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Toyota Kluger

2014 Toyota Kluger GX, GX-L And Grande

2014 KLUGER REVIEW

What’s Big, practical cabin and de V6.

Vehicle Style: 7-seat SUV

Price: $40,990 (GX 2WD) to (Grande AWD)

Engine/trans: 3.5 petrol V6 | 6sp automatic

Fuel claimed: 10.2 l/100km | 12.1 l/100km

OVERVIEW

The new Kluger is the first US-made sold in this country. Big it is now bigger than ever.

Physically, yes, but the pricetags for the and mid-grade models have comprehensively downsized.

Sevens are now standard on every Kluger, but there’s no longer a five-seater in the the price of entry has risen by $500 to $40,990.

And compared to the Kluger GX 7-seater, the new base is $2200 less.

It’s a story for the mid-grade GXL 2WD, gets a price drop $51,490 to $49,990.

Bigger, better — or at least what Toyota says. We to the North coast of NSW to sample the range and put it to the test.

GX: two-zone air-conditioning, cruise control, upholstery, trip computer, windows and mirrors, 18-inch with full-size spare, seats, reversing camera, parking sensors, 6.1-inch LCD Bluetooth phone/audio.

GXL (in addition to three-zone climate control, entry and ignition, leather-appointed powered driver’s seat,

(in addition to GXL): 8-inch satellite navigation, dual front seats, power with separately opening roof-mounted Blu-ray player, cruise control, lane warning, blind spot collision alert.

Material quality is dramatically and there’s a great many that improve the utility of the interior without sacrificing

There are more soft-touch and the wide shelf that the lower dashboard is trimmed in plastic that stops phones and other gadgets sliding around.

The shelf sports a pass-through for iPod and charging cables, which a music player to sit on the shelf piping music to the USB port underneath.

Other storage abound, and the centre console box is huge. Able to swallow up to 24 of your stuff, there’s room in there for a full-sized box of or six.

The rest of the cabin is roomy. The front seats are and comfortable, and the leather upholstery in the GXL and feels appropriately premium, if not Lexus-spec.

The second row is excellent. Big make it easy to get in and out, a floor and unintrusive centre means a centre … is a realistic proposition.

The 60/40 second-row bench also fore and aft to maximise legroom.

is excellent, and so is leg and foot room. row passengers also get their own controls though in the GX it’s not the tri-zone climate control that’s found in the higher just two-zone manual air

Getting in and out of the third row can be a chore

The second row flips and slides easily enough, but it doesn’t to the last set position. Annoying you’re trying to give row occupants a decent amount of

Once settled in though, the row is good. The squab is a bit short, but a good amount of room for two to sit in reasonable comfort.

Against the Kluger, there’s 110mm width overall in the third row while there’s 83mm width at hip level.

Roof-mounted and cupholders help make the row a little more inviting, but the extra space that it the most.

And another area more space is appreciated (at in a family-sized SUV like the Kluger), is the

The 2014 Kluger’s luggage has swelled thanks to an increase in overhang and the relocation of the seat further forward.

With the row in place there’s 195 litres of space, roughly one-third than before.

Third row the Kluger offers 529 litres; with both second and row folded flat there’s litres of cargo space,

Fill it to the roof and you get an extra 700 of storage.

But not everything is perfect, with the way the Kluger is specced. For sat nav isn’t even available as an on the GX and GXL, which is hard to for a car costing over $40,000.

Another disappointment is the removal of the tailgate glass from all bar the top-grade Grande.

It was one of the old Kluger’s useful features (only got a bag to chuck in the back? Just the glass, not the whole tailgate), and sorely missed in the GX and GXL.

also no availability of front sensors, even on the $63,990

Rear parking sensors and a camera are standard on all cars which is vital for a car as large as the

201kW/337Nm 3.5 petrol V6 | 6sp automatic

FWD and AWD available


MacPherson strut suspension, double-wishbone with arm rear suspension

Disc all around (328x28mm front 309x10mm rear rotors)

l/100km claimed fuel for GX and GXL 2WD

Steering is very light in the 2WD but weights up progressively in a corner. The AWD feels better though, a meatier feel through the wheel that makes it to place through a corner.

a faster rack ratio in the previous model. As a result, the Kluger feels a lot more to change direction than

The suspension is soft, especially on the wheels of GX and GXL. We drove a GXL 2WD on the leg, and body-roll was quite through some of the tighter of the drive route.

Grip is reasonably good for a SUV, but attempting to push it too quickly just results in understeer.

It’s no major sin big SUVs aren’t sportscars

We noticed that sharper didn’t seem to get absorbed as as larger, longer lumps in the This is much more on the larger 19-inch wheels of the

But for the most part, the Kluger is compliant. Isolation from noise is also very and the cabin stays blissfully at speed.

The rear suspension is for the 2014 model, and it does a job of quelling unwanted body at the back.

Another thing helps on-road comfort is the impressive noise, vibration and suppression.

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There’s now 30 percent sound-deadening material on the floorpan, as as an acoustic windscreen and revised mounts.

The result is a family that’s almost Lexus-quiet even on a gravel road.

The is familiar to us all, being the 3.5 litre V6 used by the previous-gen as well as the Aurion.

It’s (201kW), not lacking for torque and has the capacity to effortlessly lug the big, Kluger up hills with

Power remains the same for but fuel economy has been to 10.2 l/100km for the 2WD GX and GXL, and of 0.8 l/100km. We couldn’t match figures though.

The six-speed gearbox is new, and the antiquated five-speed of the outgoing

It’s smooth through the and doesn’t hunt up hills, and is better-behaved than the ‘box it

Up steeper hills it can take a to kick-down and find the best but once it’s found it the will stay in gear the road levels out.

The shift mode works enough if you want to lock the in a particular gear, but this is a that’s best left to its own

On the road, there’s not a huge in the way the 2WD and AWD models drive.

The AWD hardware has changed to a front-biased reactive that only shuffles to the rear axle when a of traction is anticipated.

On dry roads hard to induce much of a split.

ANCAP rating: The Toyota Kluger has yet to be tested by

Safety features: Stability traction control, ABS, brake assist and seven are standard across the range. AWD gain hill descent

The Kluger Grande also active cruise control, a detection and warning system, spot monitor, lane warning and auto high

TMR VERDICT | OVERALL

The improvements in interior design, and utility are very much and the refinements to the chassis certainly the driving dynamics.

The retention of the 3.5 powertrain, and no diesel in sight, some of the gloss off at the bowser

But what buyers will most is that quality of US-built Kluger appears to be bit as good as the previous made-in-Japan

It drives well (though it’s still a pretty thing), there’s plenty of and features like the dash are a nice touch.

The need to upwards of $60k to get an integrated unit is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser though.

buyers will also to consider our initial 12.1 consumption is on the high side for a car.

There are four-cylinder and rivals (click for our road-tests ) are easier on the pocket.

Pricing on-road costs)

2014 GX — $40,990

2014 GXL — $49,990

2014 Grande — $63,990

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