Toyota says its RAV4 of 1994 was the first ‘modern compact SUV’. But where the original RAV was fun and fashionable, the latest model is a fully-fledged family car.
It sits below Land Cruiser in Toyota’s 4×4 line-up and prices at launch range from £22,596 to £29,295.
The RAV4 wears Toyota’s new family face, with angular headlights and a prominent V-shaped grille. Its styling echoes the Auris hatchback and is more distinctive (some might say uglier) than the outgoing model.
Like many ‘soft-roaders’, the RAV4 isn’t, strictly speaking, a 4×4; the 122bhp 2.0-litre diesel — the likely bestseller — is two-wheel drive only. If you want all-wheel traction, you need the 148bhp 2.2 diesel — or the 149bhp 2.0 petrol.
The 2.0 diesel is only available with a manual gearbox, while the petrol has a ‘single-speed’ CVT automatic. The 2.2 diesel engine comes with manual or conventional auto transmissions.
There are three trim levels: Active, Icon and Invincible. Standard kit on all models includes air-con, Bluetooth, heated door mirrors and iPod connectivity. Icon and Invincible versions get the Toyota Touch touchscreen media system