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MNers test-driving new Toyota RAV4: see which Route125 adventures they had and tell us which you’d like to try - £200 to be won NOW CLOSED

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 02-Aug-13 16:04:21

This thread is for the 8 Mumsnetters who are taking part in the extended test-drive of the new Toyota RAV4.
Four testers and their families will also be making a video of their test drive - so look out for these on Toyota's page on Mumsnet soon.

Below are some questions for you to answer over the course of the test drive - please don't worry about answering all of them straight away, some may be more relevant after you've had the car for a week or so.

We'd like you to post updates on this thread at least twice a week - more if you'd like! We'd love to know what you and your family thought about the Toyota RAV4 as well as your stories from the Route125 adventure (or your own family adventure) you're going on and any other comments you may have.

Test-drive questions
Which model of the RAV4 are you test-driving?
What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?
What do the children think of it?
How did you find driving a 4x4? Is it a comfortable ride? How does it differ from your usual car?
What's the boot space and legroom for passengers like?
What do you think about the features of the car? E.g Power back door, rear-view camera, cruise control etc.
Were these features what you expected the RAV4 to have or have you found any unexpected extras?
Are there any other features you'd like the car to have?
Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?
Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?
What one thing do you like best about it?
What one thing would you change about it?

Route125 adventures
We'd also like to know which Route125 adventures you and your family went on (or are planning to go on).
What did your children think of the adventure?
Were you already aware of the place you went to or was it totally new to you?
Do you think you'll be likely to try any of the other Route125 adventures or not? If so, which ones?

For those of you not taking part in the extended test drive, please take a look at the Route125 website and let us know which adventures you and your family would like to try. Have you already been on any of the adventures mentioned? If so please share your experiences with us.
If you haven't yet managed to try a Route125 adventure, why not get your family involved in one this summer! Let us know which one(s) you're going to try and come back to this thread to tell us all about it. If there isn't a suggested adventure near you what places would you recommend adding to Route125?
Please share your adventure stories on this thread. We'd also love it if you could upload any pictures of you and your family enjoying an adventure with Route125 or your own family adventure.

Everyone who shares their comments on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 Love2Shop voucher

Thanks and good luck,


Wonderstuff Fri 02-Aug-13 16:05:34


nextphase Fri 02-Aug-13 20:42:21

hmmm the only flags near us we have done. I can't see my 4 and 2 year olds sitting in the car for over an hour to get to any of the other things you've put near us.
So, Toyota, suggest you let me filter by age, and let me choose a radius from where I am to start looking. Not very user family.

MmeGuillotine Sat 03-Aug-13 06:17:46

Just checking in to say how excited we are about doing this! We're picking up our RAV4 at 9am and taking it up to the Lake District for a fortnight. smile smile

That's the plan anyway - I have to do all the packing that I've been putting off first! grin [gr

ataraxia Sat 03-Aug-13 10:32:43

I've walked in the trees at Kew Gardens and was impressed. I'm scared of heights but didn't feel nervous at all, even climbing up the stairs. There's also a lift reserved for wheelchairs (apparently pushchairs aren't permitted on the structure for some reason). It was a different perspective on the trees and it was also good to watch planes flying low as it's on a flight path.

Blatherskite Sat 03-Aug-13 15:03:24

DH has been gliding. He said it was amazing and it was really spooky how quiet it was but the view was amazing. For us on the ground, it was a little worrying watching him being fired up into the air at such a speed! We were glad when he was down safe and sound.

I can't find any activities close to us which is a bit disappointing.

We've just taken our car on a trip down to Devon and used it to visit all sort of interesting places from beaches, to cliff railways to the Tarr Steps on the way home. We did something similar up north last year, they're our favourite type of holidays. I read "Are We Nearly There Yet" by Ben Hatch and was inspired smile

RavMore Sat 03-Aug-13 20:50:11

We picked ours up late this afternoon from a very nice woman at the Toyota dealership.

I'm delighted that it's the 'Invincible' model so it is really high spec which has impressed the children no end.

It's a gorgeous looking car, really sleek and I like to think I was getting admiring glances, but they may have been hard stares as I pootled along barely getting above 30mph at first. This was nothing to do with the car btw, I have since established that it is very nippy.

It is such a comfortable ride. The driver's seat is entirely electronically adjustable and is a bit like sitting in a massive, supportive armchair. It has duel zone air conditioning which could really help my marriage. Every car journey I take with my husband involves me saying 'it's too cold/my feet are frozen solid...' or him saying, 'I'm melting/how can you stand this heat...'

Keyless entry, bluetooth compatible, fantastic sat nav, it plays the music from my i-phone!! and we went food shopping at had the childish thrill of opening the boot remotely.

Can't wait to drive it some more tomorrow and next week we'll be doing stage 72 of route 125.

aristocat Sat 03-Aug-13 23:07:00

Not a tester but there was only one R125 activity close enough to me. It was a cycle trail in Cannock Chase.

The R125 blurb said ..... Cannock Chase in Staffordshire is famous for its mountain bike trails. We're going to attempt to complete one of the technically and physically challenging man-made off-road mountain bike trails. This is no Sunday afternoon cycle - it's an extreme experience, including alarmingly named sections like Deerskull, Over the Rainbow and Rollercoaster.

We have already cycled in Cannock Chase but as a family and their description does not sound family friendly. CC has 3 leisure cycle paths and these are fantastic, suitable for all the family smile

johnnycomelurky Sun 04-Aug-13 09:35:09

We picked up our Rav4 yesterday and were very impressed. Am a bit jealous if RavMore's Invincible as we have the Icon which also has a great spec but the one thing it didn't have that I really wanted yesterday was electronic seat adjustment. I'm 20 weeks pregnant and my back started to hurt after driving for 30 mins and I really wanted to adjust but couldn't while driving. I really shouldn't have started with that ad it really is fab!

Ours is a 2.2 Diesel and sounds like a diesel when initially accelerating but is pretty quiet overall. It is a big car, definitely the biggest I've ever driven but as RavMore said it is really nippy. I didn't know the city we picked it up from and kept ending up in the wrong lanes at roundabouts but found it easy to make quick changes. I felt comfortable and confident driving it quite quickly. The gear box is smooth and solid. It accelerated well on joining the motorway (a novelty for me).

Haven't used the remote boot entry but can't wait to as my car's boot is broken and requires much fiddling so will enjoy that feature immensely.

Off to do loads today so will have more to say later, I'm sure.

Lilyloo Sun 04-Aug-13 13:33:59

Just checking in as we are about to collect the car. Very excited and looking forward to testing it out smile

RavMore Sun 04-Aug-13 15:51:55

Now I feel a bit guilty johnnycomelurky!

Took mine to my (poseur's) gym today. This was an uneventful 2 mile journey, but I felt like a pretendy yummy mummy as I parked 'my' lovely car next to all of the Audi Q5s, Porsche Cayennes, BMW X5s etc. Now I just need the huge diamonds and swishy blow dry for my workouts..

The Rav I have is diesel but sounds nothing like my dh's which is redolent of an ancient tractor.

My own car has leather seats and I have to say I hate them as they get so hot they take a layer of skin off my legs in the summer and are freezing in the winter. The Rav has leather seats, but they are entirely different to mine. Much softer and they don't seem to get really hot either.

I parked it on the drive last night, dh parked in front of me. During the night an ancient apple tree fell on top of his car! Thank God it wasn't the RAV!

