This multipurpose vehicle has proven to be popular among families, rental fleets, and taxi companies for its fuel efficiency and practicality, writes Mustafa Ziraba
Finding a suitable transport for a large family can be difficult. For those with small families, there are a number of choices, but once the family grows, these choices rapidly diminish. This is where the Toyota Wish comes in.
Just like many cars from Japan, the first generation Wish, is showing up in rapid fashion on Ugandan roads and like the venerable Toyota Ipsum, and it is a car buyers’ favourite.
It is functional, trendy and roomy, complemented with a nice size for its class.
High levels of comfort and safety make this a very compelling proposition with ability to carry seven passengers in “pure” comfort. When inside, you quickly realise that with that amount of passenger space, even the tallest occupants will node in agreement.
The Wish comes with a clever seating arrangement that allows seats to be moved around to suit the need to carry people or luggage.
However, at the back, the third seat seems a little small for adults, but would do the job for two or even three children. If not needed for people, the second and third seats can be folded flat to op or whatever might be needed.
The interior is well finished with “wooden” accents and durable in true Toyota style. I did notice a number of cup holders, bins, hooks and other handy little touches for everyday convenience, further emphasising the car’s purpose.
At the front, the lights have been shaped to provide a sleeker look with Xenon lamps, while the rear also gets a sharper finish. It still has that estate shape but with a modern touch.
Power for the Wish comes from either a 1.8 litre or 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine that features infinitely variable valve timing. The engine drives through a four speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, with the option of a rare seven speed CVT transmission. Its tank capacity is 60 litres.
Standard safety equipment levels are comprehensive featuring dual front airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters and ABS.
If your family transport needs have outgrown the average five-seater cars, then the Toyota Wish would make a lot of sense. It is a much more practical, efficient and economical way to carry extra people and luggage than a large heavy duty 4WD (unless of course, you actually do use that 4WD off-road). As a purpose-built family car, the Wish is also far more versatile, and a more attractive, smoother, quieter, safer and better vehicle to drive than many competitors. Because of all the goodies that come with this car, the resale value is always a plus.