In the line-up of Toyota MPVs, the Noah sits in between the Sienta and the Estima. And just like its Japanese rivals, the Nissan Serena and Honda Stepwgn, it’s targeted at families with children who are looking to optimise the space versus price ratio.
The current (3rd generation) Toyota Noah was introduced in January 2014 and it brought in a slew of new highlights: design language, safety systems, interior, and for the first time, an engine start-stop system to improve fuel economy.
Fresh from its mid-life facelift, the 2017 Noah sports an even more distinctive exterior headlined by a snout which is instantly recognisable by its thick, horizontal slats and revised headlights and the taillights which feature an updated array.
The Noah 1.8X Hybrid you see here is differentiated from its petrol-only 2-litre sibling by “hybrid” badges and various blue illuminated items in the cabin. Propelled by a hybrid drivetrain comprising a 1.8-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine and electric motor/battery combo, mated to an Electro Shiftmatic gearbox, it is one of the most frugal MPVs in its class.