Toyota Hiace Minibus Van Review

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2008

£13,350 – £15,995


When it came time for Toyota to replace the Hiace's engines to bring them into line with Euro 4 at the end of 2006 , it also took the opportunity to give its rear-wheel drive small panel van a makeover.


 

It has gained an all-new front end with a more prominent bonnet, larger grille and multi-reflector headlights. The cab has been refreshed, but remains basically the same layout.

The new 2.5-litre D-4D engines are variations of the one found under the bonnet of the Hilux pick-up and in this instance are available at two outputs; 94 bhp and 115 bhp. The former (designated 95) develops peak torque of 167 lb/ft (1,400-2,800rpm) while the latter (120) manages 217 (1,600-2,400rpm).

Suspension remains the same with double wishbones, torsion bars, dampers and anti-roll bar at the front, and trailing arms, springs and dampers at the rear. Ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear take care of the braking. ABS is standard on all models.

Short- and long-wheelbases are on offer with the former having a gross vehicle weight of 2,800kg and the latter 3,000kg. This gives gross payloads of 1,140kg and 1,260kg, and load lengths of 2,335mm and 2,780mm respectively. The corresponding load potentials are 5.4m3 and 6.5m3.

A nearside sliding door comes as standard and customers can choose between either a tailgate or side-hinged rear doors.

The cab remains basically the same as before with a few revised cosmetic updates. Unusually for a modern panel van, the gearstick is floor-mounted.

Specification is high with electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking and driver's airbag.
An oil change is required every 10,000 miles and the warranty is three-years/60,000 miles.

 

VERDICT

A sensible round of revisions have brought Hiace back into contention.



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