Toyota Kluger Grande Hybrid AWD SUV 2022 Motoring Minute Review

Toyota Kluger Hybrid – Kluger  has been extremely popular with buyers since its first release. An all new model was released in June last year and now includes a Hybrid version.

2021 Toyota Kluger Grande HybridHybrids work well for medium SUVs as they combine the benefits of excellent fuel economy with no range anxiety.

The hybrid system is available in all three GX, GXL and Grande grades in combination with the e-Four electric all-wheel drive (AWD) system.


It combines a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with three electric motor generators – two at the front and one in the rear – and a large Ni-MH hybrid battery to provide seamless performance and traction in all road conditions.

Under the bonnet, the petrol engine generates a maximum power of 142kW at 6000rpm and peak torque of 242Nm at 4400rpm

2021 Toyota Kluger Grande Hybrid

The hybrid system delivers a combined maximum power of 184kW through a smooth electric continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) that offers driver selectable NORMAL, ECO and SPORT modes.

Hybrid AWD models are also fitted with a Trail mode switch for more demanding off-road performance.

Economy is claimed to be 5.6l/100k and we weren’t too far off that on test.

Priced from $54,150 through to the Grande at $75,700 plus the usual costs.

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Excellent economy
  • Internal space
  • AWD
  • No airbags for third row seat
  • NO HUD
  • Starting to get expensive

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Toyota Kluger Grande Hybrid  AWD

Model Price $75,700 MLP*
Engine 2.5L Hybrid EV
Drivetrain CVT 6 Step manual mode, eFour
Power 142kW @ 6,000 rpm 184Kw combined peak
Torque 242 NM @ 4,400 rpm
Safety Five Star ANCAP (tested June 2021)
CO2 Emissions 128 g/km
Economy ADR 5.6 L/100km 6.8l/100k on test
Servicing 12 Months / 15,000 km  Capped Price Service Plan
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)

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Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
AWD/Towing Capability* 8
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 8

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

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Toyota Kluger Hybrid Dimensions

Overall Length 4966mm
Wheelbase 2850mm
Width / Height 1930mm / 1755mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 208mm / TBA mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure (degrees) 18.1 / TBA / 22.7
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 65 Litres / TBA
Boot Capacity Max / Min (L) 1150 / 241
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM 2090kg / 2685kg / 4685KG
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 2000kg / 200kg

2021 Toyota Kluger Grande Hybrid

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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 8/10
    AWD/Towing Capability* - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Technology/connectivity - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Value for Money - 8/10


Toyota Kluger Hybrid – Kluger  has been extremely popular with buyers since its first release. An all new model was released in June last year and now includes a Hybrid version.

Priced from $54,150 through to the Grande at $75,700 plus the usual costs.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.