Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The current generation Kluger arrived here in August 2007, with the mid life facelift following in October 2010. The overall shape is significantly larger than the previous 1st generation model (2003 - 2007) and this one looks far better. You can choose from all-wheel drive (AWD) or front-wheel drive (FWD), with the upper grades 19-inch alloys contributing to the Kluger’s strong stance on the road...plus there's a class-leading SEVEN airbags as standard.
Not so good A hybrid drivetrain is yet to be fitted to the Kluger for Australians buyers - when it does, it'll be exciting!
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Excellent interior; dash & centre console looks classy with a quality feel to the upper-dash plastics. The front row seats are large & comfortable even after hours behind the wheel. The second row seats have sufficient leg & headroom - lots of space (we like how the centre seat can be removed to turn the third seat bench into two individual chairs). Third row seating is even suitable for adults (for short trips, anyway) and easily fold-flat into the floor. From October 2010, when the mid-life facelift arrived, all grades receive a new centre dash colour as well as 50:50 split-folding for third-row seats (seven-seat grades).
Not so good Not much to complain about here - the wood finish in the Grande is too shiny and almost a little over the top in some of our reviewers eye’s....but we're being picky...
Performance

Performance

Good Toyota’s 3.5-litre quad-cam petrol V6 is a very good engine and teams up very nicely with the five-speed automatic gearbox. The engine certainly offers enough get up and go, feels smooth and remains refined & quiet throughout its rev range. Acceleration from zero to highway speeds is brisk for such a large vehicle.
Not so good Of course the Petrol V6 can’t match a modern Turbo Diesel engine for fuel economy - so it's not 'class-leading' in efficiency.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Ride quality stays refined over the majority of surfaces and the cabin remains quiet even at highway speeds. The suspension also does a good job of keeping the Kluger flat during cornering; however, this isn’t the vehicle for throwing yourself through bends (you'll find them under the heading Coupe!). The brakes feel strong, with the discs up front being large-ish twin-calliper beauties.
Not so good Steering doesn’t quite offer the level of feedback that the competing Ford Territory manages; however, in isolation it's quite acceptable.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Front-wheel drive variants are great value for money. All grades are competitively 'flush' with features, and fuel economy is impressive against its petrol-powered competitors and certainly for a vehicle of this size.
Not so good If you don’t plan on heading off the bitumen we’d question whether it’s necessary to go for an AWD variant - as the FWD Kluger can handle adverse weather with ease.