Testing the hype | Is the new(ish) Allion/Premio worth it?

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Toyota Premio/allion

Testing the hype

Is the new(ish) worth it?

Aadnan Zaman

week on Shift, we look at two of the selling cars in Dhaka two models which started into our city about ten ago and continue to outsell everything in the market today. There are number of them all over, and you plenty of people who has got one. My has had a 2002 Allion as a daily for seven years, which was replaced last year a 2010 model. Its driven and used as a proper family

The Allion and Premio were to spiritually succeed Toyota’s line of Carinas and Coronas. Now in its generation after 2007, the cars received visual with redesigned front and lights, a new front grille on the and a redesigned front bumper on the They’ve made them a lot modern and economical over the with features like entry, CVT transmission, electronic assist and plenty of things and there. There is not much to about in terms of what’s the hood, they’re a pair of twins in different costumes, almost all mechanical components the Corolla including the 1500cc engine.

The interior is exactly the same the two. Available in either or beige (the latter a feature), the interior has a more approach than its predecessors. The and panels are dressed in faux and fake wood that looks and feels nice. everything looks like it was designed and not cut-pasted. The buttons better built and everything is put together. The factory HDD playback is a rare option, but all the cars with quite good Steering controls and reverse became more or less over the years, bumper are extremely rare and sunroofs never a factory option. Leg is excellent throughout and there are cupholders and storage boxes you’ll ever need. The seats

can be reclined to a decent angle, or forward to form a flat space that goes to the trunk.

Toyota Premio/allion

Take it to one of the many post-apocalyptic of our city and the car will still reasonably comfortable and relaxed. The is slightly firmer yet smoother at the time, absorbing bumps and potholes brilliantly. Ground is good for Dhaka’s roads.

The drive similar to anything in its class, while the electronic assist and CVT transmission results in changes compared to their It is structurally more rigid and a lot hence, faster and more Instead of gears, CVT incorporates two of cones and a steel belt to ratios. The results, 8-13 per litre of fuel in the city and 16 on the highway if you know how to drive it It is seamless but utterly boring to since obviously it doesn’t in the conventional sense of the word. you be feeling a bit frisky, pop the gear in “S” and the will keep the engine at power as you put your foot to get you to the top end of your speedometer as fast as While it does reach the end at 180, you won’t have fun at it. not much room for complaint since you’re

in a grocery-getting 1500cc econobox to with.

Much like everything they make, the cars one major flaw with the in Toyota’s lineup. The lack of any They’re great cars, but no sense of fun driving them. predecessors, the Carina, came a GT variant that had a high 4AGE motor and sporty all over, while the current only receives plastic kits and chrome garnishes as upgrades.


However, should you be in the for a car of their class, Toyota’s for resale value, reliability and maintenance should put the pair at the top of shortlist. With the Premio priced slightly higher its equivalent Allion, the current of the cars (2008 onwards) between 24 to 34 lacs depending on options and grade.

Toyota Premio/allion

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