Review Toyota Kluger GXL
Toyota’s position as one of the largest automobile manufacturers on earth – possibly the largest – does not come from making junk cars. They may not be interesting or especially cheap. Style wise, few of them do anything but fade into the wallpaper.
Kluger breaks one of those principles – not only is it not cheap, it is also one of the most expensive in the class, especially when you think there is not much in it, and sometimes you see prices skyrocketing. between the samples.
The GXL is a mid-range Kluger and the list of standard inclusions doesn’t trigger the imagination, so the question one has to ask is … why?
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
To get on the GXL, you have to pay $ 10,000 over the GX and for $ 57,550 for the all-wheel drive (AWD) variant, you’re still rolling on 18-inch alloys but with a different design and Toyota upgrades the screen. 8.0-inch and additional sat nav.
Accompanying the trip is a six-speaker stereo system with DAB + radio, keyless entry and start, electric driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rails, roof rails, glass rear protection, power tailgate with glass doors, cruise control, automatic headlights, three-zone climate control, power windows and mirrors. When compared to the GX, there’s not much more on board.
The screen may be bigger, but it still displays Toyota’s hopeless communications system. It’s usable (well, mostly – the DAB interface is incomprehensible) but the simple inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will improve it out of sight. This system is an issue on the Toyota range.
The bottom line is that it’s hard to see where the 10 brokers have gone, especially since it only includes a ‘free’ color (the rest is $ 550) and doesn’t have many additional equipment. A similarly better-equipped Mazda CX-9 or Nissan Pathfinder and CX-9 have a much better vehicle system.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Kluger is the classic Toyota – doing what it says on tin cans. Large and boxy, the body writes an interior check that can cash out. This third-generation Kluger, which has been around for a few years, looks much nicer than the first two, with sharper lines and a little more courage. It is not the excess courage of Niagara-Falls-in-Bucket, which is more courageous than the first generation of dough ever had.
An upright, bluff-free grille, framed by a pair of large, stylish headlights hides amazing engine. It does not try to hide its height or length, be happy when it is big and considered big. In configuration, it is common as you would expect, with the rear end creating a vestibular link with the smaller RAV4.
Inside is a high-quality adventure cabin, usually of high quality, but with some very luxurious touches along with one or two dick. It’s a thoughtful place but ask someone to describe it to you and they’ll fight – it’s pretty general.
How realistic is the inner space? 9/10
The interior is vast, little bit of usable space has been removed from the platform to turn this into a viable seven-seater seat for families. From the base model upwards, you’ve got a 60/40 foldable middle row, sliding backwards and forwards quite a distance, allowing you to adjust the space and bring kids into distance, striking , reach the distance. The third row takes two with a 50/50 split. The rear seats are a bit light for cushions and space, so occupants will want to be small and / or flexible.
Front-row passengers have tons of space, two cupholders, a huge 24-liter dashboard storage bin with a useful sliding tray that splits the space horizontally. Both doors have cupholders and the storage for bits and dashes is also divided horizontally, with soft-lined shelves for things like glasses, keys, wallets and phones, which are actually quite smart.
Boot space starts from a modest 195 liters with all seats playing. Fold the rear seats (flat) and you’ve got at least 529 liters (slide the middle row forward for more) and if you fold all the back seats down, you have the right to claim a conservative 1117 liter. Fill it up with a roof and you get up to 1900 liters.
The boot is accessible via a supported tailgate or you can press a button below the window and turn on the glass. This is a handy feature because when you have enough seats, you don’t have much space. You can only open the windshield to make sure everything is in the car rather than finishing on the ground.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
Each Kluger powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 petrol (2GR-FKS) produces 218kW / 350Nm generously, both of which are a few percent higher than the old V6 engines introduced in 2014.
An eight-speed automatic (replacing the old six-speed) provides power for the front, or all-wheel drive as tested here.
Kluger does not stop or any other fuel-joke.
All Klugers are rated to tow 2000kg (brakes).
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
Our time with the GXL saw it was mostly around town, delivering 11.7L / 100km compared to the 9.5L / 100km required on the combined cycle. This number includes a few runs on long highways, so it’s not too far from the number, but it’s not a small number to start with.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
Kluger does not provide the latest technology or safety, and nothing special about the powertrain. It’s a simple car, though the new eight-speed gearbox is superior to the old one, with smooth shifts.
This car is unbelievably comfortable. McPherson moves forward and behind the sophisticated double wishbone meaning that this may be the most comfortable seven-seater on the market. The suspension is soft according to modern standards but also quiet on bumps. Everything is very silent, the tired road noise is most welcome.
Long trips in Kluger feel like short trips (unless you’re in the third row). Broken sidewalks, thoughtless site arrangements, and speed penetration are just irritants, not bumps. The relatively rough Toyota Fortuner cannot drive so well, the Mitsubishi Outland’s rear end clangs and collides with horizontal bumps and only an Audi Q7 can glide forward for comfortable driving. That’s good.
Handling is another story. More capable than interesting. Understeer is easy to find but easy to fix. You will not be engraved corners in Kluger because the steering is light, the visibility is limited on the front wheel and the weight of the object (2045kg for GXL AWD 4.89m long, 1.92m wide) is enough to be discouraged.
But in the high driver’s seat, with comfortable children, and stable in the comfortable gait of the engine, gearbox and chassis, this is an extremely calm machine.