2016 Toyota HiLux Diesel Review

2016 Toyota HiLux diesel 4×4 review filed by Dave Conole.

2016 Toyota HiLux Diesel Review.

The new 2016 Toyota HiLux has only just landed and has already rocketed to the top of the new car sales charts.

Toyota Australia supplied me with four-door Double Cab HiLux SR 4×4 with a manual transmission, an offering that starts from $46,490, the auto is $2,000 more.

Under the bonnet of my test vehicle was the new 130kW 2.8 litre turbo-diesel engine, when mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission you get a healthy 420Nm (at just 1400 revs), the optional six-speed auto variant gets 450Nm!

The new 2016 Toyota HiLux finally has the grunt to match more powerful rivals.

There are two drive modes, selectable by way of a switch located on the HiLux centre console - Eco and Power. The Power mode certainly bring a healthy amount of extra boost and the new Toyota ute really gets along nicely.

2016 Toyota HiLux Diesel Review.

I noticed one idiosyncrasy with the manual transmission, it would get slightly stuck in the gate from time to time. Though the clutch was balanced nicely between being too heavy and too light.

Ride quality is as expected of an off-road capable vehicle, complete with tyre squeal on tarmac if pushed a bit hard. Toyota also resisting the urge to tighten the new 2016 Toyota HiLux steering up too much. As with the old model, the steering is somewhat vague.

Toyota claims the diesel engine should use 8.1L/100km on the combined cycle – I did much worse, averaging 10.4.

One area where Toyota has focussed a lot of attention on the new 2016 HiLux is the cabin.

With an all-new look and feel, overall I would say they have done a good job of creating a comfortable environment. The new HiLux is well-equipped and boasts standard features such as Bluetooth connectivity, Six-speaker stereo, tilt and reach steering adjustment and a reverse camera.

The touchscreen though looks a little like it was fitted as an afterthought and some other bits of the cabin, especially the air-con controls, are anything but the latest in style and design. The seats are manually adjustable and are comfy enough.

The new 2016 Toyota HiLux comes with a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Summing it up; the new Toyota HiLux is a great example of how the incredibly popular Toyota ute has continued to evolve and certainly does the famous nameplate no disservice.

2016 Toyota HiLux Diesel Review.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Toyota HiLux

Engine: 2.8 litre turbo-diesel producing 130kW and 420Nm, 450Nm (auto)

Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 3yrs/100,000km

Origin: Thailand

Pricing: from $46,490

Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.

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