Ravmore Mon 05-Aug-13 19:43:18

Torrential rain here today.

LOVE the rain sensor windscreen wipers; they're really responsive.

Parked on the top deck of a car park today, I noticed the RAV seemed quite sluggish on the slopes. I'll put that properly to the test later this week when we tackle some hills in Devon.

MmeGuillotine Mon 05-Aug-13 20:26:52

Sorry about the lack of posting but we have seriously ropey Internet in the place we are staying - I'm currently using the Metro Centre's WiFi on my phone! smile

Anyway, we absolutely love our RAV4 so far. We also have the diesel Icon and are finding that it's handling everything we throw at it. In fact my husband is now getting seriously attached to it, which is fine as we were thinking about buying one anyway.

We drove up to the Lake District in it on Saturday and had a very comfortable journey. It's not massively quiet but I loved the way that the stereo synced via Bluetooth with my phone playlists and then the volume automatically went up when we accelerated.

The children think the boot open and shuts by magic by the way. I found it slightly nerve wracking at first though as I kept it worrying that it was going to spring open.

My husband is particularly enamoured with the rear parking camera - it meant he could safely park in a very tight space when we went for an epic (rainy) walk by Windermere.

The boot space is also fab. We filled up the boot of our Honda Civic but had loads of space in the Rav4 after we'd decanted it all across.

It was also very impressive today as we drove across the Pennines to Newcastle and Alnwick Castle in terrible rain. My husband got very excited driving on epic winding mountain passes in the Rav4 and said that it was actually really exhilarating.

Lilyloo Mon 05-Aug-13 21:18:29

We love it smile We are testing the invincible manual model.
We collected it yesterday, the dealership were really helpful and showed us around the car.

I did ask what the boot space was like as my friend previously had one and had to get rid of it when she had her son as it wouldn't fit a pushchair in. I was very pleasantly surprised as it was very big , I normally drive a touran so I am used to a very large boot.Dp and the dc were more impressed with the sensors to stop it trapping anything and the remote boot entry.

We did struggle to find the middle seat belt connecter which is concealed in the seats but we found it eventually and we're on our way. It does have two good seats in the back but the middle seat isn't great and I wouldn't be sure it could fit 3 seats across if you needed to. I will test that. I loved the leather seats and can imagine they are very practical with dc however the dc said they were slippery when we were turning corners.

Was slightly disappointed that we had to use our own sat nav to find our way home as it wasnt connected.
We loved the height when you are sat in it, you can definitely see everything but it doesn't feel to big to drive. The automatic windscreen wipers were tested straight away in the rain. We went out for some tea on the way back and I used the reverse parking camera which will take some getting used to.

Dp took it to work today and he loves it. He feels it has been made to enjoy the drive with the automatic wipers, automatic light, the keyless entry, the signals to shift gears and he was pleasantly surprised when the engine stops and starts again when you are waiting at the lights. He felt it was a really comfy and responsive drive.

I am taking it with the dc to the Trafford Centre tomorrow so will make more use of the parking again.

Ds is currently looking at the routes to pick one for Thursday.

If anyone wants me to test anything out just ask.

CheeryCherry Mon 05-Aug-13 21:59:20

Not a tester but I would really love the husky trek near the Yorkshire moors, it looks amazing.
Also fancy the segway driving in Dalby Forests, looks such fun! Might investigate that for my DSs birthday treat at the end of the month.
Would also fancy a RAV4!
Great website. Some great ideas.

ravMore Tue 06-Aug-13 15:44:22

There wasn't much diesel in our RAV when we collected it, so I have just filled up.

An eye watering £70! I'll interested to see how many miles I get on a tank.

Still loving the car. So easy to drive and manoeuvre; I feel it almost drives itself. I am getting used to the reversing camera, but it's hard to change after about 20 years of driving.

I noticed today that it has Isofix points in the back, this may be standard with all new cars now, I am not sure.

My dog refuses to get out of the car and I have to lift him. I think he finds it too high!

thestylethatdecadesforgot Tue 06-Aug-13 16:12:41

I really like the idea of the Segway in the forest, my DH would love that, he really wants to go on one! We have a holiday in the lakes planned in September, if I can convince him to drive across while we're most of the way there is love to book that as a surprise for him.

Ps the car looks fab and I would be interested to know if it does fit three car seats across the back please? We are planning dc3 shortly and may have to change our car to accommodate 3 car seats. Ours does fit there's but not with two using an iSofix base, which is what I would prefer.

thestylethatdecadesforgot Tue 06-Aug-13 16:13:20

Three, not there's, sorry!

dahville Tue 06-Aug-13 18:27:18

We love exploring Wales, West Wales in particular, and when the boys are a bit older we will definitely take them on a similar adventure to #9 - Horse Ride in the Hills.

For the moment we take them to the coast and walk the beach or put them in carriers and go for a hike along the cliffs.

I don't think having young children, 2 under 2 in our case, should keep you from exploring; even close to home there are adventures to be had. One of our favourites is tracking the dinosaur footprints along the Welsh Heritage Coast.

Lilyloo Tue 06-Aug-13 22:42:34

I only have two low booster seats and a high back booster. They all fit in with a squeeze but I doubt you would fit two isofix and another car seat as the middle seat isn't a full seat iyswim.
I am calling to my friends on Friday and she has an isofix so will look again and let you know.

Lilyloo Tue 06-Aug-13 22:44:07

The boot is actually huge and it pulls out to give even more space underneath, a massive selling point imo.

johnnyDrivingaShinyCar Tue 06-Aug-13 23:01:43

Lilyloo-I totally agree with what you said about the height giving you great visibility but somehow you don't feel like you're driving such a big vehicle. I am really starting to love it (and have name changed accordingly).

We drove to Wensleydale on Sunday and my husband drove as he used to drive there for work. He is very much not a car person but he was really enamoured with the Rav4 on the winding country roads and how much power there is on the hills. He commented on how little effort driving it was and that it was actually enjoyable! High praise as he always often hates driving.

After complaining about non-electric seats, I've got to grips with the manual controls and perfected the my driving position and am now very comfortable. Both my husband and I are finding the passenger sleep sleep-inducing.

We'd like to go somewhere exciting this weekend-any ideas for things to do with a pregnant lady and a 2.5 year old in the North East?

RavMore Tue 06-Aug-13 23:03:25

I agree Lilyloo, the boot appears to be huge.

We're going camping this weekend. Normally my husband's Ford Focus estate is bursting at the seams when we do this trip (it's a yearly thing), so I am interested to see how well the tent, sleeping bags, duvets, pillows, clothes bags, wetsuits, body boards, food, wine, beer & children all fit in the RAV.

Lilyloo Tue 06-Aug-13 23:19:45

Ooh Rav would love to see how this boot fairs for the camping things, we went last weekend so didn't have chance to find out. Looking forward to some pics of that.
Johnny we have been looking at the routes 125 but struggling to find any for younger ones other than the ice cream tasting smile Think we may try the husky one in Yorkshire.

Lilyloo Tue 06-Aug-13 23:25:33

Are you anywhere near the puffin one that looks good fun for the little ones? Although still liking the ice cream tasting ;)

MmeGuillotine Wed 07-Aug-13 11:04:22

We're still very much enjoying our RAV. It's brilliant on all the winding Lake District roads although the sat nav never seems to recognise anywhere we're trying to get to and gives us much amusement with the way she pronounces 'destination'.

