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 79% 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)


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Average performance


Real MPG

25–57 mpg

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What's the best used hybrid SUV for £25,000?
"My daughter is looking for a new car. She has two small children and lives in a flat. She currently has a Ford C-MAZ diesel but doesn't cover many long journeys. Can you suggest a hybrid SUV up to three years old for £25,000? She's looked at a Kia Niro, but a bit small (luggage space). What would you recommend?"
Toyota RAV4 2.5 petrol hybrid. It's spacious, comfortable and easy to drive. A budget of £25,000 should secure a three-year-old example.
Answered by Dan Powell
Is the petrol Honda CR-V a good SUV?
"Is the 2016 Honda CR-V 2.0 petrol model a good car? What alternatives would you suggest with a budget of £15,000?"
The Honda CR-V is a very good car. It's easy to drive, comfortable and backed by a solid reputation for reliability. I would also add the Toyota RAV4 to your shortlist. It is equally practical and reliable.
Answered by Dan Powell
Does the Suzuki Vitara have an issue with uneven tyre wear?
"I'm looking to swap my Toyota RAV4 to a Suzuki Vitara AllGrip. My budget of £11,000 means I'll probably get a car that's 3yo or older, and not under manufacturer warranty. But problems with uneven tyre wear on the rear seem increasingly common. Plus, tyre wear is probably not going to be visible for a few months after I buy. If I buy a car that has this fault, where do I stand?"
Excessive tyre wear on the Vitara is usually caused by a problem with the rear axle. There was a recall over this issue – you can check if it's been done here:
Answered by Andrew Brady
What large, petrol models would you suggest for a young family with children?
"A relative of mine is interested in buying a 2012 Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion 2.0 TDI DSG with 69,000 miles for under £5000. What other large, petrol, automatic models would you suggest for a young family with children? I'm concerned about the DSG. Is this DSG gearbox one of the ones that will cause a lot of problems? A petrol car would be more suitable than diesel for 10,000 miles a year use. On a 2012 model with 69,000 miles, will expenditure on the car increase a lot from now on? Thank you for your assistance. "
I think you're right to have your concerns. The DSG gearbox used with the 2.0 TDI engine is more reliable than that paired with small petrol engines, but it's still at an age that it could go expensively wrong. You're right that a petrol would be more suited to 10k a year, especially at this end of the market. We'd recommend a Honda Accord. They're pretty rare (most buyers of cars like this want a premium badge) but very reliable. Also consider a Toyota Avensis – they're nothing special to drive, but ultra-dependable. Also consider SUVs like a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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