In its awards report, 4×4 Magazine hails RAV4 – an all-hybrid model – as “the slickest of all the current crop of medium SUVs,” praising its “modern, classy and well-made” appearance. The multimedia system, cabin space and ease of loading are all highlighted and the hybrid powertrains – front or all-wheel drive – are commended for their smooth and quiet character.
A “natural feel” in the steering and composed suspension add to the positives, together with the vehicle’s ability to automatically switch to all-electric power whenever possible – a key benefit of Toyota’s “full hybrid” technology.
Value for money is a critical factor, too, the RAV4 offering “a lot of kit for your money, as well as a very good SUV indeed”.
For 2020, RAV4 is newly available with smartphone integration as standard on all models, providing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions.