Price £22,595 - £29,305
The Toyota RAV4 arrived in 1994 as one of the first sport utility vehicles. Now in its fourth generation, Toyota's rival for the Ford Kuga and Honda CR-V is bigger than ever before, and features more space for passengers and their luggage. Other cars are cheaper and better to drive, but the RAV4 is well equipped and well built.
Toyota's RAV4 faces stiff competition from family crossovers like the Nissan Qashqai and VW Tiguan, which mix SUV looks and safety with hatchback practicality and car-like comfort. The RAV4 is built to excellent standards, and is spacious, although on the road it's neither as comfortable nor as fun to drive as many rivals. The 2.2-litre diesel engine makes life with the RAV4 relatively inexpensive, however, and reliability shouldn’t be an issue.