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08 Aug 2017

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What We Dislike
Navigation menu isn't very intuitive
Big wing mirrors obstruct vision when turning

With its accomplished driving qualities, impressive cabin and modern safety technology, the Toyota Harrier is a thoroughly compelling package.

You must be wondering, what's the big deal with this new Toyota Harrier? After all, it's a car that you've definitely already seen on our roads for a couple of years now, thanks to the parallel importers that have been selling this pretty popular model.

We're quite taken in by the Harrier's muscular and athletic aesthetic design

Truth be told, we felt the same way. Yes, of course this particular model, brought in by authorised distributor Borneo Motors, is a little bit different. It rocks a turbocharged engine and has English menus. But is that really enough for it to be such a big deal?

Visual presence

Visually, the Harrier cuts a fierce and imposing figure. It may sit on the same compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) platform as the Toyota RAV4, but it certainly looks big. The front facade is especially striking, with a sharper nose and a lower-angled grille. Fluid lines run over the rest of the muscular body, and we must say, it's really quite a good-looking SUV.

Ride remains pliant and quiet despite the biggish 18-inch wheels

There are also auto LED headlamps with cornering lamps, distinctive vertical daytime running lights, sequential turn signals and an adaptive high-beam system - all pretty impressive for a car in this class. 

Newfound quality

Move inside and you're immediately struck by the sense of elevated luxury.
Compared to the Toyotas we are familiar with, the Harrier feels immediately more plush and comfortable. There's soft leather in places where you hands will regularly be, such as the doors and centre armrest.

We're not saying they are the same, but the only other car we can remember with a similarly button-less centre console is the Porsche Panamera

It's also pretty high-tech for a Toyota, which adds to that sense of atas-ness. On the centre console, you have touch-sensitive surfaces in place of traditional tactile buttons. The infotainment system is also pretty straightforward and intuitive to use, navigation notwithstanding.

When you click the navigation icon, it immediately jumps to a menu asking you to select what kind of amenities you are looking for. If you just want to see the map and know where you are, you have to exit two menus before you get there. A little head scratching, if you ask us.

With a generous 456-litre boot, the Harrier will meet all your family hauling needs

Also, we like the airy and spacious cabin, definitely helped by the full-length sun roof that this Premium variant has as standard. Passengers shouldn't have any complains, too, considering there's plenty of legroom all around, and the rear seats recline as well.
Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line 16-valve Dual VVT-iw, Twin-scroll turbocharged

Engine Cap





169kW (227 bhp) / 5600 rpm



350 Nm / 1650 rpm



6-speed (A) Super ECT

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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