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Toyota RAV4 review - Reliability and Safety

Toyota's reputation for reliability bodes well; 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% 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.

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The latest RAV4 is too new to have featured in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, but the outgoing model finished 38th out of 100 cars. A fairly low 8.8 per cent of owners reported experiencing a problem with their cars. Toyota itself finished 10th overall out of 30 manufacturers, beating big names Volvo, Audi and Mercedes in the process.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

Intermediate servicing starts at £185 for the RAV4, with a full service starting at £335, or £395 for a 'Full+' service. Toyota also offers a price match guarantee on new tyres. The RAV4's hybrid system is subject to extra diagnostic checks at service time, but Toyota doesn't charge extra for this.

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