New Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2019: full details and pricing
Orders are now being taken for the all-new, hybrid-only Toyota RAV4. Front-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 RAV4 will start from £29,635 for the Icon model, rising to £34,400 for the top-spec Dynamic, while four-wheel-drive models start at £33,430 in mid-range Design trim and stretch up to £36,640 for top-spec Dynamic.
The new hybrid RAV4, which is also known as a "self-charging hybrid", has a similar powertrain to the Toyota Prius, meaning that you don’t need to plug it in; the battery pack is only ever charged by the car’s 2.5-litre petrol engine and brake regeneration technology.
The RAV4 competes directly with the Honda CR-V Hybrid, but it’s off to a good start since the RAV4 has usefully better official emissions. The most efficient, front-wheel-drive version of the new Toyota RAV4 gets 215bhp and returns 102g/km, while even all-wheel drive versions with their 219bhp power output still manage 103g/km.
That means you don’t get free entry to the London Congestion Charging zone, but it does put the RAV4 into a very affordable Group 24 for company-car BIK tax.
Toyota RAV4 equipment and trim levels
There are four trims available – Icon (front-wheel-drive only), Design, Excel and Dynamic, and all are fitted with the latest Toyota Safety Sense driver aids that include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control including a low-speed traffic jam function, lane departure alert, road sign recognition and auto high beam.
The entry-level Icon trim also includes 17-inch alloy wheels, reversing sensors and camera, auto lights and wipers, LED headlight, heated side mirrors and an eight-inch colour touchscreen with DAB, Bluetooth and USB.
Design adds to that with 18-inch wheels, powered bootlid, front parking sensors and sat-nav, and is likely to be a sweet spot in the range at £31,190 for the RAV4 front-wheel drive and £33,430 for the RAV4 all-wheel drive.
Excel gets leather upholstery with powered driver’s seat and memory function, heated seats and steering wheel, adaptive LED headlights, headlight washers and even more safety kit, with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert thrown in. You can also add a panoramic sunroof and upgraded sound system to Excel cars.
Dynamic gets much the same upgrades as Excel but tops it with added style including black alloys and bi-tone metallic paint, and can also be had with optional sunroof and upgraded JBL sound system. Unfortunately there’s no sign of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto being offered.
Expect to see the RAV4 in dealerships in February 2019, with front-wheel-drive models arriving with customers from April and four-wheel-drive deliveries starting in May.