Added 29th March, 2019
By Jonathan Crouch
Though opinion may be divided as to whether the RAV4 invented the soft roading segment, few people doubt that, more than any other, this model defined it. In some ways, this improved post-2016 MK4 model continued to do just that, summing up a lot of what a vehicle of this kind should be all about. Smart, reasonably spacious, affordable to run and with just enough SUV-ness about it to get you to the places you tend to dream about but will probably never go. This improved fourth generation design brought notable changes, most significantly, the addition of hybrid power - the engine that, going forward, Toyota hoped would be most popular in this car.
Perhaps then this is, as Toyota assures us, ‘a better way’ of owning a model of this kind - you decide. One thing’s for certain: for many, this car’s buying proposition still makes family-friendly, real world sense.