2019 Toyota RAV4: UK grade structure and pricing

The all-new fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 becomes exclusively a self-charging full hybrid model. Built on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, it offers a 2.5-litre powertrain that delivers a strong combination of power, performance and high fuel and emissions efficiency.

Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models will be available, the latter being an intelligent system with much greater on- and off-road capabilities than the current RAV4 Hybrid. As an electric-powered system, it is lighter and more compact than mechanical all-wheel drive, yet can achieve the same level of torque output.

Learn more: 2019 Toyota RAV4 powertrains and performance

First customer deliveries commenced in April 2019, with deliveries of AWD-i models beginning in May 2019.

2019 Toyota RAV4: grades and equipment features

Icon 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, push-button start, roof rails, parabola LED headlights, rear privacy glass, electronic parking brake, power-adjustable heated door mirrors with auto-folding function, Toyota Touch 2 with eight-inch multimedia touchscreen, seven-inch TFT driver’s multi-information display, DAB, Toyota Safety Sense 2, E-Call, rear-view camera
Design Additional features: 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, smart entry, power back door, front parking sensors, satellite navigation
Excel Additional features: Projector LED headlights, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, power door mirrors with auto-folding function and puddle lights, heated front seats, driver’s seat with power adjustment and lumbar support and memory function, full leather seat upholstery, heated steering wheel, headlight cleaners, windscreen wiper de-icer

Options: JBL nine-speaker premium sound system, packaged with a Panoramic View Monitor and an opening panoramic roof

Dynamic Additional features: Black 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front sports seats, bi-tone metallic paint, black interior headlining

Options: JBL nine-speaker premium sound system, packaged with a Panoramic View Monitor and an opening panoramic roof

The new RAV4 is available in nine body colours. Selected Dynamic grade models can be specified with a bi-tone finish consisting of a black roof and pillars. The leather seat upholstery in Excel grade models can be specified in one of three colour ways.

All models are equipped with the enhanced functions of our second-generation Toyota Safety Sense system.

2019 Toyota RAV4: powertrains and prices

Icon 2.5 Hybrid CVT Front-wheel drive £29,635
Design 2.5 Hybrid CVT Front-wheel drive £31,190
Design 2.5 Hybrid CVT All-wheel drive £33,430
Excel 2.5 Hybrid CVT Front-wheel drive £33,610
Excel 2.5 Hybrid CVT All-wheel drive £35,850
Dynamic 2.5 Hybrid CVT Front-wheel drive £34,400
Dynamic 2.5 Hybrid CVT All-wheel drive £36,640


Comments (253)

  1. Why can I no longer add speed cameras to the sat nah? The icon had not been on screen for weeks now. Also traffic rarely if ever updates until I’m already in the jam. Renders it a bit pointless really.

    I also have the panel rattle in the cabin and it’s very annoying but coming from mercedes and BMW previously it seems Toyota’s view on quality is far from what any customer would expect

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We’re sorry to hear about the issues you’re experiencing. As we are unable to look over your car ourselves, we would recommend visiting your nearest Toyota centre. They are best equipped to assess the car in person and make any necessary recommendations. You can find your nearest centre via this link: https://www.toyota.co.uk/forms/forms?tab=pane-dealer

      In addition to this, if you would like to send us your reg, we can look into this further with our multimedia team.


  2. Hi.. Toyota RAV 4 – Very poor Sat Nav. As has been noted on several other posts the poor and clunky Sat Nav is a major disappointment on my brand new Rav4. There are of course lots of comments on-line about Apple Car play becoming available as an ‘upgrade’ and that owners should contact their local dealer about installation.. when i contact my local dealer, they want to charge me £150 for the work or £50 if i have the software ‘upgrade’ at the same time as the vehicle is serviced.. I have a few points about this! – Firstly, my car is just over one month old and was collected in January 2020 – should i really have to pay for the ‘upgrade’ at all..!! Also, given that it could be many months before the car requires a service should i really have to wait for 12 months or longer before i can get the cheaper install.. Its bad enough that a £38 k car has such a poor Sat System supplied in the first place but to apply charges for a retro install is just exploiting your customers.. If i fail in my attempt to get a free upgrade of Apple Car Play (to overcome the substandard OEM Sat Nav) then i for one will not be buying another Toyota ever again. So disappointed.

    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      There is a charge for the retrofit as you will be receiving additional equipment in your vehicle, which does require labour from our technicians. Please also be aware that if you were to order a RAV4 today, it would come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. As a result, this has now been included in the price. For example, at launch, the 2019 RAV4 Design AWD cost £33,430. It now costs £34,430 to include smartphone integration.

      If you would like to discuss this further with our customer relations team, you can find their contact details via this link: https://www.toyota.co.uk/contact-us/


      1. Hi Toyota, I’ve just been told, by my dealer, the update for my Rav4 19 plate isn’t available until May. Is this right?

  3. Noisy panels.

    I have had my RAV4 over 6 months now and have noticed that there are noises and on looking I find that many of the plastic panels move and when tapped they make a noise when they come into contact with the metal (eg door).

    Local Toyota dealer has said that they have checked with Toyota and it’s by design that the panels don’t fit tightly and they can rattle when they move.

    Dealer has offered to fit a sound proofing kit (at my expense) as Toyota don’t cover poorly fitting panels as that’s by design.

    It’s like Boeing saying ALL 737 MAX aircraft crash by design, live with it (or die in the case of the passengers).

    If all vehicles have the same issue it can’t simply be written off as by design. It clearly doesn’t meet the expectation of the customer, the panels shouldn’t make a noise due to poor fitting due to poor design. Hard plastic that flexes against a hard metal surface are going to make a noise.

    Why wasn’t there a rubber layer between the flexible plastic and the hard metal ?

    I’m going to have to try and put some tape between.

    Should I inject silicon sealer or use a rubber tape attached to the panel and wrapped around the edge coming into contact with the metal door ?

    As the car was ~ £35k I can’t use the credit card guarantee as that only covers purchases up to £30k !

    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are sorry to hear you are unhappy with your RAV4. We would like to look into this further for you with our customer relations team and will email you directly regarding this.


  4. Hi Toyota,

    What is the latest on when Apple/Android car play will be available for my Rav4.. its real shame that this was not available for a brand new end of year 2019 Rav4.

    I can’t believe Toyota can fall behind french made cars.

  5. Does the update of the SatNav fix the DAB radio ???

    I’ve read the following on another bb:

    Toyota UK have announced details of the programme to allow the upgrade of existing MM17 Audio units in 2019 Corolla & 2019 Rav4.

    A retro fit kit will be available via your local Toyota dealer starting May 2020 and will available to install on all 2019 Corolla Grades and 2019 Rav4 with the exception of the ICON grade, there is no solution available for 2019 Rav4 Icon, 2019 Prius nor 2019 Camry.

    Upgrade will cost £120 for Corolla & £150 for Rav4 there will be a reduced cost offer for upgrades completed along with routine servicing price TBC exact details of logistics and technical processes will be given to dealers at the end of Q1 2020.

    Toyota have asked dealers to inform owners of both models of the upcoming availability.


    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for getting back in touch. Could we please have some further details on what your current DAB concern is? In addition if you could also provide us with the reg we can look into this with our technical team.


  6. Hi Toyota
    Just taken delivery of a RAV4 Design. How come there’s only one USB which connects a phone or media device to the audio control? There’s no USB ports in the central compartment yet two at the back for the passengers. This means that I’m restricted to either phone connection or ipod only and this is nonsensical. Could you please give me some sensible solutions as this flaw (of it is that) should convince the public to seek other, more practical cars.

    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We’ve taken a look at the link and can see you’ve listed a number of issues you are having with the Sat Nav. Would you like us to put you in touch with our customer relations team?


      1. I have spoken to the multimedia team and all they have said is that as it doesn’t work in the same way every unit doesn’t work then that’s by design.

        I do not know how customer relations can claim because it doesn’t work for anybody there’s nothing wrong.

        Clearly there are problems with the touch 2 with go cy17 multimedia system 8″ screen.

