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2020 Toyota HiAce Review

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Critic reviews

WebsiteRatingNotable quotes
CarAdvice83%"The all-new Toyota HiAce really kicks a six for Toyota. It's an example of Toyota working hard to develop class-leading products with passenger safety at the very top of mind."Read more
Drive82%"The 2019 Toyota HiAce is the best version of Australia's most popular van that's ever been available."Read more
WhichCar100%"Toyota has gone out to prove that it can beat the Euro van crowd at its own game, and succeeded."Read more
CarsGuide86%"After a week of testing, we discovered that Toyota's HiAce-based version is worthy of consideration as a tradie's genuine alternative to a dual-cab ute."Read more

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How does the Toyota HiAce compare with its peers?

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Name Product Number of seats ANCAP rating Price (from) Finder Score Read review
Toyota HiAce
12 seats
5 stars
$38,640
87.75%
Hyundai iLoad
6 seats
5 stars
$39,680
71.33%
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A comprehensive review of the Toyota HiAce

Toyota HiAce pricing

In Australia, Toyota markets five different trim grades and body styles.

Toyota HiAce LWB Van

The entry model to the HiAce range is the LWB van. It starts from $43,673 drive-away, for the 3.5-litre V6 petrol, 6-speed manual gearbox model. The same van with Toyota's 2.8-litre turbo diesel starts at $47,278; you'll find that same block in the HiLux, Prado and Fortuner. A 6-speed automatic costs an extra $2,060. In this guise, you receive:

  • French Vanilla white paint at no cost
  • Grey fabric seats
  • 16-inch steel wheel
  • Full-size spare
  • AM/FM/DAB+ radio with satellite navigation
  • Two speakers
  • Air-conditioning in cab
  • Toyota Safety Sense:
    • Pre-Collision Safety System
    • Lane Departure Alert
    • Auto High Beam
    • Road Sign Assist
  • Left and right sliding doors
  • Reverse camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Seven SRS airbags
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Front power windows

For a van, this kind of spec list is outstanding, especially considering it's the entry line.

Toyota HiAce LWB Crew Van

If you need to carry more than two, then you might want to consider the Crew Van HiAce. Prices start from $52,428 for a diesel model, fitted with an automatic. No manual gearbox or petrol engines are available on the Crew Van. The van has five seats.

On top of the LWB van specifications, you get:

  • A/C ducting for rear
  • 9 SRS airbags
  • Digital, auto-dimming rear view mirror

Toyota HiAce SLWB Van

The SLWB (Super Long Wheel Base) HiAce has an extended wheelbase (the distance between the centres of the front and rear wheels). It has a 9,300-litre loadspace, compared to the smaller 6,200-litre volume of the standard HiAce. It will also happily carry a 1,135kg payload. The drive-away price starts at around $53,973 for a 3.5-litre petrol, automatic, 2-seater van. If you want a diesel, you'll have to pay $57,578.

In addition to the extra room and load carrying capacity, you also receive an overhead storage console.

Toyota HiAce SLWB Commuter minibus

The HiAce SLWB Commuter is a minibus version of the van, with 12 seats. It will carry a 1,080kg payload. It is only sold equipped with a 2.8-litre turbo diesel and a 6-speed auto. This HiAce starts from $72,702.

Features include:

  • AM/FM/DAB+ radio with satellite navigation and 4 speakers (instead of 2)
  • Front and rear A/C, with a duct for each passenger seat
  • Manually closing left-side sliding door
  • Centre console box
  • 3 SRS airbags
  • Glass roof escape hatch

Toyota HiAce SLWB Commuter GL minibus

Toyota describes the Commuter GL minibus, as having an "improved" interior. Because of the extra tech, it has a slightly lower payload of 1,040kg. The starting drive-away price is $75,792.

