2016 Toyota RAV4 price and specification

Toyota is introducing hybrid power to RAV4 in one of the most significant changes to the model since it created the European compact recreational SUV market in 1994.

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is now available to order in the UK, with a choice of powertrains that includes the 2.5-litre full hybrid, a new 2.0-litre D-4D diesel and a revised 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol with improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Both front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions are offered.

At the same time Toyota is upgrading equipment specifications across the board and introducing Toyota Safety Sense – a package of integrated active safety and driver assistance features – as an option on all versions of RAV4 beyond the entry-point model.

Toyota RAV4 Price

Active2.0 D-4D diesel6MT/FWD£23,695
Business Edition2.0 D-4D diesel6MT/FWD£24,595
Business Edition Plus2.5 HybridCVT/FWD£26,195
Icon2.0 D-4D diesel6MT/FWD£26,995
Icon2.0 Valvematic petrolCVT/AWD£28,295
Icon2.5 HybridCVT/AWD£29,795
Excel2.0 D-4D diesel6MT/FWD£27,995
Excel2.0 Valvematic petrolCVT/AWD£29,295
Excel2.5 HybridCVT/AWD£30,795


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid urban driving

Grades and equipment

Toyota is offering customers more choice and improved equipment specifications with a new five-grade line-up that introduces Business Edition Plus trim and changes the flagship designation from Invincible to Excel.

The entry level Active grade features the new 2.0 D-4D diesel engine and comes equipped as standard with a wealth of extra equipment features. These include the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with touchscreen, six-speaker audio system with DAB radio, rear-view camera, cruise control, sunglasses holder, shark fin antenna and leather steering wheel cover. This is an addition to current items including 17-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights, air conditioning, rear privacy glass and electric door mirrors.

The RAV4 Business Edition – also powered by the 2.0-litre diesel engine – gains front and rear underruns. Elsewhere is retains its high-value specification, with highlights including Toyota Touch 2 with Go navigation and on-board connectivity system, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, front fog lamps, retractable door mirrors, automatic headlights and wipers, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The new Business Edition Plus is launched as a hybrid/front-wheel drive-only grade and comes with LED front and rear lights, a power tailgate, keyless entry and push-button start.

All three powertrains and front and all-wheel drive options are offered in Icon trim. Key additional features include 18-inch machined-finish alloy wheels, LED headlamps, combination leather and Alcantara upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat (with power-adjustable lumbar support), heated front seats and an Alcantara dashboard finish. On these models the Toyota Touch 2 system is provided with an optional upgrade to Touch 2 with Go with satellite navigation and connectivity functions.

The Excel models adopt the Toyota Touch 2 package (with Touch 2 with Go optionally available), plus leather upholstery, roof rails and front and rear parking sensors.

Toyota Safety Sense

Toyota Safety Sense is available as an option (£695) on all versions of the new RAV4, apart from Active grade. The package of integrated active safety and driver assistance includes a radar-controlled Pre-Collision System that can detect both vehicles and pedestrians on the road ahead. This works in conjunction with a Pre-Collision Brake and Brake Assist to alert the driver to the imminent risk of a collision, prepare the brakes to deliver extra stopping power and, if the driver fails to react, to initiate braking autonomously.

The same radar unit also equips RAV4 with Adaptive Cruise Control, which helps the driver maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Other features include Road Sign Assist, which recognises principal motorway and major route signs and repeats on the TFT screen in the driver’s instrument binnacle.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid tow

Camera sensors monitor the white lines of motorways and major dual carriageways to provide a Lane Departure Alert, warning the driver if the vehicle strays out of its lane without the turn indicators being used. The same system also provides a new Sway Warning, detecting from irregular vehicle movements that the driver may be becoming drowsy. If it believes the driver’s attention is becoming potentially unsafe, it will flash up a Sway Warning alert on the TFT screen with a coffee cup image, recommending the driver takes a break from the wheel.

Toyota Safety Sense is completed by Automatic High Beam, which maximises full beam headlight operation. The system detects oncoming traffic and vehicles ahead and automatically dips the lights, returning them to full beam as soon as the road ahead is clear. This function can be switched off if the driver prefers to operate the lights manually at any time.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

RAV4 colours

Two new exterior colours are available for RAV4: Blue Crush and Barcelona Red. Cabin trims are unchanged.


  1. Hi Andrew,
    Thank you for your post. The braked towing capacity for the 2WD Hybrid RAV is 800kg and for the AWD it is 1650kg. The unbraked towing capacity for Hybrid RAV is stated in the single source of truth as 750kg. Hope this helps clarify and if you have any other questions please let us know.

    1. Thank you for your reply.
      The weights you have provided are useful but not what I was after. I’m after the max hitch weight which is the vertical mass permitted on the tow bar. The outgoing model was about 80kg.

      1. Hi Andrew,
        Thank you for your reply and sorry for the late reply. We have checked this with our technical team for you and they have advised 2016 RAV4 Hybrid 2WD has a drawbar load of 35kg and AWD has a drawbar load of 70kg. Hope this helps clarify and if you have nay other questions please let us know.

  2. I am very sorry about the Panoramic View Monitor. I have a 2005 RAV4 which I love, and I was so looking forward to getting a new one. My other car does have a Bird’s Eye camera, and I have decided that any future cars I get MUST have this feature.

  3. Hi Susan,
    Thank you for your post. We appreciate all feedback we receive and will pass this on to our product department for you. Many thanks.

  4. i own 2012 rav4 and i am looking to upgrade to newer model, so when will the rav4 be fitted with awd and reverse camera as standard.

    1. Hi Joe,
      Thank you for your post. At this moment we have no information on future specification plans. Have you considered trying the RAV4 which offers an AWD? Many thanks.

  5. Im trying to find the actual dimensions of the new 2016 Rav4, would you have the length, height and width details to hand please ?

    1. Hi Mirza. Thanks for your question. The 2.0 litre diesel engine in the new RAV4 is sourced from BMW, but is optimised for application in our vehicles.

  6. Hi

    I was looking into buying RAV4 and I had in mind diesel awd, which I believe is discontinued. I prefer manual car as I found automatic not responding well to very difficult terrain. My question is, how petrol awd compares with old diesel awd? What I mean by that is its towing capacity and performance.
    I have to admit that even though it is good that Toyota is looking into newer technologies making all hybrid cars automatic puts off customers like me, who prefer manual car. I am so disappointed in current offer doesn’t include optional as a standard to win the customer, offers are not as appealing as other car makers. I thought I found a car that I win purchase and now I’m having second thoughts, might book a test drive with other cars as well.



    1. Hi Zuza, thank you for getting in touch. The AWD RAV4 Hybrid can tow up to 1,650kg. You can read about how the system works here: po.st/d2KsV8. Of course, the best way to determine if the RAV4 Hybrid is for you is to go and try one out for yourself! We hope this helps Zuza!

  7. I cannot believe Toyota have dropped the AWD diesel Rav4 in the UK. I have used RAV4s for towing for years and now must move to another brand. I think this is going to severly dent your UK sales!

    1. Hi Kevin, thanks for the feedback. While we understand your frustration, we are very serious about our aim of reducing the environmental impact our cars have, hence the introduction of the hybrid technology on the RAV4 range. Not only is the hybrid model AWD, but it is also capable of towing up to 1,650kg. For the full details of this, we suggest you go here: po.st/d2KsV8. Thank you.

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