Toyota RAV4 review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Clever hybrid tech and a new RAV4 PHEV model makes for reasonable running costs
During our test on mixed roads including city and motorway driving, the RAV4 returned as much as 61mpg and didn't dip below 40mpg at any point. This correlates well with the RAV4’s official combined fuel economy figures of 48.7mpg to 50.4mpg for front-drive models and 47.8mpg to 48.7mpg for four-wheel drive versions, depending on trim level. Our figures also compare favourably to the smaller, slower and similarly powered Kia Niro Hybrid.
CO2 emissions for hybrid RAV4 models range from 126-133g/km, depending on the chosen trim level. The plug-in hybrid versions emit 22g/km of CO2, while Toyota claims the SUV’s all-electric range can reach as much as 60 miles in urban environments.
The RAV4 sits in insurance groups 25E to 30A, depending on trim level and specification. Those are roughly on a par with the hybrid versions of the previous-generation RAV4, but quite a bit higher than rivals such as the (admittedly cheaper) Skoda Kodiaq and all but the highest-specification versions of the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The RAV4 plug-in hybrid sits in group 34/35 and will be the most expensive model to insure.
Our expert data suggests that the RAV4 will be a strong performer in terms of residual values. After three-years and 36,000-miles of ownership, the hybrid SUV models should be worth around 54-58% of their original list price.
In this review
- 1Toyota RAV4 reviewThe Toyota RAV4 offers unique styling, hybrid power and great build quality, but it trails rivals in some key areas
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe RAV4 drives and rides well, but its CVT gearbox isn't fantastic
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingClever hybrid tech and a new RAV4 PHEV model makes for reasonable running costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe RAV4 looks great and is well-built inside and out, but lags behind on infotainment
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe RAV4 is longer and more practical than before, but some rivals offer more space
- 6Reliability and SafetyToyota's reputation for reliability bodes well, while the RAV4 includes lots of standard safety kit