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Toyota RAV4 Estate engines, drive and performance

2000 - 2005 (change model)
Performance rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Both the VVTi units – the 1.8 and 2.0 – are willing and work well, the 123bhp 1.8 in the front-wheel-drive NV is based on the MR2 and Celica unit. It’s reasonably economical, returning a Combined fuel consumption figure of 38.2mpg. It’s quick for a 4×4 too – with a 0-60mph time of 12.2 seconds. But the main petrol unit is the 147bhp two-litre. It’s swift (0-60mph in 10.9 seconds), but less refined than the 1.8 and fuel consumption is 32.1mpg.

Diesel buyers can opt for the 2.0 D-4D, it’s lively enough for most people, is quite refined and gives 39.8mpg.

Despite its height and chunky tyres, RAV-4 corners with confidence. The power-assisted steering is light, making it easy to park, but on the road it feels over-assisted and lacks feel. Well-spaced ratios make for slick gearchanges, but it’s hampered by a notchy gearbox.