Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Room to spare front and back
  • Capacious boot competitive with rivals
  • No smart storage solutions though

How much space is there?

Practicality is a strong point for the RAV4, because it delivers excellent passenger space whether you’re in the front or rear. Head-, shoulder- and legroom for those in the back are excellent, even with a driver of above average height sitting in front.

2020 Toyota RAV4 rear seat space

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. Overall, the RAV4 has a similar setup to the Honda CR-V, but it certainly offers more room than a SEAT Ateca or Skoda Karoq.

Boot space and storage

There’s lots of room in the RAV4 whether the seats up or down, and it’s more than competitive with rivals. There’s 580 litres on offer with the rear seats in place (although that’s not as much as a Volkswagen Tiguan), and this extends 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 been able to confirm this.

2020 Toyota RAV4 boot space

The RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid loses some space as the boot floor rises towards the rear seats, covering the battery location. You’ll only spot the differences if you compare the two cars side-by-side, though, and the Plug-in still carries a useful 520 litres. The rear seat base is quite slim, and the backs can latch in a more upright position or be folded for a flat, albeit high, cargo area, but there remains storage for the charging cables under the boot floor.

The RAV4 features storage nets on either side of the boot on some versions, a compartment for loose objects, underfloor storage and a 12-volt power supply, supplemented by an AC power supply on the plug-in hybrid. Also handy is the almost non-existent loading lip, though it’s quite a lift for heavier items. Disappointingly, however, the rear seats only fold down in 60:40 split, as opposed to the more useful 40:20:40 configuration.

Is it easy to park?

Like many of its rivals, the RAV4 has grown in size since the first-generation model. 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.

Safety

  • Abundance of standard safety equipment
  • Adaptive cruise control is a bonus
  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating in 2019

In an effort to help RAV4 drivers avoid accidents, Toyota has fitted it with Toyota Safety Sense 2. This is designed to help the vehicle avoid accidents by warning the driver of an impending collision or, in some cases, automatically taking evasive action. 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.

The technology is capable of spotting pedestrians in low-light conditions, and cyclists in daylight hours at speeds of approximately 6-50mph. Of all the safety equipment available on the RAV4, only the blind spot 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 safety rating from Euro NCAP, which should be 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
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • Sat Nav
Design optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats

Dynamic equipment

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

Dynamic Premium equipment

Dynamic Premium standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
Dynamic Premium optional equipment
None available

Excel equipment

Excel standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • 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.