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Toyota RAV4 SUV - Interior & comfort

Plenty of kit and comfort but the infotainment system is a generation behind

Interior quality is a highlight for the RAV4, with sturdy materials that might not always be the most stylish in class but appear robust and likely to look just as good after a decade of wear. The chunky heater controls are well suited to an SUV and the panoramic rear-view mirror (a camera mounted in the boot) is helpful, if a little strange to get used to at first.

Perhaps the biggest gripe, though, is the infotainment system. Despite a sizeable eight-inch screen which controls the DAB radio, reversing camera and Bluetooth connectivity, it feels way behind the competition, with poor graphics and a clunky interface. At least you can now bypass Toyota's software by using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay (powered by your smartphone), which was recently added to the RAV4 after it launched.

Icon, Design, Dynamic and Excel trim levels are available, with even the entry-level Icon model getting 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, the eight-inch infotainment display, rear-view camera and DAB radio.

Upgrading to the Design trim adds 18-inch wheels, keyless entry, a powered tailgate, front parking sensors and sat nav. Excel spec cars get even more standard kit, with a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, headlight washers and windscreen wiper de-icers.

Based on the Design trim, Dynamic aims to give the RAV4 a sporty look, in similar fashion to the R-Line version of the Volkswagen Tiguan. There are black wheels, a black headlining and heated front sports seats. Convenience is also boosted with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic warnings, folding door mirrors and a powered driver's seat.

The RAV4 PHEV comes in Dynamic or Dynamic Premium trims, with 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, black leather upholstery, and heated and cooled electrically adjustable seats.

Options

Buyers can add a nine-speaker JBL premium stereo system and a panoramic sunroof from the options list. Sat nav is also an optional extra on the entry-level Icon spec car.

You can spec one of two protection packs, which include items such as a boot liner, mud flaps and bumper protection. Side steps can also be fitted, along with both fixed and detachable tow bar options.

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