Toyota RAV4 (2013 – 2019) | Expert Rating



Arriving in UK showrooms in early 2013, the fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 was a mid-sized five-door SUV/crossover that was sold until 2019, including a mid-life facelift in 2016. It was replaced by the current RAV4.

The line-up consisted of a selection of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as a range-topping petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.

Throughout its lifespan, the fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 received below average to very good reviews from the British motoring media during its production life. The Sunday Times described it as “a solid beast with better on-road handling than most of its rivals and lots of boot space”, while The Telegraph said that it was “cheap and nasty inside, and not very pleasant to drive”.

Though the car’s interior and exterior styling was rather dull for some, reviewers generally agreed that the RAV4 had a spacious cabin which was well-equipped with on-board tech as standard, and that the SUV was comfortable to drive over long distances.

That said, several outlets reported that the range of engines available were quite noisy, particularly on cold days, and that the hybrid version was not as efficient as hybrid variants of the Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5.

No longer in production, the fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 holds an Expert Rating of 55%, based on 36 reviews published by the UK media.

RAV4 highlights

  • Plenty of cabin and boot space
  • Well-equipped as standard
  • Reliability record and resale value
  • Comfortable ride and responsive handling

RAV4 lowlights

  • Dull interior design
  • Noisy engines
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals
  • Hybrid model not all that cheap to run

Key specifications

Body style: Five-door SUV/crossover
petrol, diesel, petrol-electric hybrid
Price when new:
From £22,495 on-road

Launched: Spring 2013
Last updated: Winter 2015/16
Replaced: Winter 2018/19

Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating

No safety rating

The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2013 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating.

Eco rating

No eco rating

No variants of the previous-gen Toyota RAV4 were lab tested by Green NCAP.

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