Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

The Parkers Verdict Should you buy a Toyota RAV4?

Yes, if it's a practical hybrid SUV that you're after. The Toyota RAV4 is a marked improvement over its predecessor with low running costs, excellent practicality and broad range of standard kit making it a tempting option for many buyers. It's a rugged and family-friendly car that'll likely prove to be a reliable companion for many years, while the hybrid engine is smooth and cheap to run.

However, there are a few things to note about the RAV4:

It's quite pricey. While it comes packed with equipment even on entry-level Icon models, PCP finance prices are quite high, so if you don't need a hybrid SUV, a petrol alternative like the SEAT Ateca or Kia Sportage will be cheaper to buy. The aggressive, 4x4 style may not be as suitable for some buyers who prefer a more car-like look that you get with something like a Volkswagen Tiguan, but we think the RAV4's rugged image is refreshing among a range of other SUVs that all look fairly similar. 

The interior is well-built with a solid feel, with some nice touches that are in line with the tough image. It's not as luxurious as higher-spec models found in the Audi Q3 range, for example, but there will be few complaints about how easy it is to drive, and how easy it is to use, especially now Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the range. Before that, it was hard to recommend because the infotainment really lets the side down. At least now there's a simpler alternative. 

If you need something with a slightly bigger boot, however, and with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, we'd recommend the Volkswagen Tiguan or even the Mazda CX-5. Alternatively, another hybrid SUV worth looking at is the Honda CR-V, which also comes with the option of having seven seats. 

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