2019 Toyota Granvia Review | carsales

2019 Toyota Granvia Review | carsales

Long before seven-seat SUVs became the default
form of family transport, it was the practical people mover that graced Aussie driveways. Now, Toyota hopes to revive the people mover
fad with this, the new eight-seat Granvia. The Granvia is essentially Toyota’s replacement
for the long-servicing Tarago, and is priced from just over $60,000. It offers seating for up to eight passengers
across a two variant range, the model line-up topping out with the $75,000 Granvia VX. Both variants are powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder
turbo-diesel engine familiar to the Prado and HiLux. It’s mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic
transmission, and like the HiAce van the Granvia is based on, drives only the rear wheels. But it’s the inside of the Granvia Toyota
says will win-over buyers. A comprehensive range of safety technology
– including autonomous emergency braking – is standard, the addition of active cruise
control and nine airbags an important inclusion for family buyers. Infotainment and connectivity technology rivals
most of the Granvia’s rivals, the 360-degree camera, leather seats and 12-speaker sound
system of the top-shelf VX quite luxurious indeed. But beyond the mod cons it’s the Granvia’s
size and level of practicality that should see it challenge seven-seat SUVs. There’s far more legroom across the Granvia’s
three rows of seating, and boot space that means you can transport eight passengers – and their luggage – without having to make
a second trip. ***music only***
Behind the wheel the Granvia… It is a significantly larger and more expensive
proposition than the outgoing Tarago. But the Granvia offers more equipment and
space, and in spite of a diesel-only powertrain, is a pretty decent drive. With privately imported Japanese people movers
maintaining their popularity Down Under, Toyota’s decision to bring the Granvia here seems like
a good one and with capped-price servicing and a five-year warranty, there’s peace
of mind that comes with the Granvia those competitors can’t match. Aussie buyers seem welded on to the idea of
an SUV as the family car. But the practicality and sheer space inside
the Granvia might just be enough to change their minds. It’s the newest and largest people mover
offered in Australia; and despite its price, offers pretty good value for money. Whether that’s enough to sway buyers away
from the SUV, however, is something only time can decide.

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