2005 Toyota Hi-lux ViGO G 3.0 turbo diesel
It's smart, tough and agile
Nothing and it doesn't seem like anything will go wrong with it for a long time.
Wow!. What can I say Toyota have really came out with a bang on this one, its the most amazing and spacious SUT(Sports Utility Truck) I have ever seen. The looks are stunning. I spend the first two days just looking at it most of the time. It's a totally different and bigger thing designed from the previous models, although its not avaiable all over the world right now as it was manufactured under the IMV project in Thailand and will be on roads all over the world in 2006. So Iam one of the first previleged customers.
Lets talk about whats in the package. ABS brakes and driver airbag are standard. Front Independant suspension and rear live axle with leaf springs. Gas shock dampers. 1KD-FTV 3.0L D4D Intercooled Turbo Diesel 122kW power and 343nm torque. 4 speed ECT-i automatic transmission (really amazing).
Interior has it all. Two tone beige and brown interior with wood like touchings. Optitronic speedometer. MP3 compatible single CD and cassette player with 6 speakers. Airconditioning. 8 way adjustable driver seat. Spacious rear bench seat for easy seating of 3 adults.
Its no less than a luxury sedan when it comes to the ride quality, handling and performance. Its as good on pavement as it is on the beaten track. With the performance comparable to V8 gasoline engines it can go from 0 to 100kph in just 8.6 seconds with a top speed of 190kph (120mph). The engine noise and vibration are minimized to nothing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2005
I own an 05 Hilux Vigo in N.Ireland. Very happy with it, considering it replaced a Landcruiser 80. Loads of power, comfort and good looks. Leather interior is great and wood trim adds atouch of class not often seen in a truck. Much better looking than a Navara or a Isusu Denver. Toyota score again with this new hilux.