Toyota RAV4 SUV 2019 - everything you need to know

  • News, specifications and tech details about the Mk5 Toyota RAV4
  • Similar engine range to the more luxurious Lexus UX
  • Styling apes the rugged FT-AC concept from 2017

This rugged five-door SUV is the fifth generation of Toyota RAV4, revealed at the 2018 New York Motor Show and set to arrive in the UK in early 2019.

What we can confirm is that the all-new RAV4 will take off where the outgoing one left off, rivalling an ever-growing number of crossover rivals including (but not limited to) the Ford Kuga, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, SEAT Ateca, Skoda Karoq, Vauxhall Grandland X and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Robust styling for the 2019 Toyota RAV4

Out goes the softer styling of the fourth-generation RAV4, replaced by a much more aggressive and angular design that bears more than a fleeting similarity to the FT-AC concept that Toyota revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in November 2017.

Toyota RAV4 SUV badge

In spirit the latest RAV4 appears to be more in keeping with the origins of the model line – the name stands for Recreational Activity Vehicle with 4WD.

At 4,600mm, the Mk5 RAV4 is a shade longer than its predecessor, but more importantly the wheelbase has grown by 30mm, benefitting both passenger space and luggage capacity.

What engines will the 2019 Toyota RAV4 have?

Given that the 2019 RAV4 is based on the same adaptable underpinnings as the Toyota C-HR and Prius, plus the next-generation Auris and Lexus UX, it’s no surprise it will be launched with a similar engine range.

Kicking off the range is a 2.0-litre non-turbo petrol motor, with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions. The latter’s mechanical four-wheel drive system runs in front-wheel drive unless it detects slip, in which case it sends some output to the rear axle. This means it consumes less fuel when all-wheel drive isn't required. 

Toyota RAV4 SUV dashboard

Almost 80% of C-HRs are hybrid powered, and even though the soon-to-be-replaced RAV4 wasn’t warmly received in hybrid form, petrol-electric power is at the heart of Toyota’s core offering.

Powering the new RAV4 hybrid is a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to the electrical components – automatic is the sole transmission choice here. Two electric motors are fitted, one of which exclusively propels the rear wheels for when four-wheel drive is required.

Conspicuous by their absence will be diesel-engined RAV4s. Toyota has reiterated its commitment to phasing-out diesels from its passenger car range (this excludes the Land Cruiser, as well as the Proace van and Hilux pickup) by the end of 2018.

Will there be a plug-in hybrid Toyota RAV4?

Technically this should be possible, seeing as there is already a Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), but whether a RAV4 so equipped is offered in the UK will depend on how popular that kind of system becomes over the coming years.

Toyota RAV4 SUV rear static

Similarly, a fully electric RAV4 is possible, but that appears it is likely to be several years away yet, despite battery electric vehicle (BEV) technology being used in two previous iterations of the SUV sold in California.

What else do we know about the 2019 Toyota RAV4?

At the time of publication, very little else! However, we’ll keep this page updated as and when new information becomes available, including RAV4 trim levels, performance levels and efficiency figures.

Prices for the new RAV4 are likely to be confirmed closer to British sales beginning in the first quarter of 2019.

Parkers will be among the first to drive this mid-sized crossover, so check back with us soon for the full fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 SUV review

Toyota RAV4 SUV side static