I'm also finding the boot slightly unnerving - it's huge but also high up and flat, which is great if you need to perch muddy small children on it to change their boots but scary if you've bought bottles of gin and your husband has a habit of pressing the auto boot opening button without checking that nothing has rolled towards the door! wink [wi

We have two booster seats in the back and although we couldn't fit another one in we did squeeze an adult friend in the middle for the trip from Newcastle to Alnwick. She seemed pretty comfortable, so that was a great improvement on our Civic! smile

Lilyloo Wed 07-Aug-13 18:31:17

Mme if you lift up the boot there is another compartment underneath with a net in, probably much safer for the gin.

Went to visit family today. Used the air con and adjusted it for my elderly nan who wanted it lower on her side. I was concerned about her climbing into it but she managed fine. She had plenty of legroom in the front passenger seat for her walking stick and handbag. Was a hit with her and she found it very comfortable.

My dad felt it needed to be black ( ours is a red / burgundy colour ) due to the plastic black trim all over it. I hadn't noticed.

Ds loves the remote boot as he can now easily close the boot which he is just a little to short to do in my car.

I did notice today that it is very quick on acceleration despite it being a diesel. It does sound like a diesel outside but not inside the car. It also needs shifting up gears quicker than my vw.

I do love vw but this is a serious contender , although we have never had a Toyota I would love to have this car. Being very pleasantly surprised.

MmeGuillotine Thu 08-Aug-13 10:10:08

Yes, we've been using the other compartment but it was full of history books on this occasion! smile

manfalou Thu 08-Aug-13 11:49:15


Adventures we have already done:

14- the adventure is ride tandem across Sherwoord pines... now we havnt rode tandem but we have had a bike ride there usually visit at least once a month.

17- We havnt created a long bow but have been to sherwood forest fun days dressed robin hood and bought a long bow ;)

103- swing through the trees. Me and DP did this pre-children. absolutely awesome! Alson done at darwin forest in Chester. We took our eldest to poles cavern (point of interest) which was good but DS got bored as he is only 2. The other point of interest we have visited under 103 is the Pavillion Gardens.

111- Yacht across the sea. Ok so it wasn't in a yacht. Me and DP are scuba diver and our club use to have a rib boat. We took it to scarborough/bridlington and took for a splash. Such a thrill as you're not strapped in and open to the elements. Plus I made the boat go air born! Woopsies! Pre Children

91- Discover a shipwreck. again being divers me and DP have done this too. Lucky Lucky people we are. Pre children

22. Dive into a hidden place- see above too. We are qualified Scuba divers! Seen lots of beautiful things beneath the waves.

Would love to do..

113- Husky trekking the moors. How amazing...didnt even know you could do stuff like that in the uk! plus DS would be so excited!

1. Patrol Hadrians Wall. Always wanted to see it.

11. Dig for fossils. Ds would love this

HannahLI Thu 08-Aug-13 13:47:57

I am not a tester but what a fab idea! We live in East Anglia so thats where I clicked. I have been punting on the Cam which I would recommend but when flicking through I also spotted leaf rubbings at Maulden Wood. It looks really really fun and my two little ones would very much enjoy the leaf rubbing adventure, so its going on my must do summer activity list!

Lilyloo Fri 09-Aug-13 11:01:23

We have decided to go to the Clitheroe food festival tomorrow. The weather here has been awful this week so we haven't done any of the adventures yet. Fingers x we have less rain next week.

We are picking a family member up from the airport on Sunday so will be able to see how the boot fairs with all their luggage.

We took the car over to the Trafford Centre this week. Did make us laugh when the automatic lights came on when we went in the car park. I am getting more used to the parking camera now and am looking over my shoulder less but it's a hard habit to break.
Dd2 loves the electric windows in the back (we only have them in the front).

I presume this car should have sat nav installed as it is an option on the dashboard but we don't have it so can't comment on that.
The dc said they would like the option of heated seats in the back and built in tvs in the headrests.

I am taking dd1 to the theatre tonight and picking up a friend who used to have a Rav 4. She is very keen to see it as she loved it but had to change it when she started a family as it was to small. I think she is going to be very surprised.

Lilyloo Fri 09-Aug-13 11:19:22

Just looked into the husky trekking. Apparently they only do the trekking October - March so the weather's cool for the dogs (this is Yorkshire). We can walk the dogs and do kennel visits. Not sure about that tbh there is enough moaning about walking our dog.
Will have to see if there is something else. It is quite hard to find anything within an hour drive from us.
The geocaching looks near but we have never done that before so may look into that.

johnnyDrivingaShinyCar Sat 10-Aug-13 09:10:00

We're off to Hadrian's Wall today so will try to take some pictures. I went grocery shopping yesterday and got to use the electric boot opening- I loved it, very easy with hands full to close the boot.

Lilyloo-I think the SatNav is an optional extra, the one we've got has it and it is handy. We also have friends with an older Rav4 and the new one is much, much bigger, particularly the boot. I keep comparing it to other sport utilities and the new Rav4 is bigger than most of them! I'm still surprised though that despite its size, it is really, really easy ans comfortable to drive. I never feel it's too big except in the teeny tiny car park at work where the backend hangs out the end of parking spaces!

Lilyloo Sat 10-Aug-13 20:43:36

We went to Clitheroe today. Had a lovely drive over and visited the castle which is on the recommended places to visit on the route 125 adventures. We visited the food festival and dp put all our purchases in the compartment underneath the normal boot space cue me panicking that we had left our shopping by the roadside and him grinning away.

MmeGuillotine Sat 10-Aug-13 22:19:38

We took our Rav to Hadrian's wall yesterday and the rear parking camera came in VERY handy while trying to negotiate the rather tight parking spaces at Housesteads fort. smile

We're taking it for a pub lunch then an epic hunt for the telephone box in Withnail and I tomorrow (I'm a massive fan) and then on Monday we're driving from Penrith to Edinburgh and back so I can do some Mary Queen of Scots related research, which should be fun. My husband would usually be groaning about all the driving I make him do for me by now but for once he seems to be looking forward to it. Thanks Toyota and Mumsnet! ;-)

We're still really pleased with the Rav and can't really fault it so far!

johnnyDrivingaShinyCar Sun 11-Aug-13 10:16:52

MmeGuillotine-that's where we went yesterday too- missed you by a day! I agree was very tight car park and camera was a godsend.

We had a great drive up, the Rav is really good on the up and down, twisty roads though last bit was all long, straight Roman roads. We're also still loving driving it. My son falls asleep within minutes in it which is not usual for him at all.

Getting sad about giving it back next week.

MmeGuillotine Sun 11-Aug-13 16:18:16

What a shame - we could have had a mini Mumsnet meet up in the shop! We ended up parking a bit creatively in the end due to the narrowness of spaces. The fort was worth it though - really impressive and atmospheric.

Anyway, I'm pleased to report that we found Withnail's red phone box in an obscure corner of Cumbria today. Mostly thanks to the sat nav! smile

Lilyloo Sun 11-Aug-13 22:04:05

No problem fitting two large suitcases in the boot today for visiting family from Australia.
We to will be very sad about giving it back on Saturday really getting used to it now.

RavMore Mon 12-Aug-13 15:43:10

We took ours to Devon over the weekend for camping with friends - including route 72 on map.

Got the masses of gear in no problem.

