2019 Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6

Fortuner, as expected an excellent buy.

Charl Wilken
2019 Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6
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Model: 2019 Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6 (A) 4x2

Pre-owned Price: R 519 900

Mileage: 58 423km

Warranty: Remainder of 3-Year/100 000km

Service Plan: Remainder of 5 Year/90 000km

Fuel Consumption (combined): 8.0-litres/100km

0-100km/h: 10.8 seconds

Contact: Assif Majid from Motus Toyota Parktown at (011) 276 0600


Fortuner, as expected an excellent buy.


It is no secret that the average South African consumer absolutely adores the Toyota Fortuner. The reasons are pretty clear as it offers great value, considering the space and practicality it provides. There are also very few SUV vehicles as durable and tough as the Fortuner and therefore these vehicles tend to age exceptionally well, again demonstrated by this particular Fortuner on test.


Background and condition of vehicle:

  • Like expected the overall build quality of the Toyota Fortuner was excellent.
  • For a vehicle with 58 423km on the clock the condition of this Fortuner impressed inside and out.
  • The bodywork was simply still in a perfect condition, while once inside the cabin you could immediately notice how well the vehicle is ageing as there was no signs of any defects or even tiny scratches at all.
  • Due to good quality durable materials I think the Fortuner is probably one of those vehicles that could last a lifetime. Even the load area of our test vehicle seemed like new.
  • On the negative side this Fortuner was not equipped with new tyres and it did seem that the tyres would have to be changed within the next 5 to 10 000km.


Performance and Economy:

  • Under the long bonnet of the Fortuner you will find Toyota’s ever reliable 2.8-litre Turbo diesel engine that has recently been upgraded.
  • In pre-updated form our 2019 version pushes out a 130 Kilowatts of power and 450Nm of torque.
  • Although the Fortuner might not be the most powerful in it’s class it makes good use of the power on hand.
  • With good all-round tractability and especially low-down pulling power it offers more than decent performance for every day driving.
  • Outright performance is not bad at all, with the Fortuner capable of dashing to a 100km/h in around 10.8-seconds.
  • The six-speed automatic gearbox is smooth, al be it probably not as refined as some of it’s rivals.
  • Considering it’s size and weight an average fuel consumption figure of 8.0-litres per 100km seems more than fair.


How does it drive?

  • The Toyota Fortuner is an SUV designed primarily to be tough off road and comfortable on the road, even in 4x2 guise.
  • Its high centre of gravity and hefty mass mean there is noticeable body roll through corners, yet the handling proved predictable and safe.
  • On the plus side the softer damping set-up allows the Fortuner to soak up off-road nastiness and irregularities in the road surface with ease.
  • Overall the Fortuner certainly offers a very relaxed and comfortable ride, especially at this price point.


Inside the vehicle:

  • Once inside the Fortuner you will notice it is quite lavishly appointed with all the creature comforts and convenience items you would expect at the price.
  • Leather upholstery and various leather inserts around the cabin ensures the cabin feels kind of premium, but I am not so sure about the wood-look trim.
  • This said the quality of the materials is good and after more than 50 000km of mileage the cabin still appears like new.
  • Our Fortuner on test also came equipped with an optional nudge bar and side-steps.
  • The comprehensive list of standard features included the following:
  • Dual Zone Climate control air-conditioning - Vents in the rear of cabin   
  • Multi-function steering wheel - Rain Sensor                 
  • On-Board trip computer - Auto headlights on  
  • Multi-media infotainment system - PDC with rear park camera
  • Key-less entry and go 
  • Adaptive Cruise Control - Isofix rear seats                       
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity - Auto headlights on
  • USB and Aux ports and 3 x 12V connectors
  • Stability Control - Front and Side Airbags (7)
  • CD-Player - Rear Diff-lock
  • Leather Upholstery - Satellite navigation - Electrically adjustable seats  
  • Full size spare alloy - 7-seater - ABS with EBD and brake assist
  • Economy and power mode - Paddle Shifters


Space and Practicality:

  • The Fortuner is all about practicality and space.
  • Like the dimensions suggest the Fortuner is large and spacious, offering seating for 7-people or mountains of loading space.
  • The third row of seats is essentially only for kids and to increase luggage space I am sure most Fortuner owners have these seats folded away most of the time.
  • Boot capacity on offer depends on the seating configuration with the Fortuner able to provide as much as a 1 080-litres of space if needed.
  • Not only is the Fortuner spacious and practical, but it remains one of the most versatile vehicles in this category due to its increased ride height and off-road capabilities, even in RWD only form.



  • It is truly clear why the Fortuner has become such a sales success in South Africa.
  • It is robust, delivers exceptional value and deals with day-to-day family duties with ease.
  • If versatility, practicality and spaciousness are on the top of your SUV shopping list I must agree that there are not many vehicles that can compete with the Toyota Fortuner.
  • High quality and durability of materials
  • Ages exceptionally well
  • Loads of luxury features
  • Practical, spacious and versatile
  • 7-seater


X Not as refined and powerful as some European rivals.