Toyota Urban Cruiser – The Robust and Reliable Compact SUV

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    Let’s take a closer look at the design, features and price of the Toyota Urban Cruiser and how good of an offering it is for the consumers.

    Toyota is a brand that is known for its reliability globally. It has made iconic cars that are loved by consumers. The global partnership between Toyota and Maruti Suzuki means, that they can share the same models. This translates into the making of the Toyota Urban Cruiser. It is a compact SUV that is based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza with some subtle changes.

    Toyota Urban Cruiser

    The Vitara Brezza is an already popular car in the Indian car market and with the arrival of the Urban Cruiser, things will begin to stir a little. People familiar with the reliability and trust of Toyota cars would prefer the Urban Cruiser over the Vitara Brezza. Let’s take a comprehensive look and find out how good the Urban Cruiser actually is.

    Exterior Design

    Toyota Urban Cruiser

    Toyota Urban Cruiser is identical to the Vitara Brezza in terms of design with some minimal changes. The front shares a resemblance with the Toyota Fortuner with the LED headlights and fog lights being similar to the Vitara Brezza. The bumper however has a different design and looks like a Toyota more than a Maruti. It looks purposeful and handsome from the front.

    Toyota Urban Cruiser

    Coming to the sides, the Urban Cruiser looks identical to the Vitara Brezza. There is ample body cladding to accentuate the compact SUV design. The 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels look modern and increase the road presence of the vehicle. The big wheel arches along with a boxy shape, complement the purposeful and rugged design of the vehicle.

    Urban Cruiser Rear

    Talking about the rear, it again is identical to the Vitara Brezza and showcases LED taillights. There is a thick chrome plate with the badging of the vehicle between the taillights which is a nice touch. Moreover, the cladding on the lower end of the bumper is a bit different to the Vitara Brezza. Overall, the design of the Urban Cruiser is purposeful and exudes a proper feeling of a compact SUV due to its boxy design.

    Interior and Features

    If you have been inside the Vitara Brezza, then you have been inside the Urban Cruiser. The interior of both the cars is absolutely similar with no change. Toyota Urban Cruiser features an all-black cabin. There are hard plastics used all over the cabin, although, fit and finish levels are solid. The seating position is high and visibility is good all around. There is a 7-inch touchscreen that sits in the middle of the dashboard below the AC vents. The seats are wide and supportive with ample cushioning and are equipped with height adjustment settings. The instrument cluster is identical to the Vitara Brezza and features two analogue dials for the speedometer and tachometer, along with a digital multi-information display. However, an all-digital instrument would have been a nice addition in this segment and at this price point.

    Urban Cruiser Interior

    The feature list on this vehicle is again, identical to the Vitara Brezza. Although, Toyota has been generous to include more than sufficient kits at this price range. The list includes automatic climate control, accessory power outlet, seat lumbar support, cruise control, reverse camera with parking sensors, keyless entry, push button-start, smart access card entry, 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather steering wheel and an electronic multi-tripmeter. Overall, the Urban Cruiser has well laid out interior with sufficient features and people won’t complain spending long hours inside the cabin.

    Performance and Ride Quality

    Urban Cruiser

    Toyota Urban Cruiser is available with a petrol engine only which does the duty on the Vitara Brezza too. It is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor which produces 105 bhp and 138 Nm of torque. This engine is highly refined and is peppy to drive. The driving characteristics match with the Vitara Brezza and it feels zippy to drive in the city with adequate power. This engine is not underpowered and comes mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox with mild-hybrid technology. This engine is frugal and comes with a claimed figure of 17kmpl. The response from the steering is direct and feels light to use. However, lacks a bit of feel when compared to its rivals, the Tata Nexon and Ford Ecosport. Overall, the driveability from this engine is great with adequate power for city as well as highway duties.

    Urban Cruiser Interior

    The rear seat experience of the Urban Cruiser is similar to the Vitara Brezza. There is ample kneeroom and headroom and you get a good view through the window. Although, under-thigh support may be an issue for taller passengers. It gets a centre armrest with cupholders and it is a wide enough vehicle to seat three adults for short journeys in comfort. However, AC vents at the rear along with a charging socket should have been included at this price range. The ride quality is flat and planted. It is a tough and rugged vehicle and can easily run over bad patches with minimal cabin intrusion. The Urban Cruiser can round off bumps and potholes with relative ease exuding confidence. Overall, the Urban Cruiser scores high in terms of performance and ride quality with no complaints.

    Safety

    Urban Cruiser Safety

    Toyota Urban Cruiser is based on the Vitara Brezza which scored a respectable Global NCAP rating of 4-stars. The safety kit includes ABS with EBD, cruise control, anti-theft alarm, dual airbags, child safety locks, side and front impact beams, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, automatic headlamps, reverse camera with sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounts and hill assist.

    Price

    Here is the variant wise price list for the Toyota Urban Cruiser.

    Variant Price (ex-showroom)
    Mid Rs 8.62 Lakhs
    High Rs 9.37 Lakhs
    Premium Rs 9.90 Lakhs
    Mid AT Rs 9.92 Lakhs
    High AT Rs 10.77 Lakhs
    Premium AT Rs 11.40 Lakhs

     

    Verdict

    Toyota Urban Cruiser is a feature rugged and capable compact SUV. It looks purposeful and modern from the outside and has a well-built interior with a spacious backseat. It has a capable powertrain that will appeal to most buyers in the segment. With attractive pricing, it is planning to undercut the competition. Anybody planning to buy a compact SUV should definitely check out the Urban Cruiser.

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