Toyota RAV4 Review

The new Toyota RAV4 is Toyota’s latest SUV, enhancing the features that made the RAV4 so successful in the past. Ideal for those looking to transport the whole family in comfort and safety, the RAV4 features increased on-road performance and economy from its line up of three engines – a 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol engine or a choice of 2.0 or 2.2-litre diesel engines – and a revised, more spacious cabin for passengers across four trim levels: Active, Business Edition, Icon and Invincible. The RAV4’s increased interior space and versatility will suit those with an active lifestyle, and the availability of all-wheel drive on all engine variations makes it easier and safer to get where you need to go.


A revised engine line-up makes the Toyota RAV4 even more appealing, with an economical, low emissions 2.0-litre diesel engine available in both 2WD and 4WD formats, while improvements to the 2.2-litre D-4D (six-speed manual) and D-CAT (six-speed automatic) diesel engine powering the other all-wheel drive models. AWD models are also offered with Toyota’s 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol engine and exceptionally smooth Multidrive S automatic transmission.


Toyota engineers have improved the RAV4’s suspension and steering, making it more stable and agile. Ultimately this instils confidence in the driver, making the experience more enjoyable. The RAV4’s all-wheel drive system comes with a Sport mode which delivers a faster throttle response, more responsive steering and a sportier drive, while the 4WD Lock button is available for off-road driving.


Toyota engineers have gone to great lengths to ensure that the RAV4 is quiet, comfortable and spacious for passengers. Improved sound insulation and the RAV4’s aerodynamic styling keep engine, road and wind noise to a minimum, enabling occupants to enjoy the feature-packed interior.


All four model grades include electric windows, air-conditioning, privacy glass and Bluetooth. The Icon grade adds a powered tailgate, Toyota’s latest Touch 2 touchscreen entertainment system, a keyless Smart Entry and Start system, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, cruise control and new two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels. The RAV4 Business Edition, aimed primarily at company car drivers, is similar in specification to the Icon, with the addition of Toyota’s Touch 2 with Go multimedia and navigation package as part of its standard equipment.

Top-of-the-range Invincible models extend the range with a choice of either black or beige leather upholstery, heated front seats, and front and rear parking sensors. Optional on both Icon and Invincible models is an upgrade to Toyota Touch 2 with Go navigation which features imagery of the vehicle’s location or a chosen location to help pinpoint and recognise destinations.


Increased interior space makes the RAV4 even more practical, with the ability to carry five adults in comfort thanks to class-leading rear legroom. Plenty of cubbyholes and storage compartments mean there’s loads of space for your knick-knacks in the cabin.

A longer load space means that luggage capacity grows to 547 litres, and when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded forward, that figure more than trebles to 1,746 litres if you load right to the roof. The new top-hinged tailgate (powered on Icon and Invincible models) and lower sill height means that it’s easier to load the boot too.


The strong body of the RAV4 contributes to high standards of pedestrian and passenger protection, such that the SUV achieved the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP safety crash tests. Also, the RAV4 is equipped with anti-whiplash seats and seven airbags to give further protection in the event of an accident.

To avoid that happening, Toyota has fitted the RAV4 with safety systems including anti-lock brakes with technology to aid braking ability in emergency situations, stability control and traction control to prevent skidding and maintain grip.


Running Costs*

By making the RAV4 even more economical, Toyota has reduced running costs. The two-wheel drive 2.0 D-4D models are equipped with stop-start technology and achieve 57.6mpg on a combined test cycle, combined with low CO2 emissions of 127g/km which saves money on road tax – the first year is completely tax free.

Among the all-wheel drive models, the 2.0 D-4D with six-speed manual gearbox delivers 53.3mpg and 137g/km, while the 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol engine with Multidrive S CVT transmission returns 39.2mpg on the test. Finally, the 2.2-litre D-4D (six-speed manual) and D-CAT (six-speed automatic) diesel engines achieve 49.6mpg and 42.2mpg respectively. Lastly, visits to the dealer for servicing are only required every 10,000 miles or once per year.


One of the main benefits of owning a Toyota is its outstanding quality, and the RAV4 delivers as you’d expect. It is covered by a five-year/100,000-mile mechanical warranty, as well as Toyota providing three years’ warranty against rust and paint defects irrespective of mileage. The bodywork is also covered by a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.


All two-wheel drive RAV4 models from Active all the way up to Invincible use the 2.0 D-4D diesel engine and six-speed manual gearbox. Prices start at £22,795 on the road (Active), £24,295 for the Business Edition, or £25,295 and £27,245 for Icon and Invincible grades respectively. The 2.0 D-4D is also available in the all-wheel drive RAV4 Active for £26,300 or RAV4 Invincible for £28,250.

Toyota’s 2.0-litre petrol engine coupled with a CVT automatic transmission can be specified in Icon and Invincible models only, priced at £26,305 and £28,255 respectively. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is offered on all-wheel drive Icon and Invincible models, costing £27,100 and £29,050 respectively when fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. Specifying the 2.2-litre diesel with a six-speed automatic transmission adds another £1,110.

For further information about the RAV4, and to arrange a test drive, visit the RAV4 section of the Toyota website.

*Prices correct as of 10/9/15


  1. A very good car, let down by the fact that there is no spare wheel supplied only a stupid, useless tyre repair kit. There is a “Space Saver” available, “Rip-Off” price of some £200.00!

    Sorry Toyota, another sale lost, no spare wheel – NO SALE !!!!!

  2. Hi there, I’ve heard from my local Toyota dealer that a new baby Rav is planned for 2014. If this is true, please, please, please can we get some information on it from somewhere – I’m looking to replace my beloved 3 door Rav and need to know if I should wait to see if the design and the spec of any new version will measure up, or if finally I shall be forced to go elsewhere….

    1. Hello Mrs Smith
      Thank you for your post.
      No news regarding a baby RAV4 model unfortunately, we have revised the current RAV4 for 2014. We would recommend staying tuned to our Blog for the latest news.

  3. I have just purchased the Rav 4 Invincible with all the extras.
    The price was £29000.00 which is a lot of money but the car is comfortable and very stylish.
    I didn’t realise there was no spare wheel and had I known then I would have argued with the dealer to supply one otherwise I’d have cancelled the sale. It’s a pity I have only just realised. Come on Toyota keep up with the South Kareons who seem to overtaking in offering a better deal.

    1. Thanks for your post.
      We do appreciate your feedback and a full size spare wheel is available as an option for those vehicles which are fitted with a tyre repair kit. We should make it clear that this does take up boot space though.

  4. I want to second the comment about the Baby Rav: I LOVE my 3 -door Rav but must replace it soon! Any UK dealer will confirm that there’s a significant demand for this, so it’s really quite baffling that Toyota seem to be deaf to the needs of their customer base.
    There are several alternatives on the market, so it looks like my Toyota days will soon be over…

    1. Hello Kay
      Thanks for your post.
      Sorry that we no longer sell a three-door RAV4, we do understand the reasons for contacting us but the model was ultimately withdrawn due to low sales as the five-door version proved significantly more popular. We would love to be able to provide you with a more positive response here but we do not currently have plans for a three-door at the moment. Great news that you love your RAV4, it has always proved to be an extremely popular model with owners.
      Hope this helps clarify but let us know if you have any other questions.

  5. I have just comeback to Toyota, after two years with another big name. I am delighted with the 2014 Rav, it’s much bigger, better room, and it has a spare wheel. I have had three other Ravs in the past , and this is simply the best! It has the power lift rear door, a great improvement. So glad I came back to Toyota! Value, service, comfort and style! Very pleased with my purchase!

    1. Thanks for your post Mr Ward and glad to have you back.
      Feel free to post a pic of your car on our Facebook page.

  6. Spare wheels a big issue for me had 4 puncture while I had it never buy a car without a spare wheel again now have 2015 rav with spare had it 5 years it’s been totally totally reliable looking to change but wow no diesel option equivalent car spec now in hybrid for £10k extra crazy I’m a pensioner my pension went up by £100 last year

      1. I understand the model I’m looking at the excel awd but with sunroof does NOT have a spare wheel but can be fitted as an aftermarket why do Toyota not provide this option

  7. Hi Ken,
    Thanks for your reply.
    A tyre repair kit is standard on the Excel grade, Dynamic grade and Black Edition of the 2021 RAV4. This is due to the weight of the vehicles impacting the CO2 emissions.
    If a spare tyre is essential for you, then the Icon or Design grades of the new RAV4 do come with this. However, a panoramic roof is not available as an option on these grades.
    We’re sorry that the RAV4 doesn’t suit your ideal specification.

  8. It seems clear that Toyota emissions are their first concern I’m assuming with the weight of a roof and a spare it may impact of your image but as a customer if I’m aware of the down side why will you not provide the option. I’d like to bet the spare wheel provided for the other 2 models would fit directly. Lexus have a panoramic option roof and a spare. Is this a case of big brother knows best ?

    1. Hi Ken,
      It’s nothing to do with image. Manufacturers are under huge pressure to reduce their overall emissions figures, and face huge fines if they don’t hit these targets.
      We’re very sorry our offering doesn’t your requirements.
      All the best.

  9. Am buying two new Toyota am selling my black edition 2071 am buying excel and design what I can’t understand the excel the colour am having peal white cost £925.00 but the dynamic having the same colour casting £310.00 I know the top is black but it can’t cost me £600.00 more because am having the roof peal white can’t you let me know why

    Thanks Dave c

    1. Hi Dave, thanks for your comment.

      There are different colouring options across all of our models and each one carries a different price tag. Some options are metallic, other solid colours or bi-tone options.


      1. That not the point the colour for the excel is the same paint metallic that they use on the dynamic apart from the black roof you try to charge me £210 for tax until I told them that’s wrong and they change it so telling me different models YES different models but these are the sane models the same size so please tell me some think that makes me understand what your company getting at

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