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VIDEO: Toyota RAV4 2019 review - very good, in a depressing sort of way

Published 20 January 2019

With the RAV4, Toyota was playing the crossover SUV game long before the Nissan Qashqai came along. Sadly, in aiming to be different this new RAV4 just isn't as appealing as many of the crossovers now vying for your attention. 

Click play above to watch Mark's video review. 

Comments

Nik Gibson    on 21 January 2019

Entertaining as always, which given the RAV4 clearly is not, was good going, but aren't Toyota's like that, albeit not so noisily

Jerry8    on 21 January 2019

I was eagerly waiting for the 2019 Rav4 but just can't get over the ugly, busy, overly futuristic styling so won't be getting one after all :(

Peter McGuire    on 26 January 2019

I heartily agree. IMHO the automotive industry reached "peak styling" a few years ago. Now its all lipstick on a pig.

Richard Grice    on 21 January 2019

Excellent reviewing as always. Thank you.

Peter Stimpson    on 21 January 2019

Not much about economy in this review - surely the main reason why potential buyers would consider the RAV4.
Also, no comparison with its closest competitor - the CRV Hybrid.
So I didn't find this review very useful at all.

Honestjohn    on 26 January 2019

CR-V hybrid here, but a test, not a video: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/honda/honda-cr-v-h.../

HJ

Sir Kevin Parr, Baronet    on 21 January 2019

Yes totally agreed upon but what we need from you is what is best for us if all is rubbish in small SUV class .Not one I have test driven is silent cabin and all have some defect problem.I needed you to say yes in my opinion this or that is the best all rounder to own

dave46    on 21 January 2019

Wish reviewers would not turn their head to talk to camera when driving a car on public roads - attention repeatedly taken off the road ahead.

There are drivers who are in the habit of turning their heads to face their passengers when talking to them when driving and it really is not good practice. Those are the half attentive seconds when a child or a dog runs into the road.

   on 21 January 2019

its a bit love hate i personally dont mind the looks everyone moaned about the bmw 5 series when it first came out then it grew on people i think this may do the same

VINCENT MILLARD    on 22 January 2019

Well Toyota used to do only smiley face cars, but now have gone to angry face. Never mind Fuel economy, or Cabin noise. It's first impressions that count and a car that looks at you like "Marvin the Android" doesn't give a good first impression.

agedn    on 29 January 2019

Well Toyota used to do only smiley face cars, but now have gone to angry face. Never mind Fuel economy, or Cabin noise. It's first impressions that count and a car that looks at you like "Marvin the Android" doesn't give a good first impression.

I had high hopes for this car but what a shame that they have given it such a sad face with the turned down corners on its mouth. I agree that first impressions count and this does it no favours. There is another "face" on another model of RAV4 - maybe it is just for America - which looks much better. Oh well, I will stick with my present car until somebody produces a petrol hybrid SUV with 4 wheel drive and a manual gearbox

   on 22 January 2019

Whenever we get a professional review of a Toyotawe know they will not like it. Talk to any Toyota owner and you get a different story.

RL's dad    on 22 January 2019

No mention of what the towing capacity is..... a good reason for having a 4x4, but a weak spot of most hybrids. Great shame we don't get any conventional engines for this reason.

beatbox    on 31 January 2019

Thanks Mark for another tip top review with a humorous twist, rather than being bombarded with the mundane press release "facts".
But, why did the police pull you over and fine you 100 euros ?

MarkNichol    on 2 February 2019

No problem, thanks for saying so. :-D

We were pulled over for a document infringement - apparently the documents that Toyota provided us weren't the right ones. Toyota assures us they were (and dealt with the whole thing very well), but it quite quickly became clear that the only way we were getting the plane home was to pay the fine and be on our way. Oh well.

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