2014 Toyota Allion Review

The Toyota Allion is one of the most sought Japanese brands due to its reliability readily available spare parts, low maintenance costs, and great fuel economy. The Allion was introduced by Toyota to replace the Toyota Carina. It competes against the Mazda Atenza, the Nissan Sylphy, the Volkswagen Passat, the Audi A4, the Subaru Legacy, and the Mercedes C180.

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Detailed Review

The Toyota Allion was introduced to the market in 2001 together with the Toyota Premio. Technically, they are identical; nonetheless, their exterior styling and interiors differ. The Toyota Premio is marketed as a high-end, luxurious sedan, whilst the Allion is marketed as a sporty, no-frills sedan. Due to its lighter body, the Allion is more agile and responsive than the Premio.

The 2014 Toyota Allion comes with 3 engine options: The 1.5Litre 1NZ engine, the 1.8Litre 2ZR engine, and the 2.0Litre 3ZR engine. All are mated to an automatic CVT transmission.

2014 Toyota Allion Grades

  1. The Toyota Allion A15: This is the base level grade that comes with the 1.5 Litre 1NZ-FE engine, CVT Transmission and 2WD.
  2. The Toyota Allion A18: This comes with the 1.8 Litre 2ZR-FE engine, CVT Transmission, 2WD/4WD options.
  3. The Toyota Allion A20: This is the premium grade version that comes with the 2.0 Litre 3ZR-FAE engine, CVT Transmission and 2WD. It got many other extras such as Alloy Rims as standard, fog lights, navigation, and a sunroof option.

Interior Legroom & Space

The dashboard is made of synthetic leather-like material with wood-finished plastic while the dials are simple and easy to read. The seats are well-padded and made of soft fabric. The legroom in the first row is great while in the second row is a bit limited and may not be comfortable for tall passengers, especially on long journeys.

Cabin Storage

There are storage compartments placed throughout the vehicle, including four cup holders, a storage shelf beneath the dashboard, a glovebox, and a center console box. The only storage for the second row is the seat jacket pockets.

Boot Space

The Toyota Allion is typical of any salon car. Its boot space can carry mid-sized luggage however extra space can be created when rear seats are folded.

Other Extras: Double Din Stereo, Navigation(Optional), Reverse Camera, Auto Headlamps, Keyless Entry

Exterior

The 2014 Toyota Allion has a dramatic design that is similar to recent Toyota aggressive designs. The exterior is sporty and targeted toward a younger and upscale market but buyers of all ages find it appealing. The sharp LED headlights and optional alloy rims enhance this aggressive sporty look.

Toyota Allion Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 Litres

Fuel Consumption

The 2014 Allion 1.5 liter engine has a fuel consumption of 19.2km/l while the 1.8 engine has a fuel consumption of 10.5 liters/100km

2014 Toyota Allion Ground Clearance

The Toyota Allion has a ground clearance of 6.4Inches(165mm) when unmodified. This height may not be a problem if the vehicle is lightly loaded. However, when fully loaded the vehicle may not clear some speed bumps on Kenyan roads. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

Stability and Handling

The Toyota Allion is reasonably maneuverable and stable under regular driving circumstances. Nevertheless, aggressive cornering is not recommended, particularly at high speeds.

Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil.

Toyota Allion Spare Parts Availability

Spare parts are relatively cheap and readily available in the market. In Nairobi, most spare shops in Industrial area and Kirinyaga road stock these spare parts. You can get listings for these shops here to follow this link.

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: From Ksh. 1,300,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 50,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If necessary) Ksh. 20,000/- for 4 Tyres
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Resale Value: Good
Toyota Allion Competitors: Mazda AtenzaNissan SylphyVW Passat, Audi A4, Subaru Legacy, and Mercedes C180.

What We Like About the 2014 Toyota Allion

  • Comfort
  • Luxurious interior
  • Incline rear seats

What We Don’t Like

  • Limited legroom

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that the 2014 Toyota Allion is a beautiful car. It handles well and is very reliable. Additionally, it holds its value well in the Kenyan market compared to its competitors. It’s a great purchase if you’re looking for an affordable yet comfortable family car.

Where to Buy the 2014 Toyota Allion in Kenya
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See Also the 2016 Toyota Allion Review

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