Toyota RAV4 Hybrid reliability & safety
The Japanese brand is world-famous for its reliability, and the Toyota RAV4 comes with a good package of safety systems as standard across the range
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||93%||87%||77%|
Reliability and safety aren't the most glamorous aspects of any car but are vital considerations for family SUV buyers. The omens are therefore good for the RAV4, which looks set to bolster Toyota's reputation for dependability and also comes with a full suite of the latest active safety systems as standard.
Ultimately, the Toyota is about the safest and (if the brand reputation and performance in owner surveys is anything to go by) most reliable car in the class.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid reliability & problems
Many Toyota buyers choose their car on the strength of the brand's reliability reputation alone, and the RAV4 sticks to the script in this regard. In our sister title Auto Express' 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the RAV4 finished 12th out 75 cars, with just 11.5% of owners reporting a fault with their car. Toyota itself finished sixth overall out of 30 manufacturers.
Its 2.5-litre petrol engine, hybrid technology and CVT gearbox have been tried and tested in other Toyota models, while there's also the reassurance of a five-year/100,000-mile warranty should anything actually go wrong.
Confirmation of the RAV4's reliability in the real world will have to wait a few months, though, as it's a brand-new model.
The Toyota RAV4 was awarded five stars out of five by independent crash-safety experts Euro NCAP, with individual scores of 93% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant protection and 77% for safety assistance.
Toyota's Safety Sense 2 package is standard across the range. This incorporates adaptive cruise control with lane-departure warning and steering assistance, along with a pre-collision system including pedestrian detection, automatic high beams and road-sign recognition.
You also get eight airbags, a tyre pressure warning system and a space-saver tyre under the boot floor.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest Toyota RAV4 is a striking-looking and efficient hybrid family SUV, but there are more versatile seven-seat alternatives for similar money
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsFuel economy can vary depending on the sort of driving you do, but the Toyota RAV4's CO2 emissions are impressively low
- 3Running costsThe Toyota RAV4 represents a good deal for company-car users, but private buyers are likely to find a diesel SUV cheaper to buy and run
- 4Engines, drive & performanceHybrid drivetrain and CVT gearbox limit ultimate driver appeal, but the Toyota RAV4 rides and handles well for what it is
- 5Interior & comfortA solid but plain interior and poor infotainment see the Toyota RAV4 lose ground on rivals here
- 6Practicality & boot spacePassenger and luggage space are both decent, if not class-leading, in the Toyota RAV4
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Japanese brand is world-famous for its reliability, and the Toyota RAV4 comes with a good package of safety systems as standard across the range