Toyota RAV4 information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Toyota’s soft-roader. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the RAV4 car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
When the first-generation RAV4 arrived back in 1994, it was something really quite new and interesting: a fun-looking compact 4x4 with the high seats and butch styling of an off-roader but the easy-to-drive nature and low running costs of a hatchback. If anything, it was a forerunner of the modern crossover breed. Nowadays it’s just another school run soft-roader. For more information on the Toyota RAV4, click on our further stories on the links below.
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The RAV4 once had the small to mid-sized soft-roader market more or less to itself, but it’s a tough place to compete these days. Sad to say, the latest RAV4 doesn’t quite cut it. These days it’s a much bigger beast than the fun-sized original, its dimensions placing it mid-table in the SUV marketplace. That makes it a practical enough family workhorse, with a luggage ‘hammock’ in the boot to help prevent your shopping from unpackaging itself. The rest of the interior is the usual ho-hum affair we’ve come to expect from Toyota – sturdily built but lacking in flair. The RAV4 is a competent car, but lacks any standout spark to help it stand tall against a host of capable rivals.
The one we’d buy
2.2D Icon Nav
The one we’d avoid like the plague
The petrol CVT – it’s noisy and not particularly fuel-efficient
Rivals to consider
Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Nissan Qashqai, Subaru Forester, VW Tiguan
Reliability, easy to live with
Rivals are cheaper, more efficient, more stylish