The Toyota Avanza was one of South Africa’s first affordable reasonably-sized people. Featuring compact dimensions, a simple fuel-efficient engine line-up and a seven-seat carrying capacity – the Avanza played a great role in both business and leisure use.
According to Motorpress, the new Toyota Rumion brings a host of improvements as Toyota has been focusing on the needs of customers in the smaller MPV range.
The new model keeps the same product concept, compact dimensions, a four-cylinder petrol engine, a seven-seater layout and overall good ground clearance.
However, the Rumion has switched to front-wheel-drive – giving it an improved fuel economy, better packaging and reduced mechanical componentry.
The front design boasts a trapezoidal radiator grille, with a three-horizontal slat design and a centrally mounted Toyota ellipse. According to Motorpress, these are flanked by large tapered headlamps with a large lower apron, which houses stylised air vents and fog lamp surrounds (where fitted).
Customers have a choice of five exterior colours: Mystic Pearl White, Azure Blue, Seal Grey Metallic, Autumn Blaze Red and Shadow Black Pearl.
Engine & Transmission
All Toyota Rumion models feature a 1.5-litre K15B engine which delivers 77kW with 138Nm of torque. Both 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions are on offer. The fuel consumption figure checks in at 6.2 l/100 km (a slight improvement over the 1.5 Avanza) for both transmission types, while CO2 emissions register as 146 and 147 g/km, while top speed is quoted as 175 and 170 km/h km, for the manual and auto respectively.
Grades & Specification
The Toyota Rumion retains the existing three-grade line-up: S, SX and TX. The S-grade model is aimed at customers requiring pure functional use at a low price point, the SX offers a balance between affordability and comfort, while the TX grade is aimed at the leisure buyer requiring enhanced comfort and convenience.
Safety & Security
All grades feature driver and passenger airbags, ABS, EBD as well as ISOFIX points. An immobiliser and alarm is also included across the board.
Model Line-up & Pricing
Rumion 1.5 S R 245 600
Rumion 1.5 SX MT R 273 500
Rumion 1.5 SX AT R 289 200
Rumion 1.5 TX MT R 301 600
Rumion 1.5 TX AT R 317 200
Peace of Mind
A four-services/60 000 km service plan is standard on all Rumion models, with service intervals pegged at 12-months/15 000 km. A 3-year/100 000 km warranty also forms part of the offering. Customers can also purchase additional service and warranty plan extensions from their nearest Toyota dealer with an impressive 220 outlets nationwide.