I've been looking forward to driving the new Rav4 all year, and the wait was certainly worth it. This car is quite possibly the best I've driven from the Toyota fleet. Its looks are ultra-modern with sloping headlights, flared wheel arches and rear privacy glass. It really is a head turner. But looks are not everything as they say, so lets delve a little deeper.
Is it comfortable? In a word, very. The front seats hold you in place while offering excellent lumbar support. The suspension is among the best I have ever felt. Potholes are barely noticeable, which is good for people like me, who have spinal problems.
Is it easy to drive? Well the steering the light, especially for a big car. The ride height is near perfect and if you go for the Icon or the Invincible models, which include Toyota's Touch multimedia center, you get a rear camera, which makes parking in tight spots that much more easier
What about space? Space is something the Rav4 has in abundance. It's so spacious that you could practically hold a small cricket tournament inside. With the front seats pushed all the way back, there is still ample leg room for rear passengers and as for the boot, well it's big, plenty big enough for a wheelchair and shopping and because there is no need for a spare tyre, due to the car coming with a special substance you insert into a punctured tyre, then under the boot, there is another boot!
So, how much does all this cost? Well, prices start at a respectable £22,595 for the basic 2 wheel drive model. Unfortunately, if like me, you are only able to drive automatics, whether that be due to disability or simply driving choice, then you have to buy the Icon model, which is £3,000 more. You may think that that's a lot just to have an automatic gearbox, and you'd be right. But you don't just get the choice of a normal automatic gearbox. You can pay slightly more and get the Multidrive S gearbox. Yes you can simply put in Drive and be on your way, or you can put it into Drive-S, where you can manually change gears either by using the + and - with the gear stick, or using the paddles situated behind the steering wheel. After trying all three methods, my favourite choice was using the paddles, though it can take some getting use to.
If you are looking for a reliable, inexpensive, high-riding car, and can afford to splash out a little, then i suggest you look no further than the new Rav4. It suite all of your needs, and then some.