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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Like other recent Toyotas, the RAV4 performed pretty well in the Euro NCAP crash tests, receiving four stars overall and scoring maximum points in side impact and pole tests. However, plenty of other similar size 4x4s have achieved the maximum five stars. All models come with nine airbags, including dual front, side and curtain airbags and - unusually - a kneebag for the driver.

There are also five three-point seatbelts, ABS and vehicle stability control with traction control on top models.

As it's close to the ground, it's easy to put luggage into the boot of the RAV4 and to get in-and-out of the back seats. There's no three-door option, as on previous generations, so all buyers will benefit from the better accessibility of a five-door. It is very flexible too with fold-flat seats, similar to ones fitted to the Verso and Yaris. Pull one of two levers in the boot and the seats fold flat into the floor - there's no need to remove the headrests or any of the cushions.

The seats have a 60/40 split and slide for extra legroom or more luggage space while the load area itself is wide. Other cabin cubbies include a double glovebox, bottle holders and illuminated cupholders. One thing to be aware of is the rear door - it's hinged to the right-hand side rather then opening upwards like a conventional hatch. This can be tricky to open in tight parking spaces or multi-storey car parks.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Toyota RAV4 (06-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control

LE equipment

LE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Roof rails
LE optional equipment
None available

SR equipment

SR standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Traction control
SR optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

SR180 equipment

SR180 standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Traction control
SR180 optional equipment
None available

T180 equipment

T180 standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
T180 optional equipment
None available

XT3 equipment

XT3 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Roof rails
XT3 optional equipment
None available

XT4 equipment

XT4 standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Leather seat trim
  • Traction control
XT4 optional equipment
None available

XT5 equipment

XT5 standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
XT5 optional equipment
None available

XTR equipment

XTR standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
XTR optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control

XT-R equipment

XT-R standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
XT-R optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control

Euro NCAP Rating

The Toyota RAV4 (06-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 3 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.