Review Toyota Kluger
Toyota Kluger is one-third of Toyota’s attack on the seven-seater SUV segment, along with Prado and Fortuner. Between the three cars, Toyota owns a quarter of the big SUV market. That is a lot of cars.
Kluger has been a mainstay of Toyota’s range for more than a decade, going ahead of the same formula, against the fashionable or trendy swoopy styling for diesel or geared motors. It’s a classic Toyota – what you see is what you get.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
There are six different Toyota Kluger models on three trim levels – GX, GXL and Grande. At each level, you can choose front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive but the entire range comes with the same eight-speed automatic and a 3.5-liter engine for dynamics.
The price quoted below is RRP, or MLP because manufacturers like us to call it.
All Klugers are equipped with a total of seven seats, reversing camera, front and rear air conditioning, cruise control, three 12-volt power points (two at the front, one at the back), headlights auto, power windows and mirrors, rear parking sensor and rear privacy glass.
The six-speaker audio system comes with AM / FM radio and CD player with bluetooth and USB. In the GX, stereo is provided by Toyota’s familiar ho-hum multimedia software associated with the 6.1-inch touchscreen. In GXL and Grande, add sat nav and 8.0 inch screen, but use the same software.
So how much will you pay? The price range starts at $ 43,550 for GX front-wheel drive (FWD) compared to $ 47,550 for all-wheel drive (AWD). They are indicated identically.
Moving up the price list means you go to GXL. For FWD, you will pay $ 53,550 and $ 57,550 for AWD.
Compared to the GX, the GXL parameter level adds GPS navigation with SUNA traffic updates, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, DAB + digital radio, keyless start and start and power driver’s seat. . You also get partial leather seats, hot front ones.
Grande starts at $ 65,935 for FWD and $ 69,906 for AWD. For the GXL, add 19-inch alloys, a sunroof, front parking sensors, a surround view camera, window shades for rear seat passengers, plus heated and cooled front seats. Finally, a set of safety equipment includes forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, reverse traffic warning, AEB, lane departure warning and reverse guidance.
You can choose from nine colors – Eclipse Black, Blue Cosmos, Rustic Brown, Rainforest Green, Predawn Gray, Deep Red, Merlot Red, Silver Storm and White Pearl. Helpful, all the names really describe colors. Only one of those colors is freebie (black), the rest cost an additional $ 550.
How realistic is the inner space? 9/10
Kluger is one of the most thoughtfully arranged cabins in the class to attract people and their belongings, the generous interior dimensions give Toyota designers plenty of room to work.
Passengers in the front seat sit on a pair of high-class throne with two cups, bottle racks at each door and huge 24-liter center console with a sliding tray. A little dog can ride on the center console … and I’m not joking.
The dash is also divided by a shelf, lined with soft material, so your phone, keys, wallet and glasses have somewhere to go and won’t be frantic around.
Passengers in the back seat have 60/40 skid seats, two cups in the center armrest and bottle racks at each door, along with an air conditioning (GX) or climate control area (GXL and Grande).
Finally, the third row folds 50/50, which is easily accessible with a single action lever to tilt and slide the middle row off the road. Those trapped back there may be luxuries with four cupholders. Head and leg room are scarce, but not worse than most in the segment.
Full size spare tire is placed under and outside so you can take it without pulling everything out of the car. Toyota has quite carefully placed a plastic cover around it to reduce the amount of dirt it can collect.
Interior boot space starts at 195 liters with all seats in play, expanding to a minimum of 529 liters with the rear seats folded.
Tiptoe to the front of the middle row and you reach 1117 liters rather conservative. If you fill it in the headlight, the bank is about 1900 liters.
Kluger’s external dimensions mean that it can be a challenge for inner city garages – 4.89m long, 1.96m wide and 1.73 meters high. Although the length is negligible, the rotation is 11.8m reasonable
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Kluger is typical of Toyota – don’t appreciate, don’t shout about itself. Kluger is a tall rider, with a ground clearance of 200mm that tells only part of the story. From the front, the large, full-depth grille makes it a majestic presence, the large headlights sweep up to add an impression of height.
The side configuration is quite common, with wheel arches perpendicular to 18 or 19 inch wheels depending on the type. The large doors and a slightly increased diameter make the cabin look huge.