Toyota Highlander 2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT Review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP£50,610
Review

The Toyota Highlander is an exceptionally sensible choice in the luxury SUV class. All trim levels are exceptionally well-equipped, it’s comfortable, and the brand's excellent reliability record means you and your family are unlikely to get stranded. Okay, those in a hurry will find many faster rivals, and it isn’t as luxurious as an Audi Q7 or BMW X5, but we’d certainly give the Highlander a long hard look. If the badge on the nose isn’t important to you, though, we’d definitely consider the cheaper Kia Sorento.

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We’d stick to entry-level Excel trim as it gets everything you’d need and more, including three-zone climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel, an electric tailgate, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and all the goodies we’ve already mentioned.

This 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine gets hybrid assistance for low CO2 emissions and an adequate turn of pace. It’s quiet at a cruise but can get a bit rowdy when pushed.


Key information

Doors5
Seats7
0-62 MPH8.3 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

39.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

631

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

160

g/km

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