I was genuinely, pleasantly surprised by the comfortable drive in the Kluger. Yes, it’s large, but it’s also smooth, quiet, has beautiful steering, sticks to the road and has the power you need to zip around easily.
It’s not heavy, like some SUVs this size can be, and takes off quickly from a stationary position so if you have to change lanes quickly, you can.
What Toyota has successfully achieved is that you don’t necessarily feel like you’re driving a big car.
It also makes me feel good while driving. It’s bigger than a lot of the other cars on the road which makes me feel safe - and when you’re driving little kindy kids around, that’s a good thing. Add the fact that the Grande is the top of the range Kluger, and you do feel like you’re driving a premium vehicle. Not like you’re showboating or anything, but, well, you can allow yourself to feel a little bit special in here.
What Toyota has successfully achieved is that you don’t necessarily feel like you’re driving a big car. It’s still relatively easy to park. There are a bunch of tools to help you do this: front and rear parking sensors and the ever-nifty reverse parking camera. All in all, it’s a really nice, smooth driving experience.