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Best MPV in the market

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2011 7:05PM
Reviewed by: nsm
Car reviews written (2)
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Personally think this the best MPV around. It can fit 7 quite easily and has many hand storage capabilities. It has more power than the last model. Pick up is much better. Drive is very comfortabe and cornering is breeze in this car. Only problem is there are better looking MPVs out there. Feel like the car has no defining characteristic. However for it's price its great value! Practically, you can't do better than the wish.

Strengths

Lots of Praticle space Can seat 7 easily More powerful than the last model

Weaknesses

Looks aren't as nice as competitors

Neither too hot nor too cold a HB

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2010 3:11PM
Reviewed by: Heltar
Car reviews written (6)
Fuel consumption: 12km/litre
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The Yaris will probably never top the list as the most desirable hatchback. But it is quite a capable hatch. It looks simple and pleasing to the eye. It does not try to be overtly cute like some of the other HBs in this segment. Chery QQ anyone? The Yaris, I feel, is one of the only, if not THE only compact HB in the lower end segment that a guy can sit in without looking,well, too metrosexual. Performance wise, the thin tires do little to make the drive entertaining. But slap on slightly wider tires and I bet the excitement level will be upped instantly. The steering wheel is on the light side but at least it communicates some feel of the road back to the driver. Perhaps it has more to do with cutting cost of production that makes the Yaris's steering communicative rather than by design. Lesser/cheaper powersteering column = lesser interference btw road and driver. Interior is simple and comfortable. It can carry 5, if you don't mind squeezing a little. It is surprisingly a very practical car for a vehicle of this size. Boot space is also decent. When you think about it, everything abt the Yaris is decent or slightly above average. It does not get the heart racing nor does it really make you hate the car. I suppose it can be considered Toyota's Hallmark - to make inoffensive cars. It is practical and decent to drive. Though no spectacular, the Yaris has its place in the hearts of people who simply want transportation.

Aero Tourer, Sporty look, great performance family MPV

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2009 3:25PM
Reviewed by: kslow_mmi
Car reviews written (1)
Similar cars tried: Honda Stream, Honda Ody, Toyota Picnic, Toyota Estima
Fuel consumption: 13.5km/litre
Drive pattern: 70% Highway 30% City
Duration of car driven: 1 year
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Market response: The success story of this MPV is an miracle one, back in 2005, with no authorize distributor to push to the local market doesn't stop it to flooded the Singapore road, just 2006 alone, more than 6,000 units of Wish were sold thru PIs. Borneo Motors finally bring in this all time family favourite MPV in 2008, to catch back some market shares from PIs, fitted it with good looking HOS body kits, 15Ē alloy rims, Leather seat, Touch-screen DVD player plus head-unit, reverse camera, illuminated scuff plate with WISH wording, foldable side mirrors with signal light; named it as Aero Tourer. Performance: Equipped with 1.8 lit In-line 4-cylinder DOHC chain drive, 4-speed auto, VVT-I control engine, this MPV surprising produces very powerful and smooth ride on the road, this is amazing and out-perform on MPV weighted almost 1.9 tons, I couldnít feel any significant drag in pick-up nor over-taking due to its 132hp, torque [email protected] The car is responsive in acceleration, overall produce good power at all speed ranges. The fuel consumption is very efficient too, for my ride pattern of 70% HW, 30%City, I can easily hits 13~14 km/lit, this is one of the key attraction for most Singapore driver. Brake: Fitted with front disc brake and drum rear brake, the brake performance is acceptable, but this could be improve further as sometime you need to press and even floor the brake to bring the MPV to stationary. Handling: Ground feel is compromised (this is not MPV objective) but the ride experience is comfortable, you just felt like you are just inside a mid class sedan, no obvious body-roll during cornering, thanks to its well tune suspension. I also amazed by its small turning radius @5.3m, you can easily make a smooth U-turn at narrow road. The power steering control is tuned according to travelling speed but overall I feel a bit too light for a car in this size. Exterior: The design intend of family car doesnít compromise outlook. The bullet shape aerodynamic design gives Wish a smooth, curvy shape and handsome look, enhanced further with eagle-eye big front-light and vertically placed LED tail-light. The HOS body kits blend in well into it, the front protruded bumper, the side skirting with black under-cut painted, lowered rear bumper and spoiler makes Aero Tourer more sportier and luxury outlook. One big set back this HOS bring is; it is a nightmare when you intended to park your car right. The height of the front and rear bumpers were both too low for you to front it or even reverse in fully into the box, without hitting the curb. After few incidents of hearing the heart pain scratching sound, I learned I need to parks my car 200mm forward which make the front lip out of the box, expose the to unnecessary risk to hit by others. Interior: The front panel design is come with simplicity in mind, plastic panel mixed with black matt finish and grey smooth finish, the analogue meters are well position behind the steering, the gear shift is well design and others buttons also lay neatly across the center. The feeling of the panel is too much of plastic. The design also a bit outdated as compare to Honda or even Korean competitors. The touch screen player function is decent, its play CD, DVD and allow USB connection. The head-unitís image quality is acceptable and also good way for family car needs where it attract kidís attention during long ride. The space and seat feel in 1st and 2nd row also big and comfort for 4~5 adults, the 2 seat at 3rd row leg room and head room is narrow but still acceptable for a mid-sized MPV, but donít expect an adult to sit there for long. The cabin noise during normal driving is also acceptable, the noise from outside is neither noticeable nor annoying, I guess Toyota should have done up some improvement work on sound-proofing. You will find you donít have much luggage space for big item after put up all the 7 seats, you can probably able to put in a foldable stroller plus small luggage bags. Seats arrangement can easily handle, the 2nd and 3rd row seats can individually fold flat to occupy occasion storage needs. One thing I couldnít understand why Toyota can ignore and forgo the comfort of 3rd row passengers which no air-con vents for them. Even the lower class MPV equipped with this simple facility. During hot day, I always need to full blast my air-con couples of minutes before allow my kids sit at the 3rd row. This also one of the big set back Wish has. Overall: After all, if you looking for a family car with sporty look, fuel economy, value for money, reliable service, Toyota Warranty, Aero Tourer definitely the smart choice for you.

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-Good Fuel efficient -Smooth and Powerful Engine -Spaces in 1st and 2nd row, acceptable 3rd row for mid-sized MPV -Value for money

Weaknesses

-No 3rd row air-con -Not practical low bumpers -Plastic feel and look for front panel -Limited Boot space when 3rd row is up

A perfect small family MPV for Singapore

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2009 12:13AM
Reviewed by: WeeHou
Car reviews written (3)
Similar cars tried: C4 Grand Picasso 1.6THP
Fuel consumption: 12km/litre
Drive pattern: 50% Urban, 50% Highway
Duration of car driven: Less than 1 month
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The ideal family car for urban city like Singapore. As its easy to park and relatively low fuel consumption. Tough as boots reliability and solid interior finishing shows it's ability to stay with the family. Poor ergonomics do bug the driver at times. Inconsistent air-conditioning might be an issue when all 7 on board. Brakes are adequate for the purpose and gearbox is rather alert to kick down when necessary. It's a good SMALL MPV. PERIOD. If only that is what you need.

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Responsive, relatively low fuel consumption

Weaknesses

Lacks footrest and rear air-con vents

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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Fuel consumption: 14.5km/litre
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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.