This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Toyota RAV4 (13-19) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 31 - 48 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

List prices are slightly higher than those of the outgoing model but insurance groups remain as before, despite increased performance, at 11 to 13. Because of its high quality, modern looks, clean efficient engines and attractive specification, we’re expecting it to hold a significantly higher percentage of its value over three years than the outgoing model and as good (or better) than any other compact 4×4 on sale today, with the exception of the BMW X3.

Although it shouldn’t be far behind this model either. The diesels give good, though not outstanding, fuel consumption figures, while the newer 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol is acceptable. There’s a two-wheel drive version, but it’s only marginally more efficient than the four-wheel drive model.

The RAV4 is not particularly environmentally friendly but with an average of 174g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are fairly standard for a small 4×4. The cleanest model is the newer 2.2-litre D-4D Optimal Drive, which was introduced in May 2009. This emits 154g/km of CO2 (compared to 173g/km in the previous 2.0 D-4D) and averages 49mpg – up from 43mpg.

The cliché about outstanding Toyota reliability continues to ring true. It’s a reputation that many other car makers would be proud to inherit. It’s business as usual for the new RAV4 – the cabin oozes quality fit-and-finish and there’s no reason to doubt any other area of the build. Owners of the 2000-2006 generation of RAV4 are glowing in their praise.

See what real owners have said about the RAV4 in our owners’ reviews section.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £180 - £360
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Insurance group 20 - 27
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