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Toyota Urban Cruiser Review: Good City Drive, Not So Much For the Highway

The ride quality of the SUV is smooth and constant throughout the city speed limits, there is enough power and torque available for you to accelerate till you reach 90km/h speed. Beyond that you will really have to push the peddle hard.

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Toyota Urban Cruiser is a compact SUV offered in 6 variants, the base model is Manual Mid and the top variant Is Premium AT available from INR 8.87 Lakh – 11.58 Lakh.

I will quickly address the fact that this is the sister of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the result of two Japanese Auto Giants coming together, Suzuki and Toyota.

I drove the Premium Automatic and there are a few relevant differences and similarities in both the SUV’s.

The front of the car is similar to that of Toyota Fortuner, specially the grill and the bumper. The LED Projector headlamps with DRL’S are Brezza’s. The fog lamps with chrome accents too have been borrowed. From the side, the Urban Cruiser has a high profile, 198 mm ground clearance and the chassis sits on 16-inch diamond cut Alloy Wheels. It’s got basic antenna and non-functional roof rails just for the looks, I believe. The rear is also quite similar with the chrome badging in the centre, the skid plate in the front and rear are similar so that maintains the uniformity. The boot space is 328 L and the spoiler comes only in the top variant.

The interiors of the SUV are comfortable and spacious. There are soft touches on steering wheel and arm rest but hard plastic on door, dash board and the centre console. There is enough space around the cabin to keep your phones, cups and a chiller compartment box. The seats are fabric and feature wise the Urban Cruiser is not as up to date as the competition.

The digital instrument cluster is basic, The 7-inch touchscreen hosts number of features including android auto and apple car play but the touchscreen response is delayed. The Steering wheel adjusts only height and not reach. Other features include automatic climate control, electromatic rear view mirror, cruise control and reverse parking camera. According to the standards of the most premium variant this one does not offer a lot in terms of tech and luxury.

The second row is comfortable for three people to sit with enough head and leg room to spare with 2 individual head rest, seat belts and an armrest in the middle. Although there are no AC vents or the charging point for convenience

For safety, Urban Cruiser offers two airbags in the front, whereas, others offer at least four to six. Having said that, I am extremely satisfied with the Advanced Rigid Platform which is essential to ensure quality and safety. Vitara Brezza got 4 starts in GNCAP crash test which is essentially the same car, and proves that Urban Cruiser is a worthy contender. Furthermore, it is equipped with ABS +EBD, Hill hold control on AT variants and ISOFIX comes in all variants.

Under the hood, Urban Cruiser is powered by 1462cc, four-cylinder engine which produces max power of 104 bhp @ 6000rpm and max torque of 138 NM @ 4,400rpm. It is available in two trim options, 5-speed manual and 4-Speed automatic.

The ride quality of the SUV is smooth and constant throughout the city speed limits, there is enough power and torque available for you to accelerate till you reach 90km/h speed. Beyond that you will really have to push the peddle hard. The handling is nice and easy with good suspension set up to easily manoeuvre through big or small potholes, speed breaker or even turns. However, on sharp turns, I could feel the body roll in the front which should not happen, more so in an SUV. On the corners, I was not very confident with the car so I would rather slow down.

The SUV is available only in petrol, no diesel engine, no petrol turbo charged but what really impresses me is that this automatic variant gives more mileage than the manual because it gets smart hybrid technology wherein advanced lithium battery comes with integrated starter generator and torque assist, idle start stop and brake energy regeneration helps in better fuel efficiency.

The Urban Cruiser offers you with six monotone colour options and three dual tone options to choose from across all variants. Although the dual tone options are available only in top variants.

The price for Urban Cruiser starts from INR 8.87 Lakh and goes up-to 11.58 Lakh. The price for the top variant is slightly on the higher side as it does not offer as much as the competition does. However, the middle variants are priced well.

The Urban Cruiser has a more utilitarian purpose than luxury, the SUV is build keeping in mind the daily commute comfort, driving experience, safety and other feature one would require on daily basis to travel in and around the city.