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. Hi there,
    Thanks for your query. The boot measures 586 litres and with the seats forward, this increases to 1,469 litres. Hope this helps.

  2. Hi I just purchased a Rav4 2007 model, 2.0litre, petrol, what I realise is the fuel consumption is very high and it is costing me £60 -£80 a week to fuel it.
    Also any time I go over 60kph the engine sound changes to a strange one restricting to lower the speed. Can you advise what I am not doing right. This really disturbing and making me regret of buying RAV4.
    Again it did not come with a boot cover, making it unsafe for me to leave shopping in the car. does the boot cover come as an accessory? if yes where can I get that from please.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for your comment. In response to your first question, we would advise contacting your local dealer. Your Toyota dealer will be able to advise as to what you need to do. With regards to a boot cover, a boot liner is available to purchase as an aftermarket accessory. Your dealer will be able to order one for your specific model! Please let us know if you need help finding your nearest dealer. Many thanks.

      1. Hi there,
        Thank you for contacting us. We’re in talks with our multimedia team and we’ll get back to you when they’ve advised us further.
        With regards to your previous question, a boot cover doesn’t always come with the car as you purchase it, but you can buy it as an aftermarket accessory. Your dealer will be able to order one for your specific model. You can find your local dealer here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/find-your-dealer.json. Hope this helps.

  3. Hi had a tow bar fitted but the caravan seems to sit very low if i go over a sleeping policeman she scrapes ,the tow bar company says this is the right tow bar for this car,has anyone any ideas.

    1. Hi Isaac,
      Thank you for contacting us. The RAV4 is a 5 seater car and we would’t recommend fitting a third row of seats in your car. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Carl,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We have no news on that at the moment but we have passed your comments on to the product team. Thanks.

    1. Hi Andy,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Please could you provide your VIN number so we can look further in to this for you. Thanks.

  4. Hi,

    I have just recently bought rav4 17 reg but i am not able to use Voice recognition feature, can you please confirm me is this added in my car?
    Also smart entry+smart system option is not in this car . please confirm me how i can add this in my car and is there any cost involved if i need to install? Thanks

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