2014 Toyota Kluger Review — practicalmotoring.com.au

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Toyota Kluger

2014 Toyota Kluger

Paul Murrell’s 2014 Kluger review with specs, ride and handling, and verdict.


IN A NUTSHELL Toyota’s Kluger has become a naturalised That makes the interior a lot place, but the exterior design is a of personal taste.

PRACTICAL SAYS The Kluger once its segment, but the Ford Territory, Captiva and Jeep Grand have all overtaken it. Seven are now standard across the range, but for buyers, the lack of a diesel may be a deal breaker.

ONCE KING OF THE KIDS in the SUV segment “medium” but now reclassified as “large”), Kluger has slipped down the of late, being overtaken by Territory, Holden Captiva 7 and Grand Cherokee. As a result, gets the new third-generation Kluger three months after it on sale in the USA.

Some are unchanged: the engine is still the reliable 3.5-litre petrol V6 201kW and 375Nm – no hybrid more importantly in this no diesel. But perhaps the biggest is where it’s built. All the currently on Australian roads built in Japan; as of now, be rolling off production lines in in the US.

And it looks a lot more American, It’s a smidgen longer and 15mm wider, with and wheelbase unchanged. The third row of is now standard on all models. Reversing and a rear camera are standard, but navigation, radar-controlled cruise auto braking and blind-spot are limited to the top-spec model.

the new Kluger is a considerable step up in and ambience. In addition to its practicality, the open tray below the contributes to the perception of width has a nifty port to allow an or phone charger to sit on the shelf the cables run through to the USB input The huge centre console its roll-top opening will 24 litres of clutter (although what you’re looking for may be of a problem).

The centre section of the second row can slide forward without the seat on the other side, and the seat can be removed altogether to the Kluger into a six-seater step-through middle row seat. the second row flips forward but doesn’t return to its previously set Space is generous, and even adults can use the third row of seats adopting a curved spine and roof air vents keep comfortable. The 6.1-inch colour looks good and is easy to but the 8-inch screen in the Grande is Good news for buyers on a is that the models below the Grande don’t feel or “built down to a price” and the cloth upholstery feels and durable.

The problem with seven-seaters is that luggage is severely compromised with the row of seats in place. The new Kluger has given greater rear delivering 195 litres of cargo around one third more in the previous model. Drop the row of seats and luggage space to 529 litres and with both rows dropped, 1171

On the road, the Kluger impresses its smooth ride and lack of noise. However, the first car we (a base model 2WD) had a buzz coming from deep under the dashboard. The we drove later in the day had a similar less obvious) buzz. We this wasn’t a symptom of build quality and quizzed technical staff about it. too had noticed the issue. Occasionally we vehicles that are pre-production and it isn’t unusual for these to short of standards expected off the Although the test cars built in the first week of drive production, untoward are simply not something you expect the usually impeccable Toyota We doubt that any Klugers here will suffer the problem and Toyota assures us will monitor the cars coming months.

Other than the odd buzz, the 2WD was less than happy with large pot holes and irregularities. It transmitted a severe and jolt through the steering the front wheels crashed a hole. The four-wheel drive didn’t appear to be affected as This may be related to the lighter in the 2WD models. Certainly, the faster ratio makes all Klugers willing to turn into than the previous model.

The 3.5-litre V6 (as used in the Aurion) is a match for the Kluger and much by being mated to a new six-speed gearbox that is a considerable over the old five-speeder. Economy has improved to 10.2L/100km in the 2WD models to 10.6 in the AWD models.

The Kluger well-equipped for the price. The entry GX gets two-zone air con, control, trip computer, windows and mirrors, 18-inch wheels (with a full spare), reversing camera, parking sensors and a 6.1-inch LCD The mid-range GXL adds three climate control, keyless and ignition, leather accented and a powered driver’s seat. The Grande (pictured) adds LCD, dual powered seats, power tailgate separately opening glass, Blu-ray player, active control, lane departure blind spot monitor and alert. It’s disappointing sat nav is not available on the GX or GXL (even as an option) and don’t get the split tailgate.

The Kluger gets seven stability control, traction ABS brakes with brake and electronic brakeforce distribution and almost certainly score stars in ANCAP testing. safety is enhanced by Toyota’s safety system but it’s available if you stump up for the Grande.

becomes a little complicated. The price for a new Kluger is $40,990 and just $500 more the outgoing model. However, into account that all are now fitted with seven instead of five, the real is a saving of $2200, comparing with like. All-wheel adds $4000 across the $500 less than The GXL 2WD price drops from to the psychologically appealing $49,990 point. The comprehensively equipped and Grande tops out at $67,990

2014 Toyota Kluger

from $40,990 (plus WARRANTY three-year, 100,000 SAFETY RATING 5-star (anticipated) ENGINE 3.5-litre V6 engine POWER/TORQUE 201kW/337Nm six-speed auto BODY (L); 1.93m (W); (H) WEIGHT 1935-2065kg THIRST (2WD GX/GXL, combined)

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