It was a lovely comfy ride and I appreciated having an automatic when we hit motorway traffic. The sat nav is very good - far better than the one dh has - it even updates you on traffic incidents. It's such a nice car to drive.

We discovered you can charge devices when the engine is off - very handy in a camping situation and it made us popular with everyone else!

The one thing that would put me off buying this car is the fuel economy, we got 30mpg which made it a very expensive trip in terms of what we spent on diesel.

is1 Tue 13-Aug-13 17:13:36

I'd love to do the Cannock Chase route, I love that part of the country - hilly but not too hilly!

Spirael Wed 14-Aug-13 11:09:08

Not a tester and only sulking a little bit still that we weren't chosen. I like the look of 45, standing behind the waterfall at Hardraw.

Unfortunately, I'm not convinced our ancient Fiesta would make it across the Yorkshire Moors!

We might be able to simulate it using the garden tap? wink

Lilyloo Wed 14-Aug-13 16:05:06

Ds has some friends over from Ireland this week. No problems fitting the 3 of them in the back seat and the boot has accommodated their suitcases / kit bags.
Ds is very happy they are being driven around in style and they all like the boot opening / closing button.
One thing I can't find (could be me) is a temperature gage in the car. I like to know.
Also I am not sure whether I like the size of the wing mirrors they are huge and can sometimes impede my view when I am turning a corner.
I seem to be putting a lot of diesel in the car but have been doing lots of driving. Today the Man City tour and Trafford Centre.
Friday ds and friends are hoping to go to Blackpool to the pleasure beach. Trying not to think about Saturday yet , would absolutely love to have one of these cars and that is a sentiment echoed by all the family.

Lilyloo Wed 14-Aug-13 20:32:27

Our car

Lilyloo Wed 14-Aug-13 20:33:15

Oops not sure why its upside down ?

manfalou Thu 15-Aug-13 22:20:21

Could a tester measure the boot? Eg width, lengths and diagonally. I have a double pushchair Which I'm testing that will not fit into either of our cars properly... would like to know if it will fit in this larger boot.


Lilyloo Thu 15-Aug-13 23:44:29

I am almost sure it would easily fit a double pushchair in. We have had two large suitcases in side by side with plenty of room. Will take my tape measure and camera out tomorrow smile but the boot is definitely a great size.

MmeGuillotine Fri 16-Aug-13 01:52:11

We decided to come back from holiday a day early so I'm typing this in my own bed at last! smile

We took the Rav from Penrith to Edinburgh on Monday, which was great fun and then to Windermere again yesterday. Both trips involved more high up, rather scary winding roads but as usual it handled them with aplomb. I like how it is equally at home in the city as it is in more rural settings - it feels like a really versatile vehicle.

It really came into its own today though - we did a direct switch of all our holiday luggage from the boot of our Civic to the Rav when we picked it up and had plenty of space to spare even though we'd packed for two adults and two children to go on a self catering holiday for a fortnight ago there was loads of stuff!

Since then I have raided the Metro Centre, Edinburgh museums, Booths, Lakeland (twice!) and various other places so we had loads more to bring back again! It was a bit more of a squeeze to get it all in but we did it and didn't even have to pile anything in the main body of the car, which was pretty amazing. I can't believe how much we can fit in - I thought the civic had a pretty respectable amount of boot space but this is on a different level. smile

Anyway, the journey home was great - very comfy, although I had the temperature in my side turned up too high so ended up nodding off. I like to be much warmer than my husband so it's been great being able to set my own temperature.

We're a bit sad about giving the Rav back tomorrow! sad

johnnyDrivingaShinyCar Fri 16-Aug-13 09:53:59

Sorry not posted much this week, my DS has been poorly so have only been to grocery store and to the GP surgery. We're taking ours back today so will write a full review tonight. I do really, really love it.

Lilyloo Fri 16-Aug-13 17:43:09

Measured the boot its roughly 3ft length by 4.5 ft width and a shade over 4.5 diagonally .

Lilyloo Fri 16-Aug-13 17:43:49

If anyone can advise why my pictures are being posted upside down , thanks smile

prettyfly1 Fri 16-Aug-13 18:31:05

I am picking up mine tomorrow and am seriously excited (if a wee tad nervous!) - reading through it sounds gorge and I am definitely planning on spending some time pretending to be a yummy mummy with it smile One thing worrying me slightly is the size (I have a little car now) - did any of you make a big jump with it and how did you find it?

Lilyloo Fri 16-Aug-13 18:40:41

Pretty I have a vw touran so prob the same size car wise. But it's the height that helps as you can see everything.
Dp drives a Renault megane and he loved it no problems adapting at all.
Enjoy it , it really is a fabulous car.

Primrose123 Fri 16-Aug-13 19:32:24

I am picking mine up tomorrow, and am really looking forward to driving around in a nice new car for the next two weeks!

RavMore Fri 16-Aug-13 19:42:39

Prettyfly1, you'll be fine. I have a smallish car and had no problem getting used to the RAV.

I switched mine to manual for a bit today. It's a bit weird changing gear with no clutch. I couldn't see the point really.

I wonder which MNer is getting 'mine' tomorrow? I'm dropping it off at Woodford Green.

I think I am going to miss the automatic boot the most!

MmeGuillotine Fri 16-Aug-13 22:07:10

We dropped ours off this afternoon after the obligatory trip to Ikea. It was really sad and getting back into the Civic really highlighted that we're making the right decision in getting something bigger. In fact at this very moment my husband is pricing up insurance on the Rav and Hyundai and Honda equivalents, which we're planning to test drive over this coming week! ;)

Hope the Mumsnetter picking it up tomorrow morning (we're in Bristol) has as much fun as we did with it! smile

snala Sat 17-Aug-13 11:19:51

We are picking the car up today from Leeds grin
The children are very excited! ( as are we).

Primrose123 Sat 17-Aug-13 11:42:59

MmeGuillotine I may have your car! I'm picking it up later from Bristol. It's the Rav Icon automatic, can't wait!

Ravmore Sat 17-Aug-13 15:20:31

It has gone, I miss it more than I thought I would.

To make matters worse, I had to drive away from the dealership in a Ford Fiesta. It was like being in a roller skate. (A tree fell on dh's car and this is the tin can they gave him while it's being repaired)

I had a bit of trouble adjusting to a manual again and I miss being up high.

Waaaa! I'd definitely buy a Rav if it weren't for the fuel economy.

Pic is my eldest with the car.

MmeGuillotine Sat 17-Aug-13 19:41:05

Ooh yes, it probably is the same as that's the sort we had. Hope you have lots of fun with it! smile

MmeGuillotine Sat 17-Aug-13 19:59:48

Which model of the RAV4 are you test-driving?

We test drove the Rav 4 Icon automatic.

What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?

I thought it looked huge compared to our usual car (a Honda Civic) and that it sounded like a taxi! My husband also thought it looked big and was wary about how it would handle as he was used to smaller cars. He was also struck by how noisy it is.

What do the children think of it?

The children fell in love with it and were very sad when we had to give it back again! They looked really comfortable in the back and had loads of space - they also liked being able to climb up into it.

How did you find driving a 4x4? Is it a comfortable ride? How does it differ from your usual car?

I thought the driver's seat could have had more lumber support as my back ached during the longer drives. Other than that the driving position was good and I liked being able to see up and over other vehicles. It felt very safe, even when tackling slippery mountain roads! Compared to my usual car it was much higher up so had better visibility but was as quick and not at all as sluggish as I was expecting.

