If Camry is out of
your budget and
Altis is too common
Reviewed on 19 Jul 2009 6:42PM
Reviewed by: Silk
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The Toyota Premio is designed to bridge the gap between the Altis and Camry. It is targeted at a crowd older than the sportier Allionís intended market. If you find the typical made in Thailand Toyota models lacking in build quality and boring in terms of design, the made in Japan Premio is a world apart from these.
The cabin is doused with leather and wood trimmings. The front dash is neatly arranged with a digital screen with driving feedback at a consistent rate. It also comes with an engine start/stop button which is normally only available in high end market cars. Other equipments include reverse camera, auto headlight and keyless entry. The rear seats are foldable making the additional boot space if needed.
Driving experience is pleasant if you treat it like a family sedan. Floor it and you will be disappointed as the pick up is sluggish and the engine is not as responsive. However it makes up for its weakness through the VVT-I engine. Acceleration is amazingly creamy and smooth. It is a decent cruiser with minimal noise intrusion to the cabin. The braking performance is not exactly the most desirable because it feels spongy when braking from 3 digit speeds. I do not recommend getting larger rims as that will compromise on the ride quality making it harsher than necessary.
Lastly, if you are looking for a sporty ride this is not your cup of tea. The high price tag puts it directly into competition with the Honda Civic. Compared to the Altis it is also marginally more expensive. But the better FC coupled with that touch of luxury in the Premio might still be worth considering.