Explore the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: comfort and equipment

This is the second of three blog articles focusing on important characteristics of the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. We have already examined the vehicle’s concept and design, while the final article will concentrate on the SUV’s powertrains and performance.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: comfort and convenience

Securing better all-round visibility was a key consideration in the design process of RAV4. The TNGA platform allows the bonnet to sit 15mm lower, adding two degrees to the driver’s field of vision, while the external mirrors have been moved to a lower position on the front doors. The front pillars are slimmer, the belt line has been lowered and the rearward view from the driver’s seat has been improved by enlarging the rear side windows.

The new TNGA chassis allows for a more engaging driving position, without detracting from the commanding view of the road that’s a defining quality of SUVs. The driver’s hip point has been lowered by 15mm but the range of steering wheel adjustment has been increased by 50%. Together with a generous seat adjustment range and precise positioning of the pedals and armrest, this ensures more customers will be able to find their ideal driving position.

Comfort for rear seat passengers has been improved with 40mm greater width, more spacious rear foot wells and two air vents. Increasing the opening angle of the rear doors and reducing the distance from the hip point to the sill makes it easier to get in and out of the vehicle, or access child seats.

The load space behind the rear seats has been made larger and more user-friendly, thanks to a fully flat floor and a length extended by 60mm to secure best-in-class capacity, 79 litres more than the current RAV4. With the rear seats folded down, the new RAV4 can accommodate a 29-inch mountain bike without needing to remove any wheels.

There is a height-adjustable, two-level deck board that can be reversed when dirty items need to be carried. The rear seats have a 60:40 split-folding function and there are storage nets on each side of the boot. Details include a hand grip on the tailgate that can serve as a hanger and a power-operated tailgate with hands-free function.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: equipment

The new RAV4 will offer generous equipment specifications across its range in Europe, with all models equipped as standard with the latest iteration of Toyota Safety Sense. Further features that will be available include a power-operated panoramic roof and up to five USB ports around the cabin for the connection of multiple devices.

Even at entry level, the check-list will include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, LED headlights, push-button start, a seven-inch display audio and 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display. Features such as 18-inch alloys, smart entry, extensive soft touch cabin trims, larger display screens, leather upholstery, projector LED headlights, rear privacy glass and a power-operated tailgate will also be available.

Further premium features which will be available on the new RAV4 include a Panoramic View Monitor, which provides the driver with a real-time 360-degree view of the area immediately around the vehicle, including a bird’s eye aspect from above. This is of value both off-road, to better negotiate tricky terrain, and when manoeuvring in confined spaces where hazards can lurk outside the driver’s line of sight.

The spacious cabin can be further enhanced with an opening panoramic sunroof. Where on-board entertainment is concerned, Toyota has worked with premium audio partner JBL to deliver a high-quality, immersive experience. The tailor-made JBL audio system will deliver concert sound quality through its nine-speaker architecture. It features JBL’s signature Horn Tweeters, a new, powerful subwoofer and an amplifier with Clari-Fi digital music restoration technology.

Please note that UK specifications and details will be confirmed nearer to launch.


  1. Do the rear seats fold down such that the space is completely flat? (I have a 2017 RAV4 hybrid and the rear seats do not fold flat which limits the usefulness of the space; e.g., one can not put a pet crate back there.)

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. When the rear seat is folded, the space from the finish plate to the rear seatback is almost completely flat. We would recommend visiting your local Toyota Centre and experiencing the vehicle for yourself when the showroom demonstrator cars are available.


    2. I went to a dealer today n questioned that, as text says flat, but pics say different, he reluctantly said not flat, but added its a lge boot. I have the old verso which is far more practical. Cheers

  2. Hi, am looking for a lge suv/mpv with hybrid for business / family use, So seat configuration n boot is vital, can u get rear seats in 402040 (35/30/35) option or only the less useful 60/40 plan. Also what is the boot sixe (up to window line) as most other manufacturers measure to window line n not the roof. Many Thanks Dave

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The rear seats have a 60:40 split-folding function and there are storage nets on each side of the boot. There is also a height-adjustable, two-level deck board that can be reversed. The Load area height of the luggage compartment is 1,015mm and the capacity when the rear seats are folded, up to tonneau cover is 1,189 (l). You can see full technical specifications and dimensions here: http://fal.cn/rvRV.


      1. Thanks for your reply, it doesn’t really answer my question though, I know it states 60/40 split, just asking if its possible to get different layout. Also you state 1189lt up to tonneau cover with seats folded that’s really low, What is boot size in lts with seats up n down pls. Having measurements in mm means nothing to me as all cars measure using litres, It sounds like this car is not for me due purely to its small dimensions of boot, Thanks Dave

      2. Hi Dave,

        The seats are only available in a 60:40 split-folding function. The capacity when rear seats are in place is 580(l) with a capacity of 1,690(l) when rear seats are folded. Interestingly, in comparison to the current RAV4, there is an improved luggage capacity of 79(l).


      3. Thanks for that, as the max space is same as my old verso, likely will keep with that. Thanks

  3. Hi
    I am aware of Apple Car play but.. Do you know when Android auto will be available for the new Rav 4?
    I’m also intrested in the Corolla sportback and the same question would apply to that.

    1. Hi there,

      Unfortunately, we do not have any further information regarding Android Auto at the moment. We would recommend continuing to check our blog, social media pages and website for further model updates in the future.


      1. Hi James,

        Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, the current model doesn’t come with Apple CarPlay. We are currently looking at smartphone integration across our range and will have more information soon.


  4. which model has ventilated seats as mentioned in the text as follows? “Further features that will be available include a power-operated panoramic roof, ventilated seats”

    1. Hi Robert,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Apologies, this information was incorrect in the post and has now been removed. This feature is not available on UK specification.

      Apologies for any inconvenience.


  5. How do you re-tune the dab radio of the RAV4 Touch and Go 2?

    I’m not asking how to switch station, I’m asking how to get the radio to search of radio stations, like you have to do from time to time with Freeview TV.

    A re-tune should fine tune every station it can find.

  6. Does the RAV4 hybrid has kick operated boot opening? He line delivered today and can see some system settings on the driver display but not a kick sensor option.

    1. Hi Wayne,
      The RAV4 has an electronically opening boot. You can either push a button within the car, on the key, or on the boot hatch, and it will open automatically.

  7. Hy
    The seatbelts sensor chime for back is extremely annoying. Out aunt dont put in seatbelt and for short rides we want to deactivate the chime.
    How is the process for this
    Kind regards

    1. Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your comment.
      This seatbelt noise is a safety feature. It is a legal requirement in the UK to wear a seatbelt, and therefore this cannot be turned off.

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