Toyota RAV4
Toyota RAV4

Above this, the upper layer is dominated by a full-colour touch screen for the satellite navigation, audio and Bluetooth controls. The sat-nav is an option on the lower two trims levels, XT3 and XT4 but is standard on the XT5 and T180. I appreciated the help in finding various locations, during the test week but what it couldn’t help me find was where to insert music CDs. I checked the boot, the glove box, under the seats and then the boot again. I eventually found it by pushing a button next to the screen, which serenely opened up away from the console revealing the slot.

The two-level theme appears again in the glove box. The top part is a lidded tray for sunglasses etc. with a simple push-button open and close, while the larger storage area below is cooled by the air-conditioning system, except for the XT3 trim level. The front centre armrest is similarly configured with a shallow top tray over a deeper cubby.

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Moving to the right, the instrument dials have what appear to be brushed gunmetal surrounds. They look solid but the various warning lights shine through them. It makes the layout cleaner and the lights more noticeable when illuminated. Below this is the multi-functional steering wheel, which is rake and reach adjustable and standard across the range.

All but the XT3 have leather-covered seats. At the front these are not exactly hip-hugging but supportive, nonetheless. The rear seats recline and have a full 60:40 split and fold function. The latter is an easy one-touch operation that can be achieved from either the boot or the rear doorway. Because the new car is larger than the previous model, there is more legroom available for all five passengers but quite a lot of the extra space has been given over to the boot, which is now 47 per cent larger at 586-litres. With the rear seats folded, this increases to a maximum of 1,469-litres. Once again the load area is in two parts and there is an additional 50-litres of space hidden under the boot floor. The spare wheel is, of course, suspended from the rear door.

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