Introducing the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

In 1994, Toyota’s launch of the original RAV4 introduced a new kind of car to the world. It was one that combined the go-anywhere performance and rugged stance of an SUV with compact dimensions and handling more akin to a hatchback.

The same pioneering spirit is witnessed in the all-new fifth generation RAV4, which makes its first European appearance at the Paris Motor Show. This is a model which takes the SUV into a new era of performance, capability and safety, advances that are underpinned by the first use of a TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform in an SUV and a powerful new design.

With its low centre of gravity and significantly increased body rigidity, the new RAV4’s GA-K platform directly contributes to superior handling and ride comfort. It also provides a spacious interior, class-leading load space and the freedom to produce a strong, eye-catching design with lower roof and bonnet lines and higher ground clearance. As well as providing more space and comfort, the cabin displays exceptional quality and finish throughout.

The new RAV4 remains unique in its class in offering customers a self-charging hybrid electric powertrain – the choice of an overwhelming majority of customers in Western Europe (85% in 2018). The new 2.5 litre, 219bhp TNGA hybrid powertrain will strengthen customer appeal, delivering step-changes in power, responsiveness and efficiency, with best-in-class fuel economy and emissions.

At the same time, RAV4’s all-wheel drive systems have been comprehensively improved to achieve a drive on any road capability. The new RAV4 Hybrid’s electric AWD system has been re-engineered and enhanced to provide much stronger performance in challenging conditions and secure handling on slippery surfaces.

The new RAV4 is also the first Toyota to benefit from additional Toyota Safety Sense features that extend the use of advanced technologies to help prevent accidents and provide greater driver assistance, including systems that introduce a degree of automated driving.

Over the next few weeks we will publish three further blog articles that will take a closer look at the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s design, its comfort and convenience features, as well as its powertrains and performance.

Please note that UK specifications and details will be confirmed nearer to launch

Comments (51)

  1. I ordered my Rav4 FWD Dynamic back in April and wished I had gone to another manufacturer. I have now been informed it will not be delivered until late January at the earliest. Very disappointing by the time I get the car it will be an old car. Do yourselves a favour and look at other manufacturers you might get your car before the next model is launched.

    1. Hi Paul,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are really sorry to hear about this and have emailed you requesting additional details in order for us to help you further.


  2. Why would car play NOT be standard in Europe, thatnis a big mistake and has certainly put me off purchasing one. How come it’s standard in America and nowhere else?

    1. Hi Paul,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are sorry to hear that you feel this way, all feedback is greatly appreciated and we will be sure to pass this on to our Product Team.


    2. Several people have commented on the lack of CarPlay. The response is always that you’ll pass the comments on. I simply want to know WHY it is not going to be available when it is only n the US etc.

      1. The North American market gets Entune 3 for infotainment – a system that would be of little use in Europe (e.g. satellite radio rather than DAB) & manufactured by different oems than Touch 2 which is what Europe gets.

  3. Hello! I am missing important info! You mention nothing about CarPlay! In US the cars will have that as standard. How about Europe?
    Cheers / Michael

        1. Hi Audrius,

          Thanks for getting in touch. We appreciate your feedback and will ensure that this is passed on to our Product team.


      1. Why is it not available when it is standard on most other vehicles these days, that’s a very bad move Toyota!

  4. Will there be any incentives in buying the RAV4 before launch,as the Lexus equivalent, which is from the Parent Company shall be out first?

    1. Hi Les,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The RAV4 will be available from its launch in Q1 2019. If you are referring to the UX, that is the Lexus equivalent to the C-HR, rather than the RAV4.


  5. Which model variants will be available in the UK? And to be more specific will the adventure model be available?

  6. Will the new rav4 be the same as you are offering in Ireland?
    Why are Ireland getting it before the UK when they are RHD as well?

  7. Disspointed that they don’t do a hybrid manual or a petrol that is afforadably lower engine size instead of a massive 2 ltr.

    1. Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we are sorry to hear that you feel this way. The new 2.5 litre, 219bhp TNGA hybrid powertrain will deliver step-changes in power, responsiveness and efficiency, with best-in-class fuel economy and emissions. If you are interested in finding a vehicle in our Hybrid range that has a smaller engine, please use the following link:


  8. It would be nice to see a petrol rav4 with a manual or a conventional gearbox, instead of the cvt offering. They are available in Canada and Australia but the uk offering is very limited. Pity you dont do the Diesel anymore, yet you can get in Aussy ?

  9. I notice on the Toyota Eire website that there are 4 models of the new RAV4 Hybrid available in southern Ireland and all are described as 2WD. When the RAV4 comes to the UK, will it have four wheel drive?

    1. Hi Graham,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The 2019 RAV4 will have front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

      Hope this helps.

    1. Hi there,

      The C-HR and new RAV4 are both built on a TNGA platform, however yes, the RAV4 is a larger vehicle.


  10. I bought one of the first RAV4 Hybrids to be registered in the UK so it is now coming up for three years old. It’s a brilliant car, and I’m looking forward to the possibility of exchanging it for the new RAV Hybrid model. I understand it won’t be available until early 2019. In Eire I believe that prices and specifications are now available. My local dealer cannot tell me when prices and specifications will be available in the UK. Can you help?

  11. At present I driveling a Discovery Sport, servicing can be upto two years, plus up front 400/500 three year servicing plan, will there be a service plan? I’ve been reading all the threads about the 2019 RAV4, and take it the initial torque when starting away is the same as a Diesel? I’m really interested about buying however, when will I be able to test drive?

  12. Current family car is 2012 Plug in Prius (3rd Prius &6th Toyota,inc.Carina Diesel,RAV4 Auto).We charge the current car on ‘free’electrity generated by solar panels & the innovative BBaxi’Ecogen’domestic c/htg.boiler.We receive’feed-in-tariffs’every quarter for all the electricity we generate,EVEN IF WE USE IT ALL ON SITE.It easily covers the cost of our’grid’electricity.One of our adult children has our 2004 Prius,a second has the current RAV4.We are 85 years of age.Are there any Plug-in RAV4’s OR,IN VIEW OF THE RECENT DIRE WARNINGS FROM CLIMATOLOGISTS,ALL-ELETRIC TOYOTAS IN THE PIPELINE?’UT PRIUS,VOS EXPERTI ESTIS!’ WITH OUR BEST WISHES &THANKS FOR KEEPING ALL OUR FAMILY SAFE.Bernard Gibson

  13. I’m currently on my 5th RAV4 (having also had 3 Verso’s!) and I’m worried that it may be our last Toyota.

    With the removal of the Verso and the price of a RAV4 now starting at £29,295 you’re beginning to price families out of your range. I’m guessing that the new RAV4 won’t suddenly drop back to the £25k price band!

    I certainly don’t need a car with 220hp (although my wife may disagree) and would happily accept the 180hp hybrid system that is going in the new Corolla as an entry point for the RAV4.

    Obviously I’m not aware of your future products so might have a Corolla Cross, to fill the gap between the C-HR and RAV4, in the pipeline to shut me up!

    (before you ask, the C-HR is a great car but is too small for us as a family)

    1. Hi Bryan,

      Thank your for getting in touch. Customer feedback is very important to us and so we will pass your comments on to our Product Team. Please keep an eye on our blog and social channels for further updates on the new RAV4.

  14. I take it that, once again, Toyota UK is behind the curve in implementing support for Apple CarPlay on the new RAV4 model in spite of adoption on the US model?

    1. Hi Matt,

      Thanks for your comments. We have not yet released the Multimedia spec of the 2019 RAV4. Please keep an eye on our blog and social channels for updates.

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