Toyota Hiace is a well-known workhorse that has been around for donkey’s years now. The present generation car made public appearance a little over a decade ago. While looks are never high on priority for consumers in this segment, the Hiace still comes across as a pleasant looking van that would probably not put anybody off with its neutral and inoffensive styling. The 15 inch steel wheels shod with 195R15C 8PR tubeless tires look a little small, in comparison to the van’s body.
The interiors are large, spacious and functional. But the driving position is not very car like and clearly reminds the driver that what he is piloting is not a large car, but a small van. Audio is standard on all variants of the Hiace, and this goes a long way in masking the noise from the engines at highway speeds.
Toyota offers the Hiace in two different body styles – Hiace Commuter, which is a large 13 seater van for carrying people around, and Hiace Panel van (cargo area without glass windows) which can seat three people and haul cargo along. The Hiace Commuter comes with the smooth and refined 2.7L VVT-i engine that is good enough for 149HP and 241NM of torque, which is coupled with a 5-speed MT transmission. The Hiace Panel van however, comes with a 2.5L diesel engine, which is turbocharged, which makes just 100HP power but an impressive 260NM of torque, which is again paired to a 5-speed Manual transmission. The diesel engine though seems low on power, has torque available from very low engine speeds, thus making it very suitable for its intended use – carrying cargo. Though the efficiency and reliability of this engine is globally renowned, with just a 5-speed transmission, the engine sounds strained at highway speeds.
The Hiace commuter is available in 2 variants – GL & GLX, while the Hiace Panel van is available in DL variant alone. All variants of Hiace though come equipped with ABS with brake assist, Dual front airbags, traction control, ESP, tire pressure sensor and even a hill launch assist that can help when moving from steep slopes – making the Hiace a very safe and reliable workhorse.
|Engine||V4 2.7L RWD|
|No. Of Gears||5M|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Drum (ABS)|
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