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Toyota RAV4 SUV - Practicality & boot space

Interior space stacks up well for a hybrid but other models offer more space for the price

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For the latest RAV4, the front and rear axles have been made 30mm further apart, which has boosted interior space. Even tall adults will be able to sit in the rear seats comfortably, with plenty of legroom and the car’s tall roofline and boxy dimensions providing a decent amount of headroom too.

The car’s battery is located under the boot floor but its boxy dimensions help to hide it well, with a slightly high boot floor the only clue. Despite this, there is still a decent amount of space on offer. Compared with the old car, the RAV4’s boot has grown to 580 litres (an increase of 79 litres), with 1,690 litres when the seats are folded down. The larger battery of the PHEV version sees the boot shrink but only to 520 litres, so it's still a good size.

That should be plenty of space for families, and the boot compares well with the 497 litres found in the Honda CR-V hybrid. However, conventionally powered models like the Skoda Kodiaq and Kia Sorento can offer more space and the option of seven seats for a similar price.

Towing

The four-wheel-drive version of the RAV4 is the towing champion of the range, with the ability to pull a braked trailer weighing up to 1,650kg. That's plenty for a large caravan or sizeable trailer. Front-wheel-drive models are limited to an 800kg braked trailer, falling to 750kg unbraked. The PHEV can pull a braked trailer of up to 1,500kg, but its electric-only driving range is likely to tumble when hauling a heavy and boxy load.

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