Used Toyota RAV4 (2006 - 2012) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 23 Feb 2011
The RAV4 has become one of the most successful small 4x4s since it was originally launched in 1994. So much so in fact, that it has inspired plenty of offroaders from other carmakers.
Toyota RAV4 (06-12)
Well equipped, superb build quality and reliability, neat cabin layout, good to drive, available with two or four-wheel drive
Limited off road capability, limited engine choice

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£16,760 - £28,851

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£1,278 - £8,871

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Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The RAV4 has become one of the most successful small 4x4s since it was originally launched in 1994. So much so in fact, that it has inspired plenty of offroaders from other carmakers. With ever more competition, it has had to constantly improve and as a result it's now one of the best 4x4s on the market, helped by an excellent reputation for reliability. Inside there's a neatly styled and good quality cabin, while on the road it's refined and comfortable. Minor updates were carried out in 2009, which consisted primarily of improvements in engine performance and slight cosmetic changes.

A variety of trim levels

A multitude of Toyota RAV4 models are available. Even the entry level versions are well equipped and tend to come with features such as power steering, electric windows, air-con, heated electric mirrors and alloy wheels. Range-topping models are remarkably well equipped, with modern features like Bluetooth connectivity, automatic lights, paddle shifts for automatic versions and a reversing camera. After all, just because you might be looking for a durable and capable vehicle doesn't mean you should have to compromise on specification.

Limited range of engines

The engine choice is limited to one diesel and one petrol. Buyers can pick from automatic or manual transmissions on both, however, although it does vary from trim to trim. Automatic versions can prove beneficial to those who have to commute in heavy traffic or around town. Both petrol and diesel RAV4s are reliable and the diesel engines are particularly efficient. The D-4D 150 four-wheel drive version, for example, is claimed to average 47.1mpg. CO2 emissions are reasonable for this model too, helping keep running costs relatively low.

A reliable and sensible option

Newer off-roaders may be more stylish, but the RAV4 remains a great choice and one that's guaranteed to never let you down. Toyotas are well regarded for their reliability and the RAV4 is no exception in that respect. It feels well built and reported issues are few and far between. The RAV4 also holds its value well, meaning that a new or used one always makes a sensible purchase if you're worried about depreciation. So, does the Toyota RAV4 prove a viable alternative to cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Ford Kuga? Find out in the full Parkers review.

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Running costs

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Green credentials

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What owners say...

 Easy to drive, easy to reverse wth a huge boot with hidden compartments for safe storage. And simply loads of airbags all ove rthe place - front, side , rear rear side. Revering sensors brilliant and...  

5 out of 5

James Sandy ,   02 Feb 2016    ... read more

 You can get 6 bales of hay in the back of the Rav, tow the horse trailer, fit 4 adults in very comfortably, and it works off road!  

5 out of 5

J Rose ,   09 Dec 2014    ... read more

 Flat loading even when the rear seats are dropped it's still relatively flat.  

3 out of 5

Carl Woodhead ,   24 Apr 2014    ... read more

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