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Our first time out with the parallel imported 1.8-litre Wish left some great lasting impressions. But this extended time spent with Borneo’s 2.0-litre Deluxe version has not only confirmed those great vibes, we’ve discovered some new ones too!

08 Dec 2009

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My first outing with the Wish was a lot shorter than it should’ve been for the successor to Singapore’s best selling MPV. We drove it, shot it and returned it in all of 150 minutes. Even so, during that short time spent with it, we could tell it was going to be a winner. This extended time with the Wish only made those initial good vibes stronger and louder.

Although the MPV’s demographics involve mostly family men in their late 30s, 40s and 50s, the younger crowd shouldn’t walk right past the Wish either. Even as a 25 year old single, I didn’t want to give the Wish back after having spent the last 24 hours with it.

The car is a pleasure to drive with very decent driving characteristics. While driving a Nissan GTR on the North South Highway not too long ago, I was tailgated by someone driving the older Wish at 180km/h. Mr look-at-how-fast-I-can-go then proceeded to overtake the GTR at over 190km/h.
It didn’t matter to me because the GTR was running on semi-slicks and the roads were wet. The rather brave (and not to mention foolish) driver notwithstanding, the Wish looked very stable at those high speeds.


Despite being targeted for an older crowd, the Wish’s design is still modern enough for you not to be mistaken for taking Daddy’s ride out for the night. The slim front fascia gives the Wish a rather low and wide stance that adds to its appeal to the younger crowd. Unlike the previous Wish, the Toyota badge has migrated from the front grille to the bonnet. Adorning each corner of the front fascia are a pair of integrated headlights with bi-xenon lamps.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinders in-line Dual VVT-i DOHC

Engine Cap





106kW (142 bhp)



189 Nm



4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


14.5 km/L

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