The Toyota RAV4’s cabin is big enough to carry five adults and its boot is impressively roomy too, but you don’t get a great deal of front seat adjustment in entry-level cars
The Toyota RAV4’s large cabin means there’s plenty of space in the front for you to stretch out. There’s ample headroom if you’re over six-feet tall and driver’s seat-height adjustment comes as standard across the range so shorter drivers can get a good view out. There’s plenty of steering wheel adjustment to make sure you get a good view of the dials, too.
Pick an Excel or Dynamic models and you also get electric seat height adjustment and adjustable lumbar support to reduce backache on long drives. These models also get a memory function for the driver’s seat – handy if your other half is significantly taller or shorter than you are – but no RAV4s come with the option of seat-height adjustment for the front-seat passenger.
You do get reclining rear seats as standard, but even in their most recumbent position they’re no more laid-back than the fixed back seats you get in most family SUVs. The lever to adjust them is hidden up by the headrests so your passengers can’t reach them without twisting round awkwardly.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of headroom for tall passengers and enough legroom for a six-foot-tall adult to sit behind an equally tall driver. There’s plenty of space for your passengers to slide their feet under the front seats too – even when the driver’s seat is in its lowermost position.
The Toyota RAV4’s central rear seat isn’t as wide or as supportive as the outer two, but there’s enough headroom for a tall adult to sit up straight without their head touching the roof. There’s enough shoulder room to carry three adults side by side too, and three kids will have plenty of space to get comfy.
You can easily lift a child seat through the Toyota RAV4’s wide rear door openings, but the Isofix anchor points for securing it are hidden within the fabric padding so it’s not particularly easy to lock it in place.
The Toyota RAV4’s front door bins are big enough to carry two one-litre bottles each and there’s enough room under the front armrest for a few drinks cans, too. You also get two USB ports for charging your phone here, and another under the dashboard beside a 12V socket.
You get a pair of cupholders in the centre console too, and a wireless charging pad for compatible devices. The glovebox isn’t particularly large, however, but you get a small tray to the left of the steering wheel to hold your keys and another wider tray in front of the passenger seat.
The rear door bins aren’t as generous as those in the front but your passengers get a folding armrest with two built-in cupholders. There’s also a pair of USB ports between the front seats and some felt-lined seat-back pockets in Excel and Dynamic models.
The Toyota RAV4 will swallow passengers in the front and bulky luggage in the boot with ease. It’s a doddle to load and even comes with a dog-friendly wipe-clean boot floor as standard
The Toyota RAV4’s 580-litre boot is slightly larger than the Honda CR-V’s but a few litres smaller than the VW Tiguan’s. The boot opening is wide and quite low so it’s easy to load heavy luggage. You also get an adjustable boot floor as standard which means there’s no annoying load lip to worry about. This floor’s reversible too and comes with a wipe-clean surface on one side – perfect if you regularly carry a dog or two in the boot.
There’s enough space under the false floor to hide a few soft bags out of sight and you can slot the load cover into a dedicated recess beneath two removable plastic panels.
You can fold the back seats down in a two-way (60:40) split if you need to carry some long luggage and a back-seat passenger at once. But, some alternatives come with three-way split folding seats or a ski hatch that let you carry an extra passenger.
At least the Toyota’s back seats fold down almost completely flat so it’s dead easy to push your luggage right up behind the front seats.
With all the back seats folded away, the Toyota RAV4’s boot grows to 1,690 litres. That’s slightly more than you get in the VW Tiguan, but a few litres shy of the more capacious Honda CR-V. There’s still plenty of room to carry a bike with both its wheels attached, though.
You also get an elasticated net for storing smaller items, a few shopping hooks and a 12V socket – perfect if you need to keep a few boot-bound gizmos fully charged.