In addition to the Commuter minibus, the GL has:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels, with full-size spare
  • 6 speakers
  • Power closing left-side sliding door
  • Front fog lamps
  • Auto-dimming, digital rear view mirror
  • Beige, synthetic leather and fabric seats with grey accenting
  • 6 USB ports
  • Dual-zone A/C

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LWB VanLWB Crew VanSLWB VanSLWB CommuterSLWB Commuter GL
3.5-litre petrol, 6-speed manual, 2 seats: $43,6732.8-litre diesel, 6-speed automatic, 5 seats: $52,4283.5-litre petrol, 6-speed automatic, 2 seats: $53,9732.8-litre diesel, 6-speed automatic, 12 seats: $72,7022.8-litre diesel, 6-speed automatic, 12 seats: $75,792
3.5-litre petrol, 6-speed manual, 2 seats: $45,7332.8-litre diesel, 6-speed automatic, 2 seats: $57,578
2.8-litre diesel, 6-speed manual, 2 seats: $47,278
2.8-litre diesel, 6-speed automatic, 2 seats: $49,338

For the LWB, SLWB and SLWB Commuter vans, the only exterior colour listed on the Toyota website is:

  • French Vanilla (White)

For the LWB Crew Van, you can pay $618 for:

  • Quicksilver (Metallic Grey)

On the top of the line Commuter GL, there are four exterior colour options:

  • French Vanilla (no cost)
  • Quicksilver (Metallic Grey), $618
  • Blue Armour, $618
  • Goldrush, $618
The above-quoted prices are recommended drive-away prices, supplied by Toyota Australia. They include 12 months' registration and Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance, stamp duty, any applicable statutory taxes, dealer delivery fees and other charges. The prices are based on the HiAce van being garaged in New South Wales postcode 2000.

Overview

Toyota says the HiAce carries the best resale value in the LCV segment. They are also the best-selling. This latest generation HiAce is better in every single way; reviewers appraised it highly (one reviewer even gave it a 100% rating, the highest we've ever seen). It's quieter, more ergonomic and easier to drive than ever. The Toyota Genuine Accessories range also impressed, with some really cool, unique-to-Australia options. The only areas motoring journalists called the latest-generation HiAce out was the increased prices, compared to the last model, as well as the six-monthly servicing schedule and the strange lack of barn-doors (for now). If you're looking for a mid to large size van, the HiAce range should have you covered.
WebsiteProsConsNotable quote
CarAdvice
  • Full 5-star ANCAP rating
  • Standard safety features
  • Lightyears ahead of previous generation
  • Ride and kerb-to-kerb turning circle
  • Six-month servicing intervals
  • Barn doors option coming later
  • Restricted towing weights
"It drives beautifully, it's loaded with standard safety tech and best of all it can be optioned with innovative accessories that have been engineered by the team in Australia with longevity in mind."
Drive
  • Smooth, sophisticated, willing petrol engine
  • Auto great in town
  • Safety features
  • Comfort
  • Centre console and armrest gone (on some models)
  • Ride improves with weight in rear (as do all vans)
  • Short service intervals
"The new HiAce gets the full 5-star ANCAP rating, and its result really lifts the bar for the van segment as a whole."
WhichCar
  • Polished
  • Gutsy diesel
  • Heaps of space for cargo
  • Standard features and safety tech
  • Lift up tailgate-only, currently
  • No cabin bulkhead
  • Towing capacity could be greater
"You do pay more for the Hiace than other similarly-sized competitors, but that's balanced by strong resale, a strong 5-year warranty and standard service pricing that's locked to $240 per 6 months/10,000km."
CarsGuide
  • Rear passenger space on crew van
  • Spacious, secure cargo area
  • Comfortable
  • Lack of rear seat cargo protection
"It has its shortcomings, particularly the lack of rear seat cargo protection and storage options, but these can be addressed with genuine or aftermarket accessories. So if you need to carry a team and their gear in enclosed comfort for work or play, the HiAce Crew makes plenty of sense in either role."

