Toyota Fortuner 2.5D-4D (RB)
SUV under R325k
Since debuting in South Africa in 2006, the Toyota Fortuner has become a darling of the motoring public. In fact, this home-grown model has been the most successful SUV on the local market for the past 10 years.
In 2011 it underwent a fairly radical exterior rework, with the 2.5-litre diesel engine also added to the line-up as a value-oriented proposition. Some minor interior upgrades were made in 2013 to bring the Fortuner in line with changing customer requirements.
The Fortuner appears bulky and cumbersome. However, it does have the added advantage of real seven-seater versatility and more than ample interior space. It is a family vehicle in the true sense of the word.
Under the bonnet of the trusty Fortuner you will find a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 106 kW and 343 Nm of peak torque on tap. Buyers in this segment will be pleased with the great torque characteristics of the engine, which makes the Fortuner a lot more usable as a towing vehicle than the other vehicles it competes with. Also, bearing in mind that the Fortuner weighs in at almost two tons, the performance of the engine can’t be faulted. In addition, the average fuel consumption of 8-litres/100 km is quite acceptable for a vehicle of this size.
The upholstery and carpeting was still in reasonably good nick and showed no visible signs of tearing or fraying and there were no cracks or serious damage to the plastic surfaces. Even the steering wheel and gear lever knob were both still in great condition.
Value For Money
- R321 300
- 8.0 Litres/100km
- Power and Torque at 106kW/343Nm
- Bulky with classic styling