Last Update: Aug 7th, 2021
Toyota Alphard is a multipurpose minivan produced by Toyota since 2002. The Alphard is available in a seven or eight-seat configuration powered by a petrol or hybrid engine. Production of the Hybrid models began in 2003, utilizing Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.
The Alphard is also known as Toyota Vellfire in some markets for models produced from 2008. This MPV is a true definition of luxury on wheels with an interior designed with the comfort of all its inhabitants in mind. The luxury comes at a price though, with BE FORWARD prices falling between US$1200 – US$89,000.
The Alphard is on its 3rd generation now and has utilized several engines with different setups to power it. Let’s take a look at the performance of these options.
The 1st generation (2002 – 2008)
- The 2.4-liter (2AZ-FE) 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine produces 160 horsepower and a torque of 162 lb-ft. This engine has an average fuel consumption of 9.3 km/l (21 mpg). It transfers power to the front wheels (FWD) via a 4-speed automatic transmission
- The 3.0-liter (1MZ-FE) 6-cylinder petrol engine produces 220 horsepower and a torque of 224 lb-ft. This engine has an average fuel consumption of 8.6 km/l (20 mpg). It transfers power to the front wheels (FWD) via a 5-speed automatic transmission
- The Alphard Hybrid uses the Toyota Hybrid System-CVT (THS-C) combines a 2.4-liter (2AZ-FXE) 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine with front and rear electric motors attached to an e-CVT transmission and E-Four electric all-wheel-drive system. The E-Four systems function is to control the rear-mounted electric motor which drives the rear wheels and control the distribution of electric power to all of the four wheels. This system is so efficient due to its ability to recover energy from each wheel. The engine produces 170 horsepower and a torque of 165 lb-ft, 17 horsepower by the front motor, and 24 horsepower by the rear motor. The average combine fuel consumption of this system is 16 km/l (40 mpg).
The 2nd generation (2008 – 2015)
- The 2AZ-FE engine and the 2AZ-FXE E-Power AWD hybrid continued being used in the second generation, with the introduction of a new 7-speed CVT-i automatic transmission attached to the 2AZ-FE.
- The 3.5-liter (2GR-FE) 6-cylinder petrol engine produces 280 horsepower and a torque of 253 lb-ft. This engine has an average fuel consumption of 9.4 km/l (22 mpg). It transfers power to the front wheels (FWD) via a 6-speed automatic transmission
The 3rd generation (2015 – 2021)
- The 2.5-liter (2AR-FE) 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine produces 177 horsepower and a torque of 163 lb-ft. This engine has an average fuel consumption of 13 km/l (30 mpg). It transfers power to the front wheels (FWD) via a 7-speed CVT-i automatic transmission
- The 3.5-liter (2GR-FKS) 6-cylinder petrol engine produces 300 horsepower and a torque of 265 lb-ft. This engine has an average fuel consumption of 9.5 km/l (27 mpg). It transfers power to the front wheels (FWD) via an 8-speed automatic transmission
- The Alphard Hybrid combines the 2.5-liter (2AR-FXE) 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that produces 143 horsepower with a torque of 155 lb-ft and a 67 horsepower motor. Power to the wheels is transferred via a 6-speed Sequential Shiftmatic transmission and Toyota’s E-Four (electric all-wheel-drive system). This hybrid
Interior & Exterior
The Alphard has a very spacious interior enough to comfortably fit all passengers and offer enough head, shoulder, knee, leg, and foot room. Ingress and egress for the elderly and the young is made easy by a step height of 350 mm10 and the easy-to-reach long assist grip.
The Alphard comes with a super-long slip and slide passenger seat 2 that allows an easy and useful seat configuration. In this configuration, the front passenger seat is placed on the same seat rail as the second-row seat creating a super-long-slide with a maximum length of 1,160 mm. The seats also offer a maximum utility configuration with an extra-long luggage mode which creates a large cargo area capable of accommodating goods with a maximum length of 2,150 mm. The super-long-slide front passenger seat also enables a “double-triangle” mode seat configuration that strengthens communication between passengers in the front passenger seat, second seat row, and third seat row.
The third-row seat sliding mechanism creates under-floor storage with a 148-liter cargo area. This is made possible by the deck board which folds into three sections providing a sliding third row and under-floor storage.
The interior is illuminated by standard LED roof lights that bathe the entire roof in light and is a standard feature on all models. These LED lights offer 16 color variations and four brightness levels creating an interior space with a touch of understated luxury.
The exterior of the Alphard is uniquely designed, with a robust and commanding look that aims to achieve luxury, strength, and exhilarating experiences beyond expectations. This dynamic design fuses the shoulder area that begins at the headlights and stretches to the rear in radial patterns. The underbody is bulky and sculpted underlining the area around the wheels, and the cabin with salient large glass windows.
At the front, the Alphard features a large front grille with thick mesh trim integrated to the lower grille creating a stellar front view that emanates the vehicle’s individualistic luxury and unique boldness.
At the rear, the rear combination lights with the license plate garnish are merged by the U-shaped structure creating a rear view that highlights the wide-body feel and powerful underbody.
Apart from the common safety features available in this era of technological advancement, the Alphard comes packed with some other unique safety features of its own as highlighted below.
- The Intelligent Clearance Sonar 2. This system encompasses eight sensors whose primary function is to support collision avoidance in low-speed maneuvering regardless of brake or accelerator pedal operation helping to mitigate collision damage. The sonar sensors received some improvements and their object detection range increased. Apart from mitigating collision damage resulting from pedal misapplication, this system also supports collision avoidance and mitigation of damage caused by low-speed collisions with other vehicles or obstacles in front.
- The Pre-collision System 2. This system utilizes millimeter-wave radar to detect objects or vehicles on the road ahead helping to avoid risks. If the system detects a possibility of collision, it automatically triggers an alert and activates the automatic pre-collision brakes and pre-collision brake assist to prevent a collision or mitigate damage from impact.
The Alphard depending on the model year or trim offers several other extra features such as the ones highlighted below.
- Panoramic View Monitor. This feature improves the driver’s perspective on the vehicle’s surroundings as if the vehicle is transparent. By simply pressing a button the driver can flip between the ‘Moving View’ which displays a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings.
- Intelligent Parking Assist. This is a system that uses a camera and ultrasonic sensors to detect parking spaces. Parking has significantly been made easier by the addition of a multi-point turn support function that automatically steers the steering wheel and a parallel parking departure support function that supports steering wheel maneuver when coming out of a tight parallel parking space.
- Radar Cruise Control. This system uses data from the millimeter-wave radar to detect the vehicle ahead and keeps a uniform distance with preset vehicle speeds from 0 km/h to 100 km/h, simplifying driving in heavy traffic.
The Toyota Alphard is a very luxurious multipurpose van that can be utilized for family adventures or executive chauffeured rides. If you are looking for a truly magnificent people mover, then consider the Alphard. Visit BE FORWARD and peruse our extensive list to find the right Alphard for you.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya