Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Room to spare in the front and back
  • Capacious boot competitive with rivals
  • No 40:20:40 rear-seat folding split, however

Practicality is a strong point for the RAV4, delivering excellent passenger space whether you’re in the front or rear. Head, shoulder (lateral space across the back row was increased by 49mm over the previous car) and legroom for those in the back is excellent, even with a driver of above average height sitting in front.

There’s also the benefit of a small and unobtrusive central tunnel (even on all-wheel drive versions) that only impedes slightly on the middle seat passenger’s legroom - it's quite similar in setup to the CR-V, but offers more room than a SEAT Ateca or Skoda Karoq.

Like many of its rivals, the RAV4 has grown in size considerably since the first-generation model was launched. It’s now a fully-fledged SUV, so we’d strongly recommend you double check whether it will fit in your garage (if, of course, you have one). That said, the blind spots both front and rear aren’t too bad, plus rear parking sensors and a camera come as standard on the entry-level model, while upgrading to Design trim also brings front parking sensors.

For those who want greater assistance, a 360-degree surround view parking monitor is available as an option on Excel and Dynamic spec cars.

 

The RAV4 boasts a generously proportioned boot that’s larger than most of its rivals, offering up 580 litres with the rear seats in place (not quite as much as a Volkswagen Tiguan), extending to 1,690 litres with them folded down. Toyota boasts that the latter is enough room for a 29-inch mountain bike to be stored without taking any of the wheels off – although we haven’t yet been able to confirm this.

Practicality-aiding features include storage nets on either side of the boot, a compartment for loose objects, underfloor storage compartments and a 12-volt power supply. Also handy is the almost non-existent loading lip down to the boot floor. Disappointingly, however, the rear seats only fold down in 60:40 split, as opposed to the more advanced 40:20:40 configuration.

How safe is the RAV4?

  • Abundance of standard safety equipment…
  • …Including adaptive cruise control
  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating

In an effort to help RAV4 drivers avoid accidents, Toyota has fitted the RAV4 with the latest generation of its high-tech safety system – Toyota Safety Sense 2.

Using a camera mounted in the windscreen and a radar on the front of the car, the RAV4 features a wealth of standard safety equipment including a Pre-Collision System (essentially autonomous emergency braking) with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist and automatic high beam.

New features over the original Toyota Safety Sense safety kit include the ability to detect pedestrians in low light, and cyclists in the vehicle’s path at relative speeds of between approximately 6 and 50mph.

Of all the safety equipment available on the RAV4, only the blindspot monitor and rear cross traffic alert aren't standard on the base model. Even so, all versions of the RAV4 come with a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, which should be especially reassuring for buyers. Isofix points are situated on the outer rear seats and are easy to access.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Toyota RAV4 SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

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
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
None available

Design equipment

Design standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Sat Nav
Design optional equipment
None available

Dynamic equipment

Dynamic standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Dynamic optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel

Excel equipment

Excel standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
Excel optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel

Icon equipment

Icon standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
Icon optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Toyota RAV4 SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 85%
Safety Assist: 77%

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.