Engine and performance

Toyota opted to equip the HiAce van with a choice of two engines, a 3.5-litre V6 petrol or a 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel block.

Toyota 3.5-litre petrol engine

The naturally-aspirated 7GR-FKS engine is also used in Chinese market LandCruiser Prados. In Aussie models, the V6 produces 207kW at 6,000rpm. Peak torque measures 351Nm at 4,600rpm. Capacity is 3.5-litres. The petrol-engined HiAces are the lightest in the range, with kerb weights of 2,120-2,135kg.

Toyota 2.8-litre diesel engine

If low-down torque is more your thing (if you need to tow a big trailer, for example), or you want the most frugal van possible, then you'll want the 2.8-litre diesel engine Toyota sells. Toyota also fits the 1GD-FTV to the HiLux, Fortuner and Prado so it should be a proven and rugged engine. The straight-four, turbocharged diesel pumps out 130kW @ 3,400rpm and makes up to a gutsy 450Nm between 1,600-2,400rpm.

Toyota HiAce transmissions

You can spec the HiLux with either a manual or an automatic gearbox, both with six speeds. All models send power rearwards, to the back axle.

Car reviewers' impressions of the Toyota HiAce engine and transmission line-up

Car reviewers generally felt the HiAce had a super-strong engine line-up. In town, they said the V6 petrol engine was great to drive, and unexpectedly quiet, given the van body configuration. With the petrol engine HiAce, reviewers observed that to extract the power, you do have to work the accelerator harder than a diesel model. That's all due to how low-down a diesel engine can produce peak torque. Reviewers relished the diesel's grunt and how it made seemingly lighter work of propelling the HiAce. To the ears of motoring journalists, the diesel was also pleasantly hushed, with a silky-smooth power delivery.

Critically, some of the testers loaded up the vans with some cargo, to get a sense of how it drove with weight in the back. Unlike smaller vans, which can become slightly bogged down and sluggish with even a modest amount of weight in the rear, the HiAce apparently can shrug it off without breaking a sweat.

Deciding between the powertrains might be tricky. Reviewers generally fell into two groups, one for the diesel and others in favour of the petrol engine. The diesel has real get up and go from the off, as well as fuel economy on its side. The petrol, though, has more power and testers loved the pairing of the naturally aspirated V6 with an auto gearbox. Then again, at least one motoring writer also decided the petrol was more enjoyable to drive. Servicing is cheaper on the petrol models, so factor that into your decision, as well as test driving both if you're torn between the two.

Transmission

Some models are automatic-only, but if the particular variant you're after comes with a manual, reviewers found the clutch to be light (traditionally, commercial vehicles tend to have larger clutches and stiffer feeling pedals) and more car-like. Gear shifts were described as swift, precise and effortless.

Toyota says the six-speed manual is an intelligent transmission (iMT), with rev-matching to smoothen up and down gear shifts. Engineers also cut down the height of, and relocated, the shifter to improve the feel of gear changes. The top gears are overdrives, with more legs for higher speeds. It's a lighter, shorter and generally quieter transmission than the one used previously.

Technicians sourced the automatic from Toyota Group company, Aisin. You'll find the same auto transmission in HiLuxes, as well as Prados, Fortuners and the Isuzu D-Max. It has an overdrive on the top two speeds, to help lower revs at motorway cruising speeds and to boost fuel efficiency. You can manually shift gears if you wish.

Journalists liked the automatic around town, with it giving van drivers one less thing to have to do when hustling on delivery routes in tight, congested, inner-city roads.

