2014 Toyota Kluger road test: Silent ride for seven | Ipswich Queensland Times

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SITTING on the endangered list, the Kluger has stared Australian in the eye twice.

Not because of a lack of The family friendly SUV has been a big for Toyota in Australia, but production had put the squeeze on right-hand drive

The second generation, which year claimed more 11% of the large SUV market, almost made itand the third faced a similar fate.

But the have proved our saviour, and now a new of Kluger manufactured in Indiana has our shores.

This is the perfect of the modern-day SUV. Designed for the with active lifestyles, the is consummate all-rounder.

While not for the beaten track (there is the for that) it can handle gravel with ease, you can haul and Australian tuning has ensured actually a car which is rewarding to

Entry level prices decreased, dropping to $40,990, but it is a hike the range-topping Grande starts from $63,990.

Remarkably quiet, the new Kluger is Lexus-quiet when under

It makes for a wonderfully pleasant and spacious dimensions are at the forefront of a with improved finishes and

Adults can actually fit in the third although the low seat position it more suited to those challenged or kids.

All seats are flat and could do with additional support around the

The driver’s instrument cluster is and concise. On the left sits the tachometer on the right with trip and vehicle information in the

Finding your way around the is simple, with the touch-screen taking pride of place, the air-con controls sit below. all intuitive, with the most features highlighted as individual on either side of the touch-screen for operation.

Only one powerplant is a strong V6 which produces above 200 kilowatts.

Its power is smooth from low in the rev range. on the right pedal and there is grunt at the ready.

The bent six is partnered to a slick new automatic transmission which put a foot wrong during our even with some climbs and descents.

Steering nice and controlled with feedback, although the two-wheel did suffer from some wheel shudder mid-corner upset by undulations during our but the all-wheel had no such issues.

The has a nice planted feel in the approach a corner with too speed and you feel predictable SUV but the big SUV is surprisingly nimble and smooth.

drivers would struggle to the difference between two and all-wheel with the latter able to up to 50% of torque to the rear wheels. It be the best choice for those towing intentions, and all-wheel vehicles also have a function for maximum torque to all corners at speeds under

What do you get?

Base are surprisingly well equipped. The GX has alloys, daytime running tilt-and-telescopic steering adjustment, view camera and sensors, control, air-con, seven along with the full of safety gear, as well as an colour 15.5cm touch-screen with Bluetooth phone and connectivity.

Mid-grade GXL gets three-zone air-conditioning, keyless smart and push button start, power adjustable driver’s roof rails and leather-accented

Range-topping Grande has all the bells and like 19-inch alloys, LED headlamps with Auto Beam, tilt-and-slide sunroof, front seats, digital second-row sunshades, 22.8cm entertainment system with player, power-operated tailgate and inserts.

It also gains the extras such as radar control, lane departure and blind spot monitor.

are a few extras worth looking at, the integrated nudge bar for $780, for $950, tow bar for $560 and the blind alert for $695 (standard on

Running costs

Both the drive and all-wheel drives official fuel consumption of than 11 litres per 100km. We slightly more, which is to get thirsty by current day standards.

Insurance is expected to be at the lower end of the while Toyota has an excellent price servicing plan for years which is cheap at per visit — although is required every six months or


One of the deepest consoles seen in recent years in the centre. With a 25-litre it can handle a handbag or other

There is a useful shelf the climate control buttons for phones and other trinkets. It has a hole to route connections to the USB and ports.

There are large cup in the centre console and another in the fold-down armrest in the rear, was as four in the third row — two on wheel arch. Each also has capacity for a bottle.

cabin space has allowed for the row to be shifted forward to deliver leg room in the third row along more luggage space and there is now actually room in the with all three rows of in place.

Funky factor

Previous looked slightly ungainly, but new variant is a handsome beast. The big grille, a similar theme at the rear and more muscular make for an alluring SUV.

quiet and with a more cabin, this is yet another improved car for Toyota.

Diesel is from the line-up, and while rightfully argues that the cost of an oil-burner would the gains on petrol, given 50% of Klugers are sold with a tow bar we are they would love a option. But there is no point for what’s not available, and if you are desperate for a with a diesel there is the RAV4 or Prado.

This is one of the refined Toyotas we have with brilliant on-road that can easily haul

What matters most

we liked: Spacious interior, features, tougher looking style, massive centre outstandingly quiet.

What like to see: Improved economy, diesel engine front parking sensors as

Warranty and servicing: Three warranty. Servicing is capped at for the first six services with every six months or 10,000km.


Model: Toyota

Details: Seven-seat large two or drive sports utility

Engine: 3.5-litre V6 petrol maximum power of 201kW @ and peak torque 337Nm @

Transmission: Six-speed automatic.

10.2 litres/100km (2WD, average); 10.6L/100km (4WD).

237-246g/km (depending on model).

0-100kmh in 8.3 seconds (2WD), 8.7

Towing: 2000kg (braked), tow rating 200kg.

Bottom plus on-roads: GX $40,990, GXL Grande $63,990. AWD is a $4000

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