The Rav4 was introduced way back in 1994 and since then it has had many facelifts and upgrades, however, it still remains popular with families and people looking for a tough no nonsense small 4x4. The Rav4 also has a very good record for reliability and is safe. Despite only being a small SUV it doesn't embarrass itself in the rough stuff and is surprisingly capable. On the road it's refined and it soaks up bumps well, but newer rivals do a better job. There is both a petrol and diesel option and both are good, but the "oil burner" is proving to be the most popular. Thanks to its interior space and reliability it makes an ideal family car.