Toyota RAV4 (2013 – 2019) Review

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Toyota RAV4 (2013 – 2019) At A Glance

Practical with a good boot and plenty of rear leg room. 2.5 hybrid with 2WD or 4WD available. Five year warranty. Proving very reliable.

Not as satisfying to drive as some rivals. Interior materials aren't as good as a Mazda CX-5.

Insurance Groups are between 22–29
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The popularity of the crossover has ballooned in recent years, but back in the 1990s, when they were still called 4x4s, if you wanted something compact there were only a handful on sale, one of which was the original Toyota RAV4. So Toyota has quite a history with family-sized SUVs, and it shows with the latest RAV4.

This model tows the line between crossover and full-sized SUV to great effect. It’s a very commodious car and there’s enough space for a family, with plenty of legroom and headroom in the back. Thanks to low cabin floor there’s no awkward transmission tunnel either so even the middle seat is useable.

The boot is large and has some neat, practical extras like a net for storing bits and pieces, cubby holes and seats that fold completely flat in one movement. In terms of practicality it's among the best crossovers, bettering the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan for overall space.

Toyota offers a choice of petrol or diesel engines but most buyers will go for the diesels. There’s a 2.2-litre with 151PS or a 2.0-litre with 123PS, the former of which is available with an optional six-speed automatic transmission and with 2WD. The only petrol on offer is a 2.0-litre Valvmatic with 152PS available only with Multidrive S CVT automatic gearbox and 4WD.

The least earth shattering engine was the entry-level 2.0-litre diesel, which emits a reasonable 127g/km of CO2 with 2WD and has official economy of 57.6mpg. 

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Real MPG average for a Toyota RAV4 (2013 – 2019)

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

80%

Real MPG

26–57 mpg

MPGs submitted

548

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What's the best big SUV with 4-wheel drive?
"What the best SUV for a low mileage user who wants AWD/4x4 and a big boot? I have a 2016 diesel Subaru Forester and a £10k budget. Many thanks."
A hybrid Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V could be a good replacement for your Forester. Both are very efficient, reliable and suit regular short journeys.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Could you recommend a ULEZ-compliant car that's good for taking long trips?
"My wife and I are looking for a car that would mainly be used to travel to Europe up to four times a year (France and Czech Republic). Our budget is £6000 and we live in London. It would ideally be ULEZ compliant if it helps with the resale value in a years' time or so. Which model and maybe year would you recommend?"
It's a tricky one as it sounds like a diesel would be ideal for that journey, yet an older diesel could be problematic and won't be ULEZ compliant. With that in mind, we'd probably be looking for a comfortable petrol car. A Honda Civic could be a good option. Your budget will get a 2012 model with the reliable 1.8-litre petrol engine. If you need more space, consider a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. Neither will be particularly frugal but ought to be reliable.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best used car with 4WD under £7000?
"Currently, I'm driving a 20-year old Mercedes C-Class automatic (love it, besides its rust and repairs). I'm looking for a spacious, used car under £7000, so we can go camping, to the beach and into the mountains. I've been looking at the Skoda Octavia Scout, SEAT Altea Freetrack and Subaru Outback. What similar cars could you recommend? 4WD preferred, but not a must. Automatic would be nice, but again, not a necessity. Thanks in advance."
I'd recommend the Subaru Outback, Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. All three are available with four-wheel drive and all have an excellent reputation for reliability.
Answered by Dan Powell
I have £5000 to buy a 4x4. It needs to be able to carry two dogs and do decent mileage - what's your advice?
"What 4x4 with a decent MPG, which can carry two large dogs in the boot space, for a budget of £5000 would you suggest? I travel roughly 7000 miles per year, mostly on B roads and occasional dual carriageways."
I'd recommend a Honda CR-V with the petrol engine. It won't be the most frugal car but our data suggests you'll get very close to its official 34.4mpg figure (https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/honda/cr-v-2007). Also, consider a Toyota RAV4. Both ought to be very reliable, practical choices.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Toyota RAV4 (2013 – 2019) cost?

Buy new from £26,983 (list price from £31,070)
Contract hire from £253.14 per month