Toyota HiAce engine and transmission figures

3.5-litre V6 petrol (7GR-FKS)2.8-litre turbo diesel (1GD-FTV)
Engine typeVee-configuration, dual variable valve timing with intelligence, combined fuel injection, dual overhead camInline, common-rail, direct-injection, turbocharged, double-overhead cam
Drivetrain
RWD
Engine size/displacement3,456cc2,755cc
Fuel typePetrol (Green Vehicle Guide says 91 RON)Diesel
Cylinders6, vee4, inline
Fuel tank capacity
70-litres
Max power207kW @ 6,000rpm130kW @ 3,400rpm (some models, 120kW at 3,6000rpm)
Max torque351Nm @ 4,600rpm420Nm: 1,400-2,600rpm (some models 450Nm from 1,600rpm to 2,400rpm)
Fuel consumption (combined, best model)12L/100km7.5L/100km (LWB Van turbo diesel manual)
Acceleration (0-100km/h)
N/A
Emissions standard
Euro 5
Top speed (km/h)
N/A
Security
Engine immobiliser
Transmission
6-speed iMT manual gearbox or automatic by Aisin
Towing capacity (unbraked/braked)
400kg/1,900kg
(diesel manual LWB)
400kg/1,500kg (diesel automatic LWB, LWB auto petrol, LWB crew turbo diesel auto, SLWB turbo diesel auto, SLWB van petrol automatic, Commuter turbo diesel auto, Commuter GL turbo diesel auto)

Toyota HiAce fuel economy

Toyota says the diesel is now more efficient, by 0.5L per 100km, than the previous generation HiAce, thanks to the progress made by engineers. Here are the official fuel economy figures for each engine and model (due to weight variations from trim, powertrain and body configurations):

2.8-litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine

We reference the Green Vehicle Guide, an Australian government initiative to publish clear fuel economy comparisons.

Toyota HiAce LWB van manual:

  • Combined: 7.5L/100km
  • Urban: 9.1L/100km
  • Extra: 6.6L/100km

From the above figures, we can extrapolate predicted annual fuel costs. If you covered 14,000kms each year in your HiAce diesel van, with 66% of the time in built-up areas, you'd spend around $1,709 on diesel fuel.

Toyota HiAce LWB van automatic:

  • Combined: 8.2L/100km
  • Urban: 9.2L/100km
  • Extra: 7.6L/100km

The automatic diesel van would cost you $1,793 annually at the servo, based on the above driving conditions.

Toyota HiAce LWB crew van automatic and SLWB two-seater van automatic:

  • Combined: 8.4L/100km
  • Urban: 9.8L/100km
  • Extra: 7.5L/100km

The heavier crew van, with its 5 seats would cost a little more in diesel every year, around $1,868 for 14,000kms of 66% urban driving and the rest spent on extra-urban, i.e. on motorways or country roads.

3.5-litre, V6 petrol HiAces

Toyota HiAce LWB auto:

  • Combined: 12L/100km
  • Urban: 16.5L/100km
  • Extra: 9.5L/100km

The V6 LWB is a little bit more thirsty, and will cost you $2,965 each year on the above given driving circumstances.

Toyota HiAce SLWB auto:

  • Combined: 12.4L/100km
  • Urban: 16.9L/100km
  • Extra: 9.8L/100km

A V6 SLWB uses slightly more fuel again, with 14,000kms driven yearly expected to cost approximately $3,042. That's if you're travelling 66% of the time in urban areas, the rest on higher speed roads.

Remember this when looking at fuel economy numbers
Car manufacturers are required to use a standardised fuel economy test, which means that you can theoretically compare models from different brands to see which is more efficient. However, due to this procedure taking place under strict and unchanging conditions, it might not reflect real-world driving. On public roads: traffic, vehicle condition, the weather and other factors all affect achievable fuel economy numbers.

There are often some differences between the factory fuel economy figures and the recordings of motoring journalists. One journo used 14.1L/100km with the petrol model, quite a bit higher than the brochure digits. Another commented on managing to achieve results within 0.5-litres of the combined diesel's fuel economy claim. The majority of that driving was without a load in the rear.

Still, another expert source, managed to get within 1.7 litres/100km of the official diesel economy, with a good 30% of it reportedly almost at the maximum payload capacity.

Overall, the fuel economy isn't terrible for a van.

