Toyota RAV4 Black Edition: our new dark star

The new Toyota RAV4 Black Edition stands out from the SUV crowd with a powerful, one-colour treatment. On sale in the UK from October, the model’s deep, Galaxy Black paint combines with the RAV4’s sharply designed bodywork to reflect light and create attractive, jewel-like facets.

This visual effect is heightened with matching black styling elements throughout. The front grilles, lower bumper, door mirror casings, skid plates, rear garnish and rear spoiler are presented in Galaxy Black, while the 19-inch alloy wheels also have a glossy black finish. Even the parking sensors are colour-coded, so the only interruptions to the all-black appearance appear to be the chrome badges and Toyota emblem.

In the cabin, the seats are upholstered in high-quality black synthetic leather with (gently) contrasting grey stitching. This combines with black headlining and interior trim to create a strikingly crepuscular cabin ambience.

Standard and optional equipment matches the current RAV4 Dynamic grade except the opening panoramic roof is not available on this special edition. It does, however, include a 360-degree panoramic view monitor, electrochromic rear-view mirror, and a nine-speaker JBL premium audio system with DAB. Toyota Safety Sense and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both provided as standard.

The new RAV4 Black Edition is on sale in the UK now.
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18 comments

    1. Hi James,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us.
      It’s great to hear that you’re a fan of the RAV4 Black Edition!
      Have you owned any Toyotas before, or will this be your first?
      Thanks.

      1. Hi Dave,
        Thanks for your comment.
        Most exterior differences between the Excel RAV4 and Black Edition are to do with colouring.
        However, the Excel model also comes with front wiper de-icer, heated steering wheel, memory function on the driver’s seat and a washer fluid level warning.
        There are also a couple more differences in specification, and these can be explored on our car configurator by choosing to compare the Excel and Black Edition models and then selecting ‘show differences only’: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/rav4/build
        Thanks.

      2. hi
        Please let me know why is the black edition cost more the the rest as it has not got de- icier and the bits you mentioned steering wheel seats etc as it’s a edition I would have thought it would coving all the bits Toyota put in the rest

  1. Hi, I am just trying to order one of these now – dealers seem unclear on some points though.
    Does uk model come with remote start.
    Are seats fully electric with memory for seats and mirrors.
    Thanks Dave M

  2. Hi Dave,
    Thanks for getting in touch with us. It’s great to hear that you’re considering the RAV4 Black Edition!
    The RAV4 Black Edition comes with smart entry and a push-button start system but not with remote start.
    Unfortunately, the Black Edition does not come with memory function for the driver’s seat or mirrors.
    The door mirrors are however automatically retractable.
    Thanks.

  3. Hi does the Black Edition come with a digital rear view mirror. I’m doing a R. T in Jan 21 if I fit will order for April delivery, Driving a RAV4 hybrid 2017 excel model AWD , if I buy the Black Edition it will be my 4th Toyota.

    1. Hi James,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We’re so glad to hear you’re interested in the RAV4 Black Edition.
      This model comes with an electro chromatic rear-view mirror, which reduces the glare when in direct sunlight, or from car headlights, to improve visibility. There is no option for a digital mirror in the UK.
      Thanks.

      1. Hi, I’m a bit confused regarding availability of digital rear view mirror
        The news above says: “Standard and optional equipment matches the current RAV4 Dynamic grade except the opening panoramic roof is not available on this special edition. It does, however, include a 360-degree panoramic view monitor, digital rear-view mirror, and a nine-speaker JBL premium audio system with DAB.”.
        Also, in the UK RAV4 manual there is section how to use it.
        Please, could you clarify?

        I’m sure lots of UK customers are also disappointed not being able to get wireless phone charger,even as an optional equipment.
        Does Toyota consider including it in UK models ?

        I had a chance to test drive Black Edition recently. Apart from this two missing bits everything else is brilliant!

      2. Hi Bart,
        Apologies for the confusion.
        We have asked the content team to remove the reference to digital rear-view mirror. This is an error.
        We have passed your feedback regarding wireless charging to the product team, but we have no information about it being available in the UK.
        Thanks.

  4. I notice the RAV Black edition comes with 19 inch wheels and no space saver as does the 2021 excel and dynamic trim levels. As the total size of 19 inch and 18 inch tyres are the same ( smaller profile tyre/larger wheel or Larger profile tyre/smaller wheel ) why is Toyota dropping the space saver?
    When the mark 4 RAV was first introduced in came without a space saver and due to consumer demand it was reintroduced. I hope that Toyota UK are not going to make the same mistake as quite a few repeat buyers of the RAV will not buy one with only a can of goo. Me being one of them ( 4 RAVs so far)

    1. Hi Keith,
      Thanks for your comment, and apologies for the delay in our response.
      Yes, that’s correct. The RAV4 Black Edition does come with a tyre repair kit rather than a spare wheel.
      We apologise if this does not suit your needs.
      Thanks.

  5. Hi, Can I buy genuine toyota kick sensor and install to black esition to open boot with a kick?
    Is there a harness and place for sensor ready?

  6. Hi
    Does the black edition come with head up as some of your model have as this is your edition they normal come fully kited

  7. Hi Davec,
    Thanks for your comment.
    RAV4 Black Edition gets equipment that others do not. For example, it gets Intelligent front and rear parking sensors with clearance sonar & automatic braking, panoramic view monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Brake Assist and JBL Premium Sound System as standard whereas these are not available, or only available as options on other models.
    Thanks.

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