What's the boot space and legroom for passengers like?

There was great boot space with plenty of room for everything you could possibly need to take anywhere and more besides. There was also brilliant legroom for passengers with plenty to spare.

What do you think about the features of the car? E.g Power back door, rear-view camera, cruise control etc.

I loved the power back door and found it really handy, which surprised me as I originally thought that it would be a bit superfluous and gimmicky. It was great though. The rear view camera turned out to be absolutely essential and I will REALLY miss it now. The cruise control was much the same as usual and not massively exciting. I also really liked the bluetooth link up to our phones so we could sync our music.

Were these features what you expected the RAV4 to have or have you found any unexpected extras?

I wasn't expecting the power back door as I thought this was a higher spec feature but I was anticipating the other features as we were already considering buying a Rav4 and had read up about it beforehand!

Are there any other features you'd like the car to have?

I'd really like front parking sensors as well! Otherwise it had pretty much everything we could want.

Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?

Definitely more likely. We'd actually ruled it out while car hunting but it's now on our short list of three along with the Honda and Hyundai equivalents so that's quite a result. Unfortunately the other two manufacturers probably won't let us borrow cars for a fortnight as well so we can properly compare but it's definitely confirmed that it's about time we upgraded to something of this type as we clearly need the extra room and swanky features that it offers.

Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?

I always knew that they were good cars so it really just confirmed me in that opinion.

What one thing do you like best about it?

I think the most impressive thing was the amount of space inside and how comfortable it was even when fully loaded with everything but the kitchen sink on the way back from holiday!

What one thing would you change about it?

I would change the sat-nav to make it less clunky as it had a habit of resetting itself when I turned the engine on. I would also move the Eco and Sport buttons to make them easier to locate while driving and I thought the multi drive gear box was a bit gimmicky. Oh and the reflection of light hitting the chrome trim on top of the glovebox occasionally blinded me while driving! Otherwise it was brilliant. smile

Thanks so much Toyota and Mumsnet for the opportunity to give it a whirl! We had so much fun! smile

(Compiled by my husband and me!)

Lilyloo Sat 17-Aug-13 20:27:46

Which model of the RAV4 are you test-driving?

We tested the Rav4 invincible manual

What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?

I wasn't sure of the colour but that did grow on me. It seemed quite simple to follow the instructions of the salesman. The boot space immediately impressed me. Dp said it felt big as he drives a megane. He also felt the back window seemed to small.

What do the children think of it?

They loved it. They thought the seats were slippy. By far the best feature for them was the automatic boot opening and closing , ds loved it as he is just a little to small to comfortably close my boot but it wasnt a problem in this. They also loved being higher up dd2 actually said it was 'awesome' after she realised there were electric windows in the back.

How did you find driving a 4x4? Is it a comfortable ride? How does it differ from your usual car?

I absolutely loved driving a 4x4 and would love to have tried it out in the bad snow we have here. Our house is inaccesible to any car other than a 4x4 for a couple of months a year and this is one of the reasons we are considering exchancing for a 4x4. I drive a vw touran 7 seater. I had as much room in the boot as my current car which is pretty impressive given that is a 7 seater. It was extremely comfortable and i was very impressed being able to electronically adjust my seat for comfort. Despite me driving a pretty big car already i loved the height provided by the rav.

What's the boot space and legroom for passengers like?

As already mentioned the boot space was great and there is plenty of legroom for all passengers.

What do you think about the features of the car? E.g Power back door, rear-view camera, cruise control etc.

I loved the power back door as did everyone else. The cruise control is something i already have so whilst useful it wasnt too impressive. The rear view camera really took some getting used to but i did eventually stop looking over my shoulder at the end of the two weeks. In fact i really missed it today when i looked at my dashboard in my car when i was reversing ;)

Were these features what you expected the RAV4 to have or have you found any unexpected extras?

Yes i did expect the features as it is a high end spec of the car.

Are there any other features you'd like the car to have?

A temperature display (it could have been one of the functions but i couldnt find it)

Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?

More , whilst i always thought Toyotas were good cars i have always stuck to driving vw's and this has made me seriously contemplate buying a toyota in the future.

Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?

The sporty element was quite surprising as they did always seem to be reliable , safe cars but this was definately more edgy and impressive.

What one thing do you like best about it?

Safety , the whole feeling of being high up , the large wing mirrors and the rear view camera all meant you had exceptional vision of everything and it made you feel safer as a result.

What one thing would you change about it?

Have a Sat Nav installed as standard (we really missed this element of the car) It just didnt feel quite as sleek having our clumsy old sat nav in the window.

Can we just say thankyou for giving us this opportunity to enjoy test driving the car. If we were in a position to be looking at purchasing this car in this price range we wouldnt hesitate it has been an excellent car and loved by all the family. Thankyou mumsnet and Toyota.

snala Sat 17-Aug-13 20:44:16

Well, we collected the car this afternoon and we love it! A few niggles but overall very impressed.

We are testing the invincible, on collecting the car we were disappointed to find out that its only a 2wd car not the awd as expected, dh was going to put it through its paces off road.

The sat nav isn't working which given the spec of the car is a bit of a let down. We've planned a couple of trips over the next couple of weeks and need a sat nav so will have to now borrow one.

We are unable to get 3 car seats across the back seat - this means our 5yr old will have to travel up front and either me of dh in the back. Not ideal for a family car.

However we love.....
The Bluetooth hands free etc, very user friendly.

The auto boot - very handy.

Keyless entry - again very handy when sorting 3 children under the age of 5!

The amout of boot space is fantastic, the underneath storage a real bonus.

We are planning a trip to the coast tomorrow with all 3 dc in tow so we'll see how we go grin

goldenretriever Sat 17-Aug-13 20:50:58

We are test driving it and loving it. The boot is massive. It is really responsive and is a bit like driving a tank. MIL struggled to get in it as she is short smile

RavMore Sat 17-Aug-13 21:02:35

Which model of the RAV4 are you test-driving?

We tested the RAV4 Invincible automatic

What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?

It's a lovely looking car and very spacious. It's very quiet and nippy for a diesel. Lots of gadgets and nice features.

What do the children think of it?

They loved it and found it really comfortable.

How did you find driving a 4x4? Is it a comfortable ride? How does it differ from your usual car?

Easy peasy to drive and manoeuvre. Extremely comfortable, even for my dh who has a prolapsed disc. Love the electronic seat adjustment. It's high up! I love this.

What's the boot space and legroom for passengers like?

Excellent legroom and adequate boot space. Not as good in the boot as dh's estate, but it was fine.

What do you think about the features of the car? E.g Power back door, rear-view camera, cruise control etc.

I really loved the powered rear door and after I was used to it, found the rear view camera so useful. I forgot to try the cruise control blush. Keyless ignition is a nice gimmick, but I can't see the benefit. Duel air is fabulous - we never stop squabbling about the heat/cold in the car.

Were these features what you expected the RAV4 to have or have you found any unexpected extras?

I had no expectations of snazzy features and was impressed with the spec of the car. I loved the automatic windscreen wipers and lights and the sync feature with my i-phone.

Are there any other features you'd like the car to have?

The car made me so lazy, I found myself expecting front parking sensors too.

Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?

Definitely more likely. In fact, had we not been in a hurry for another appointment today, we would have been doing some sums with the dealership manager. Much as I would love the car we had - the fuel economy would put me off.

Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?

