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The torquey 2.5-litre engine and electric motors with a total output of 219 horsepower make sure the RAV4 Hybrid is quick and nimble around town and on highways. Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque

Crossover SUVs are all the rage today. There isn’t any automaker out there that does not have at least one CUV in its lineup. The growth of this automotive niche has been nothing short of phenomenal considering the fact that it was only created in 1994.

Toyota’s original RAV4, or Recreational Active Vehicle, was the world’s first SUV with compact dimensions. For such a significant vehicle, the RAV4 has been one of Toyota’s most inconspicuous models too. Despite worldwide sales across four generations having reached more than 8.5 million, lackluster design and dreary dynamics prevented it from getting the attention or appreciation that it deserved.

With the latest generation, Toyota has sought to alter these perceptions and has given it a bold new styling that complements the all-new TNGA K platform. The design is origami inspired like most of the new Lexus models, with the exterior dominated by polygonal shapes and lines...