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Toyota RAV4 SUV (2013-2019) - Practicality & boot space

A large boot and lots of storage solutions are two of the Toyota RAV4’s best features

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The Toyota RAV4 is a very practical car. Large windows and a high driving position mean the driver has a great view of the road ahead, with the only problematic blind spot being created by large pillars either side of the rear window. Luckily, parking is made easier by a reversing camera, which comes as standard on all trim levels.

Toyota RAV4 interior storage & space

The RAV4 has grown considerably over the years and is now tall enough to offer excellent headroom for front and rear passengers. We also particularly like the reclining rear seats, which should allow passengers to relax on long motorway trips, when they’ll also appreciate the impressive legroom.

Passengers get plenty of storage nooks and crannies too, with cup-holders for rear-seat occupants, a large central storage bin, front door bins and lots of places around the dashboard to store your wallet, keys and phone.

Boot space

The boot area has been well thought out, with split-folding rear seats that lie completely flat when lowered, leaving a smooth boot floor to slide flat-pack furniture or even bicycles into without getting snagged.

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All models have a power-operated boot, which is great when you have your hands full, even if it is a little slow to operate. We also appreciate the care that has gone into the boot’s design – it’s both spacious and easy to load.

There’s 547 litres of boot space in total, which includes a 100-litre underfloor storage area, handy for keeping wet items separate or hiding valuables out of sight. It’s more room than the Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-5 offer, but can’t match the cavernous Honda CR-V’s 589-litre luggage capacity and handy levers in the boot that fold the rear seats flat with one tug. Note that the batteries in the RAV4 hybrid reduce its boot space from 547 to 501 litres.

Towing

The petrol-powered, all-wheel drive RAV4 can manage a braked weight of 1,500kg, while the front-drive hybrid can pull an 800kg braked trailer. The four-wheel-drive hybrid is rated for a braked load of 1,650kg.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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