Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

THE orig­i­nal RAV4 was a pioneer in the SUV class, much like the lat­est C-HR hy­brid crossover is to­day. That makes it all the more sur­pris­ing how far off the pace the cur­rent RAV4 – the Mk4 – has be­come.

It’s spa­cious and re­li­able, but the bland cabin de­sign and dull driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence leave a lot to be de­sired in a class where im­age and de­sign are now big buying fac­tors. The hy­brid ap­peals on paper, but its slow re­sponses mean the diesel is a bet­ter choice. Price range: £24,765-£33,975 Our pick: 2.0 D-4D Icon (£30,160) En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 141bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd man, front-wheel drive Top speed: 121mph Econ­omy: 60.1mpg CO2: 124g/km

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