- TOYOTA HILUX
- Base worth: $49,990 (SR), $53,990 (SR5)
- Powertrain and economic system: 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel four-cylinder,150kW/500Nm, six-speed computerized, 4WD, mixed economic system 7.5 L/100km, CO2 192g/km (source: RightCar).
- Very important statistics: 5325mm lengthy, 1855mm huge, 1815mm excessive, 3090mm wheelbase, 17-inch metal (SR)/alloy (SR5) wheels.
- We like: Extremely sharp pricing, nice equipment, new engine a peach
- We do not like: Adaptive cruise management doesn’t go under 30kmh, messy shows
Toyota up to date the longstanding Hilux earlier in the year, giving the ute a shot of go-faster juice beneath the bonnet of the diesel fashions, some recent appears to be like in and out and the next stage of tech. That’s all effectively and good however how does it carry out in the true world? And by actual world, this time I don’t imply “the twisty roads exterior Auckland.” I imply the dusty, blue-collar worksite of a carpenter.
Clearly, that’s not my common workplace. However it’s my father’s, so I pitched the thought of lending a brand new Hilux to him for a couple of days to see how the rehashed ute goes in considered one of its pure habitats. Toyota stated sure and right here we’re.
As a little bit of background, I had the bottom diesel mannequin, the SR (silver), and Dad had the mid-spec SR5 (purple). Above that’s the SR5 Cruiser after which the range-topping Mako.
The SR has rubber and plastic completely all over the place, making it best for tradies and farmers, or anybody who charges sturdiness over consolation. In hindsight, this could have been the one Dad took however no matter.
Shifting as much as the SR5 will get carpeted flooring, LED lights, soft-touch plastics, a nicer air-conditioning management panel and leather-based protecting the steering wheel, arm rests and different bits within the cabin. It’s the one Toyota is pitching as a do-it-all ute for an affordable worth for people who need a center floor between the rock ‘em, sock ‘em SR and the towny SR5 Cruiser.
After a couple of days doing our separate issues, Dad and I reconvened over a espresso and mentioned our findings. Seems, they have been largely the identical, in each the professionals column and the cons.
The refined engine is a beaut, now providing 150kW of energy and 500Nm of torque, up 10kW/50Nm over the outdated mannequin. You do really feel that additional twist too, notably at low revs. The engine is comfortable to rev as much as the redline, with none main battle or dip in energy.
Not solely that however additional care has been taken to scale back noise, vibration and harshness. The diesel doesn’t have a lot of the standard rattle in any respect, making for a quiet, nice experience in any respect speeds. Emissions have been improved too, Toyota claiming a ten per cent discount in gasoline consumption and 11 per cent decrease CO2 emissions. We each noticed consumption figures across the 9L/100km mark.
Toyota’s six pace isn’t fairly as fast on the draw as Ford’s ten-speeder however I choose it anyway. Ten cogs simply feels extreme to me.
Toyota added a brand new variable movement pump within the steering to make it heavier at motorway speeds, and subsequently much less twitchy, however lighter at low speeds to help manoeuvrability. It’s nonetheless hydraulic although, which suggests the Hilux can’t nudge itself again in lane utilizing the steering.
Dad loaded the tray of the SR5 up with a bunch of tiles, totalling slightly below 400kg. He reported the Hilux didn’t appear to care there was additional weight, the brand new powertrain simply dealing with the load. Toyota added an additional leaf within the rear suspension to assist experience high quality whereas there are additionally re-tuned shock absorbers, spring charges and suspension bushes. All of those contributed to a comfortable experience with and with no full tray.
Hiluxes from the SR mannequin up get Toyota’s Safety Sense suite, together with adaptive cruise management, with pre-collision security and autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert and street signal help. Nevertheless, as talked about, the ute can’t steer itself if you happen to close to the sting of the lane, as an alternative utilizing the brakes to shunt itself again in line.
However most likely the most important niggle with the brand new Hilux as an entire is the adaptive cruise management system, which deactivates at speeds under round 30kmh. That is, to be frank, a ache within the arse, particularly when driving in site visitors.
Chances are high, ute drivers will expertise site visitors transferring under 30kmh and having the system swap itself off with one beep to warn the driving force is fairly poor. Significantly when you think about the truth that utes from Ford, Izusu and Mazda all have cruise management techniques that may go right down to zero… And electrical steering for correct lane-keep help.
One other con is the infotainment system and in-dash show. Toyota crams a lot info in each of those that they turn out to be fairly convoluted and unintuitive. In fact, it’s simple sufficient to plug your cellphone in and use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as an alternative.
Espresso completed, Dad and I agreed that the SR is a greater guess for typical tradies that do not want any additional consolation. Each the SR and SR5 have the identical efficiency credentials so it is smart to avoid wasting the cash and get the extra sturdy SR. Nevertheless, if you happen to can swing the 4 grand distinction, choosing the SR5 is a tangible improve with few downsides.