The Previa that is on sale today has essentially been here for almost half a decade now, but the design still looks fresh. The headlamps and taillights sharply designed, and along with the contemporary single-box design, the Previa has aged rather gracefully.
But stepping inside, one cannot tell the same about the interiors though. Though still contemporary, the interiors have begun to show their age and the design of the center console does nothing to improve things. However packaging is done smartly – like for example, the gear shift lever is located on the center console, freeing up more space for the passengers. Space is of no shortage, and the second row seats, which are extremely comfortable and also flexible, make the Previa’s cabin an extremely nice place to be in.
Powering the Previa is a 2.4L VVT-i 4 cylinder engine which puts out a decent 168HP of power and a healthy 224 NM of torque, which on paper is good enough to propel the Previa swiftly. However what lets the engine down is the outdated 4-speed transmission which lowers the efficiency, and also makes the engine sound strained while on long highway hauls. It is just a feeling though, as the reliability of the 2.4L unit is already well proven.
The Previa is offered in S and SE trims, S being the 8-seater entry variant that comes with a bench seat at the rear, while the SE variant is a 7-seater, as it comes with the supremely comfortable Captain’s chairs in the second row. Standard safety kit consists of ABS, dual airbags, ESP, tire pressure warning and parking sensors at the front and the rear – which is extremely useful while parking this rather large MPV. Even the S variant gets cruise control, automatic AC, a six speaker audio system with controls on the steering and the smart keyless entry with push start. However the SE variant gets powered front seats, 17inch alloy wheels, leather seats, rear parking camera and a cool-powered sliding door.
|Engine||I4 2.4L FWD|
|No. Of Gears||4A|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
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