Choosing a Toyota RAV4 is actually a simple enough process. There’s really only two engine options, two gearbox options, two drivetrain options and two trim levels. It starts with the XT-R, which is available with both 2WD and AWD. The former comes with dual zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and keyless entry. The only engine available with this combination is the 2.2 D4D.
If you want an AWD XT-R then you can choose between the diesel or the 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol, and the extra driven wheels also result in Alcantara and leather upholstery, heated seats and hill-start assist to the specification. The top-spec SR model gets standard Toyota Touch and Go sat-nav. It’s only available with the 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel engine (essentially the same as the XT-R’s 2.2 D-4D) and the six-speed automatic transmission and AWD though.
The latest engines mean the RAV4 is more efficient than ever, and the 2.0-litre petrol managed a combined economy figure of 37.2mpg while emitting 177g/km. Choose the 2.2-litre diesel, and depending on whether you have the manual or automatic transmission fitted you can expect 47.1 to 39.8mpg and 156g/km to 186g/km of CO2 emissions respectively.
One benefit of choosing the RAV4 over its VW or Ford rivals is the aftercare on offer. Whereas its rivals make do with three-year cover, the Toyota comes with the firm’s excellent five year or 100,000 mile warranty, which is transferrable between owners.