Toyota RAV4 review - Reliability and safety
Toyota's reputation for reliability bodes well, while the RAV4 includes lots of standard safety kit
Like its predecessor, the latest RAV4 scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests, scoring 93 per cent for adult protection and 87 per cent for child protection.
All RAV4 models get Toyota Safety Sense 2 as standard. It brings adaptive cruise control with lane departure warning and steering assist, a pre-collision system including pedestrian detection, automatic high beam headlights and road sign recognition.
The RAV4 finished in a solid 11th position in our 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, while Toyota itself finished 5th overall out of 29 manufacturers, beating big names Audi, BMW and Mercedes in the process.
All Toyota models are covered by a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty. The battery for the hybrid powertrain in the RAV4 is also subject to an additional year or 10,000 miles – this can be renewed up to the 15th anniversary of the date of registration and there's no mileage limit.
Toyota offers customers the opportunity to spread the cost of a service with inflation proof monthly plans. A Hybrid Electric Service is priced the same as a normal service and makes specific checks to your vehicle's hybrid battery. Every hybrid car comes with 15-year hybrid battery extended cover if you continue to book your car for an annual Toyota Hybrid Electric Service.
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 CostsClever 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 Safety - currently readingToyota's reputation for reliability bodes well, while the RAV4 includes lots of standard safety kit