Friday 22 September 2017

This is a smooth operator – pity about the dash

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

This roomy people carrier has had a lot of things done to it. Toyota calls it a 'minor change', but it has come up with more than 470 new parts.

You can also now have a five-seat version with a 2-litre diesel engine (emissions are down from 139g/km to 129g/km).

It may look better on the outside – I think it is one of the best looking out there now – but the drab, grey dashboard on the one I tested sticks in my memory, even though it was some time back.

There is no doubting how roomy and accommodating it was and how smooth the drive. Just make sure you are happy with the colour and mix of plastic and upholstery.

Of course, Toyota can argue that this is a people/family carrier and has to be seen to function as such. I agree, but I feel that for a car that looks so much better on the outside, it is important to be at ease with the inside too. There is a silver satin finish on console panels, the seat trim is better and the dash is transcended by a line of chrome that breaks the monotony. But there is still a lot of drab on the dash.

Technically, it still has the smoothest gearshift in the segment – what a pleasure – a great driving position, loads of places for stowing bits and pieces and a grand 2-litre diesel engine. It's one of the most comfortable cars you will drive.

Irish Independent

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