        Please raise this issue with the UK directors, Europe directors and head office in Japan.

        Clearly Toyota do not do extensive testing in target markets in normal conditions.

      2. Whilst I share some of the comments and issues detailed by Steve, I am learning to live with the general “quirky” nature of the navigation system.(If I am in the wrong place for these questions then kindly redirect this post.)
        Two issues that do annoy me are:
        1) after successfully entering a destination and asking the system to calculate it comes up with 3 options, fast, short and eco. However I have found no way to keep these on the screen long enough for me to make an informed decision. After about 3 seconds, the options disappear and the system makes the choice for you.
        2) If you change your mind and no longer want a particular route guidance, I have found no way to cancel it other than to mute the voice and turn the display off.
        Please don’t tell me to install the latest updates as the file sizes are so great that my internet would be tied up for days. I am told I need a 16 Gb USB and possibly a 32 Gb for the RAV 2109v2 map. Can you imagine downloading a file of that size in rural Scotland with 2Mbps a decent speed on a good day? I have asked your dedicated multimedia advisers if the download could be provided in any other way and have been told because of the unique code aspect, this cannot be done. I feel sure you could provide the files to the dealers or to owners by post on a USB and send the code separately. Is this too much to ask? We also have an Auris and that requires a different but just as large update file.
        At the moment the hassle involved in installing updates twice a year on two cars is too much to contemplate. Surely the updates should be incremental and not a total re-installation?

        1. Hi Chris,

          Thanks for getting in touch with us. We will email you directly regarding putting you in touch with our multimedia team who will be able to discuss your queries in more detail.


        2. Just checked, with Navigation at version 1520 it’s now possible to delete the destination. Not intuitive but here goes:

          Whilst showing the Navigation screen:

          1) select the three dots “…” on the bottom left of map.
          2) this will show some more options, select the last one “Route”
          3) On the next screen above the map it will show “Destination” and on the right there will be a “Delete” button left of the back arrow

          route deleted…

          Very poor navigation system, not intuitive, kinda like the old Motorola mobile phones that had a different menu on every phone and all the frequently used options are hidden, Nokia had the same menu on all phones and cleaned up, till Android came on the scene and they knew better.

        1. Hi there,

          Thanks for getting in touch. We currently have no new updates to share regarding Apple CarPlay. We are working on smartphone integration for models in our range, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto currently available in Aygo and new C-HR.


          1. The absence of CarPlay is disastrous . Toyota lags behind. A retrofit is essential – and soon – if it wants customers to return.

  7. We just took delivery of a the Rav4 Excel… and loving it.
    Listed on the spec on this page and in the brochure is “power door mirrors with auto-folding function and puddle lights”. Does anyone know how to activate the puddle lights? There is no mention in the instruction manual on how to switch them on and we can find nothing in the various/numerous settings screens in the car either.

      1. It’s OK I think we figured it out last night. The puddle lights only seem to come on if you are holding the key fob and standing next to the doors. It would have been helpful though if that info had been included in the instruction manual somewhere to avoid confusion.

  8. Absolutely ridiculous to not have CarPlay
    Toyota are miles behind what all the other manufacturers are doing
    See they have it in the US though

  9. Delighted with my 2019 RAV4 Design AWD. It is only let down by the lack of Apple CarPlay. Why was this not added as standard? After all it is 2019!! Is there a software update in the pipeline that will add Apple CarPlay, bringing it up to the level of its competitors?

    1. Hi Gerry,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We don’t have any new information to reveal at this time. But, there will be announcements regarding smartphone integration soon.


      1. Will it also support Android auto so I can use a FREE navigation navigation app that can prompt direction changes before rather than after the junction and have a working radio via internet streaming as the radio is absolutely atrocious.

        The SatNav & Radio should be spec’d as an option on ALL grades so I could of NOT paid for something that simply doesn’t work.

        For what the SatNav/Radio costs I could of bought a large screen andriod phone with 3 years unlimited broadband and have a working SatNav and Radio.

        1. Hi Steve,

          Thanks for getting in touch. As mentioned, we don’t have any new information to reveal at the moment regarding smartphone integration. As soon as we have updates, they will be shared across our blog and social channels.


  10. Why are the UK specifaction vehicles not having CarPlay as standard along with the induction phone charger, we are missing out again in the UK yet again on other countries standard spec.

    1. Hi Bob,

      No country in Europe has Apple CarPlay on the RAV4 at the moment; it’s not just the UK. Yes, some other specification is not present on UK cars, but each market is different. We’re sorry if this disappoints you, but we hope it doesn’t put you off the hugely popular RAV4.


      1. I have seen this answer before, But there is no reason for why this was left out of the spec? Almost every YouTube review talks about this and these must have been set up by Toyota PR. In a worldwide market this does set the expectation that this would be part of the package. Granted most european Articles question why it is not standard and there is not answer there.

        Added to this I find that the Lane Departure warning causes a weave if left to its own devices and wonder if this will be getting a software update as well to make it more supportive in a guidance roll rather than another emergency beeping noise in the cockpit which I ended up switching off.

        1. Hi Stuart,

          Thanks for your feedback. We’ll pass it to the product team for consideration. The Lane Trace Assist and Lane Departure Warning systems are designed as a safety aid. Drivers should not rely solely upon these systems. The LTA system does not automatically drive the vehicle or reduce the amount of attention that must be paid to the area in front of the vehicle. The driver must always assume full responsibility for driving safely by paying careful attention to the surrounding conditions and operating the steering wheel to correct the path of the vehicle.


  11. Question – How do I calibrate RAV4 SatNav as required to improve positional accuracy?

    According to the owners manual it is necessary to set the current position calibration correctly, how?

    In section 3-6, “When driving without setting the current position calibration correctly.”

    1. Hi Steve,

      We have a dedicated multimedia team ready to assist you with your vehicle. They can advise on calibrations, sat nav freezing and the other issue regarding the cursor moving off the screen. You can reach them on 0344 701 6202. We hope it gets sorted ASAP.



  12. UPDATE. Some may have read that after ordering my New Rav4 on 01/07/19. I gotta message about a week ago with a June 2020 delivery . We in Saturday I received an email from Matthew at Oakmere motors Toyota, to say that aftervwirkingvwith Toyota my car will be delivered around 25th November 2019 give a week or so.
    This has now made me feel happier and it brought back that exciting feeling you know your getting a new car.
    So finger crossed I will get my car before Christmas which means a trip to the Christmas markets in france is back on.

    Thank you to my dealer and Toyota who have been working tone it my order out since I raised my concerns.

    1. Hi Keith,

      Thanks for getting back in touch. We’re happy to hear this has been resolved for you and hope you’ll have a great trip this Christmas.

      Do get back in touch if you have any further questions.


      1. Hi,

        I am looking to order a Rav 4 Dynamic and have been quoted a lead time of July 2020.Is this correct, if so I’ll probably look at other vehicles and manufactures?

        1. Hi there,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Some derivatives do have a longer lead time due to their popularity. A two-wheel drive Dynamic currently has an estimated lead time of June 2020, while four-wheel drive Dynamic has a shorter ETA of around December 2019/January 2020. We would recommend recontacting your Toyota Centre to discuss these options further.


  13. I ordered my Rav4 Excel awd in dark blue with grey leather first week in June the dealer has given me a delivery date of the 23rd November 2019, that fits my time scale fine.
    Very happy with at I gave been told that certain fwd models have longer lead times

    1. Hi Keith,

      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to hear you’re looking forward to receiving your new RAV4, dark blue and grey leather is definitely a great choice. We wish you many happy miles in the future and can’t wait for you to get it out on the road!


    1. Hi Konrad,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are currently looking at smartphone integration across our range, including both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however unfortunately we have no further information to reveal at this time. We would recommend keeping an eye on our blog and social channels for updates.


      1. We are losing time with RAV4 , when the new version it was released in New York ,it was the best one available with all great options but a delay in phone integration and digital rear view camera in UK has significantly affected its ranking and most new models coming in are pushing it back on specs. It is a shame for RAV4 fans like me.

