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It’s never been a big, cumbersome car; in fact, it used to be shorter than a modern supermini.

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The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 is pitched plumb into the middle of a fragmented and fast-growing mid-size SUV-crossover class.

As Toyota sees it, has the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Seat Ateca at one end and the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Range Rover Evoque at the other.

And as ever with a fast-moving industry such as the automotive one, competitors are replaced and new ones arrive as is the case with the Volvo XC60 and the Range Rover Velar.

If you plot a graph comparing the price and overall length of every small and medium-size 4x4 you can think of – from the Hyundai Tuscon to the Audi Q5 – this new Toyota marks the very centre, the sweet spot.

The Business Edition Plus trim adds 17in alloy wheels, and keyless entry and go to the fleet-friendly package.

Opt for the mid-range Icon RAV4 and you'll find it adorned with 18in alloy wheels, LED headlights, a leather and Alcantara upholstery, electrically adjustable driver's seat and heated front seats, while the range-topping Excel models include silver roof rails, leather seats, voice recognition and 3D maps.Entry-level models come with 17in alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, heated wing mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, a reversing camera, DAB radio and a 7.0in infotainment system as standard.The Business Edition models come with front foglights, automatic wipers and lights, parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, sat nav and Toyota's Safety Sense suite - which includes adaptive cruise control and headlights, lane departure warning and a pre-collision system.It's not an easy place to spot them without taking your eyes off the road for very long.Other curiosities include a lane departure warning toggle button that's the stretch of your arm away on the far side of the centre stack, while the digital clock next to it brings your granny’s microwave oven to mind – a simple, plain analogue clock would be infinitely classier.Toyota says a roof-hinged hatchback makes more practical sense, and it’s probably right.

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