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2016 Toyota Hilux SR5 Diesel Review



Toyota Hilux SR5 diesel the pick of the Hilux range

The latest generation of the Toyota Hilux has proved itself to be durable, rugged and in top of the range Toyota Hilux SR5 form at least, surprisingly comfortable.

However, the last version we sampled was powered by Toyota’s 4.0 litre petrol V6, which despite offering impressive refinement and drivability around town, along with reasonable amount of power on paper (175kW @ 5200rpm and 376Nm @ 3800rpm) we just felt it didn’t offer enough grunt or efficiency.

This time, we’ve taken another Hilux SR5, except one that it’s powered by Toyota’s new 2.8 litre turbo diesel, which is also found in the Prado and the Hilux-based Fortuner.

The Hilux SR5 diesel has the same sticker price as its petrol twin, $56,390 plus on road costs. Our test car was also fitted with the Premium interior (leather seats) which adds another $2000 to the sticker price. The leather was a nice touch, and may appeal to those who plan to use their Hilux for play over work. It did also remind us once again that despite being the top trim level, the Hilux SR5 isn’t particularly good value as the package doesn’t offer any driver assistance technology such as adaptive cruise, or even parking sensors. Which is a little steep at this price point.

In the Hilux, the diesel produces 130kW @ 3400rpm and 450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm only marginally more power and than the old 3.0 litre engine it replaces.

However, the new Hilux SR5 diesel we tested served up healthy lumps of torque across a decent power band.

There was ample grunt for not only keeping up with traffic, but also for swift overtaking when necessary and perhaps most importantly for Hilux diesel customers, off-roading and towing. Towing is another one of the Hilux diesel’s strengths, with the maximum towing capacity capped at a mighty 3.2 tonnes with a braked trailer.

Refinement wasn’t bad either. The new diesel Hilux is far more civilised that its predecessor, and much quieter than the Fortuner but not as hushed as the Prado.

The six-speed auto fitted to our test car wasn’t the best match for the power plant. We felt the transmission held gears for too long and some cogs were selected with a soft “thump”

Average fuel consumption during our test week was 10.5 litres per 100 kilometres, despite considerable inner city driving.


The Toyota Hilux SR5 diesel is covered by Toyota’s three year/100,000 kilometre warranty.

Name: Toyota Hilux SR5 diesel
Engine: 2755cc turbo diesel four-cylinder engine, 130kW @ 3400rpm and 450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm
Price: $56,390 plus on road costs
Options: Metallic paint ($550) and Premium interior ($2000)
Price as tested: $58,490 (plus on roads)
Country of Origin: Thailand




  • Wow Factor7
  • Interior & Space7
  • On the Road8
  • Performance7
  • Value8
  • 7.4


    Gutsy, economical and tough, the Hilux diesel is the pick of the Hilux bunch.
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The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.