Toyota RAV4 GXL front

Toyota RAV4 GXL Preview

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Toyota RAV4 GXL a solid all-round SUV

The Motoring Guru drove the Toyota RAV4 GX earlier this year and we were a little disappointed with the GX model’s low standard equipment levels and the diesel engine’s lack of both refinement and torque.

This time around, we’re testing the mid-spec RAV4 GXL fitted with the Tech Pack which includes land departure warning, blind spot monitoring, satellite navigation and adaptive cruise control. This time around our test car is powered by Toyota’s 2.5 litre petrol engine which is shared with the CamryPower is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic.

The Tech Pack is a welcome addition as it not only makes the RAV4 inadvertently safer, but raises its appeal, as does the GXL’s styling over the base GX and other standard equipment.

To date, whilst a little uninspiring, the petrol engine is definitely our pick of the RAV4 range. But although the RAV4 GXL is good, can it beat rivals such as the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage?

Read our full review to find out.

Toyota RAV4 GXL rear



The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.