Toyota Hilux review
When it comes to pick-up trucks, there is one name that stands out more than any: the Toyota Hilux. But can the latest model stay ahead of the competition?
Dave Humphreys
Dave Humphreys

Published on August 31, 2016


What are you driving?

This behemoth is the 2016 Toyota Hilux and as impressive as it might look, it has no shortage of competition. Toyota does offer a single-cab version, which starts at €29,250, but the twin-cab body style tested here is more appealing and comes in a choice of specification grades priced from €36,500. This manual SR5 version costs €39,895.

Name its best bits

Easily the most standout aspect of the new Hilux is its interior. The dashboard is shallow, which, combined with the upright windscreen, adds to the sense of space inside. All of the main controls are easily accessible too, while the seven-inch colour touchscreen has a floating appearance within the centre console.

Anything that bugs you?

One of the initial things we noticed about the Hilux is the firmness of the rear suspension in particular. It may be capable of lugging heavy loads, but it leaves it feeling overly stiff when unloaded, especially when going over speed bumps and on poorer road surfaces.

Getting in and out of the Hilux is also a bit of a pain for those of average height given how tall the cabin is and the fact that there is a sizeable sill to cross.

And why have you given it this rating?

Even though it might be a bit firm on the move, overall, Toyota has done an impressive job with this latest Hilux. The exterior styling is conservative enough while inside, the layout is more aligned to what many might expect from a family SUV, regarding quality and finish, rather than a commercial workhorse like this.

I want to know more

This test drive format is intended to give our first impressions on a car we've not yet fully reviewed. Go to our Ask Us Anything page, send us a question and we'll give you as much detail as you need on any specific aspect.

Further reading:

Toyota Hilux first drive


Tech Specs

Model testedToyota Hilux Double Cab SR5
Pricing€39,895 as tested; Hilux range starts at €29,250
Engine2.4-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel
Transmissionsix-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Body stylefour-door, five-seat pick-up
CO2 emissions185g/km (Band F, €1,200 per annum or €333 as a commercial)
Combined economy36.2mpg (7.8 litres/100km)
Top speed170km/h
0-100km/h12.8 seconds
Power150hp at 3,400rpm
Torque400Nm at 1,600- to 2,000rpm
Load bed1,525mm long (floor) by 1,645mm at widest point; payload 1,055kg
Towing capacity750kg, unbraked; 3,200kg braked
EuroNCAP ratingdepends on specification - click for full details