2024 Toyota Kluger GX (car review)

The seven-seat family favourite that is the Toyota Kluger continues to go from strength to strength, with comfort and connectivity at the forefront of improvements for the 2024 GX front-wheel drive variant.

Sitting in the top ten safest vehicles on the road in Australia, thanks to outstanding results in its ANCAP safety testing, the new Kluger is powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine. It delivers 198kW of power and 420Nm of torque.

Paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, it’s a little slow off the mark but quite responsive at speed. Fuel economy is a claimed 8.3-litres/100km but we couldn’t get below 10.0-litres, even during highway driving. Thankfully there’s a decent 68-litre fuel tank.

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Exterior styling remains subtle, with the Kluger still a pretty looking SUV thanks to its large black grille with silver wings. There are LED daytime running and headlights, although only halogen indicators and fog lights. The side mirrors are a good size, heated and powered.

There’s nothing overly exciting to look at with the 18-inch spoked alloy wheels, however, they do a good job, wrapped in a set of large profile tyres, which helps the ride quality. At the rear is a manual tailgate.

2024 Toyota Kluger GX
2024 Toyota Kluger GX

Inside the cabin, you’re greeted with manually adjustable black fabric seats, which are comfortable no matter the driving time. The instrument cluster is a hybrid of an analogue speedo and tacho, and a 7.0-inch information screen.

The leather accented steering wheel is nice in the hand, with plenty of functions available at your fingertips. A lot is going on with the middle of the dashboard though, with an oddly shaped 8.0-inch infotainment system.

While it is small, and a larger screen is available on higher grades, the quality is great and it responds well to touch. There’s a seatbelt detection monitor squeezed onto the left, and tri-zone air-conditioning controls below, all supported with manual buttons.

There are four ways to charge your devices, with two 12v sockets, two USB-C ports and a USB-A port available. While there is no wireless charger in the base model, we almost gave top marks for connectivity, with wireless Apple CarPlay available.

Android Auto remains strangely restricted to a cable, which is a little disappointing. We reckon you’re going to plug your Apple device in anyway, given you’ll need to keep it charged. Below a set of air vents is a nifty slot to store your phone.

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Inside the 2024 Toyota Kluger GX

In a nice touch, there’s even a little part that lifts to slide a cord through to keep it all tidy. There’s ample storage in the middle of the front seats, with a generously deep console box, with a sliding tray on the top.

What we did like was that rather than having the centre armrest lift to access, the edges are permanently fixed, with only the centre part sliding into itself. It means you don’t need to worry about moving a passenger’s position.

There’s a sunglasses holder and an SOS button for help mounted in the roof, with the latter linked to the myToyota Connect app (complimentary for the first year). The 6-speaker sound system is nothing to write home about, but it certainly does the job just fine.

Like the steering wheel, the gear selector feels comfortable, and drive modes like Sport, Normal, Eco and Snow are all easily accessible. In terms of seating, row two is comfortable, roomy and provides ample room (and can be slid for more or less space).

There are two USB-C charging ports, climate controls, and air vents back there too. Row three on the other hand is really only suited for your smallest passengers, although they do get air vents and cup holders.

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Inside the 2024 Toyota Kluger GX

Depending on your desired seating arrangement, the boot space will dramatically change. With all rows of seats raised, you’re looking at just 241-litres, which increases to 552-litres with the third set of pews down. Drop the second and you get 1,150-litres.

Attach a tow bar and you’ll have 2,000kg of braked towing capacity. Standard across the entire range is Toyota SafetySense, which provides airbags, active cruise control, lane trace assist, and front and rear parking sensors.

For such a long vehicle, at 4,966mm, its turning circle of 11.4m is decent. With a ground clearance of 208mm, you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere that’ll ordinarily scrape the undercarriage.

Starting at $56,601 drive away, the Kluger is available in Eclipse Black, Frosted White (as tested), Graphite, Galena Blue, Silver Storm, Atomic Rush and Saturn Blue. It’s backed by Toyota’s 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

You can find out more about the 2024 Kluger GX 2WD or build your own on the Toyota Australia website, or by talking to your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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Inside the 2024 Toyota Kluger GX

Our test vehicle was provided by Toyota Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
8
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - plenty of room in first and second rows; wireless connectivity; upgraded infotainment.
Cons - thirsty; small boot space with all seats up; third row isn't really for adults.
Henry Owen
Henry Owen
Whilst trains may take precedent in Henry's life, wheels and a motor are still all it takes to pique his interest. Particularly interested in the development in the electric space, his favourite vehicle is still the Volkswagen Golf R he owned in 2020.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> plenty of room in first and second rows; wireless connectivity; upgraded infotainment.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> thirsty; small boot space with all seats up; third row isn't really for adults.2024 Toyota Kluger GX (car review)