Handling

Why on earth would you try to assess a van's handling? Well, nowadays, buyers are more demanding and expect as much a car-like driving experience as possible. A van that's easy to drive and comfortable could help lower fatigue and just generally make journeys more pleasant.

Journalists, who are used to travelling in all-types of vehicles, from utes to high-performance sports cars, were left a bit startled by the handling of the HiAce. Ostensibly, its steering is nice and light, not heavy like you'd imagine for a commercial vehicle. Testers also said it was more exact in the response, with lower levels of effort needed, compared to the older cab-over-engine type HiAce.

Van suspension is always going to be selected primarily based upon how much weight it can handle, with comfort lower down the list of priorities. However, the HiAce is apparently surprisingly comfortable whether it's filled to near max, carrying a light load or empty. Critically, the reviewers said that when loaded up, a state you'd expect a van to at least start the working day in, it still manages to keep up with traffic without overly-stressing the engine and the added weight makes the suspension a bit more giving.

This generation, with its revised layout and semi-bonneted design, is much less like sitting at the wheel of a bus or a truck, according to some of the testing panel.

In short, judging by the comments of motoring journalists, it's a van that will happily work as a daily driver or a tradie chariot. It's also supposedly one of the best-handling vans on the market.

Interior and equipment

Just because you're buying a van doesn't mean you should have to sacrifice comfort or conveniences. Fortunately, with the HiAce, reviewers found you don't need to.

The most commonly mentioned advantage of the new front-end design is that it's easier to get in and out. That might not sound like a big deal, but we know a number of tradies with back pain likely caused by the routine twisting and dropping to the ground when exiting a van. One reviewer stated it was possible to get genuinely comfy at the wheel, compared to the previous generation HiAce, thanks to the improved seating position. It has been likened to an SUV in this respect. Another noticeable improvement is that the cabin apparently feels less cramped. Almost all journalists said the front and sidewards visibility was excellent, though one complained they had to remove the rear centre seat headrest on the crew van variant, as it was blocking their view. However, this particular journalist did not mention why they couldn't just look at the smart digital rearview mirror.

Another great touch, showing Toyota's experience in building practical commercial vehicles, is the sizable wing mirrors. Reviewers liked to use the blind spot mirrors, which came in handy when parking kerbside. Reviewers said it was nice and quiet inside too.

You get a decent amount of tech on the HiAce as standard, more than some mass-market hatches even. The base model has the following: 7 airbags, a glazed left-side sliding door, 16-inch steel wheels (with a full-size spare), halogen headlamps and daytime running lights, a leather accented steering wheel, satellite navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, auxiliary and USB ports, Bluetoothยฎ connectivity, a 4.2-inch multi information display (MID), steering wheel controls for the audio, MID and telephone and cruise control. Standard safety tech is also quite impressive, with Toyota Safety Sense; which is comprised of: pre-collision safety with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, road sign assist, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, a reversing camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors! That's pretty first-class in the van world.

As van interiors go, we think it is one of the coolest looking dashboards. The simplicity and two-tone colouring is reminiscent of Star Trek shows from the early 90s. But what features and tech do you get for your money?

Toyota HiAce LWB Van specification highlights

LWB Van spec key features:

  • 7 SRS airbags
  • 6.2m3 cargo space
  • Leather accented steering wheel
  • Satellite navigation
  • 7-inch colour touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Aux and USB input
  • 4.2-inch Multi Information Display (MID)
  • Bluetoothยฎ connectivity
  • Steering wheel controls with audio, MID and telephone controls
  • Cruise control
  • Toyota Safety Sense, including:
    • Pre-Collision Safety system with pedestrian detection
    • Lane Departure Alert
    • Automatic High Beam
    • Road Sign Assist
    • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
    • Reversing camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Option Pack 1 (for diesel automatics only)

  • Solid left sliding door with steel panel infill

Option Pack 2(for diesel automatics only)

  • Body-colour front and rear bumpers
  • Body-colour door handles
  • Front and rear chrome trim
  • Auto-dimming, digital rear-view mirror

A solid fit-out for an entry-spec model.

