Toyota RAV4 Review 2022

Toyota RAV4 At A Glance

4/5

+Efficient hybrid crossover available with two- or four-wheel drive. Spacious and robust interior. Very quiet and refined to drive.

-Not everyone will like how it looks. No seven-seat option. Expensive compared to rivals like the Skoda Karoq.

New prices start from £32,965, brokers can source from £30,992
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.

Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's Toyota RAV4 review

Real MPG average for a Toyota RAV4

RealMPG

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

76%

Real MPG

37–62 mpg

MPGs submitted

214

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Can you recommend a small SUV for towing?
"I'm looking to purchase a small/mid-sized SUV for about £20,000. We only drive about 8,000 miles per year so I'm guessing petrol but we do tow a trailer tent quite often in the summer months so it must cope with that OK. I'm looking at the BMW X1 or X2 or maybe the Audi Q3. I have not discounted going bit bigger so the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 or Ford Kuga may be options."
The low-down grunt of a diesel engine will make light work of towing your trailer tent but it's not ideal for your otherwise low mileage. I'm guessing your trailer tent isn't particularly heavy, so a punchy turbocharged petrol should be able to tow it without too much effort. Depending on its weight, a BMW X1/X2 or Audi Q2 should be up to the job and they're excellent small SUVs. How about a Volkswagen Tiguan? It's not quite as premium as a BMW or Audi, but you get more physical car for your money. Take a look at the Skoda Karoq, too, if you're not fussed about the badge on the bonnet.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a safe SUV?
"I need an SUV which is safe because I've been rear ended by an SUV twice and I have spinal issues and feel unsafe. My budget is £28,000. I wanted a hybrid. My favourite is Volvo but it’s very expensive. What do you suggest please?"
Try a Toyota RAV4. Your budget will get you an early example of the latest model (launched in 2019). It's a hybrid SUV with a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating – including an impressive 93% score for adult occupants. Also consider the (mechanically very similar) Lexus UX 250h.
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Is a hybrid car a good choice for towing?
"I am thinking of changing my diesel Skoda Karoq for a hybrid petrol car - either a plug-in or self-charging. I am worried because I tow a caravan and most hybrid cars have small engines backed by an electric motor. Which would be the best to tow with the caravan weighs 1,350 kg? Would I be better sticking to the diesel?"
It probably depends on the kind of journeys you'll use the car for when you're not towing your caravan. If you cover a lot of long journeys, don't be quite so quick to ditch the diesel. A hybrid would be better for short journeys or urban use, however, and many will be more than up to the job of towing 1,350kg. Take a look at the Toyota RAV4. The AWD hybrid model has an official braked towing capacity of up to 1,650kg capacity, while the plug-in variant can tow up to 1,500kg.
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What's the best hybrid SUV for towing?
"I'm looking for an automatic hybrid car with a raised driving position. It must have enough power and torque to tow a 1440kg caravan. What would you recommend with a budget of £25,000?"
In my opinion, Toyota/Lexus sell the best hybrid cars in the UK. They have a near-flawless reputation for reliability and always perform strongly in the annual Honest John Satisfaction Index. I would recommend the Toyota RAV4 All-wheel Drive hybrid. It has a braked towing capacity of 1650kg. Do not buy the front-wheel drive model, it's towing limit is just 800kg: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/rav-4-2018/
Answered by Dan Powell
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What does a Toyota RAV4 cost?

Buy new from £30,992(list price from £35,610)