TOY­OTA PRE­VIA 2.4 8-SEATER WITH MOON­ROOF

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Smartshopper Road Test -

From $192,888, from Bor­neo Mo­tors Sin­ga­pore Fuel con­sump­tion: 8.9 litres/100km Main safety fea­tures: Seven SRS airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Start As­sist (HSA), Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (VSC), trac­tion con­trol. Fam­ily-friendly fea­tures: Con­ver­sa­tion mir­ror, auto-dim rear view mir­ror, auto head­lamps. This peo­ple mover out­per­forms the rest – pickup is quick and ag­ile and it climbs slopes with ease. Pity about its mod­est boot space and lack of stand­out fea­tures. THUMBS UP FOR: • It edged out the Honda Odyssey slightly for the smoothest and most en­joy­able drive. Pickup was fast and quiet, and it climbed hills ef­fort­lessly. Whether cruis­ing on the PIE or plod­ding along Gent­ing Lane, it switched gears seam­lessly. • It was nifty when tak­ing cor­ners, mak­ing U-turns and rev­ers­ing.

Nei­ther over­sen­si­tive nor clumsy, it was ef­fort­less to ma­noeu­vre. • Although the wind­screen isn’t as large as those of the other cars, it gives a good lat­eral view so you won’t miss kerb­side pedes­tri­ans at ze­bra cross­ings. Like the El­grand, it has two small mir­rors un­der its left side one.

Good pas­sen­ger­friendly fea­tures: Han­dles by the door make get­ting out of the car eas­ier, and foot ped­als at the back of the sec­ond-row seats make it less tricky to move them for­ward.

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