2000 — 2005 Toyota Qualis | car review @ Top Speed India

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They say first can be lasting. This is especially in the case of automobiles. Toyota got it right even though thought that the Qualis was the choice of vehicle for the manufacturer to the Indian market. A MPV which was both as a lifestyle choice and an commuter was Toyota’s launch in India back in 2000. The was basically the Toyota Kijang and was a older when it came to but it had in it all the Toyota qualities which now Indian’s swear by the Toyota name. It was simple, hardworking, reliable, absolutely trustworthy and efficient. The success of the Qualis Toyota an instant hit and even 2005 when the manufacturer the Qualis with theInnova. especially in the taxi market for a replacement which prompted like ICML to launch the and Chevrolet to launch the Tavera .

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The was meant to be a no nonsense utility and that shows in its design. It like a van meant to carry a big and it was penned in an era when designers that utility vehicles not be made to look stylish. the Qualis would probably last in a beauty pageant but in 2000 it didn’t look all bad and in fact wearing a Toyota many thought it to be premium From the sides it looked a rectangle and the only changes Toyota made were to the and rear lights and the addition of the grille.


Open the doors and the tell you why the Qualis was such a There is enough space to seat 8 adults. The top of the line had seats for the front and rear while lower models had a bench for the second row and split seats for the third row. The was basic but the quality was far superior to what was seen on other vehicles at that time. were spot on and the expensive got air con vents for the second row as well. The were comfortable over drives and though everything the cabin was basic, back in it worked just fine for the

Engine and performance

The Toyota came with a 2.5-litre engine that delivered and maximum torque of 150Nm@2400rpm. The 4 engine was surprisingly smooth and and delivered reasonable acceleration. was reached in 25 seconds with a top of 130kmph. There was no other vehicle at that time in the which had an engine that the refinement like the Qualis and owners did more than kilometres on their Qualis having any problem. The direct motor on the Qualis was later on to Euro II norms and was matched to a 5 manual gearbox which was ahead of what was on offer at time on utility vehicles. at high revs the engine unstressed and there was no other MPV in the market which offered engine refinement and reliability.


Many thought the Qualis drove like a The steering was so light that you turn it with just little finger. It was direct and more feel and feedback most cars in 2000. to our mind along with the refinement is what made the the runaway success that it The ride quality was pretty and the Qualis wouldn’t crash most MPV’s of that At the front was a double-wishbone setup at the rear was leaf springs. wasn’t that great but was nevertheless.


There is no doubt the Toyota Qualis was the best MPV of its It sold across the country and was by families, politicians, businessmen and by operators. Owners swore by its and it was the Qualis that Toyota really credit for the remarkable that it got in the Indian market. The was van like but the build quality was than all other MPV’s and today many MPV’s the Mahindra Bolero. Tata Grande and a few others can’t to match the Qualis’s build and fit and finish. Interior space was for 8 and the engine was extremely reliable and refined. The Qualis drove a car and the handling as long as you don’t to corner with venom, was

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