2010 Toyota Vanguard Review

From Ksh 1,800,000
  • Toyota, Toyota Vanguard
  • Petrol
  • 2,400 cc

The Toyota Vanguard is a versatile and functional vehicle that can serve both small and large families. It is a bigger version of the Toyota RAV4 and has been sold in the Japanese market since 2007. In Kenya, its popularity has been gaining steadily due to its off-road appeal and 7 seater capacity.

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Safety Features: ABS, Airbags
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Fog Lights, Rear Spoiler, Roof Rails
  • Interior Features: 7 Seater(Optional), A/C, CD/DVD Player, Cup Holders, Navigation(Requires Kenyan Maps)

Detailed Review

The Toyota Vanguard is essentially a bigger version of the Toyota RAV4. It’s been manufactured and sold in Japan since 2007. Its offered as a 5 seater and a 7 seater. Under the hood, it comes with a 2.4 Litre 2AZ-FE engine found on many RAV4s or a 3.6 Litre 2GR-FE V6 popular with the Lexus RX. It comes either as a 2WD or 4WD. It competes with the Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Xtrail, VW Tiguan and the Subaru Forester.

Legroom & Space
The Toyota Vanguard is a spacious car. The legroom on the 1st row is excellent, even a tall driver will have enough room to play with. On the 2nd row, the legroom is also good including the middle seat which is usually squeezed on most cars. The 3rd row sitting is far better than most cars in its class. The seats are made of soft cloth with good padding and firm back support.

Cabin Storage
The Toyota Vanguard has plenty of storage space for all 3 rows(very essential for storing items such as smartphones, drinking water, tablets). For the 1st row seats -2 Cupholders, side pockets, center box & glove box. For 2nd row seats – 2 Cupholders (with middle seat folded), pocket storage on front seats. For 3rd row seats- side pocket storage, 2 cupholders.


Boot Space
In the 5 seater configuration, the Toyota Vanguard’s boot space is really impressive, the 3rd row seats fold neatly into the floor creating a huge boot space. It can comfortably carry luggage for a family of five with room to spare. In the 2 seater configuration, the 2nd row seats fold down to create space almost comparable to a cargo van. In the 7 seater configuration, boot space is nearly non-existent, the only thing you can manage to squeeze back there is probably a laptop bag.

Extras: CD/DVD, Navigation(Requires Kenyan Maps), A/C, 7 Seater, Cup Holders

As we said earlier, the Toyota Vanguard is a derivative of the Toyota RAV4 and as such they closely resemble. The styling is the same with a well-rounded body and smooth curves.

2010 Toyota Vanguard Fuel Consumption
2010 Toyota Vanguard 2.4L Fuel Consumption: 12.6 Km/L
2010 Toyota Vanguard 3.5L Fuel Consumption: 9.1 Km/L

2010 Toyota Vanguard Acceleration 
2010 Toyota Vanguard 2.4L Accelerates from 0-100 Km/h in 10.0 Sec
2010 Toyota Vanguard 3.5L Accelerates from 0-100 Km/h in 8.6 Sec

Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 Litres

Ground Clearance
The Toyota Vanguard has a ground clearance of 7.5Inches which is good for both on road and off road driving. Even when fully loaded, the car easily clears the biggest of speed bumps. While not a pure off road vehicle, the Vanguard can go off road with relative ease

Service and Maintenance Costs
Minor Service(Done after every 5000kms can be done by any reputable petrol station) – Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Engine Oil = Total
Major Service(done after every 20,000kms has to be done by a competent garage)-Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads(If available), ATF Oil, Engine Oil, ATF Filter = Total
Where to Service – see a list of our recommended Garages

Spare Parts -Availability, Cost &Where to buy
The Toyota Vanguard Spare Parts are easily available in Kenya, especially service and suspension parts. For body parts, it’s a mixed bag as some such as headlamps can be hard to find.The price for service and suspension parts is affordable. Body parts can get expensive depending on the part and its availability.

The driving conditions in Kenya are significantly different from those in Japan and Europe. Reliability reviews done for those markets largely do not apply to the Kenyan market. There are differences in roads, fuel, climate, spares, and technical expertise. To give you accurate and reliable local insights, we interview experts such as mechanics and car dealers, who have in-depth knowledge of the Kenyan market. We also test the cars ourselves. Our aim is to give you the right information to enable you make an informed decision when buying a car.

The Toyota Vanguard’s 2AZ-FE Engine is a reliable power plant that serves in many Toyotas around the world. The mechanics we interviewed for this review pointed out one major issue which of course can be mitigated. Some engines that have not been well maintained may develop a tendency to burn oil. When buying the Vanguard either straight from Japan or used locally, ensure that the car has had a good service history.

Resale Value: Good

Competitors: Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Xtrail, VW Tiguan and Subaru Forester

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: From Ksh. 1,800,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Ksh. 154,000/- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/-
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 60,000/- for 4 Tyres
NB: figures as at October 2017

What we like about the 2010 Toyota Vanguard:
1. Spacious interior
2. 7 seater capacity
3. Good fuel economy on the 2.4L version
4. Affordable to maintain and easily available spares
5. Good resale value

The Toyota Vanguard is a versatile and functional vehicle that can serve both small and large families. As much as possible, go for the 4wd option as it offers better handling and some off road capability. Whether buying locally or from Japan, be sure to inspect the vehicle.

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