        1. Hi there,

          Thanks for getting in touch. We can confirm we are currently working on smartphone integration across our range, but unfortunately have no new information to reveal. We would recommend keeping an eye on our blog and social channels for future updates.


        2. I do not understand the need for a digital camera on the rear or whst differences itvwould make to tge current review camera. Which are very clear and give a good picture. This seems more to do with bragging rights then a real issue. The car is exceptionally well kitted out for the price point. You would be hard pushed to get this levelmofvtech in another brand at this price. Looking at vw group group even tgere less brand where well over 44k to get a similar spec. As I do not use Apple it not an issue

          1. Hi Keith
            I would always prefer a digital rear view camera to my existing standard rear mirror in the RAV4 I am using presently. This is a new feature already in Rav4 in the US and is a very thoughtful safety feature introduced. Presently my tall kids sitting behind obstruct the rear view rear view mirror. Digital camera gives a safe clear rear view no matter who sits in the rear seats. I am a Toyota user for decades and I love its safety features.

            This is a paragraph taken from torque news website which states the benefit of this camera
            (The digital rearview mirror allows people the opportunity to see a complete, unobstructed view of what is happening behind them while they drive. Normally when looking out our traditional rearview mirror, we have to look around and through the headrests of the second row, along with rear seat passengers (especially the taller ones).
            At a ball game, this would be what we call “obstructed view seats.”)

      2. I understand it’s to be added retrospectively in Australia. If this is the case, why not the U.K. Its a software update only.

        1. Hi Andy,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, we can’t comment on other markets and as mentioned, we have no new information to reveal regarding smartphone integration across our range. As soon as there are updates, they will be shared across the blog and social channels.


    2. Not having Android Auto is the reason I will not consider this as my next company car, it’s a real shame as I really like the car

    3. It’s amazing that Toyota is prepared to lose sales because of this (which is what they will do). I don’t know anyone who doesn’t either have an Apple or Android phone. Wake up Toyota!

      1. But Toyota gave promised to do an upgrade when it’s ready at least that what the dealer said my current car does not have it. Nor do I see a need for it. Not sure what I am missing, if I am really missing anything my car has GPS dab. Blue tooth, my phone connects via via blue tooth which mean I can play internet based radio when abroad it read my text messages
        I can make make and take calls hands free wgat else do you need when driving.
        You should not be online doing social media whilst driving you should be concentrating inn the road. This might explain the decline in driving standards my Toyota are a leader no having more distractions in the car.
        It nice to have time away from android and Apple you do not need to be connected all the time. I turn my phone of for hours at a time there us nothing that important that cannot wait.

        1. For me it’s more about having google maps on my in car screen (means not being distracted by having to use my phone screen) as all in-care systems are terrible, especially Toyota’s

        2. You may be right Keith, but the navigation, Music and Podcasts etc is easier therefore less eyes off the road. Music can be triggered by voice, Less eyes off the road. Finally the navigation in CaPlay can run Google, Waze, Apple Maps etc so your are always up to date and the traffic is updated… the system will not let you do online dating when plugged in to CarPlay – try it before you knock it.

  14. Any timeline on CarPlay yet? I see it’s being offered on your van range but not in your new cars. It makes no sense.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Aygo is currently the only model in our range that comes with Apple CarPlay. We are looking at smartphone integration across our range and can confirm it is under development, however unfortunately at this time we have no further information to reveal.


        1. Hi Keith,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Apologies for any confusion, we can’t comment on other markets and at this time Toyota GB’s only model available with Apple CarPlay is Aygo.


  15. Is there a misprint in the Rav 4 brochure – both printed and online? The brochure states that the mpg figures are based on the WLTP procedure but the figures on the brochure do not make any sense.

    Have a look at Page 11 where the AWD consumption shows 48.1 to 60.4 mpg. I am sure that this should be 48.1 to 50.4? I appreciate you can’t change what is in the printed document but the downloadable version should be corrected if that is the case.

    I have entered by actual mpg into the “Real mpg” section of HonestJohn’s website but note that this is still showing the pre-launch NEDC figures and not the more realistic WLTP. Over the first 1600 miles in my AWD Excel my car has achieved 51.3 mpg which is amazing for such a car. Well done Toyota engineers.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for contacting us and for pointing this out. We are glad to hear that you are pleased with your new RAV4 and wish you many more happy miles behind the wheel.


  16. Yes the RAV 4 has just come on our company car list but been told the lead time is next April, I think ill pass on that.

    1. Hi Alex,

      Thanks for getting in touch. As the lead time suggests, we are currently experiencing extremely high demand for our vehicles, particularly the RAV4. Of course, we regret the length of time customers have been quoted, but we are doing all we can to get cars built and delivered. Thanks.

      1. I have also been informed that the Rav4 Dynamic I have ordered will not be with me until possibly April 2020. I would have looked at other options or brands if I had known this at the time of order. I feel let down by Toyota and find it misleading they don’t tell you this until your order has been processed. Very disappointed but maybe by the time I get the car it will come with Carplay and Android update for free?????

        1. Hi Paul,

          Thanks for getting in touch. As mentioned, we are experiencing extremely high demand for our vehicles at this time and are very sorry for any inconvenience this is causing. We of course regret the length of time customers have been quoted, however we are doing everything we can to get the cars delivered. If you’d like to contact our customer relations regarding this issue, you can find their contact details via this link: https://www.toyota.co.uk/contact-us/


        2. Hi Paul,

          Keep your eyes peeled to the websites next week. Finally decided sell my Sky Silver RAV4 with 1300 on the clock. Not waiting for Toyota to fix/make a statement on CarPlay. This is not rocket science this is a software upgrade at least and at most allow me access to the Entertainment units from the US. Even third parties are selling these now with navigation as well. First time in 30 years that I will not have a Toyota. This CarPlay issue is being handled so badly.

        3. I ordered mine 1st July was told 5 months delivery. Then in August was told June 2020 I complained pointed out that unregistered car where bring offered for delivery in Oct and not at 37 dealers across the country so Toyota have stocks in there system anyway after 5 days if emails I was told my car would be delivered on 26 Nov 2019 to the dealer. Toyota UK have to get a grip of there stock admittedly I am having the excel awd with grey leather. Just push them it’s not good there no excuse for one of the largest car manufactures. It’s lije the Apple car play and android auto that’s down to Toyota UK not wanting to pay for the licence the software is easily applied to the current system both Apple and android have confirmed this.
          It a shame Toyota UK do not listen to customers. And on top off this the rav4 failed the elk test. However after watching the video off the test I disagree with the fail label it was hard to control but the collision mitigation system should prevent having to do the manuver in the first place.
          It’s a shame when large corporation fail to listen

          1. Hi Keith,

            Thanks for your comment. We’d like to address your points.

            Lead times for new RAV4 are long due to unprecedented demand. We have a finite number of build slots, which inevitably means that when demand outstrips supply, there are longer wait times.

            The decision on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is not in Toyota UK’s hands. We can’t say anymore than that, but we have been lobbying hard on behalf of our customers to get this feature implemented. Hopefully we’ll have news on this soon.

            Regarding the Elk test – At Toyota, the safety of our customers is our number one priority, and to ensure their security, we apply strict safety tests during the development of all our products. Our internal tests fully meet the global standards for obstacle avoidance, and since 2016, we have updated our processes to also reflect the procedures used by Teknikens Värld. During its development stage, RAV4 successfully passed all internal tests, including the Teknikens Värld elk test. We give our assurance to all Toyota customers that they can be confident in the safety of their vehicles. Please note, that to do this test, the relevant Toyota Safety Sense feature is switched off.

            In short, we do listen. In fact, all comments from the press, on blogs, forums, social media and customer relations are all fed into a report which is shared throughout the business and used to inform our future strategy and product features. Being a large company though, this doesn’t happen overnight!

            We hope our comments help to shed some light on things.

            Many thanks for taking the time to read them.

      1. Hi David. Whilst we are seriously looking into improving smartphone integration in our vehicles, we have no information about future availability of Apple CarPlay at this time. Thanks.

