AT A GLANCE
WHAT’S IT GOT Seven airbags, stability control, radar cruise, auto emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure alert and steering assist, rear cross traffic alert, 18-inch alloys, dual zone aircon, keyless entry, heated and leather-faced front seats, 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth with audio streaming, navigation with traffic updates, voice control, USB, LED headlights with auto high-beam, rear camera, 60-40 split rear seat, temporary spare.
WHAT IT HASN’T Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, rear vents, interior tailgate release, full-size spare.
OWNERSHIP Servicing costs $975 over five years/ 75,000km, with intervals of 12 months/15,000km
WHAT WE LIKED Tractable, refined, frugal 1.2 turbo/CVT works beautifully in the city and cruises easily on the highway with diesel-like fuel economy. The best ride and handling compromise in the class. The best safety specification in the class. Base model is great value. The styling works. Toyota quality, durability and reliability. Cheap servicing.
WHAT WE DIDN’T Toyota needs to get rid of that tiny, antiquated touchscreen and include Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity. Only one USB and 12V outlet. Auto high-beam needs work. Kids won’t be happy in the back.
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