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2012 Toyota Kluger KX-R 2wd Wagon

2012 Toyota Kluger KX-R 2wd Wagon Review

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Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. As of February 2016, it was the 13th-largest company in the world by revenue. Toyota has been dominating the motor industry for a long time. From SUVs to sport cars to Sedans, Toyota has crafted them all. And one of the popular SUV models of the renowned Toyota is the Kluger series.

The current-generation Toyota Kluger was launched in Australia in 2007 and benefitted from a fairly substantial facelift in 2010 that included a new bonnet, grille, bumpers, front guards, headlamps, tail-lights and door moldings. Kluger is a basically imperative model for Toyota in Australia, where it right now sits in the number three spot in the swarmed vast SUV fragment, behind the Portage Domain and Toyota Prado.

From any point the Kluger is a sizeable vehicle. It’s not exactly as large as the Land Cruiser, but rather with a length of 4785mm and width of 1910mm, it’s not far-removed it. With so much inside space available, the Toyota Kluger is a fantastically adaptable vehicle. It’s likewise keenly intended to give human mover limit, or van-like conveying ability. Seven seats are standard on all but the entry-level KX-R model. The second row can slide forwards or backwards and offers ‘Gold Class’ style individual seating complete with four bottle/cup holders, center table and armrests.

There are no such inadequacies when it comes to Toyota’s silky, smooth-revving 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. It’s beautifully refined and very quiet inside the cabin. Mechanically, the Kluger is what it is, with its 3.5-litre DOHC alloy V6 developing 201kW of power and 337Nm of torque. Notwithstanding its size and weight (2035kg) the AWD Kluger will dash from 0-100 in a fairly zippy 8.2 seconds only!  The main drawback is that Toyota is as yet utilizing a five-speed programmed transmission in the Kluger, keeping in mind it’s a smooth-moving unit that mates sensibly well with the V6 powerplant – a six-speed unit would likely give enhanced fuel effectiveness and performance.

Some of the negatives – according to Toyota our Kluger can achieve a combined fuel consumption of 11.6L/100km, but the best average fuel consumption we recorded during our weeklong test was 14.1L/100km


The Kluger feels every bit as large as its dimensions, at least from behind the wheel. With 3.1 turns to lock, there’s a fair amount of arm-twirling required, too, so drivers will need to tread carefully when entering and exiting those space-deprived parking stations.

Apart from the seven airbags, the Toyota Kluger picks up a full suite of active safety systems including vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-locking brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. This family SUV is well equipped, though, with a range of premium features including smart entry and start, heated front seats, rear view camera (without parking sensors), 8-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, three-zone climate control air conditioning for front and second row seats, seven airbags and Bluetooth phone connectivity.


The 2012 Toyota Kluger KX-R offers exceptional versatility and space coupled with plenty of power, loads of kit and Toyota’s reputation for low running costs. This car truly gives the satisfaction of the ride, so you don’t regret your spending even for a second!



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