Toyota HiAce LWB Crew Van specification highlights

On top of the LWB Van spec, the Crew Van has:

  • 9 SRS airbags
  • Automatic gearbox
  • Right-side sliding-door with glass panel
  • Body-colour, painted front and rear bumpers
  • Body-colour, painted door handles
  • Openable rear windows
  • Rear A/C vent
  • Centre console tray
  • Digital rearview mirror, with auto-dimming function

This should make the Crew Van decently comfortable for teams.

Toyota HiAce SLWB Van spec highlights

The SLWB, or Super Long Wheel Base, gets:

  • 7 SRS airbags
  • Left side sliding with glazed panel
  • 16-inch steel wheel with full-size spare
  • 9.3m3 cargo space
  • Downward visibility side mirrors
  • Overhead storage console

Option Pack:

  • Body-colour, front and rear bumpers
  • Body-colour, painted door handles
  • Front and rear chrome trim
  • Auto-dimming, digital rear view mirror

Toyota HiAce SLWB Commuter specification highlights

With room for 12, the Commuter has:

  • 3 SRS airbags
  • Rear glass windows
  • Glass roof escape hatch
  • Manual sliding door
  • Twelve fabric seats
  • Front and rear LED interior lights
  • Rear step lamp
  • Rear A/C vents for each passenger

Toyota HiAce SLWB Commuter GL specification highlights

The top of the range GL minibus HiAce, on top of the SLWB Commuter, has:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels with full-size spare
  • Power side door
  • Body-colour front and rear bumpers
  • Body-colour, painted, door handles
  • Ambient entry lighting
  • Digital rear-view mirror with auto-dimming
  • Beige fabric seats, with grey synthetic leather accenting
  • 8 rear reading lamps
  • 6 rear USB charging ports

Toyota HiAce safety, security and driver assists

LWB Van turbo diesel manual/autoLWB Van petrol manual/autoLWB Crew Van turbo diesel autoSLWB Van turbo diesel autoSLWB Van turbo petrol autoCommuter turbo diesel autoCommuter GL turbo diesel auto
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7 SRS Airbags
  • Front driver
  • Front passenger
  • Front seat side chest protection
  • Front seats, side head protection
  • Second row, side head protection
  • Driver's knee airbag
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Toyota HiAce interior and comfort features

LWB Van turbo diesel manual/autoLWB Van petrol manual/autoLWB Crew Van turbo diesel autoSLWB Van turbo diesel autoSLWB Van turbo petrol autoCommuter turbo diesel autoCommuter GL turbo diesel auto
Cloth seatsโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ–๏ธ
Synthetic leather/fabric seatsโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”
Number of seats225221212
Leather-accented steering wheelโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
Front and rear interior lampsโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
7-inch colour touchscreen with AM/FM radio and CD player, also DAB+โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
Bluetoothยฎ, single USB and auxiliary inputโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ–๏ธ
6 rear USB charging portsโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”
Rear reading lampsโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธ6
Apple CarPlay and Android Autoโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
Cruise controlโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
Openable rear windowsโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”โœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธ
4.2-inch colour Multi-Information Display (MID)โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
Steering wheel switchesโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
Digital rear view mirror with auto-dimmingOptional on dieselโœ–๏ธโœ”Optionalโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”
Rear A/C ventโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”โœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธ
Rear A/C vents for each passengerโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”โœ”
Front power windowsโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”