I have always had a high opinion of Toyota. My dh's first 'grown up' car when we got married was a Toyota Carina.

What one thing do you like best about it?

I like being up high and I loved the fact it was automatic. Other road users treat you better if you're in a bigger car.

What one thing would you change about it?

The seat belt alarm was a bit ott. I couldn't remove my belt to park without it going into overdrive. The air conditioning smelt like an old dishcloth - no idea why.

Getting back into my Honda Civic today was depressing; its days are numbered!

Thanks SO much MN and Toyota for this opportunity. I have enjoyed every drive, short or long in 'my' RAV over the last 2 weeks.

Lilyloo Sat 17-Aug-13 21:12:42

Snala think you have the car we had.
The dealer told us it was awd when we collected it ? Is it not ?
I agree the sat nav not being installed is a let down.
Thats interesting about the 3 car seats , did you find it hard locating the middle seat belt holder , took us a few minutes before we could leave the forecourt looking for it.
I only have 2 in booster seats now and one without so i couldnt really test the 3 car seats. It looked like it may fit 3 booster seats across at a push so thats really interesting for those with 3 normal size car seats.

snala Sat 17-Aug-13 21:22:48

Yes, that sounds like the same car. Leeds dealership?
We are going to try the seats in different positions tomorrow and see if we can make it work, the grandparents have slightly smaller high back boosters so we might have a play with those too.
We have an infant carrier and two high back boosters to get in, however it might work with a cushion booster in the middle ( not great tho for a 5 yr old).

Yes to the seat belt buckle being a bit of a pain tho!

snala Sat 17-Aug-13 21:36:53

Sorry, just re read your post. No, it's not awd !! shock

Apparently you should be as to switch from 2/awd with a button to the left of the steering wheel but the button is blanked out, we phoned the dealer who confirmed it must be the 2wd model.

This also means its the 2.0 model rather than a 2.2 with more guts. Still, we'll see how we go. I think I can live with that wink

Lilyloo Sat 17-Aug-13 22:17:38

Well spotted then as we just presumed the dealer was right when dp asked him. Dp said it was a different dealer when we dropped it off so he obviously knows.
Cant say it made any difference i guess as we didnt do any rallying with it. The booklet is in the glove box so that would confirm it.

Good luck with the car seats , the problem is the middle seat isnt a full seat so it will be difficult to accomodate 3 car seats. This was such a big part of me choosing my car when my 3 were young and all in car seats not as important now.

johnnyDrivingaShinyCar Sun 18-Aug-13 09:34:40

Which model of the RAV4 are you test-driving?
Icon 2.2 manual diesel

What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?
Wow-it's big.

What do the children think of it?
My DS is 2.5 and literally ran around inside when we picked it up. He also loved all the buttons. He dubbed it the "new shiny car" and generally seemed to love it. He also fell asleep within 5 minutes of every journey shock

How did you find driving a 4x4? Is it a comfortable ride? How does it differ from your usual car?
I really enjoyed driving it and it was far easier to drive than I expected given its size. The ride was generally very comfortable but at times the suspension seemed a bit stiff and rocky on bumpier roads and it took a few days to adjust-I felt travel sick after long drives for the first few days which was very unusual for me this was gone by day three, I am pregnant though. It drives a million times better than my old Renault Megane. It is really responsive and I found it plenty powerful for every situation we were in. I found it made driving much more comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable than my normal car (but my car is pretty rubbish now). I also thought the gearbox was brilliant, I loved how solid it felt when putting it into gear and it was very smooth.

What's the boot space and legroom for passengers like?
There is acres of space for passengers and in the boot. We didn't ever carry much in the boot but had our medium sized pushchair in there and could still fit in full shops. The under mat storage in the boot and netting are both handy features.

What do you think about the features of the car? E.g Power back door, rear-view camera, cruise control etc.
LOVED the power back door-I could pick up all grocery bags and close the door without putting them all own-brilliant. Reversing camera is helpful but I often forgot to use it. I found the dual climate control fab as like many couples we fight over the heat/air con s this was brilliant. My favourite thing though was the DAB radio.

Were these features what you expected the RAV4 to have or have you found any unexpected extras?
Um, no I think most of these are quite common on new cars.

Are there any other features you'd like the car to have?
Nope, I think it had all we need. I would've liked electric, heated seats but can obviously live without these.

Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?
Definitely more likely. I would consider a Rav4 but think a Verso might be more likely as would like 7 seats. I loved how solid and safe the car felt.

Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?
I already had quite a positive view of Toyotas-my parents and DB walked away from a head-on collision over 10 years ago in their then new Toyota so I know they're very safe and good quality cars.

What one thing do you like best about it?
Driving position and visibility were great.

What one thing would you change about it?
Not much, maybe a 7 seat version.

johnnyDrivingaShinyCar Sun 18-Aug-13 09:41:25

Also wanted to say that the dealership - Minories Wearside Toyota in Sunderland -were fantastic and very helpful. They gave us a full tank of diesel when we picked up the Rav4 and washed my car before we picked it back up. We'll definitely go back there when we're ready to buy.

Primrose123 Sun 18-Aug-13 15:30:43

We picked up our car yesterday, and our first impression is that we like it very much.

We spoke to Joe, a very friendly man at the dealership, and drove home, just over an hour's drive away.

The driver's seat was very comfortable and the visibility was excellent. The windscreen was huge and so were the wing mirrors. The reversing camera was great, but it takes a bit of getting used to. I don't think there is a reversing alarm, which I have at the moment, so I am reversing very carefully. There may be one, but it could be switched off, I will check the manual!

It's very nice to drive, very smooth, plenty of power, and very easy and comfortable.

My teenage daughters loved the back seat, and said there was plenty of room. They loved fiddling with the bluetooth, sat nav and radio. It was very easy to set up my phone with the bluetooth device.

My only gripe at the moment is that although I am just about high enough on the driver's seat (I would like it to go a little higher) I feel very low down in the passenger seat as this doesn't adjust up and down.

I would like to drive it some more before I answer the questions above.

prettyfly1 Mon 19-Aug-13 20:27:43

Finally got a chance to do a review!

We have had the RAV4 invincible since Saturday and it's lovely! Big,spacious and packed with Gadgets. We have been for a shop, to the woods for a hike and dragged some bits to the skip and it easily handles everything.

I had fun yesterday - we had my stepson for the day and couldnt find the lap belt - there isnt one - its a proper belt that pulls down from the roof blush.

DH loves the fact you can guage how well you are driving and the rear parking camera is pretty ace. I am struggling slightly with it, I have a KA normally so although it is easy to manouvre it is a big jump - a suicidal cyclist caused some fun yesterday when I wasnt sure about overtaking and he veered into the middle of a country road (definitely hoping that the kids dont repeat the word I used then!) but that is my driving - the car itself handles like an absolute dream and I can see that for school runs, although it is big, it isnt silly so could probably do it quite sensibly - it is certainly very economical!

My absolute favourite thing - mad cyclists aside, is that unlike in the KA people GIVE ME MY RIGHT OF WAY. Normally I get a look of "yeah, in that car you will wait, whether its your right or not", in the RAV not even buses cut me up - LUSH!

We are planning a getaway at the weekend so will put another update with packing plans and how it goes!

RavMore Mon 19-Aug-13 20:45:52

Prettyfly, you have got the car we had! (See my pic above) You may have noticed I have preset a radio station to BBC Radio London, due to my embarrassing Vanessa Feltz addiction.

