Review: Toyota Alphard (2002 – 2015)

Limousine comfort in a van length vehicle.


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11 August 2015

Reader SH imported an 11 year old Alphard from Japan in February 2015, using Paul Bowden, who trades a japautoagent . Car is a 2004 with 10k miles. Paid £6k in Japan and total cost including importing... Read more

1 February 2015

Third generation Mk III Alphard, Vellfire and Welcab announced. Read more

1 November 2011

Facelifted Mk II launched. Hybrid versions of Alphard and Vellfire launched. Read more

Toyota Alphard (2002 – 2015): At A Glance

High-end, luxuriously trimmed 'mini-van' often used as a limousine in Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. Also sold in Russia from 2012.

Some have found their way to the UK. Expensive and ugly but actually Toyota's best selling MPV in Japan.

The original Aphard from 2002 to 2007 was a Japanese domestic market model, RHD only, but many found their way out of the country as 'grey' exposts, particularly once they were more than 7 years old.

The second generation 2008 to 2015 included a hybrid and was exported to countries such as China, Thailand and Malaysia. 

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Which quality 7-seat vehicle with prestige would you recommend?

I consider myself a car connoisseur but have hit a brick wall. My wife and I decided to buy one family car with plenty of space, additional seats, some prestige and decent running cost. A Mercedes-Benz estate diesel with additional seats in the boot was my thought. Then we stumbled on a Dodge Journey. It ticked all the boxes and although not prestigious, it is a little different and cheap. Then I drove a Lexus RX 400h. I love the low running costs and quality, but no additional seating. Will I have to build my own hybrid quality 7-seater or have I missed something?
Toyota Alphard hybrid or Toyota Estima hybrid, with the same hybrid drive system as the RX400h. But you will have to import them yourself or buy through an import specialist. A good place to start is
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