        1. Hello, Thats a bit strange as I have a letter saying from Toyota saying that they are expecting to upgrade the my vehicle in May next year. If this is not happening then maybe we should be able to get US Entertainment units and install them here?

          1. Hi Marie,

            Thanks for getting in touch. Apple CarPlay is something we are currently working on to be available in the future. However, we don’t have any further information to announce. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for the latest news.

          2. Pretty sure they have been telling people to keep an eye on the blogs and social media channels since January….. “The future” very vague. What will come first, Brexit or Carplay in the RAV4….. Place your bets

        2. Hi Matt

          I understand the issues with the supply and demand effecting delivery times. But your answer “ The decision on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is not in Toyota UK’s hands. We can’t say anymore than that, but we have been lobbying hard on behalf of our customers to get this feature implemented. Hopefully we’ll have news on this soon” I find hard to believe. The specs in each country seem to be different – while I understand the model is only being made in a couple of plants so someone must have chosen no CarPlay.

          Why can we not get a straight answer on if this is going to be fixed or if we can get units from US and fit them? Each time I drive this vehicle and have the screen sitting there I get more and more frustrated….

          When do we think we wil have an answer/ solution?

          1. Hi Dave,

            Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available on the RAV4 in any market in Europe, so you can see that this isn’t a UK specific issue. As we said, we’ve been lobbying hard for this feature, and we’ll have more information soon.


  17. Hi,
    What’s the current lead time for the RAV4 please? Also, what’s the planned date for Apple car and Android soft update?

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. This is dependent on specification and so we would advise you to speak to your local centre. We are currently working on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however we have no specific timelines to reveal. Please keep an eye on our blog and social channels for the latest news.

      1. It looks like any 2WD trim is to be delivered by Jan 2020 if the vehicle is ordered in June 2019. It is a very long lead time. Any optimisation Toyota could think of at this stage? It does not feel like they are in control of lead times i.e. within 1 week, I’ve been advised that there is 3-months delay which make me think about cancelling my order. Thanks

        1. Just collected my Design AWD today 🙂 I would of waited but I just happened to pick the right combination and there was an unassigned one on the ship. 10% more for AWD and living in the north comes in useful.

      2. You really didn’t answer the question. It looks like you are trying to hide bad news and the impact an honest answer on lead times might have on sales. Please let us know an average by grade and 2WD v’s AWD.Thanks

        1. Hi Ian. We are experiencing extremely high demand for our vehicles at the moment, and we acknowledge that the lead times are significant. Any lead time question for any vehicle, regardless of the wait time, is always directed to the dealer, as they are best placed to advise customers on this. If you’d like to discuss lead times further, we’d recommend contacting your local Toyota dealer. You can find them here: http://po.st/FindToyota

  18. To my mind the inclusion of all the latest car safety technology even in the base grade combined with amazing mpg, low CO2 and good looks far outweigh the missing CarPlay/digital rear view mirror, noisy CVT etc.

  19. What lead time for delivery are people in the UK getting? I’ve got one on order and it’s 9 months at the moment, it started at 3 months when the order first went in but the time has been extended every month so far by a month

    1. I was told today if i ordered the rav4 I would get it about the end of October. shame I’m not gonna get one as I have too many niggles with it. ie: skimping on a driver seatback pocket, stupid not to have a height adjustable passenger seat and no possibility of either a standard or option to purchase the self park system. next best thing would be to purchase the 360 camera (PVM) but you cannot purchase this without the JBL sound system (£785) taking the mick. Lost my order.

      1. Hi,
        I picked my Rav4 up just over a week ago and traded in my Prius+ which had the parking features. I bought the Rav4 with the Premium pack so that I would have the panoramic roof and PVM. I find that I enjoying parking using the PVM more than I did using the automated parting on my Prius. The PVM system helps guid you to be able to part your car. I really do think it is better, but you do have to turn the wheel yourself.

  20. There have been lots of comments about delivery times. Can I please offer my congratulations to Toyota logistics? As I have mentioned in previous comments on this blog, I ordered my Excel spec AWD model at the beginning of December last year when the trade bulletin was issued. The ordering system gave a delivery date then of 1st May. I am currently in New Zealand but have just heard from my Toyota dealer that it has arrived at their premises exactly as originally stated. I am now looking forward to collecting it upon my return home next week. It will no doubt be one of the first AWD models on the UK roads. Now if they can just offer Android Play as a retro upgrade . . . . .it should be perfect!

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thank you for getting in touch and for these kind words, it’s fantastic to hear that you’ll be driving the new RAV4! We wish you many happy miles behind the wheel.


    2. Two things here, Its now May any update on the Apple Carplay system in the Rav4. Also any news on when Toyota will be bringing a full EV to market.

      1. Hi Sean,

        Thanks for getting in touch. We have no further announcements on Apple CarPlay other than that we are working on it currently. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for the latest news.

        In regards to your second query, we plan to accelerate the popularisation of BEVs with more than ten models to be available worldwide by the early 2020s. This will start in China and gradually introduced to Japan, India, United States and Europe. You can read more on this here: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/electrification-across-entire-toyota-line-up-from-2025


  21. Why doesn’t Toyota pay ford to use its patented heated front screen?

    Perhaps ALL car manufacturers should push Ford to offer this patent on Reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) terms?

    That’s probably the one thing I miss on non Ford cars, when the de-icer spray freezes on the screen and the scraper snaps it takes a long time to set off 🙁

    Every year the screen freezes here in Scotland.

  22. could you please confirm what speed is possible in EV mode on the new RAV4, i understand the new 2.0 in the corolla can utilize its motor up to 74mph, whereas the 1.8 is more like 30mph, what is it on the 2.5 ?

        1. Hi there,

          There is not a set distance that the car will travel in EV mode at this speed. It depends on different factors such as weather and road conditions and journey type.

          The electric motor will always aid in acceleration.


  23. I couldn’t agree more about the comment on tyres. I can appreciate the practical difficulties of offering a dealer fit option but with the wide variety tyre of options now available at the very least all season tyres should be a factory fit option, if not the default fit. The cost of making the change from summer to winter tyres is high and although I did fit winter tyres on my last RAV I then never removed them.

  24. Hi, can someone tell me what material the sport seats are covered in on the 2019 Rav4 dynamic model. Toyota site says leather, but also read it is synthetic leather. Which is it?

    1. Hi Dave,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for your interest in the new RAV4. The new dynamic model features synthetic leather seats.

      We hope this helps.

      1. The toyota website states the dynamic model comes with leather interior, which it does not, but the excel states full leather, which I belive it does have. Seems odd that the top of the range model doesn’t, but the model below does…or is the Excel interior actually a synthetic material?

        1. Hi Dave,

          We can confirm that the Excel features full leather seats with drivers seat, and the Dynamic features synthetic leather seats.


          1. Sorry but this reply hasn’t really answered my enquiry. Wanted to know why the dynamic model on the website states leather interior, but it does not have leather.

          2. Hi David,

            We’re sorry if this has been misleading for you, we will pass your feedback on to our website team. On the car configurator, for the Dynamic grade, seats are listed as ‘Dynamic Sport Seats’ whereas the Excel specifies ‘Black Leather’ as standard.


  25. Could you let me know what model tyres are standard in the AWD version? My dealer only has a FWD version and it’s fitted with Bridgestone Alenza which are road tyres. Hoping the AWD versions come with multi-terrain tyres.

      1. Can you please confirm exactly which version of the Alenza tyres are fitted? I can find reference to Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza which is an all season SUV tyre and Alenza 001 which seems to be a summer tyre by searching on the internet. There doesn’t seem to be much information around on the Alenza which seems to be quite new.

        1. Which grade of the new RAV4 are you interested in? This will help us answer your query accurately.


          1. Hi there Chris,

            The tyres fitted on the Excel AWD are Bridgestone-D-Alenz. This is therefore the same 18″ tyre and tread pattern as the 2WD Excel.

            We hope this helps.

          2. Having been advised on this Blog by the moderators that:

            “The tyres fitted on the Excel AWD are Bridgestone-D-Alenz. This is therefore the same 18″ tyre and tread pattern as the 2WD Excel.”

