July 18, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2022 Toyota HiAce Super Grandia Elite

The Enhanced MPV Legend

To ascertain whether the Toyota HiAce Super Grandia Elite still has what it takes to defend its top spot in the segment for the upcoming 18th C! Awards, we conducted another thorough retest. Despite its increased retail pricing the Toyota Super Grandia Elite still has no direct usurper unless you take into account its slightly less expensive Super Grandia brother that matches it with more than 90% of the standard equipment. The approximate half of the 10% difference lies mostly inside of the spacious luxury van from the almost inconsequential steering wheel trim of additional wood, wood plating for the door trims, manual rear sunshades, and additional ambient lighting with color variations to the more profound quilted leather seats with ottomans for the second-row individual captain’s chairs.

The other 5% difference are actually quite important as it focuses on expanded safety with the standard Elite model; the Toyota Safety Sense suite which adds Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB).

Is the additional P375,000.00 cost for the Elite variant worth it compared to the already full-featured standard Super Grandia? That answer is mostly answered directly with the perspectives of the future owners. As a family man with 5 children who would do all the out-of-town driving, the answer is yes. I want the extra driver comforts and active safety equipment for myself and my passengers. Having the lovely quilted-design seating and leg rests for the second-row passengers are a bonus. If you are a buyer who won’t be piloting the Super Grandia Elite and will rely mostly on a chauffeur however then perhaps the non-Elite variant with non-powered passenger sliding doors is a more practical solution.

We just love the thorough and opulent 10-seater Toyota Super Grandia Elite version of the HiAce which literally covers all its bases with the very best components found in the Toyota parts-bin, and bridges the gap between the standard HiAce models and the Alphard. Compared with the more mainstream GL Grandia 12-seater model which uses the same 3210-mm wheelbase as the Super Grandia Elite with a single sliding passenger door instead of dual powered doors, which also swaps out the plush 4-link coil sprung rear suspension with vented disc brakes for a higher-load rated leaf-sprung rear suspension with drum brakes, that uses halogen headlights, fog lamps, and rear light assembly instead of the trick full-LED units, traveling on more commercial grade 16-inch gumballs in place of the more upscale 17-inch alloys wrapped with 235/60R17 109/107T Dunlop SP LT30 A tires, and so much more. The Elite is much more comfortable especially when configured as a 6-seater with maximum cargo for long journeys. The GL Grandia is still quite nice to ride and drive in, especially when loaded and configured as an 8-seater but it is a little tough to go back to it after using the plush Elite.

The 2022 Toyota HiAce Super Grandia Elite has optimal passenger and driver comforts with enhanced handling and braking. For maximum comfort and cargo for 6 people it has no equal. The fourth row can technically accommodate 4 slim adults but it would take too much rear trunk capacity away. You could divide the rear bench seating to improve the cargo scenario but the two rear passengers that have to share that one side would have to be young teenagers. In the end, for practical real-world capacity, versatility, comfort, and dependability combined with luxury, the Elite is a genuine standout even if in still looks like a flying brick.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 2755 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector CRDi Intercooled VNT Turbodiesel
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 174 bhp @ 3400 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 332 lb-ft @ 1600-2400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 185km/h (116 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 11.6 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 8.1L/100km overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 3,113,000.00 (Luxury Pearl Toning) (PhP 3,098,000.00 for Grey Metallic, Black 3 and White Pearl Crystal Shine)
What's Great Ticks all the required boxes, has an essential rear parking camera, a workhorse with flair, versatility, reliability, durability, capacity, without a direct parallel, and enhanced passenger and driver comfort for 10.
What's Not So Price. No standard wireless smartphone charger. Rear windows still a little too small when opened.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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