Toyota HiAce exterior highlights

LWB Van turbo diesel manual/autoLWB Van petrol manual/autoLWB Crew Van turbo diesel autoSLWB Van turbo diesel autoSLWB Van turbo petrol autoCommuter turbo diesel autoCommuter GL turbo diesel auto
Semi-bonnet designโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
Dual-sliding doorsโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธ
Left side sliding door with glass panelโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
Left sliding door with steel panelOption on dieselโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธ
Rear side sliding door with glassโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”โœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธ
Halogen headlamps and DRLsโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”
LED DRLsโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”
Body colour door handlesOption on dieselโœ–๏ธโœ”Optionโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”
Body colour, painted front and rear bumperOption on dieselโœ–๏ธโœ”Optionโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”
Automatic sliding doorโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”
16-inch steel wheelsโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ–๏ธ
16-inch alloy wheelsโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ–๏ธโœ”
Full-size spareโœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”โœ”

Verdict

With very few downsides, expert reviewers found the new generation HiAce to be the best yet and definitely one of the best on the market. It holds value well, appears to be well-assembled and has a rounded standard equipment fit-out from the factory. With local development and testing under its belt, the HiAce is well suited to the Australian market. If you're looking at vans this size, the HiAce should definitely be on your shortlist.

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Compare some options to finance a Toyota HiAce

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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Application Fee Monthly Service Fee Monthly Repayment
IMB New Car Loan
4.99% (fixed)
5.34%
$2,000
1 to 7 years
$275.12 ($250 Application fee + $25.12 PPS registration fee)
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.99% p.a.
A low minimum borrowing amount of $2,000 that you can use to purchase a new car or one that's up to two years old.
Loans.com.au - New and Dealer Used Car Loan
From 4.67% (fixed)
5.22%
$5,000
3 to 5 years
$400
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.67% p.a. based on your risk profile
Finance a new car and benefit from features such as fast approval, no ongoing fees and an optional balloon payment. Note: Settle the loan before 30 November 2020 and enter the draw to win a $1,000 fuel voucher. Terms & conditions apply.
Stratton Finance New Car Loan
From 4.05% (fixed)
5.63%
$10,000
3 to 7 years
$700
$8.25
You'll receive a fixed or variable rate depending on the lender you are approved with
Apply for up to $250,000 and use cash or trade in a vehicle to use as a deposit. Optional balloon payment available.
Credit Concierge Car Loan
From 4.45% (fixed)
5.29%
$10,000
1 to 7 years
$350
$5
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.45% p.a. with a comparison rate of 5.29% p.a.
Get access to over 20 providers to fund a new or used car.

CUA Secured Fixed Car Loan
6.79% (fixed)
7.16%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$265 ($175 Establishment Fee + $90 Security Administration Fee)
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 6.79% p.a.
A secured loan with a high maximum borrowing amount up to $100,000. Redraw facility and no monthly fees.
NAB Personal Loan Unsecured Fixed
From 9.99% (fixed)
10.88%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$150
$10
You'll receive a fixed rate between 9.99% p.a. and 18.99% p.a. ( 10.88% p.a. to 19.83% p.a. comparison rate) based on your risk profile
An unsecured loan up to $55,000 you can use for a range of purposes and pay off over up to 7 years. Note: Majority of customers will get the headline rate of 12.69% (13.56% comparison rate) or less. See Comparison rate warning in (i) above.
Symple Loans Personal Loan
From 5.75% (variable)
6.47%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
from 0% to 5% of the loan amount
$10
You'll receive a personalised interest rate from 5.75% p.a. to 21.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
Borrow up to $50,000 to pay for what you need.
Driva Car Loan
From 4.34% (fixed)
5.5%
$2,000
1 to 7 years
$295 (Varies by lender, starting from $295)
$10
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.34% p.a.
Borrow up to $250,000 with loan terms from 1 to 7 years. Get access to a range of lenders.
Plenti Car Loan
From 4.89% (fixed)
5.44%
$10,000
3 to 7 years
from $249 to $799
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.89% p.a.
Borrow up to $100,000 with a Plenti Car Loan and benefit from no early repayment or exit fees.
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