Launched at the 1994 Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota RAV4 turned 20 this week.
In 20 years, Toyota’s Recreational Activity Vehicle has grown, but its customers have grown with it. To celebrate Diesel Car picks out its top 3 RAV4s.
1. 1994 RAV 4
Naturally our list begins with the original. That first model, launched at the Geneva Motor Show, seemed to strike a chord with buyers across the world. Toyota sold over 50,000 in the first year, a figure that had tripled by 1995. Its small, three-door body made it stand out in the segment.
2. 1989 RAV4 Concept
The production car might have been unveiled in 1994, but this 1989 Concept set the ball in motion. It showed that the 4×4 could enjoy a broader market and be more than just a workhorse. Much would change in the five years before it launched, but the RAV4’s journey began here.
3. 2014 RAV4
Today’s RAV4 has grown somewhat in 20 years. The three-door model is no more, but Toyota have worked hard to ensure the RAV4 remains just as much fun to drive over its four generations. Its bigger, more practical layout and a nine-model range means it offers more than that first model. The RAV4 hasn’t just grown, it’s grown up.