14 things you need to know about the Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is the original compact SUV. The first-generation model created the segment back in 1994, and struck a chord with car buyers the worldover – almost five million first, second, third and current generation models have found homes globally. We’ve rounded-up 14 things you need to know about the latest model, which was launched in 2013.

1. The RAV4 comes in four grades: Active, Business Edition, Icon and Invincible.

GFW_4664 2. Prices start at £22,495. GFW_9530 (590x394) 3. There are three engine options: A 2.0-litre, 149bhp  petrol; a 2.0-litre diesel with 124bhp and a 2.2-litre diesel with 150bhp. RAV engine 4. It’s available with the choice of a six-speed manual, or V-Matic automatic transmission. Petrol variants of RAV4 come with the V-Matic automatic gearbox. RAV auto 5. You can choose between 2WD or AWD on Icon and Invincible grades. Active grade models are available in 2WD form. 14213173826_b98cea8947_z 6. The 2.0-litre diesel is the most fuel efficient, and returns up to 57.6mpg on the combined cycle. MY14-RAV4-16 7. Benefit-in-Kind tax brackets range from 24%-31% RAV Tour Day 2 (8) (590x394) 8. Every RAV4 is fitted as standard with electric front and rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, hill-start control, bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, alloy wheels and rear privacy glass.  RAV4 cream 9. The boot capacity is 547 litres with the seats up and tonneau cover in place, extending to 1,746 with the seats down and the covered removed.  RAV boot 10. 4WD variants of RAV4 feature a differential lock for off-road driving. This lets the driver lock torque distribution in a 50:50 ratio at speeds up to 25mph. 14256489053_80c837825a_z 11. The RAV4 has a 187mm ground clearance  GFW_9239 (590x394) (2) 12. Maximum towing capacity (unbraked) is 750kg. Maximum braked capacity is between 1500kg and 2000kg, dependent on model grade. RAV boulby 2 13. AWD variants feature a ‘Sport’ driving mode that is operated by pushing a button mounted to the centre console. When engaged, understeer is reduced, steering assistance is reduced by 20 per cent and the throttle response is sharpened. RAV sport but 14. Nine colours are available – seven metallic, one pearlescent and one solid.  RAV f3q See also:  RAV4 review RAV4 20th anniversary tour in Greece RAV4 takes on Britain’s ultimate roads Where next? You can configure a RAV4 on the designated section of the Toyota UK website. If you would like to get behind the wheel, leave a comment below and we’ll be in touch shortly.


    1. Well spotted Peter and you are quite correct! The 2.0-litre petrol engine does have 149 bhp. We will amend this straight away.

  1. As octogenarias,having run our THIRD PRIUS, this one a Plug-in Prius, almost exclusively on FREE FUEL we have been PAID to generate (via solar panels & the innovative Baxi’Ecogen’CHP domestic c/h gas boiler) for the past 2 years,we hope Toyota will consider adding a BEV RAV4 to the range,with a BEEFED-UP MOTIVE BATTERY,or,at least a HYBRID version! We traded a RAV4 T-SPIRIT in for the original PRIUS. We had wonderful holidays,just wandering at will,mostly in rural Spain, Portugal, France and the Netherlands in the RAV4 & its predecessor, a Carina diesel.
    There are currently 4 Toyotas owned by the immediate family (courtesy of ‘Bank of mum&dad’),
    2 from Vantage, Blackburn & 2 from Vantage, Tamworth.

  2. Dear,

    I bought a new RAV4 recently (stockcar RAV4 lounge edition bought in Belgium built on july-2014)
    And I have the button for Voice recognition, but when I press it it says “voice recognition not available”
    I wonder If this can be fixed, is this the because of missing software or is it a hardware issue?

    Thank you,


  3. Hello Stijn
    Thanks for your post.
    For the UK market voice recognition will only work if Touch 2 + is fitted to the car so it depends on which satnav version you chose. However it may be worth double checking this with your dealer in Belgium incase this is different for your market.
    Hope this helps.

    1. Hi, I have just bought a 65reg invinsible and my voice button says the same. Is touch 2+ a different stereo/sat Nav? Or can the touch 2 go be firmware upgraded?
      Thanks Richard

      1. Hi Richard,
        Thanks for getting in touch. The Touch 2 with Go Plus is an upgraded version of the Touch 2 with Go system with additional features, such as voice recognition.
        We’d advise you to go to your local dealership to have your multimedia system upgraded to Touch 2 with Go Plus navigation. You can find your local dealer here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/find-your-dealer.json.
        Hope this helps.

  4. I have a RAV 4 XTR from 2007 5doors. I’ve changed the Cabin Air Filter (pollen filter – from behind the gloves compartment) last week – but the plastic cover is broken and I can’t set it back in the place. I’ve tried to find a replacement- but here in Britain, no chance. Only in USA. If any body can help me with a link from some dealer I’ll appreciate a lot.Thanks!

  5. Hi Daniel
    Thanks for your post.
    If you get in touch with your local Toyota dealer and take your car along they will be able to help advise you further. If you are unsure as to the location of your nearest dealer check out our dealer locator facility on our website here. http://www.toyota.co.uk/
    Hope this helps but let us know if you have any other questions.

  6. Hello Wendy
    Thanks for your post.
    There should be a button in the glove compartment where you can stop the automatic closing.
    Hope this helps but if you have any further queries please let us know.

  7. Hi, Could you help me out with a bit of information? What is the boot capacity of a Toyota RAV4 2.2 D-4D XT-R 4WD 5dr, 5 seat from 2011? I think the version is ALA30L-BWFGRW(2H). Cheers.

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