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Drive handling – a car to drive, handles well

– as a luxury MPV, reliability; value should be good

the one with the ‘wow’ factor!

Huge size – not practical as a car

Impractical – not flexible seating for did not handle my shopping well!

and difficult to handle in tight

At 2.4L, quite lethargic and yet hungry!

It’s not a brand new and very pricey

Do I need all luxury (at cost?)

Verdict: I love to have one of these parked at my driveway. An ideal would be one with 3.0L (V6), 9 seats with boot access for shopping as – but of course I can’t get everything I – so we have to wait for Test 2. Bottom line – will I buy It is still possible, and if I do, I would go for a 3.0 8 seats.

Love to drive and own a MPV? Its everyone dream – with large family or frequent needs of transporting will agree that MPV is the though when faced the options, there is no single answer of course.

I must myself that, I have owned a dedicated MPV before. we do own a Mitsubishi Pajero which is of accommodating 7 people with luggage space. We have driven various MPVs Citroen C4, Chrysler Voyager and Kia (close sibling to Kia or Naza Ria and have recently test Toyota Estima, Hyundai and Ssangyong Stavic.

Since we are planning to sell the now we have to look for another mover, and this time we are thinking of an MPV. We are aware of other 4WD or SUV that are seven however we thought most of SUV 4WD are limited as people carrier real seven seaters), on the place they are not created for it. The exception perhaps is Landcruiser I called it which appears to space for 8 people. Toyota is another possible MPV-able Nevertheless, another salient of SUV is that they are not car-like, that are, are not seven – therefore effectively ruling out from our wish list.

we have seriously contemplated on Hyndari Starex or Ssangyong – them being offered new at reasonable price. They are viable choices – though is still big questions about aftersale value, plus

So because of this, we thought we try the so much talked about carrier these days, the I have seen a number of but thus far have not taken any for a Due to the limited time that we are given for test drive, I think it will be enough to much about the vehicle, if our concern is more about rather than a ‘nice one to sort of thing.

So, we decided to rent one instead. As my wife did the homework, and on one fine coinciding with our little Nawal’s birthday, we booked one of the It did take some effort as the one that was reserved finally did not it was still outstation. One lucky call followed by a number of calls finally connected us to one of the rental agent. We got our vehicle in the it was a silver colour 2.4 Alphard G.

Toyota Alphard I

The were particularly excited. was elated and took it as her special gift, though just for than a day! Within the 24 we drove just over over highways, urban and roads, city centre and of for shopping.

From the outside, the car has a look, unmistakably a luxury Well, it looks better a van, with large seal and aerodynamic shape. The body paint looked though perhaps the white is the best to look at. From my own the front and side appearance is acceptable, while the back is the worst as it sometimes is what the car looks more like a The large lamp clusters at the did not help either, as is they no purpose, I wish it could be simplified or resembling the Estima which is much more to the eyes. However, overall, its appearance is somewhat better a Starex, and it’s the one that those ‘wow’ thing!

Once inside, you can forget how the look externally. The cabin an ambient of comfort and luxury. It is the appearance alone which is to describe, but yes, it is the look and of luxury without doubt. cluster, equipment level all are in attractive finish, and sitting in vehicle makes you feel There is all the standard niceties cup holders, plentiful storage for you gadgets, and I can leave a box of tissue on the to sit flat – most or all of the cars I have owned do not have ability (except Merc A – a petty but important feature.

Our car with cloth seats, 7 arrangement – 2 individual seats at row, and 2 joint seats at which is supposed to accommodate 3 (I have doubt over 2nd row seats cannot be rotated to the back, and there is no foot The second row seats will not flat, though it can be pushed to the forward position leaving space between them and the 3rd row

We soon found that it is a huge beast, the first few driving was not unfamiliar with a van! A luxury van I mean, but it did like one…with its intrusive magnificent height, all is seen as vehicle. No, I certainly did not feel driving a car, though the of luxury is everywhere.

When we first boarded the there were 8 of us altogether, was, 2 full adults, my 4 kids and a baby (Hazim) another small girl, our niece. So there were enough seats for everyone, as Hazim sits with the However, in the evening, on our way to Bagan we had additional three passengers, two (my parents in-law) and Fateh – had forced Widad to sit on the floor, not a most wonderful experience by What the car is lacking, is in its ability to for large family – no it is more for luxury than for capacity. Had the row been fitted with 3 seats, it would be able to with casual overload as this.

Nevertheless, the most experience having the vehicle for a short period of time, is its ride and handling. Apart slight rattle when (engine purring can be heard), the was smooth and comfortable. Cruising at low or speed were both pleasant, in fact driving undulating roads and ramps no bother at all. The ride is solid, felt stable and inspiring, I was able to accelerate up to on windy rural roads of (on our way to Bagan Lalang). Steering was and so was the brake. It is this punchy and driving experience that, to me, is the boon this vehicle has to

I did try to seat at the third row just for the when the wife took a driving. The third row seat is a two person seat, as the middle has a gap and firm, makes sitting in the felt so uncomfortable. Otherwise, was not much vibration can be felt, and was maintained throughout the journey

What about entertainment and The car comes complete with GPS and entertainment system. TV/DVD presents at the driver’s panel as roof mounted for passengers. I found the system was awkward, we operate the GPS and DVD at the same time – our would be to run the GPS navigation using the screen while the roof screen plays DVD, we to do this after countless The GPS navigator seems archaic and the voice prompt could not be That same screen run automatic reverse camera when reverse gear is however I was irritated when the images were the wrong way (ie left on right and vice there is no way to correct this. the windows menu is in Japanese, is little we could do to fix the problem. In the electronics are there as a niceties, but half functioning.

In short, Alphard is a lovely owning one would be such an However, there are a few downside, one of is its people carrying capacity at least, to me is leaving much to be If there was an Alphard that nine people, I would be the first to buy it – of course this is going to happen – as fitting many seats will its luxury image already. One negative aspect is its practical as a day to day vehicle, imagine having to to work daily in this beast, it is hardly practical. perhaps an ideal third for a medium sized family, mainly for long distance or for corporate or business person who has the to transport VIPs.

Toyota Alphard I
Toyota Alphard I
Toyota Alphard I
Toyota Alphard I


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