Toyota Vellfire ZR G-Edition 7-Seater

Toyota Vellfire Review: “It has luxurious equipment and has a natural steering feel” by Naoto Shimazaki

The Vellfire’s aero edition is quite aggressive. It seems that no matter what, the car looks forward because of the chrome trimming on the left and right portion of the bumper. Thinking of its exterior, if I were the owner, i’d be happy to drive this car.

I test drove the hybrid model with aero specification. It is outfitted with 17-inch 10-spoke aluminum wheels, the same kind that luxury versions of gasoline variants have. Hence, rather than being presented as a hybrid version, it is presented as a luxury grade.

Its interior and equipment are perfect. In particular, the second row seats called ‘executive lounge’ are so roomy; it is reminiscent of business class seats. I do not want to say this, but I would rather sit on the second row seats than the driver’s seat. The third row seats are also appropriate for this minivan’s class. I am satisfied with how roomy it is vertically and horizontally.

The powertrain has two strong points: the hybrid system based on a 2.5-liter engine, and the separate motor that drives the rear wheels of the 4WD. At first, I thought that it will be too powerful, so I was really impressed with its gentle performance. It offers a smooth ride as it accelerates from low to high speed, and when you require a faster speed, it will promptly but calmly become faster. Despite weighing almost two tons, the Vellfire has a natural steering feel and the body is also responsive to the steering input.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Interior Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958.He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications.Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)