How i went driving this ute around the city with my family of four mainly around the inner city suburbs of Music sydney and, if you're, looking for more details, check out the full review on the cars guide site or, if you're, watching this video on youtube. Don'T forget to hit like or subscribe to stay up to date with all our latest videos. The exterior is tough but sporty with 18 inch, black alloy wheels sleek lines, and this handy step to clamber up in the back. Has this roll top cover, which opens and closes with the push of a button, and it also locks with the car's main central locking system having the hard top cover, gives you the protection and security to use the back of this ute kind of like a big Boot, which is really handy for family use inside the hilux, is built for practicality rather than luxury. There are these nice leather seats which are heated for colder days. The console layout is a little bit odd. There are two cup holders, but they're a bit of a strange size, water bottles, rattle around and a standard coffee cup, rather than one of these reusable ones. They do get a bit lost and the place where your phone is meant to go. I guess is this front position here, which is a bit of a squeeze, and i don't even have one of the bigger phones, although it is close to the charging point.
No wireless charging, though, which is a bit of a shame at this price point. There are also these two handy pop out cup holders, which again are in a bit of a funny position, because if you've got a hot cup of coffee and the air conditioning on the coffee, doesn't stay hot for long over here, there's, a double glove box and The top section actually doubles as a cooling tray using the vent from the air conditioner. The middle hold all is a reasonable size and there is a charging point in here using a standard, australian, three point charger. The front dash does seem to have buttons all over the place, although the eight inch screen is in a good position, and one thing i really like is the fact that the air conditioning vents sit above the screen, meaning that the air blows on your face, rather Than your body, apple, carplay and android, auto do connect via record, which means the functionality from your phone is available on the screen, while you're driving, although it's, not wireless. At this point, Music in the back seat, there is limited legroom for adults, although there is directional air vents and there are two cup holders in the flip down middle console. There are also bottle holders in the door plus enough extra room for an ipad or other bits and pieces, the pockets in the back of the seats aren't huge, but there are also these hooks for bags and jackets.
Now my main beef with the hilux as a family car with young children, is the car seats. There are two isofix points, but i normally use a top tether and that's where it gets tricky. So these connect using these cloth loops once you've got the car seat in tightening the straps once they're in this cloth. Loop is the really tricky part, and i must admit i used some choice: language when i was doing it myself. The back of this ute is huge and it's carpeted, so it's super handy for hauling around the bikes and skateboards and all the other stuff that kids collect. The only real issue is my height i'm five foot four, and it is a bit of a trick getting equipment in and out of the ute Music. Now i'll admit i wasn't that excited about testing this car, but i have to confess it was a bit of fun sitting so high up. You do feel like king of the road and you can't help, but have a bit of a get out of my way. Feeling the sheer bulk makes you feel safe, but pretty tough and the turbo diesel engine means that when you put your foot down, you get a pretty decent result. Ultimately, the hilux is a tool of trade, but if you look around the town, you do see a lot of families using it as an everyday vehicle. For my two kids, they thought being in a ute.
This size was buckets of fun and having the covered you trade does mean it's super handy for hauling around all the stuff kids seem to collect the official fuel consumption is 8.4 liters per 100 kilometers, but for my driving around the suburbs and for my city commute, It tested at 10 liters per 100 kilometers. A couple of things to note is the suspension without a load in the back is pretty rough. You do feel every bump and roll. The other thing. You'Ll notice is the noise. This is not a quiet car, but at its heart this is a working diesel ute. On the safety front, the hilux scores a maximum five stars in the ancap safety rating it's got seven airbags covering the driver, the passenger and back row onboard tech includes high speed, active cruise control, auto emergency braking lane, departure alert and roadside assist. The rogue is one of a few in the hilux range that is fitted with rear parking, sensors and a rear camera. Although one weird thing is that the middle of the marker doesn't actually line up with the middle of the tow bar. So if you are trying to connect something onto the tow bar it's, a bit tricky so to wrap up the toyota hilux rogue is a powerful and tough ute. It wouldn't be my first choice as a family car with young children unless you're towing, big loads or doing some serious off roading. For that reason, i've scored it seven out of ten, although my kids did score at 7.
5, just for the novelty of being in a big ute Music.