2019 Toyota RAV4 revealed

The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 SUV has been revealed. The first RAV4 to be built on a Toyota New Global Architecture platform, it remains true to its impressive heritage as the original pioneer of the recreational SUV segment, making significant advances in powertrain technologies, dynamic performance, intelligent safety provisions and all-round quality.

Robust design concept

The robust styling of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 expresses the strong and capable qualities that define Toyota’s approach to the latest iteration of the world’s best-selling SUV, notably higher ground clearance and a wider stance.

The design communicates the kind of “go anywhere” sense of fun and adventure that RAV4 ownership can bring, resonating with a target customer base of young families who enjoy life, whether moving around town or heading off to enjoy, sports, leisure or simple sight-seeing in the wide open spaces.

Manoeuvrability has always been a virtue of the RAV4 and this has not been compromised in the new design. In fact, at 4,600mm long, the new model is only marginally different in length compared to the current model. But while reductions have been made in the front and rear overhangs, 30mm has been added to the wheelbase, allowing for an even more spacious and comfortable cabin.

Luggage space has been increased, too, and has versatility designed-in with folding rear seats, a double load floor and deck side nets. Vehicle width has been increased by 10mm, to 1,855mm, which translates into a more comfortable and spacious cabin for the occupants.

Powertrain technologies and driving dynamics

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will be available with a new hybrid electric 2.5-litre powertrain, which combines fuel and emissions efficiency and quiet operation with more power and greater responsiveness. Hybrid electric remains a unique selling point for RAV4 in its class, attracting ever-larger numbers of customers.

Driving dynamics have been greatly enhanced with significant improvements to the performance of the all-wheel drive systems. Toyota has developed a completely new electric motor that makes efficient use of power from the car’s hybrid system, using a second electric motor to drive the rear wheels to generate high torque. This reduces energy losses, contributing to greater fuel economy, and offers excellent AWD performance in different driving conditions.

The TNGA platform, with its low centre of gravity and optimised weight distribution, further strengthens the RAV4’s dynamic capabilities, enabling a more rigid body construction and more precise, stable and accurate responses to driver inputs.



  1. Having ordered my RAV4 Excel on 27th March, on a 15 week lead time, then going back to the dealership 2 weeks later to request the 360 camera option to be added, only to be told at the order would have to be cancelled and a new order placed, which will push the delivery date to September. Come on Toyota, your system cannot be that inflexible.

  2. Hi there Gordon,

    Thanks for getting in touch, it’s great to hear that you’ve ordered a new RAV4. We are sorry to hear that you don’t feel satisfied with this service. If you would like to contact our Customer Relations team regarding this matter, you can do so via the following link:



    1. Thanks for your comments, but I have already contacted Toyota customer relations, and this was their reply …………

      Unfortunately, it is not possible to add the JBL pack to the order that has already been made without the ETA being pushed back to late August/September.

      We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

      Kind regards


  3. I’ve now had my 2019 Rav4 Excel for 2 weeks. It’s awesome, but with a much reported Achilles heel: the Navigation system is REALLY bad and as yet there is no CarPlay in the UK to get around the issue. Yesterday I viewed Australian motoring journalist who reported on his site that Toyota were promising CarPlay and a free update for Rav4’s already purchased in Australia without the App. Can you get a definitive answer from Toyota Japan if this will be their intention for the UK market? I don’t want to stick my trusty TomTom on the Toyota screen.

    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for getting in touch, it’s great to hear that you’re pleased with your RAV4. Apple CarPlay is something that we are currently working on, however have no specific timelines to reveal. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for the latest news.

    2. Thank you Steve for letting us know from a first hand user perspective. Yes, we all had the same apprehensions which now appear correct. I am waiting to hear from Toyota as well to order my Rav4.As you rightly said , cannot have wires of Tom Tom all over the car again.

  4. Having now had our Excel RAV4 for 3weeks I can confirm it is a great car. But, I have no APPS, no weather, street view etc. I can connect my phone to the RAV4 and download new destinations from my PC to the satnav, and I can see all the the apps I should have on “my toyota”, but no apps on the infotainment system. Any Ideas?


  5. Have been informed that I have to wait 13 months to obtain a new RAV4 hybrid which sounds ridiculous !

    Barry in Devon UK.

    1. Hi Barry,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are experiencing extremely high demand for our vehicles at this time and are doing everything we can to get them delivered. If you would like to speak to our Customer Relations team about this, you can find their contact details via this link: https://www.toyota.co.uk/contact-us/


  6. I currently own a 2018 RAV4 model. When using the Satnav for a journey, does anyone know how I can tap the screen and show list of roads on the rest of my route. I used to be able to tap the screen and it would do this (2016 RAV4) but it no longer appears to work ?

    1. Hi Barry,

      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to hear you’re driving a RAV4, if you could please provide a VIN number we will be able to assist you further.


  7. Your previous Toyota RAV4 brochures used to have a list at the back showing the basic model with a list functions, followed by the next model up showing extra functions (shown as radio type buttons). The 2019 brochure does not have this list and shows basic model (RAV4) and the following pages says “Additional to …… (model name) but it appears very confusing and difficult to understand which vehicle they are? Can I get a copy of a list showing how the models differ ?

    1. Hi Barry,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We will email you a digital brochure which includes prices, specification and equipment for all models of the RAV4.

      We hope this helps.

  8. Hi, Does the new RAV4 have a digital rear view mirror, does it have Apple Airplay ? Can the rear view mirror connect with my wifi enabled electric garage door opener ? Does it have a QI wireless enabled phone charging pad, emergency assistance and stolen vehicle locator ?

    I’m hoping you can answer these questions and not just advise me to contact customer services.


      1. Hi, thank you for the reply. I only asked as the American version appears to have all these functions. He Ho…..

  9. Hi,

    A quick question, I have ordered my Rav 4 Excel for March 2022. Will this have wireless charging for my phone? as the Toyota dealer is not sure.

    1. Hello Aashi, thanks for your comment.

      Wireless charging is not currently featured in the UK RAV4 Hybrid.


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