An upgrade in early 2017 increased the engine output (to 218 kW and 350 Nm) and introduced an eight-speed automatic; while at the start of 2018 Toyota expanded Kluger’s safety features across the range, adding pre-collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, active cruise control and auto high beam to the GX and GXL models.
Known problem areas and severity
The Kluger has an excellent reputation for reliability, providing it has been properly serviced and maintained. Neglecting oil changes, for example, can result in oil sludge and serious engine damage. Make sure the car you are considering has an up-to-date service history.
Look for signs of trim damage, scrapes and scratch marks in paint work down the sides of the vehicle, or evidence of major accident damage and poor-quality repairs. Also check for underbody or suspension damage, particularly on the AWD models, as they may have been used to explore rougher tracks than a family-friendly SUV should be exposed to. The model’s popularity means you can shop around and find a looked-after example at the right price.
A small number of Klugers have been the subject of safety recalls. Some 2014 models were recalled for a fuel leak, and the same year there was an electric power steering assistance issue. In 2017, a few Klugers had a power brake assistance problem. These should have all been rectified by now, but it is still worth a quick check of the recall status with Toyota Australia or a dealer.
THE COMPETITION: Ford Territory, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.