Review Toyota Kluger
Like the statues of Easter Island, Toyota Kluger creates a big shadow on Australia’s motorbike scene. It’s a strong seller for Toyota, has been around for a long time and is one of the three big SUVs in Toyota’s arsenal alongside the evergreen Prado and disappointing Fortuner.
Competition, of course, is growing increasingly fierce. Hyundai is about to give up a new Santa Fe, Kia Sorento gets better every year and more and more manufacturers are joining the party. Most notably, Mazda’s CX-9 is also equipped with safety equipment and a powerful 2.5-liter turbo engine.
The intensity of the battle became evident in a recent comparative test by colleague Matt Campbell, where Kluger was behind Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-9, thanks in large part to Toyota’s reluctance to match the similar advanced safety features.
They heard Matt (anyway that’s what he thought) and recently added some important safety technologies to Kluger 2018. Let’s see if it’s enough.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
Toyota is not afraid to charge Kluger and buyers are not afraid to pay. With additional safety gear, the price has risen by $ 950 on the GX and $ 1400 on the GXL to pay for new things.
There are three models in the Kluger range and the amount you pay will vary depending on your desire for standard features. Our price list has an RRP price and is only a guide – your agent can be persuaded to reduce costs.
GX starts with the lowest price – $ 44,500 for 2WD and $ 48,500 for 4WD. Specifications include six-speaker stereo, 18-inch alloy wheels (no longer 17-inch alloy wheels), front and rear air conditioning, Bluetooth, forward and back camera, active cruise control, Rear parking sensors, remote central locking, automatic headlights, power windows and mirrors and a full size spare wheel.
The GXL adds a lazy $ 10 compared to the GX – $ 54,950 (2WD) and $ 58,950 (AWD). GXL adds GPS navigation system, DAB digital radio, rear traffic alert, keyless start and start, partial leather seats and power tailgate with separate glass doors.
Grande – again, with more than 10 grand plus, available for $ 65,646 (2WD) or $ 69,617 (AWD). You get satellite navigation similar to the GXL, 19-inch rims, electric sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system with 9.0-inch screen and Blu-Ray and heated and ventilated front seats.
The entertainment system is equipped with a 6.1-inch touchscreen in GX and 8.0 inches in other models, including satellite navigation. The package is clearly 2006, very painful in the GX. The system includes AM / FM radio, CD player and USB. There is no DVD option, however.
Colors include ‘Crystal Pearl’ (white), silver, ‘Rustic Brown’ (which looks better than sound), ‘Gray before the eyes’, ‘Rainforest Green’, ‘Merlot Red’ (dahling), ‘Deep Red’ , ‘Cosmos Blue’ and ‘Eclipse Black’. All except black is an additional $ 550, neither modest nor blackmail.
The list of Toyota accessories is fully stored, with items such as nudge bars (well integrated), side steps, fences, roof racks (although no roof rails) and shields. Various plastics, driving lights, floor mats, tow bars, aid parking and blind spot monitoring.
You will be out of luck if you want a Toyota-branded seat belt extension or cow bar.
For comparison, the cheapest CX-9 is $ 700 cheaper (compared to GX), but with a higher level of specs, while fully loaded Azami is also about $ 800 cheaper (compared to the Grande). but – again – better equipped.
South Korean rivals, albeit a bit older and smaller, are significantly cheaper – the Kia Sorento costs from $ 42,990 to $ 46,990 while the Santa Fe starts at $ 40,990 and ends at 57,090 dollars (though not a V6 petrol engine). All of these cars are well equipped, with more modern features and technology.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Kluger is handsome squared, what are you looking at. That bluffed big head makes the car look bigger than it is, which is a pretty big achievement because it pushes two meters wide and 1.73m high. However, this is not the longest layer in the class, with a height of 4.89m.
Although praised from the United States, but it is not too prominent, but the CX-9 is not very nice. Some might find the grille reminiscent of a krill-hoovering whale or Bane from Batman, but it’s certainly very special.
Cabin is like the outside – nothing flashes, but what you see is what you get. The material is mostly pretty good and it’s more thoughtful and realistic than sexy. Usually I would say, “like me”, but I’m not one of these.
The internal dimensions of the large bruising machine match the exterior causing its eclipse. Regardless of your size – well, in reason – you’ll find plenty of space in the first or second row. The third row has spaces suitable for children and adults very patient for short trips.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
The big question people ask me about Kluger is “How many seats are there?” – each Kluger has seven seats, with two seats turned over in the boot. The size of the boot space is obviously determined by whether they are up or down. When you sit down, you have a decent 529 liters, leaving you with good luggage capacity and cargo cover to hide it all. Lift the seat with straps and you only have 195 liters, the equivalent of a small hatchback.
Order the second and third down and Toyota says you will have 1117 liters, but I suppose it is conservative.