The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has triumphed in 4×4 Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year Awards, named Best Medium SUV
Announced today, the award reflects the all-round qualities of the fifth generation of Toyota’s compact SUV, launched in spring 2019. It also sustains RAV4’s reputation for market-leading success since the original model created the concept of the recreational SUV 25 years ago.
Alan Kidd, 4×4 Magazine Editor, said: “The Medium SUV award category probably had more potential winners in it than any other, but the new RAV4 was a clear winner. Its styling is brilliant inside and out, it’s superbly made and it’s as pleasing to drive as it is practical. It came incredibly close to taking the overall win, only coming second behind a vehicle costing three times as much.”
In its awards report, 4×4 Magazine hails RAV4 – an all-hybrid model – as “the slickest of all the current crop of medium SUVs,” praising its “modern, classy and well-made” appearance. The multimedia system, cabin space and ease of loading are all highlighted and the hybrid powertrains – front or all-wheel drive – are commended for their smooth and quiet character.
A “natural feel” in the steering and composed suspension add to the positives, together with the vehicle’s ability to automatically switch to all-electric power whenever possible – a key benefit of Toyota’s “full hybrid” technology.
Value for money is a critical factor, too, the RAV4 offering “a lot of kit for your money, as well as a very good SUV indeed”.
For 2020, RAV4 is newly available with smartphone integration as standard on all models, providing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions.