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13 Jul 2022

Facelift (What's New)
2.5-litre hybrid powertrain with electric all-wheel drive
Toyota Safety System Package
Digital rear view mirror
Sequential turn signals

A hybrid powertrain brings added efficiency and refinement to the specifically appealing Toyota Alphard experience.


The Toyota Alphard is far from a new car. This third generation model was launched back in 2015, and also quietly (and very lightly) facelifted at the end of 2017.

So, why are we reviewing it just now? Because after a long while, it is now being offered as a hybrid.

What's the big deal?

The big change is under the bonnet, where there is now a 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain
The Alphard is now offered by Toyota authorised dealer Borneo Motors exclusively as a hybrid. The powertrain comprises a 2.5-litre engine, along with two electric motors (one on each axle), to produce a combined 194bhp. The engine itself can produce 206Nm of torque, while the front motor produces 270Nm and the rear motor 139Nm of electric torque.

It is quicker than before. 0-100km/h takes 10.5 seconds (down from 11.6 seconds in the petrol-only model), and especially at low speeds when you're in EV mode, the quicker pick up is apparent.

The Alphard now also gets a range of driver assistance systems including Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
This being a hybrid, it is also more efficient. Toyota quotes 14.9km/L, which is a 28% improvement on the petrol-only model, but during my test drive I managed about 12km/L. But considering the sheer size and weight of the Alphard (all 2.2 tonnes of it), that's still a pretty respectable figure.

There are a couple of other useful tech features as well. One is the addition of the Toyota Safety System Package, where you get useful features like Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Tracing Assist. The second is the digital rear view mirror, which is very handy considering the car's overall size.

How about the rest of the car?

The second row captain seats are a delightfully luxurious place to be in
The rest of the car remains largely the same. It definitely still feels luxurious and classy, thanks to a host of amenities like the captain seats in the second row, ventilated front seats, ample high quality materials, and even a long strip of interior ambient lighting that wraps around the entire second row of the cabin.

Truth be told, it's a very relaxing space to be in. It is quiet, extremely spacious, comfortable, the air-con is nice and cold, and because the car is relatively softly sprung it is actually very easy to fall asleep in (as a passenger of course).

The digital rear view mirror will be especially handy when the car is fully loaded with passengers or luggage
Is it the last word in modernity? Of course not. It is an older model, and that age shows. The infotainment system is dated, the cockpit functional but definitely aged, and I personally find the woodgrain ornamentation to be a little too old fashioned.

Who needs such a big MPV anyway?

The Alphard is big. Very big. There's no overcoming its footprint on the road, and the 1,895mm height means that it'll barely fit into older HDB carparks. And, strictly viewed as a seven-seater people mover, there are certainly cheaper options.

The hybrid powertrain brings added efficiency and refinement to the specifically appealing Alphard luxury experience
The appeal of the Alphard, then, is a little more niche and specific - for people who want that elevated sense of Toyota luxury. It probably finds more use in Singapore as a chauffeur car rather than a privately-driven car. And that's totally understandable - the experience of being in the second row is just so much more enjoyable than actually driving the thing. It’s not at all bad to drive (the light steering and ample visibility helps disguise its sheer size), but it's just so much better to be driven in.

This new Hybrid model makes the overall experience even better. It's a tad quieter and more refined, while being slightly quicker and more efficient as well.  

So, no matter whether you're driving the family around or are being driven around, if the Alphard is your sort of thing, then there's no denying that this new Alphard Hybrid is just better all around.
Car Information
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Toyota Alphard Hybrid 2.5 Elegance (A)
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Price

: $311,888

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC VVT-i

Engine Cap

:

2494cc

Horsepower

:

145kW (194 bhp)

Torque

:

206 Nm / 4800 rpm

Transmission

:

E-CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

10.5sec

Top Speed

:

180km/h

Fuel consumption

:

14.9km/L

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