            I was therefore quite surprised that when I collected my Excel AWD today, it was fitted with Dunlop Grandtrek PT30 tyres. Searching for more information on this tyre I have found virtually nothing other than Goodyear in Australia is claiming that this is Toyota’s tyre of choice for the new RAV4.

            Dunlop/Goodyear doesn’t even acknowledge its existence on its UK website. Given how important the choice of tyres is in the overall driving experience I am always bemused by how little attention is focused on this aspect in the specifications. I would like to think it is part of the design refinement process and not just a question of which company is offering the cheapest deal?
            I live in hope that one day manufacturers might offer a tyre choice as part of the build specification. At the very least an “all season” option would rate quite highly in my opinion of the company.

    1. My issue with factory fitted tyres is the fact the manufacturer chooses the ones which get best mpg, are the cheapest for them to fit due to tyre manufacturer desire to get them fitted as many motorists simply buy what was fitted new.

      I look for a good compound, eg Dunlop/Goodyear then the best wet braking and quiet, typically 67-68dB. 3dB is factor of 2, ie 68dB tyre is half as noisy as 71dB. 3dB is VERY noticeable !

      These Bridgestone are NOISY !!!

      £30K+ car should have quiet tyres.

    1. For quite a while now I have read the posts of disappointed potential customers who have decided to look elsewhere for the sole reason that the UK version of the new RAV4 does not include Apple/Android Play. Having had no experience of these products I did not really understand all the fuss.

      I am currently in New Zealand and am driving a rental SUV, also Japanese but not Toyota. My UK mobile contract includes full roaming and data use in NZ. The rental car has no built in navigation system but Android Play is available so rather than use some of the navigation instructions I had prepared prior to arrival I have tried Android Play.

      I now fully understand what everyone has been talking about. The accuracy of finding obscure locations, up to date road works and traffic integration make it a joy to use. As one who currently has the Toyota navigation system on our Auris there is no comparison. No twice yearly 7Gb downloads to update the system only to find it is not really up to date. I certainly will not pay the significant cost of updates after my 3 year “free” period is up.

      I have no idea what car manufacturers have to pay to licence Android and Apple Play compared to the cost of providing and maintaining their present in car navigation apps but this is now a “no brainer” for me. I haven’t even ventured beyond the navigation aspects into the wider options associated with “Google Now”.

      I for one, sincerely hope that Toyota gets its act together quickly and offers these products with their whole range and also makes it easy to retro install them on models that did not have them as standard. I would go so far as to say that I would willingly pay a reasonable cost of retrofitting. I would hope that it only requires a simple firmware/software change? Whoever in Toyota Europe decided not to follow the USA, that decision has probably seriously harmed the new model’s sales prospects.

      1. My understanding after talking to the team at Apple is that there is no charge for CarPlay technology. It is purely a conversation between the “Radio Unit” manufacturers and Toyota. The decision to fit it or not seems to lie with the Product marketing team in the local market. Toyota seem reluctant to share the decision process.

        1. What a shame that Toyota doesn’t look proactively at what can be done without undue costs to make RAV4 a great car.

      2. I’ve had my new 2019 Rav4 for about a month now. It’s a great car but I can confirm the Toyota SatNav is worse than useless. Routing is primitive and often nonsensical (it had me going round in circles yesterday), headup display often reverts to head down or head sideways. I did manage to get warnings of upcoming speed cameras, but that has since gone. Although it will advise speed cameras as you’re passing or just past them – that is if they’re in it’s database, which often they’re not. Annoyingly, especially when you’re in 30mph zones, it advises “prepare” for turns 600 yards ahead, and frequently advises a turn once it’s gone past. This SatNav is so excruciatingly bad, as of today, I’m going to stick my old TomTom on the screen, and Toyota navigation will no longer drive me nuts. What’s equally annoying is Toyota UK obviously have no meaningful contact with Toyota Japan and cannot answer any questions in general and specifically any questions about when Apple Carplay or the Android equivalent becoming available to rescue Toyota’s disgraceful navigation system.

        1. It is interesting that you were disappointed with the sat nav. I have now had my AWD Excel for 6 weeks and have been very pleased with it. I made a trip last week of over 1,000 miles and actually found the sat nav worked surprisingly well. Yes, you have to fiddle with the orientation but I have found its predictions on arrival time helpful and very accurate. It was good on speed cameras as well. I have updated the software via the free upgrade from the e-store. My main complaint is that I have so far failed to find any way of cancelling route guidance once you have started on a journey other than to input a new one. The overall interface is, in my opinion, poorly designed and not really intuitive, to me anyway.
          It is interesting to note that today’s announcement on the revised Aygo range states that: “the multimedia system now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality”. Clearly Toyota can do it if they want to. Possibly this was a European model.design rather than Japanese?
          A further point about the new RAV4 is that so far, the predicted WLTP looks achievable and I have actually exceeded the claimed figure over the first 1500 miles. I am amazed at how frugal it seems to be for such a large and heavy car.

          1. They auto is basically psa car and Peugeot Citroen cone with these things as standard. They are the sane cars using the same equipment so that why.

          2. Hi Keith,

            Thanks for getting in touch. There were actually no collaborations with other brands involved in the development of the RAV4 and therefore it has been purely developed and built by Toyota.


        2. Can confirm, SatNav is inaccurate, passed junction before it shows it on screen.

          Although their postcodes are very up to date, 1st postcode I entered it couldn’t find, it’s on google maps, bing, and every other app I tried, even the Toyota map. Looked up the royal mail postcode and it was deleted a couple of years ago as the building was demolished.

          If only the location pointer was accurate, £50 mobile is more accurate 🙁

          And I’ve experienced the map swap orientation, I set it 2D heading yet it flips to heading north and suddenly I’m expected to start following the road left, right or down. SHouldn’t have to use a compass to figure out which way to follow screen.

      3. Chris,

        The one thing that really grinds is this unit. It really should have CarPlay installed especially when every online (American granted) review talks about it.

        I love everything else about this vehicle but every time I drive it I see this unit, The low res screen, lack of CarPlay (which is free to Toyota) and the low of resolution camera and no sensible comment from Toyota makes me irritated.

        Mine has a 1300 on the clock and next week up for sale if anybody wants it. Cant deal with this frustration any more.

  26. So, the answer for Carplay is “Apple car play will be coming to our vehicles but at this time we cannot provide any more guidance as to when” But if I buy the new RAV will i be able to retro fit this functionality? How did the priduct team get this so wrong?

  27. I love the new Rav 4 and after a brief test drive was ready to place my order when I found out no apple car play. Looking elsewhere now but so disappointed.

    1. Hi Mike,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We’re sorry to hear that you feel this, Apple car play will be coming to our vehicles but at this time we cannot provide any more guidance as to when. We would suggest keeping an eye on our website and social channels for further updates.


      1. I am in exactly the same position as Mike Chris, Apple Car Play is light years ahead of the existing system and sadly I too will have to look elsewhere.

      2. Hello

        So I a still a little stuck…..If I buy oine can this be updated at a later date? Surely this is just a software rev or has someone in the Product marketing team specced a different head unit for elsewhere in the world?

        1. Unfortunately we have no further updates on this at this time. We can only advise for you to keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for the latest news.

          Thank you.

      3. Wow, so many people ready to order but cancelling because no Apple CarPlay. I’m also one of them. How much must Toyota have lost over this?

        I’m due to replace my car in october 2019. Any chance Toyota will have sorted this by then? I understand it’s available in the States with CarPlay so obviously it’s do-able…

        1. Hi Stephen,

          Thanks for this feedback. This is something we are working on, however have no specific dates at this moment in time. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for further updates.


          1. So if Car Play is fitted to newer models,will it be retrofitted to us have placed our order?

          2. Hi Les,

            Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately we have no further information at this moment in time. It is something we are working on, but have no specific details or timelines to reveal yet. We would advise for you to keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for future updates.


        2. I agree this is so frustrating, I have one on order and searching for a solution here. The stock answer is Bluetooth connectivity…. But maybe they could fit a CD player or Cassette for all its worth…. Trying to work out if I can fit a US unit but not sure how the navigation will handle this as this has to be the only difference.

