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2016 Toyota Kluger Grande Review

5 years ago

Good points

  • Refined, relaxed petrol V6
  • Smart, family-friendly interior
  • Proven reliability with inexpensive servicing

Needs work

  • No diesel available
  • Boot is a little smaller than rivals
  • No nav on GXL and stepping up to Grande is expensive
2016 Toyota Kluger Review

Seven-seaters are appealing even if you only have two kids. Knowing that you’ve got the flexibility to carry their friends and all the gear is worthwhile peace of mind.

Combine the practicality with SUV styling that Australians love, and you’ve got a winner on the showroom floor.

Toyota now have three models in this game – the Land Cruiser Prado and Fortuner being serious off-roaders in their spare time.

The Kluger ditches aspirations of getting muddy for better handling, a more comfortable interior and handsome styling.

Those attributes, coupled to Toyota’s reputation for reliability, make it unsurprising that the Kluger is very popular: more than a thousand are shifted each month.

However, unlike its rivals the Kluger is an American-built car and that means this is a petrol-only proposition. Now that petrol is comparatively cheap, the diesels of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento carry less of an advantage.

There’s no avoiding the fact that the 2016 Toyota Kluger is more expensive than both those rivals. So, the question is, are you getting what you pay for by opting for the Toyota?

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Key specs (as tested)

Engine
Capacity
3.5L
Cylinders
6
Induction
Naturally aspirated
Power
201kW at 6,200rpm
Torque
337Nm at 4,700rpm
Configuration
Conventional
Power to weight ratio
100kW / tonne
Fuel
Fuel type
Petrol
Fuel capacity
72L
Consumption
10.6L/100km
Average Range
679km
Drivetrain
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
All wheel drive
Engine configuration
V6
Gears
6
Dimensions
Length
4865mm
Width
1925mm
Height
1730mm
Unoccupied weight
2020kg
Cargo space seats up
529L
Cargo seats down
1171L

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