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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The driving position isn’t as raised as you may expect from a 4×4, though it still gives a good view of the road. All-round visibility is impressive, while top models get a reversing camera as standard. The driver’s seat is very supportive with lots of adjustment (electronic on top models) and there’s a steering wheel that adjusts for height and reach.

The dials have been re-designed and are easy to read while the locations of the buttons and switches have been well thought out. All the heating controls are grouped into three ‘dials’, while other controls, such as those for the windows and central locking, are ideally placed. Only the touch-screen sat nav can be a little fiddly to use on the move, though this is something that can be mastered with time.

The RAV4 is comfortable for passengers with wind and road noise kept down – even at higher speeds. The sound of the diesel engine is evident at higher speeds, but it’s never excessive. All passengers get supportive seats and plenty of room – there is enough leg space in the rear for adults although three may find it limited in shoulder room. All models get climate control along with a six-speaker CD player with MP3 functionality.