          1. I have had some experiences fitting additional components to existing features in previous RAV4 models and must admit that there are always niggly bits which compromise the full satisfaction.

          2. Very…. Was so close to ordering one. Glad I asked the question as I wasn’t made aware and so many articles stating it comes with apple carplay as standard from the USA. I have decided to go with Honda CR-V which boasts Honda CONNECT with GARMIN Navigation (7″ touchscreen, AM/FM/DAB, Apple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™, Internet radio, Aha™ app integration, Internet browsing)

            Toyota total loss £39k

      1. I agree too! When traffic regulations become stricter regarding handling of mobile phones, Airplay is the only way. The New Rav 4 is not complete without Airplay.

        1. Yeah I am the same. Was just about to order the Dynamic AWD with Premium pack and a few other extras (pretty much the biggest spec possible on this car) – Total cost £38,711.32…….. then I go to test drive it and ask the dealer (Tunbridge Wells – Kent) about the Apple Car Play and wireless charging in the front compartment and I was told that neither are available currently!!!!
          Evidently they are available in the EU and the States however they do not have the ability to release in the UK yet unless you buy an AYGO which has it as standard……. No one seems to know for sure why, but its safe to say I am also looking elsewhere.
          My current car has had Apple Car Play for 4 years and I believe it is pretty standard now days. There is not a hope in hell I will be paying almost £40k for a car that does not have wireless phone charging and Apple Car Play.
          Crazy as the car has so much potential. Hopefully Toyota will realise how important tech is in these cars for people.

          1. Toyota obviously will not commit, but I have had a mail from the European Toyota guys saying that it is something that they might be able to retro fit with a software update but no dates….. Product marketing team in Toyota seems to have dropped the ball.

          2. Hi David,

            Thanks for getting in touch, we appreciate your feedback. As previously mentioned, this feature is something we are working on but have no further updates to provide at this time. We would recommend following our blog and social channels for further updates.


          3. I must admit it is a nice looking car however the lack of smart phone integration and the dated user interface on the infotainment system is really putting me off. I have seen reviews on line from the United States which shows the model having the new Toyota Touch 3, Apple Carplay and Android, I am really disappointed that the UK will not have this, especially as Apple list the model as being compatible.

            I have configured a model online, however not sure I can justify getting a £39k car without what is now such basic features/expectations.

            I was really sold on this car however will now be looking at alternatives over the coming months, purely down to the lack of smart phone compatibility. User interface and user experience is extremely important to a large percentage of drivers and with UK traffic laws becoming increasingly stricter, I feel smart phone integrations and choice of apps (i.e. navigation etc.) has a huge influence on car buyers.

            The brochure states “THE ALL NEW RAV4 IS EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST IN-CAR TECHNOLOGY, AVAILABLE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS.” And I feel this is just not the case.

          4. Absolutely spot on!!
            When the 2019 Rav4 specs were out first time in US , I imagined this is going to be the model which beats every mid sized SUV this year world over ,but alas…!

          5. And it must also support Android, 20x as many android phones as apple. I’s only want android support so when the maps are wrong / out of date I could use my phone.

          6. The RAV4 is so close to perfect, just has a few stupid flaws, phone connection (or lack of). non hybrid option (2.5L petrol with 8speed auto), Noisy tyres, no all season tyres. Perhaps you should be able to have dealer fitted choice of tyres (at no extra cost)…

          7. I’m also very close to buying, but why do I have to get Excel grade for JBL audio, heated wipers, 360 camera. I’m not bothered by most of the extras of the grade, heated seats, power seats. Once seat position found NEVER changed…

          8. Good to see here as many requests for CarPlay support as I can see on the parallel blog post about the new Corolla. Clearly for a RAV4 the concern is even bigger given its higher price (I’d buy a RAV4 if I drove more than what I do these days).
            As I told my dealership, I will order a Corolla the day after Toyota will announce immediate CarPlay availability.
            As far as technicalities are involved, I’ve always taken for granted that it would have been just a software update, but according to some forums the displays/navsat units in North America, where CarPlay is available, are from a different manufacturer. So we might need to wait for a proper revision of the current models before getting CarPlay.
            I was hoping to buy a new car by the end of the year, but it looks more likely that Toyota will get to CarPlay in Europe only sometime in 2020.

  28. I’m amazed to learn the 2019 Rav4 2wd hybrid model can only tow braked 800kg, seems such a small weight for a 2.5litre petrol engine.

    1. I always thought that towing capacity was linked to gross vehicle weight but I have failed to find out if there are any definitive tests or standards for providing this measurement. Can the mods on this blog tell us how Toyota actually decides on these figures? I agree that for the AWD version to have more than double the towing capacity of the FWD does seem strange. The gross weights and overall power are very similar. The unbraked figure is set in law but the braked figure does seem to be up to the manufacturers.

      1. Hi Chris,

        Thanks for getting in touch. The reason for this is mainly due to the Hybrid system. With two motors for the AWD, there is no risk to overheating. We hope this helps.


  29. Auto Express tested RAV4 in Italy and test cars had digital rear view mirror. German test car had it as well (found German review on youtube). I can understand that Europe will not get Apple Car Play because of different head units to American market. But not to include digital rear view mirror in UK, when it is available in mainland Europe is beyond me. Why Toyota?

  30. Having already paid a pre order deposit for a RAV4’s 4 dynamic,I was disappointed to learn that Apple car play will not be offered in the uk, I think for me this will be a deal breaker.
    If later RAV4’s 4 have this option it will affect the trade in value when I change in 3 years time.
    It is a shame as It ticked most of the boxes I wanted in a suv, a lot of my friends in the farming community have also come to the same conclusion.

    1. John , I entirely agree with you. It has ticked most of the boxes ( I had mentioned some of these in my earlier posts two years back and nearly all were included now , thanks to Toyota) but car play is clearly one sore point. With UK driving regulations getting stricter every day , we don’t wish to be fumbling with our phones and getting into cameras.

        1. Alan,
          I could write a large paragraph how car play coverts a car into a place where everything is sorted while driving( esp with UK traffic laws being quite strict on fiddling with our mobiles) but I am tied with time. Just for one example ,a blue tooth does not give you the quality of music which a direct connection gives. I am tied up on Monday morning or I could write a whole page. Rav4 not having car play is like taking off the best it could give us in this all new model and it is upsetting that US gets it all. No wonder Toyota does not grab the attention of any car review sites in UK although I believe it is one of the best ones.

          1. Dinakar, bluetooth quality music is just fine, its not like you can stream WAV or ACC files! Anything you stream will be as good as an average quality mp3 – 320kbps at most which will be fine over bluetooth. I highly doubt your phone is filled with WAV or ACC , if so you’d only fit an album or two on most phones. Quality of sound simply isn’t an argument for Carplay. I’m not saying its the only argument for carplay, but it is the only one you stated after saying you could “write a large paragraph” and its nonsense.

    2. I see Jeep are promoting that the have Apple Car Play, perhaps they have read the feedback. IMO I’d rather have the 360 degree camera and not really bothered with mobile connection as I drive when in a car and typically listen to LBC and NEVER make calls, that’s dangerous!

      1. Having Car Play or Android Auto is about choice and safety: you can control navigation (waze or google maps) with voice. Ask SIRI or Alexa for information or to play music. Control Spotify or power amp with buttons on the steering wheel. To put it simply, you put your phone away and use car infotainment system to use apps. I used latest Toyota and Lexus built in navigations and they both are very poor compared to Waze for example. Omission of the smartphone integration forces use of the phone holder (extra clutter) and fiddling with the actual phone, which makes it unsafe.

  31. Any chance of an Icon AWD? Just add AWD, Projector LED headlights, windscreen wiper de-icer, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert,

    Not really bothered about the Sat Nav (I know my way and have android phone if needed) and all the expensive and irrelevant options,

  32. WOW!… No Apple CarPlay for UK customers? Not even as a paid for upgrade? Seriously? What are you thinking Toyota? I’m appalled…. why provide this technology in the US but not the UK?

