortlist in terms of reliability. We'd also recommend a Toyota RAV4 or, if you'd consider something a little smaller, a Suzuki Grand Vitara. This should give you an idea of the value of your Saab: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/used-prices/
When it comes to older cars, are petrol or diesel models more reliable?
"I’m looking to buy an older (2004 or 2005), three-door Toyota RAV4. I had a 2-litre petrol one some time back and miss its performance and agility around my local lanes. I have heard the diesels can be troublesome, so should I buy petrol or diesel?"
Diesel engines are very expensive to fix, compared to petrol. A £3000 RAV4 diesel engine could easily cost you £1500/£2000 in repairs if it needs serious work to the DMF, EGR, turbo. I'd probably go with the petrol. At 16-years the RAV4 will be approaching the end of its mechanical life. I think you'd get better value from the petrol.