Toyota RAV4 hybrid owner reviews

“The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is practical and safe, but its small battery puts it at a serious disadvantage next to plug-in hybrid SUVs”

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.0 out of 5

50%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 1reviews
  • 1reviews

Common Problems

  • Engine, Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

2.5 Hybrid

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Our RAV4 spins its wheels in the wet all the time and does not install confidence in the driver. The fuel economy figures have not been reflected in a city like Edinburgh and overall the hybrid engine is great for going down hill but totally useless going up hills. The boot is hampered with a lip that sits just behind the rear seats, probably for the batteries. The sat nav will inform the driver that the speed limit is 30mph but the on screen computer will state 20 mph. It's been back to the dealer for repair but their response was poor.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

TSS Hybrid Excel AWD

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47
Review
This was bought to replace a series of Volvo V70/XC 70 series estates. Pros: not a diesel, unexpectedly smooth, quiet and vibration free (compared to my previous diesels), comfortable and roomy, reasonable fuel economy (low 40s MPG if cold start and lots of electrics in use, 47-52 in summer and a light right foot, best ever of 59 MPG over 50 miles of rural A-roads) , solid build quality, long warranty, has a spare wheel, navigation/infotainment system works well, excellent visibility Cons: poor sound system quality (better quality one a cost option in US but not UK), step in boot over batteries, understeer, trim functional rather than luxurious. I find that we are using this as the default vehicle in our household as it is so versatile and has the usual Toyota sense of unburstability. There is enjoyment to be had in creeping along in traffic or being in a jam without needing the petrol engine. Friends comment favourably when passengers.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems so far
Performance
this is not a performance vehicle and repays driving in a relaxed way; it does not have the turbodiesel low range torque, but I find it perfectly adequate. Pulling away from standstill is excellent with the 2 electric motors as well as the petrol engine if needed, and the AWD.
Running Cost
£30 road tax, fuel consumption as above, insurance good for engine size

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