    1. Hi Stuart,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are sorry to hear that you feel this way, but we appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass this on to the product team.


      1. One of the reasons why sales in UK always lags for Toyota is not because it does not make great cars but I feel that nearly always the UK sales decision team makes sure we lag behind US for options. At least that is what I could see for Rav4 during the past 10 years. I wonder why this is considered a good management decision! I used ‘Always’ because the team never seems to learn.

        1. Similarly their engine choice is often poor. eg Auris 1.2L petrol against competition Focus, Astra, Leon etc with 2L? I like Toyota quality but there too conservative. On a long 250+ mile journey need a decent engine that just eats up the miles. Don’t need 155+mph but it should be able to do 70 mph without dropping speed going up a hill and have the ooomph to overtake lorries, buses and other vehicles without having to drop gears.

          When will the AWD be available to test drive? £ for $ we are much more expensive in the UK 🙁

          1. Hi Steve,

            Thanks for getting in touch. The RAV4 will be in Toyota showrooms from February 2019, so we would advise for you to contact your local Centre then in regards to a test drive.

      2. I am amazed that the product team have not included Carplay as standard. There is no license fee to Apple for this, all the marketing and testing online (mainly US) showed Carplay. Almost every review mentioned the lack of it. So rather than a vague statement acknowledging it state whether this will be able to be retro fitted/Installed… Or are you hiring a new product team?

  33. What? No apple CarPlay nor android auto…
    I know UK is not technologically advanced but missing smart phone integration basically means you have lost my order. Was so excited from YouTube reviews that this car looks so impressive with the safe sense, apple CarPlay and digital centre mirror as standard but just realise two of them are not available in UK. Sorry but it’s no rival to CX5 or CRV

  34. Looks fab in the pics. The hybrid will be a big seller, and i’m very tempted….but like many folk here, it is infuriating that Apple CarPlay is not available. It is standard from October 2018 build on Lexus models (USA), and the new RAV4 from the start (USA), so why not in the UK? Toyota will lose LOTS of sales, as most people in a whole range of cars use the system and will expect it in their new one. It’s just sooo good to use. As you feed this information back from this blog I hope that this lack of CarPlay is stressed to the powers that be it is a ridiculous omission.

    1. Hi Rich,

      Thank you for getting in touch. We appreciate that there has been some negative feedback on our blogs and social channels regarding the issues that you mention. Customer feedback is extremely important to us, so we take all these comments on board and pass them on to our Product Team in order to make future improvements.


      1. Genuinely searching for the best local dealer to buy one. Then discovered zero chance of apple CarPlay. I’m now looking elsewhere. It’s *that* important. No Sale. Stupid decision.

  35. So US gets apple car play, ventilated seats and the digital rear view mirror – not even optional here why?
    And I can’t believe Toyota persists in its infotainment/nav system. I bought an ‘18 Rav hybrid which I use in Spain and generally I like. But in Uk recently I test drove other competitors and their systems were all faster, with sharper graphics and more functionality. Frankly, from the videos I’ve seen the so called ‘updated’ system is still way behind what’s on offer in cars available now. It’s really not acceptable to offer an uncompetitive system in a new car given the rate rate of change over the last few years. Toyota’s system is clunky and outdated and to offer it yet again is frankly an insult to Its’ Customers.
    I was genuinely expecting to be ordering a new Rav about now….but I’ll be ordering a Honda CR-V hybrid.

    1. Hi Jonathan,

      Thank you for these comments and we are very sorry to hear that you feel this way. Although we can’t comment on competitor brands, we can appreciate that there has been some negative feedback on our blogs and social channels regarding the issues that you mention. Customer feedback is extremely important to us, so we take all these comments on board and pass them on to our Product Team in order to make future improvements.


      1. Feel cheated by Toyota in Uk. Who made the decision of only model type in the UK. Whereas America gets all. We are always treated like second class citizens. Options within the car are also basic and limited. All we here is apologies but nothing gets done. I will also be looking at other models. A great opportunity by Toyota has just been wasted

    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for your interest in the new RAV4. It will be built in the Takaoka and Nagakusa factories in Japan.

  36. Hi, When will the full brochure be available? Want to understand the full spec of the car i.e. does it have multiple cameras (like the current car)

  37. Was quite excited about the new Rav4 as I am due to order a company car with my new employer in January. Unfortunately without Apple CarPlay it looks like I’ll opt for a Mitsubishi Outlander again. Smartphone integration is a must for me

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your comments, we are sorry to hear that you feel this way. We welcome your comments though and will be sure to pass this on to our Product team.


  38. Sharp looking car. I have a few questions. What will the kerb weight be of the 4WD Design and Excell models? Will the infortainment system support all of the connected features available in other markets, such as remote locking/unlocking/engine start? Also, will Android Auto be supported?

    1. Hi Greg,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Although we are unable to say what the kerb weights will be for specific grades, the weight for all grades of the 2019 RAV4 4WD will be between 1645kg and 1730kg. In regards to the infotainment system, the features you mention will not be available. The vehicle will feature Toyota Touch 2, which includes a multi-touch screen with new pinch and zoom functionality and a customisable home screen. For more information on the vehicle’s equipment, please see the following blog post:



  39. Great to see the details at last. I wonder where Motability will pitch this. Let’s hope they go for “Design” at the very least.

  40. So, after the long wait for the 2019 Rav4 disappointed to find out no Carplay. New car decision is now between Audi A3 and new Honda Crv hybrid. What a disappointment Toyota, if Carplay was provided in North America, why not in Europe. One less Toyota customer.

    1. Hi Reuben,

      Thanks for getting in touch, we are sorry that you feel this way. Toyota is committed to putting customers first and we will be sure to pass your comments on in order to make improvements in the future.


  41. I am currently considering placing an order and trading in my 2013 RAV4 for the new model. I will definitely go for the AWD version even if I do have to wait until May next year. I am trying to decide between the Design and the Excel grades and if it justifies the extra cost. Kindly tell me what the differences are, in practical terms, between Parabola LED headlights (as standard) and Projector LED headlights as on the Excel and above grades. All the other differences I can work out for myself.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Projector headlights provide an even distribution of light, maximising the visibility of the road, whilst minimising the blinding effect to oncoming traffic. The Parabola LED headlights on the other hand, are of a simpler reflective design that generate intense and weak spots in the beam so do not provide such an even light distribution. Essentially the projector highlights provide a far better driving experience when it is dark. We hope this helps aid your decision and we wish you many happy miles with whatever grade you choose.


      1. Thanks for the explanation, that helps. Another couple of questions please. Firstly, can you tell me where the new models that will be coming to the UK are going to be built? I believe that all the UK models in the past have been built in Japan but I am aware that a specialist facility has been constructed in Canada. Will ours be coming from there?
        Secondly, looking to order my own very shortly, I am struggling on a colour. I am intrigued as to what the Urban Khaki will look like but no samples are available at the dealer. Is this a totally new colour to Toyota or is it in use in another market – possibly even under another name? From the press release literature is looks like a greenish grey colour but the printed picture is rather small to be able to see properly.

        1. Hi Chris,

          Thank you for your interest in the new RAV4 and it’s great to hear that you’re looking to order your own! The new models will be built in the Takaoka and Nagakusa factories in Japan. In regards to Urban Khaki, yes, this is a new colour to Toyota. Your description is accurate, it is a light khaki colour, however we would advise for you to wait until the brochure is available to be sure on your colour choice. Please let us know if you have any more queries, we are happy to help.


          1. Thanks for the information. I have ordered the AWD version in Excel format this morning in Urban Khaki but need to see a sample swatch or realistic picture of the colour before it gets too late to change the factory order if I don’t like it. Can you help as my dealer does not expect to get colour swatches for a while yet? I have searched the web without success.

    1. Hi Richard,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The rear seats do not fold completely flat, but there is only a small height difference when they are fully folded. Unfortunately at this moment in time, we cannot share any other information on this matter, however, the RAV4 will be available in showrooms from February so we would advise seeing this in person and experiencing the car and all it has to offer.


