Toyota RAV4 Review 2022
Toyota RAV4 At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 27–36
On average it achieves 76% 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 4x4 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. In fact, it's one of our favourite hybrid SUVs.
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.
Real MPG average for a Toyota RAV4
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