Toyota Wish review and specifications

Toyota Wish is a multi-purpose urban sporty vehicle. Having owned it and driven it around, I would consider it very easy to drive. It is an MPV that handles more like a car than a bulky MPV. Due to the longer length, side parking may be problematic though the rear sensors helped with the parking. The width is much like a normal car width making it easy to negotiate through heavy traffic.

The fuel tank capacity is 60 litres, quite big but for normal town driving, I get about 400+ kilometres out of it. For outstation trips, I get 20% improvement with about 500 kilometres of travelling distance.

The air-conditioning caters mostly to the front passengers. Those seating way back on the third row do not have any blowers. They have to rely on the extra powerful blower called rear max which was less than efficient. On a hot day, the rear most passengers will have to wait awhile to get the cooling effect.

The seats are pretty solid and quite comfortable. The higher elevation provides a good view of the traffic while driving. For long distance driving the seats may be a tad too stiff and not so good lumbar support. Same goes with the head rest and your neck will feel rather stiff after a long distant driving. Rear passenger seat are not that comfortable, though at least it was possible to carry additional two passengers. Since the seat is on the rear wheel alignment, going through humps and bumps was quite a jarring experience.

Toyota Wish

The 2.0 litre engine is quite powerful, and able to carry full load of passengers and drive up to Genting Highlands quite reasonably.

The versatile adjustable seats meant that you could configure the seats to accommodate the luggage or odd size items. Things like short ladders and bicycles could fit into the car by adjusting the various seats to make room for storage.

My wish list was that for a pricey family MPV, why didn’t Toyota UMW provide with automatic door locking especially in this day and age where lawlessness is on the rise? You have to remember to manually lock the door because the Toyota Wish would not auto-lock when you drive. Switching off the engine, the locking system would not auto-unlock for all the doors. You have to do this manually too. Work around is to sent the car to an accessory shop to have it fitted with an auto-lock so that the the car will auto-lock when you step on the brake.

The final verdict for Toyota Wish? If you have many family members to ferry around, and sometimes need to carry various odd size baggages, yes this would be good. With its fairly powerful engine you could tackle most hills without problem. The downside is the fuel consumption is somewhat higher and you get less mileage for a more powerful engine.


Note: The information below was source from the Toyota Wish brochure and marketing material and may be subjected to variation or changes to the specification by Toyota.

Toyota Wish Specifications

  • 2.0 litre engine with VVT-i
  • 4-A/T with sequential shift and super ECT
  • Bodykits and overfender further enhance the sporty and aggressive look
  • VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) prevents skidding for better driving stability
  • TRC (Traction Control) prevents wheel spin during acceleration to provide better vehicle control and safety
  • ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force distribution)
  • GOA body and dual front SRS airbags
  • A perfectly versatile 7-seater with various seating arrangements

Grade 2.0S
Engine Type Inline 4-Cyliner. DOHC, 16V, VVT-i
Engine performance 110kW (150PS) / 6,000 rpm (Max output EEC)
192Nm (19.6kg-m) / 4,000 rpm (Max torque EEC)
Transmission 4-A/T Sequential Transmission with Super ECT
Compression Ratio 9.8 to 1
Suspension Front: MacPherson Strut with stabilizer
Rear: Double Wishbone with stabilizer
Brakes Front: Ventilated Disc
Rear: Solid Disc
Dimension L: 4,560 mm
W: 1745 mm
H: 1,600 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 litres
Fuel Supply System EFI

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3 thoughts on “Toyota Wish review and specifications”

  1. i drive wish since 2008… quite intresting, only the seat covers make me uncomfortable,might change to leather one of this day.petrol consumption depend on driver, if they know how to behave should be ok but if they thought like driving in the circuit … its realy wasted..anyway congratulation not because i am driving a wish but its realy somekind of car

  2. hi..i am driving a 05 recong toyota wish.can i fit my car with the extra powerful blower called rear max that is fix in the local toyota wish?if yes how much does it cost & where can i get it install?TQ

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