  42. Hi
    Just ordered my new 2019 RAV4 AWD Excel
    Can you confirm if it has the digital rear view mirror system
    Looking forward to better off road/ snow performance….and at last a sun roof
    My 2018 RAV4 is great, can’t wait for TSS2.0 with updated radar cruise for traffic jams
    Jerry Williams

    1. Hi Jerry,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are pleased to hear that you have ordered your new RAV4! Unfortunately this feature will not be available in the UK, however, the RAV4 offers generous equipment specifications across its range in Europe, with all models equipped as standard with the latest iteration of Toyota Safety Sense.


  43. Was really looking forward to this but on a spec for spec comparison all rivals seem a better buy. Nudging £40k for top spec with pan roof!

    1. Hi Andy,

      Thanks for getting in touch. No, the vehicle won’t have Apple CarPlay. The 2019 RAV4 will feature the 8″ Toyota Touch 2 with multimedia on all grades. This includes a multi-touch screen with new pinch and zoom functionality and customisable home screen.


  44. Why do Toyota persist in CVT transmission? I find the DSG transmission a lot smoother and more refined to drive/use. Is it just a matter of cost?

    1. Hi Paul,

      Thanks for getting in touch. No, it’s definitely not a matter of cost. CVT transmission is an ideal partner for Hybrid, as it has an infinite number of gear ratios at its disposal. By constantly analysing vehicle speed, road conditions, engine power and driver input, it selects the optimal (most efficient) gear ratio for that precise moment. Without the constraining effect of fixed gear ratios, the engine can be operated at its most efficient speed to either propel the car or charge the batteries.

      We’re aware of the negative feedback regarding the refinement of CVT transmission in the past, and the fourth generation of Hybrid technology found in the RAV4 is greatly improved in this respect. W’d encourage you to try one for yourself!

      Thanks, hope this helps.

    2. I disagree the dsg on vw group vehicles us quite jerky at liw speeds and stop start traffice there absolutely no gear jerk in the cvt. Yes I am getting use to the non gear change when no put my foot down you do not get kick down feeling but the acceleration us there. Compared to the Nissan, bmw, Mercedes or vw grp the cvt on the toyotavand Lexus are very refined and they suit electric motors much better than dsgs

    1. Hi Andy,

      Thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the delay in our response. We are currently liaising with our Product Team and will be back to you as soon as possible.


      1. Hi Andy,

        Although park assist will not be available, the new RAV4 will offer generous equipment specifications across its range in Europe, with all models equipped as standard with the latest iteration of Toyota Safety Sense.


  45. Why only Hybrid versions? US website has petrol only models as well. Fuel consumption figures are not that different between the two the existing models.

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately we are unable to comment on other markets, but in the UK, the new hybrid engine provides a highly responsive driving experience, incredible fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.


      1. Will the hybrid CVT have the annoying screaming engine revs until required speed is attained? Looking at the gorgeous CH-R, but performance is lacking, CVT is a bit asthmatic and no sunroof.
        I’ve always loved my Mk3 RAV XT5 with over 300,000 miles on it now. Put off the new version as no sunroof option. Pleased to see this has been considered.

  46. So, Americans get the new Toyota Touch 3 with apple car play and UK gets very old Toyota Touch 2. Looks like ventilated seat are not available in UK either. Older entertainment system without the support of at least Apple car play will be a deciding factor for a lot of people not to buy new RAV4.
    Would not surprise me if the new Corolla gets Toyota Touch 2 in UK as well.

    1. Hi Andy,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you feel disappointed. As mentioned in the following blog post: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/explore-the-new-2019-toyota-corolla-comfort-and-technology, the Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system will be featured in the 2019 Toyota Corolla in the UK. We can appreciate that there has been some negative feedback on our blogs and social channels regarding the Toyota Touch 2 Multimedia system, therefore we always pass these comments to our Product Team.

      If you would like to contact our Customer Relations team regarding this, you can find their details as follows: https://www.toyota.co.uk/contact-us/.


      1. I for one will be giving this a miss. The absence of CarPlay support demonstrates a continued contempt from Toyota for their UK customers. Toyota Touch 2, which I have on my current RAV4 that I’ll likely now be selling, is horribly dated relative to the competition who seem to care more about giving their customers what they request.

        1. Hi Matt,

          Thanks for getting in touch, we are sorry to hear that you feel this way. Toyota are committed to putting their customers first so all comments are considered and passed on to our product team.


      1. Thank you for correcting me, however both units are made by Harman, JBL system is for sure made by Harman as trademark belongs to them. So, how difficult is to integrate the Apple Car play into Touch 2? Every other car from the competition already has or getting the Apple car play and Android Auto. Fair point that Entune system is only for America, but RAV4 in Russia for example has the custom android based head unit. So, my point is, why in UK we have to be stuck with old technology.

        1. the pr release for the new Corolla suggests that Touch 2 in it (& I would suspect the new RAV too) has a hardware upgrade (so hopefully less lag) & a new pinch-to-zoom UI. Let’s see what we actually get before we criticise it too much (btw my experience is that the existing Touch 2, whilst not perfect, works & many of the complaints that I see online are from people that haven’t explored/learnt/tailored it fully).
          Afaik Entune 3.0 head units are made either by Pioneer or Panasonic depending upon spec. & not by Harman.

          We have seen with MirrorLink that Toyota are very wary about allowing data/permissions (remember that the infotainment system is directly networked into the car’s systems). I can also understand why (at least in N.A.) they now have CarPlay but not yet Android Auto – there is nothing like the OS version fragmentation with iOS compared to Android so much easier to support. Toyota were also exploring their own linking app./interface but sadly I can’t remember what that was called. 🙁

        2. I agree UK should get up to date firmware. But IMO I’d rather the maps were frequently upgraded (free of charge for the life of the car) and the reversing camera. Connecting a phone is of little interest to me and if anything I’d rather get other features such as ability to record all the 360 degree video from the multiple camera sources.

    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for getting in touch. All of the new RAV4 grades will have a 2.5 litre hybrid engine. This technology provides a highly responsive driving experience whilst generating incredible fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions, saving on fuel costs and taxes.


  47. Lovely car. Can’t wait to see it in the flesh but so far I want. Already have a 2016 Rav. Let’s hope trade in prices don’t offend and scupper potential sales.

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are pleased to hear that you like the new RAV4 and would be interested in trading in your current RAV4. In regards to the trade in price, we would advise contacting your local Toyota Centre who will be best equipped to provide you with more information now that pricing has been released.


      1. Please when can we expect to see the AWD version appearing in the online configurator? The prices are in the finance calculator but as far as I can see you can only build the FWD at the moment.

        A second question please? When can I expect to be able to see a proper sample of the paint colours at my dealer (Urban Khaki – what a stupid meaningless name)? I don’t trust the colour on the screen in the FWD configurator.

        1. Hi Chris,

          Thanks for getting in touch. As deliveries of AWD models will commence slightly later in May, the configurator is not available as of yet. Please keep an eye on our blogs and social channels for updates.

          We would advise for you to contact your local Toyota Centre with regards to sampling paint colours.


        2. Another question please. I am planning to buy the AWD version in Urban Khaki and indeed have placed an order with my dealer for the Excel grade of this colour on the basis that I can make a change once paint samples are available and before the car enters the build cycle. I have only just noticed on the build configurator that Urban Khaki appears to be a solid colour (i.e. based on there being no price premium and its location on the colour choice bar). Can you please confirm that this is correct? If it is a solid colour then I will probably change my order. My Toyota dealer expressed incredulity when I pointed this out but the Toyota ordering systems do not seem to show this information at the moment. What would have looked very good as a metallic is unlikely to be as attractive in a solid colour format in my view. Your advice would be very much appreciated.

          1. Hi Chris,

            Thanks for these comments, it’s great to hear that you have placed an order. As shown on the configurator for the RAV4 Excel and as you point out, Urban Khaki is a solid colour:


            If you’d prefer to choose a metallic colour, we would advise for you to contact your Centre regarding this. We apologise if you have been given any incorrect information.


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