Toyota Granvia VX 2022 Review

We drove the Granvia on a road test review

Toyota Granvia is cool people mover. How can that be, people movers are daggy and embarrassing for kids, but the Granvia has a sense of cool about it.

Toyota Granvia VX front qtr

I drove the latest top spec model the VX last week, priced from around $75,600 plus the usual costs.

That’s a lot of money, but you get a lot of car for that.

Based on the HiAce work van the Granvia is big, wide and spacious. However it doesn’t feel that big when driving it, well maybe when parking.

Toyota Granvia VX Driver instruments

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Buyers can choose between an eight or six seat layout and we drove the six seat version.

2020 Toyota Granvia VX rear seats white

With two middle row seats that are heated, electronically adjusted and have extendable leg rests, it’s like riding in a limousine. In fact many are used for that purpose.

The 2.8L turbo diesel engine has enough performance to allow the Granvia to happily drive along no matter how many people are on board.

There is no escaping the work van origin, but Toyota does an excellent job of disguising it, Ride is smooth and quiet and after a short while it seems like you are driving an SUV.

If I was a kid in school I would be happy for mum or dad to pick me up and take some friends with us, we would have a blast.

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2020 Toyota Granvia VX middle seats relaxing

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Interior space and comfort
  • Safety features
  • Easy to access third row seats
  • Its big especially in car parks
  • Full of seats not luggage space
  • Driver’s seat not heated

2020 Toyota Granvia VX Third row seats white

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2019 Toyota Granvia range 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine.

Model   

2022 Toyota Granvia VX

Model Price $75,603 MLP*
Engine 2.8L 4 Cyl Turbo diesel
Drivetrain RWD 6 speed Sports Auto
Power 130kW @ 3,400rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 1,600-2,400rpm
Safety TBA
CO2 Emissions 198 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 8.0L/100km / 9.2L/100K on test / 70L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A
Servicing 5 Years/Unlimited Capped Price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

2019 Toyota Granvia VX interior.

Overall Rating    

84/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
Style / appeal 8
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 8

2020 Toyota Granvia VX profile

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 5300mm
Wheelbase 3210mm
Width / Height 1970mm / 1990mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth N/A
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 70 Litres / 11.00mts KTK
Approach / rampover / departure degrees N/A
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 2660kg / 3500kg / 5000kg / 840kg
Max Roof Load: N/A
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 1500kg / 150kg

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2020 Toyota Granvia VX instruments

Granvia VX Additional Thoughts

The Granvia tries hard to disguise its work van origins.

  • Front seats are roomy and comfortable, but not heated unfortunately
  • Driver instruments, central stack are typical Toyota. They work but won’t win any design awards.
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and a small touch screen are a little behind best in class unfortunately.
  • However there is a heap of storage in the doors, central bin and glovebox.
  • Touches of leather and woodgrain (simulated) lend an air of style.
  • Layout is better suited to perhaps business transport or luxury shuttle runs.
  • The kids will love the rear seats, even I sit in them and get someone else to drive.
  • Driving the Granvia requires a little bit of adjustment.
  • Visibility is surprisingly good all around
  • Its big, often doesn’t feel that big on the freeway etc, but does in car parks.
  • While the engine has enough oomph, the same outputs from the Prado or HiLux would be better.
  • With a long wheelbase, heavy weight, sumptuous seats, the ride comfort is particularly smooth and quiet.
  • Safety is a feature, with a five star ANCAP safety rating (2019)
  • Child safety is accommodated with four ISOFIX points and four top tether points (second and third rows).
  • LED headlights with auto high beam are pretty good.
  • Other convenience features include auto sliding doors, heated and folding external mirrors, auto wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror and more.
  • Getting in and out in the front and rear is way easier than any SUV on the market.
  • The middle row of twin captain’s chairs are moveable to allow flexibility for two or four passengers.
  • I would love to go on a long trip in the rear seats.
  • Overall I actually liked the Granvia, but it would be a tossup for a family between this and the Kia Carnival

2020 Toyota Granvia VX REAR

  • 8.4/10
    Overall Granvia Rating - 8.4/10
8.4/10

Summary

Toyota Granvia is cool people mover. How can that be, people movers are daggy and embarrassing for kids, but the Granvia has a sense of cool about it.

If I was a kid in school I would be happy for mum or dad to pick me up and take some friends with us, we would have a blast.

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Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her. Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed. In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.