Toyota RAV4 Review Autocar

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Toyota RAV4 review

The Toyota RAV4 is pitched into the middle of a fragmented and mid-size SUV-crossover class as Toyota sees it, has the likes of the Qashqai and Mitsubishi ASX at one end and the BMW X3 and Range Evoque at the other.

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Many will no doubt appreciate the s standard five-year warranty and its build quality

‘Wieldiness’ was something the RAV4 did well. never been a big, car; in fact, it used to be than a modern supermini. And own market research confirms owners still value its manoeuvrability

This new one has had 100mm to the wheelbase, though, and 205mm in length. It’s much practical for it, of course, and it now measures up as a medium-sized SUV on the inside. Toyota claims its 10.6-metre turning is still class-leading.

But it’s also, somehow, a bit of its individuality.

Outwardly, to these the car looks very ‘modern ’, but not very ‘modern RAV4’. You can some of that on the stretched The rear end in particular looks and odd, and a couple of trademark cues are missing here: the spare wheel, not to mention the rear door it mounted to in gone by.

Toyota says a hatchback makes more sense, and it’s probably But there goes another point of difference.

Inside, the upright classic SUV driving was next in line for the chop. You can now sit up to lower than you could. puts you closer to the centre of which ought to be a good but somehow it makes the RAV4 that bit more humdrum: Range Rover, more

The cabin is pleasant, roomy and solidly constructed, although it much in the way of flair. The plastics and feel impressive. We could without the fake leather on the wheel boss and the mock on the centre console, but such are subjective.

Toyota’s approach to switchgear design is doubtless troubling, though. The RAV4’s mode buttons, which you use to switch between Sport and Eco are hidden away almost out of by your right knee. not an easy place to spot without taking your off the road for very long.

curiosities include A lane warning toggle button the stretch of your arm away on the far of the centre stack, while the clock next to it brings granny’s microwave oven to – a simple, plain analogue would be infinitely classier. that a company with attention to detail in other can make basic errors as these, but it continues to.

There are 2.0-litre four-wheel petrol, 2.0-litre front-drive and 2.2-litre four-wheel drive versions of the new car on offer, the latter six-speed manual or automatic

The petrol is of niche appeal in the UK, the diesel model being the popular entry-level choice. 2.0-litre oil-burner is refined, but grunt, and it’s left to the 148bhp 2.2-litre AWD auto to be the best all-rounder.

It has good refinement, plenty of mid-range and an elastic-feeling gearbox that’s calibrated to take advantage of easy pulling power. is an easy car to drive. Performance bang-on the class average, as the to 62mph claim would

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Economy was likewise average for the with a return of just 35mpg in mixed use.

The ride is less settled, and handling is less responsive and than some family That may be exactly how Toyota’s customer base wants it, but unlikely to endear the car to many

It’s neat and tidy to at everyday speeds, with body roll and related steer than of old. But it change direction keenly. steering weight is used to early onset understeer.

through that and you’ll trip over an intrusive control system, particularly if you try to cut the dynamic mush originating its high-sidewall tyres and long-travel in order to find a nicely cornering line. So many sized SUVs disguise mass and height better; so just make you feel you could be driving any old passenger


This new RAV4 is no athlete. is it compliant nor particularly comfy to in. But it’s not lacking in motive – far from it.

The beefy-feeling, lightly damper settings speak of a over-specified rolling chassis just itching to prove its down a rutted trail.

In the RAV4 may be no better off-road many of its rivals, but it feels it ought to be. And if you like a capable, feel to your 4×4, you may respond to that.

Just be fooled by it. There are plenty of sub-£30k 4x4s rated to tow than this new Toyota. and of them have more clearance.

But if it’s chiefly rugged you’re looking for, you well find something you here. The new Toyota RAV4 has practicality, mechanical refinement and value for money on its side – but definitely a more traditional of SUV in which a bit of rough still with the smooth.

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