I miss the car, I really do.

PS have you noticed the air conditioning pongs? Like a dishcloth that has gone off..

Primrose123 Tue 20-Aug-13 00:43:31

Has anybody had any problems with the handbrake? I'm not sure if ours has a fault, or if is just very different to the one in my own car.

WowOoo Wed 21-Aug-13 18:31:29

I'm a non tester but would love to try Route no.9.

Will soon be going to Pembrokeshire to stay with friends so actually may be able to do it.
Haven't ridden horses for years but I know that there are loads of farms near where we will be staying.

may have done a lot of the routes near where I live.
Will have another look later and come back.

Lilyloo Wed 21-Aug-13 21:45:27

Primrose does it feel like it rolls forward a bit when you cut the engine ?

Primrose123 Wed 21-Aug-13 23:49:15

I noticed it on the driveway. I put it in park, put the hand brake on and took my foot off the brake and it rolled back a few inches. It just didn't feel right, so I put it in drive with the handbrake on and it moved forward. It didn't seem to be any different with the handbrake off.

I have emailed the dealer to let them know, but haven't heard from them yet.

MmeGuillotine Thu 22-Aug-13 19:02:17

Primrose, it did that to us too and really freaked us out a couple of times. The guy at the Bristol Toyota place warned us about it beforehand though and said that it was normal.

chrismse Thu 22-Aug-13 23:07:37

Non tester here - I think it is important to have a car you feel safe in. The RAV4 seems safe and having read the reviews I would love to test drive one for a weekend.

Primrose123 Fri 23-Aug-13 11:20:17

The dealer says he is aware that the handbrake position is very high. I wasn't really bothered, as a handbrake isn't very important in an automatic.

Apart from that I'm loving the car on the whole.

snala Fri 23-Aug-13 14:30:18

Im loving the car! I'm really going to miss the hands free phone and the Bluetooth connection.
Does anyone else struggle with the car sears slipping around in the leather seats? They would be better if they were part suede.

Primrose123 Sun 25-Aug-13 15:07:52

Now that I've been driving the car for a while I will answer the test drive questions.

Which model of the RAV4 are you test-driving?

It's the icon automatic.

What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?

Very smart, quite big, comfortable and plenty of space on the inside, with lots of gadgets.

What do the children think of it?

Love it. They particularly like linking their iPods, phones etc. to the bluetooth.

How did you find driving a 4x4? Is it a comfortable ride? How does it differ from your usual car?

I'm used to driving a 4x4 anyway. My own car is a large ten year old 4x4. The rav is smaller and lower than mine. It has more modern gadgets, but is not quite as comfortable as mine. The rav is better on fuel than mine - which is why mine needs to be changed!

What's the boot space and legroom for passengers like?

Legroom for passengers is great although DH, who is 6' 4" bashes his right knee a bit on the curved dashboard. There is plenty of legroom in the back of the car. I had three tall teenagers in the back the other day and they were all comfortable, although it took them a while to work out how to use the middle seat belt!

The boot is huge. There is plenty of room for shopping, luggage, sports equipment and things like that. I'm not sure it's so good for dogs. We have three dogs, two of them quite large, and although we haven't put them in the car, I feel the boot is quite high and they would struggle to get in. There is a platform that you can put things on, with a compartment underneath. It's great for storage but not really suitable for the dogs.

What do you think about the features of the car? E.g Power back door, rear-view camera, cruise control etc.

I love the power back door. I struggle to shut the boot on my car as it is very high and heavy, and I always end up with dirty hands.

I actually don't like the rear-view camera. I though I would, but it doesn't give an accurate idea of where you are or how far you are from anything. It's good to check there are no cats walking behind as I reverse, but I don't trust it for reversing. I prefer to turn around and look. I would much rather have bleeping parking sensors. That way I can reverse by watching and know that I won't hit a wall or another car. We parked in a car park the other day and there was a metal barrier at waist height behind the car. It looked fine on the camera, but DH was driving and he felt uneasy so I got out to check as he reversed. I had to stop him as he would have touched it.

I haven't tried the cruise control yet, sorry, so I will soon! I don't like cruise control anyway, but I will give it a try this week.

I was very impressed with the radio, sat nav and bluetooth.

Were these features what you expected the RAV4 to have or have you found any unexpected extras?

I didn't expect the camera or the power back door. I have also found electric wing mirrors with a button that makes them fold in.

Are there any other features you'd like the car to have?

As I mentioned above I would like parking sensors. I would love heated seats. We have this at the moment in our own cars, and really love it. Also, I would like electrically operated seats with memory. I have this in my own car. My husband is a foot taller than me, so when we change driver we have to adjust the height, seat back, and seat position and it's a real fiddle! In my own car, I press a button and it takes me back to where I previously set it.

Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?

More, I would say.

Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?

I had never driven a Toyota before, but my view of them from friends and colleagues was that they were very well made, very reliable, but a bit boring to drive (sorry!). However, having driven the rav, it's not boring at all, and I love driving it.

What one thing do you like best about it?

Excellent visibility at the front. That may not sound like much, but I am not very tall, and in some cars I feel that I can hardly see over the steering wheel. I love to sit in a car and feel confident that I can see all around.

What one thing would you change about it?

I would add parking sensors, both at the back and at the front. Although the general visibility is good, I can't say that for the bottom of the car, and it's not easy to see exactly where the 'corners' are. It's much better to stop when you hear a beep rather than a bump. (I haven't done this by the way!)

prettyfly1 Sun 25-Aug-13 15:50:45

Ravmore - I hadnt noticed that about the aircon (apologies for the delay in replying, busy old week!) maybe they cleaned it? And there is NOTHING wrong with that radio station, nothing at all smile

So quick update before I do the big questionnaire - so far so good.

I bloomin love the sat nav and blue tooth - seriously going to miss that although does anyone else find the boot a bit annoying? I would really rather just open it myself. That said it is massive - I got both the boys bikes in and took them to the country which they loved.

We spent yesterday hacking through country lanes which to be fair it handles really well - no issues with giant puddles here, then we hit the motorways today and that was good too. DP's only real complaint is not being able to get it above 40 mpg. I dont actually know what that is but apparently a manual may be better.

Re: the slidey seat thing, I kind of like it - the kids seats seem fairly stable so safety wise it is fine. All in all all good.

RubySparks Sun 25-Aug-13 19:22:09

Not testing but have done part of the nearest adventure to us - 106 Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh! The ponds are great for ducks and geese and wildlife in general and there are good walks and interesting ruins. The only bit we haven't done is the climb but now we have a dog I'm looking forward to going with her one weekend.

GetKnitted Sun 25-Aug-13 21:19:48

Not a tester, I can't really seem to get the map to give any details of the adventures. We've done a lot similar, particularly looking for odd details of old buildings and walking in wild places.

Hopezibah Sun 25-Aug-13 23:05:44

just had a look at the route 125 site. We are near to no. 99 potter in the wild and that looks like a good one to do! One of the other suggestions close to that was visit pooh bridge / play pooh sticks and we have had great fun doing that lots in the past!

I love that there are lots of actitivities all over the uk listed so theres bound to be one that everyone can try.

