2014 Toyota Kluger review | first drive video | carsguide.com.au

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Toyota Kluger


MALCOLM Flynn tests and reviews the new Toyota SUV, with specs, economy and verdict.

2014 Kluger 4

Such models greatly contributed to the still-expanding SUV with their balance of dynamics, relative fuel and passenger carrying ability a new stereotype for family buyers.

Few been concerned with lack of outright off-road compared with traditional 4WD and thousands have embraced general style advantage traditional people-movers and station

Now with the arrival of the new US-sourced model . the Kluger’s segment has to include representatives from than 10 manufacturers, and in 2013 the second-generation Kluger fell the Ford Territory, Holden 7 and Jeep Grand Cherokee in of overall sales .

Toyota is on a new bigger body with as standard, updated features and to bump the Kluger closer to top


With the boosted seat count, the Kluger’s price has crept up to $40,990 . up from the current $40,490 KX-R. The previous KX-R and model grades have replaced by the more Toyota-traditional GX and but the Grande moniker still the top spec. All grades are available in front or all-wheel drive, the latter’s $4000 premium now less than before.

The base $40,990 GX is $2,200 than the previous seven-seat KX-R, and Toyota claims it at least $2000 worth of features. Standard equipment a 6.1 inch multimedia display a reversing camera and rear sensors, the Toyota Link interface, three 12V power auto headlights, conversation LED daytime running lights and alloys.

The 2WD GXL starts at $49,990, and three-zone climate control, trim accents, power seat, proximity keys, and 18-inch alloys.

The top-line starts at $63,990 in 2WD guise, and heated and ventilated front active cruise control, an multimedia display with live traffic updating DAB+ digital radio, second row retractable sunshades, a overhead rear seat screen with Blu-ray and sets of wireless headphones, tailgate, a 4.2 inch colour display, LED headlights with beam and 19-inch alloys.

The new all-new sheetmetal is significantly aggressive than the previous and looks very much the big of the current RAV4. Riding on the 2790mm wheelbase as the second-generation the new Kluger adds an extra in length most of which is the rear wheels to now total with the extra length second and third row passengers and

Also aiding accommodation and space is a more compact wishbone rear suspension replacing the MacPherson strut that is retained at the front.

row occupants now have 110mm shoulder room and 83mm hip room, and the access gap from the doors has been widened by The one-motion fold mechanism now incorporates a reclining function.

the third row in place, cargo has grown by more than to 195-litres — leaving room for a small esky which expands to 529-litres the third row flat, and 1171-litres (to the line) with all rear folded. Loading to the window is also made easier the Grande’s glass hatch of the tailgate.

Toyota’s recent with interior design with the Kluger, with an variety of textures and colours to good effect, with an perception of quality and array of spaces punctuated by the large under dash tray and a 24.5-litre centre console

Despite its increase in size and features, the new Kluger’s weight is changed at 1935-2065kg thanks to use of high-tensile steel in its construction. All US-origin foibles are absent the Kluger, with a right-hand stalk, left-side oriented access, right-side oriented selector display and a right-hand release despite Australia and New being the Kluger’s only drive markets.

Payload range between 675-735kg for drivetrains, and the previous model’s braked tow rating and full-size spare underneath the rear are retained.


Those for a hybrid or diesel version of the new will have to keep upon stars, with no plans for either to join the lineup. Following a similar to its Nissan Pathfinder . Mazda and Subaru Tribeca rivals, the new continues with the 201kW/337Nm (at 3.5-litre petrol V6 of the previous but the automatic transmission is now a six-speed up from the previous five-speeder.

All-wheel drive versions from the previous full-time to a new torque vectoring part-time which along with lockup of the new transmission has helped to marginally improved fuel of between 10.2-10.4L/100km for 2WD models, and for AWD versions down from the for previous versions. The Kluger to do its best on regular 91RON and an open-road range of at least can be expected from the 72L tank.

The new is expected to continue with the model’s five star rating, but is yet to be locally accredited. All come with seven with curtains extending to the row — reversing camera and sensors, traction and stability hill-assist, and all-wheel drive add hill-descent control. Grande also come with cruise control, lane alert, pre collision safety brake assist, and blind-spot

We sampled both 2WD and 4WD versions at the Australian launch, and were to assess its abilities over wet and dry and gravel roads. On dry bitumen, be hard pressed to pick the 2WD aside from a gentle tug at the under heavy acceleration rest. In the wet or on loose gravel easily available wheelspin rest reminds you of the 201kW fed through the front wheels. is quickly reined in by the traction but could be a little antisocial in hands.

This issue is absent in drive versions though, the new torque vectoring system arresting slippage, and capable of up to 50 percent of torque to the rear to do so. When embarking on properly terrain like mud or sand, a diff clock can maintain a split at speeds up to 40km/h.

being US sourced, Australian benefit from increased spring rates and revised tuning developed by local engineers to suit Australian and tastes. The result is impressively body control for this with bodyroll and pitch beyond expectations.

The steering has been sharpened, with a 14.8:1 ratio (down 17:1) reducing twirl to turns lock to lock, and good feel from the assistance.

The ample performance the 3.5-litre V6 will come as no to anyone who’s driven a Kluger, and Toyota claims acceleration of 8.3 seconds for 2WD versions, and 8.7 for AWD models.

Toyota’s attention to noise is also clear, with 30 more sound-insulating material throughout the cabin. Make no the new Kluger would make an environment for long family

While it’s not revolutionary, the new Kluger represents a significant forward from its predecessor in of packaging, features and drive and it’s once again at the pointy end of the large crossover SUV

2014 Toyota Kluger

from $40,990

Engine: petrol V6 201kW/337Nm

Transmission: torque converter auto

Toyota Kluger


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