SUVs with space for the whole family are somewhat of a staple here in Australia

a quick look back at the history of the segment brings me to things like.

The Ford territory the Holden Captiva although, we don’t really talk about that

one and of course, how can you forget the big old Toyota Kluger Chasing Cars

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1: Now on its fourth generation this Toyota Kluger has more than established itself.

In Australia and especially with a hybrid powertrain, that seemingly laughs

in the face of rising fuel costs and speaking of over the last 12 months 67

of all Kluger sales have been for hybrid variants, which has nothing to sneeze at

so we’re seating for the whole family a fuel economy figure, that bears that of

some small SUVs and a very impressive price, tag is this Toyota Kluger gxl

hybrid the best large SUV, that you can buy in Australia before, we dive into

this review of the Kluger gxl hybrid, it’s worth noting that this is a model

year 22 car and there are a few slight differences for the model year 23 mainly

being an updated 12.3 inch dash display with wireless phone projection Toyota

also isn’t providing pricing for these new SUVs citing Supply delays and they

state, that contacting a dealer is the best way to get this information though

the exterior of the Kluger isn’t the most eye-catching it’s fair to say that

the interior feels very premium and is really quite upmarket up, here you’ve got

an 8-inch infotainment screen with satellite navigation and although it,

doesn’t get wild or simple carplay and engine Auto it does get those two

systems included but, you’re going to need to plug your phone in and then

behind the steering wheel here you get a semi-digital cluster, and what I mean by

that is you’ve got a pair of analog gauges either side of a seven inch

screen and I mean it’s nice to use it kind of shows that you don’t need one of

these fancy All Digital clusters because, the information is there and I like it

on that premium topic there are a plethora of soft touch materials that

surround, you when you’re sitting right here obviously on the door cards on the

dash it’s all leather covered you also get a really nice leather wrapped

steering wheel that just feels nice to grab there’s also this kind of strange

plasticky gray trimming that contrasts the lever but, it’s rather inoffensive

and looks nice then you’ve got the seats that are big they kind of feel like a

lazy boy which means that they’re very comfortable, for long trips they’ve got

eight-way power adjustment and they’re also heated which is a nice bonus but,

unfortunately they miss out on ventilation and as I’ve found over

2: The last three months that’s something, that’s quite important in the Australian.

summer other amenities that you’ll find in the cabin include a basic six-speaker

sound system, that is actually reasonably impressive to listen to there’s also a

pair of USBS down here a 12 volt socket and another USB which I can only assume

is for charging a pair of cup holders but if I’m honest space is the one thing

that this Kluger has plenty of there’s massive door bins, I mean I feel like, I’m

not constricted at all here there’s so much space, and then in the middle here

it’s kind of reminiscent of one of those big American SUVs, with a very wide

signal console that also means that you get a massive bin here with a little

shelf up here to put your little items and then just a massive bin down there

for anything big water bottles food pizzas whatever you want back here in

the second row the Kluger the theme of a massive amount of space continues

because, I feel like I’m in an airplane right now, if I’m honest you’ve got a

massive amount of Headroom there’s a heap of leg room and I’d say one of the

highlights that’s very underrated of this Kluger is a very flat floor it does

get a bit of a raised transmission tunnel here but, it’s quite interesting

because for an all-wheel drive vehicle, it’s so unintrusive into the cabin and

it’s fantastic unfortunately the premium feeling, isn’t the same and doesn’t

really continue back here I mean you get the same synthetic leather seat but the

door cards scratchy plastic there is leather armrests but, I don’t know it’s

3: Just a little bit of a disappointment when they’re made to look like.

The leather up front but they’re just cheap plastic on the amenities front

the Kluger gxl comes standard with tri-zone climate control, which means back here

you get temperature and fan control as well as roof mounted vents which work

out great when the roof is so high there’s a couple of USB ports back here

and although there’s no panoramic sunroof on this model, you’re going to

have to upgrade to that Grande hybrid if you want to be able to see out the roof

and lastly these seats actually have a very handy function and the fact that

they both tilt and slide meaning a getting into that, third row is easier

and B once you’ve got a somewhat tall person in the back there you can

actually slide, these seats forward to give them a bit of extra layer group so

let’s go check out, that row as you’d expect backer in the third row space

doesn’t come easily and that’s mainly because, there’s quite a raised floor so

your knees are quite high and if I had the seat back in its original position,

where it slid right back I probably wouldn’t be able to fit here thankfully

as I mentioned you can slide these seats forward so now I have got a decent

amount of leg room and up there, I could probably sit as well so it’s actually

quite good in terms of Headroom, you wouldn’t want to be much taller than me

because I’m about a centimeter off the roof so if I grew any more in the next

few minutes it’d be quite uncomfortable on the amenities front.


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