DoubleMum Tue 27-Aug-13 11:04:23

Am not a tester and this adventure isn't anywhere near me but my DS would love the dig for fossils one in the SW. We did go to Lyme Regis for a fossil course a few years ago and he still talks about it. Quite a long way to go for a test drive though.

goldenretriever Thu 29-Aug-13 13:00:33

We took the RAV to Blackpool (around 100 miles away) It was a joy to fly up steep banks at 70 mph (no more than that, natch) with very little effort. It is a really smooth drive, we don't want to give it back. We also took it to a roman fort yesterday. It handles beautifully and my kids love it. Thoughthe 2yo calls it 'the man's car'. It is absolutely a great car (? 4x4?!) Love it. Have attached a picture of my good self perched in it - we have been all over in it and am very impressed with it.

prettyfly1 Fri 30-Aug-13 11:48:56

Sigh - last twenty four hours of RAV before we get the stinky old car back. Its been really good fun - DH has been taking it to work for the last couple of days and he is gutted it has to go back now smile. Because we are nearly done I thought I would do my survey questions, answers below!

Which model of the RAV4 are you test-driving?

The Invincible Auto *(yay!)

What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?

Very pretty, clean and impressive. DH was super excited, I was a little nervous about how big it was.

What do the children think of it?

LOVED it. All the space and gadgets made them really smile and they love the smell funnily enough.

How did you find driving a 4x4? Is it a comfortable ride? How does it differ from your usual car?

It is a comfortable car, it gets respect from other users and it handles like an absolute dream. My only struggle was the jump from a very small car to a big one - my driving being the issue, not the car.

What's the boot space and legroom for passengers like?

Fantastic. One day I even got both the boys bikes in for a trip to the park and still had room for the picnic basket etc. Really spacious.

What do you think about the features of the car? E.g Power back door, rear-view camera, cruise control etc.

I love the rear-view camera, cruise control, blue tooth and satnav. They make the car so fun and a real joy. DH loves the sports mode. My only dislike was the boot - its slow and not very responsive and I just ended up wanting to open it myself.

Were these features what you expected the RAV4 to have or have you found any unexpected extras?

Everything was pretty standard but really well done, so it felt very luxurious.

Are there any other features you'd like the car to have?

Brad Pitt as a chauffeur? Honestly it is seriously loaded up and there is nothing we thought 'oooh wouldnt it be good with this'.

Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?

Considerably more.

Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?

Not really - we feel that Toyota is synonymous with luxury and engineering and the car proved that.
What one thing do you like best about it?

The lightness of the steering and the computer in the dash.

What one thing would you change about it?

The automated boot.

Primrose123 Fri 30-Aug-13 16:25:41

Well, it's our last day with the Rav as it has to go back tomorrow. We have really enjoyed having it, it's very comfortable and I love driving it. The only downside really, is that the fuel consumption is not great.

We went on our route 125 adventure on Wednesday. I found something on the website about segways. We saw these a few years ago while on holiday, and had a quick go on them, but the children were too young to do it. We decided to do the taster course at Makin Tracks near Tenby. I phoned the day before and booked.

We set off in the morning, and got there at lunchtime. We signed disclaimers and were kitted out with helmets, and my 12 year old daughter had to wear knee and ankle pads too. We were given a demo of the segway, and each had some instruction, and then we were taken up on a hill! There were gravel tracks, and we had to follow them. Basically you stand on the segway, and lean forward to make it go, and lean backwards to make it stop, or go backwards. It was quite easy on the flat, but we really had to concentrate on the hill.

We all enjoyed it and had a fantastic time. It was just under £10 each for the taster course, which lasted about half an hour. There are other longer courses, which cost about £20, which we all want to go back and do one day.

After our segway experience, we saw that they had paintball targets. I have never fancied getting hit with a paintball (too much of a wimp!) but this looked fun. We were each given a paintball gun with a different colour paint, and had to aim at targets. The person who lost had the forfeit of cleaning the targets! My younger daughter lost, and started cleaning, but was let off after she cleaned the first one! This cost £3.50 each.

We left Makin Tracks, and drove down the road to Heatherton. This is an activity centre, but you don't pay to go in, just to do the activities you choose. My DDs only wanted to go on the walk on water balls, which was about £3 each, so they did that.

We then drove to Tenby, but struggled to find anywhere to park. DDs and I didn't feel like walking around Tenby anyway, so we set off for home. We drove through Saundersfoot, which was nice, because my parents used to have a caravan there, and I spent many weekends there as a child. Again, though, there didn't seem to be much parking available, so we carried on.

We all felt quite hungry and drove to Carmarthen. We had a quick look around the shops and then had a lovely meal in Franky and Benny's.

All in all, it was a fun day out. It's getting more difficult to find activities for teenagers that don't cost a fortune, but we all enjoyed it together. I would recommend segways at Makin Tracks to anyone in the Tenby area.

Bubbles85 Fri 30-Aug-13 20:24:23

Not taking part in the extended test drive but I would like to try no 104, collect 60 shades of green, mainly because I used to live near these woods and would like to go back.

chrismse Tue 03-Sep-13 10:58:19

I love Wales so I `d like to try route 71, which takes in castles and railways as well fabulous views.

snala Tue 03-Sep-13 22:02:32

Well we are really missing the car now its gone sad
Anyhow here's the review!!

Which model of the RAV4 are you test-driving?
We tested the invincible manual 2wd.

What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?
We were very impressed with how much 'kit' was in the car but disappointed that there was no sat nav and that it was only the 2 wheel drive version of the car.

What do the children think of it?
The children LOVED the car! they thought it was fantastic being so high up and being able to see so well. They loved how shiny it was!! (I must wash our car more!!)

How did you find driving a 4x4? Is it a comfortable ride? How does it differ from your usual car?
I cant comment on driving a 4x4 as we only had the 2wd version of the car! It was a very comfortable drive, very easy to manoeuver and steering was light as a feather. We drive a 7 seater normally so I'm used to driving a large car but not such a high comfortable car.

What's the boot space and legroom for passengers like?
The boot space is fantastic, I love that the floor can be lifted up to add another 'layer' of storage. Lots of leg room in the front and back.

What do you think about the features of the car? E.g Power back door, rear-view camera, cruise control etc.
The power back door has been a god send! It really made life that little bit easier with 3 young children, pushchair, sling, bags, potty etc in tow!! We have cruise control already so we are familiar with it. I cant decide about the rear view camera, I'm not sure the car was big enough to warrant it to be honest and found that I didn't use it.

Were these features what you expected the RAV4 to have or have you found any unexpected extras?
It had everything I expected as I looked up the model prior to testing.I liked that you can keep a close eye on the mpg and was very pleasantly surprised with how economical it was. I was however expecting 4wd/awd and sat nav!!!

Are there any other features you'd like the car to have?
See above!

Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?
More likely, we are in fact looking into the hilux! ( we would love to test one Toyota wink

Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?
We have always liked the reliability of Japenese cars but have favoured Honda, we would now however look at Toyota first.

What one thing do you like best about it?
How nice it is to drive.

What one thing would you change about it?
I would change the full leather seats to part leather as the children's car seats moved around on the leather.

tinypumpkin Thu 05-Sep-13 22:33:51

et us know which adventures you and your family would like to try. Have you already been on any of the adventures mentioned? I

Non tester here. We have not yet been on any of the route 125 adventures but fancy the tunnel near Bath. That could be interesting! Digging for fossils and stone skimming sound fun too (and pretty inexpensive!)

tinypumpkin Thu 05-Sep-13 22:34:45

Sorry, I did mean to delete the original comment. Brain ache tonight blush

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