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Toyota Rukus

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The 2010 Rukus is an all-new model for Australia.


It comes billed as a funky runabout. Toyota’s Rukus is a hip box’ fashion statement squarely at younger buyers.

is the key. Priced between the and the Camry. the Rukus is available a host of customisation options.

we found however, was that hip inner-city types aren’t the ones who’ll find to like about the 2010 Rukus.

What’s new?

The Toyota Rukus is an all-new from Toyota for the Australian

Available in Japan as the Toyota Rumion and in the USA as the Scion xB (where it has of an urban cult following), is the first time a model of its has been sold here by

Although the whole package is there are some familiar The Rukus’ 2.4 litre petrol is shared with the Camry and and it rides on a development of the Corolla’s

But it’s there the similarities The boxy Rukus is in a style shared by few others.

What’s the

Individuality, expressed in its unique are central to the Rukus’ appeal.

But are other aspects to the car that will find instantly Good visibility from the seat is one, and generous space is another.

We tested the Toyota Rukus Build One which kicks off the range at before on-road costs.

Standard on the Build One is keyless and ignition, cruise control, power windows, privacy air-conditioning, a trip computer and a audio system with USB and auxillary inputs.

What’s the bonnet?

Toyota’s 2.4 litre petrol inline four is the engine on offer. It provides a 123kW of power, available 6000rpm, while 224Nm of comes in at 4000rpm.

A four-speed takes power to the front there is no manual transmission

Up front, the Rukus rides on struts, while the rear uses a simple beam with coil springs and arms.

The steering rack is and features a tight city-friendly metre turning circle. are disc brakes all round, the front getting ventilated

How does it drive?

The Toyota is powered by a 123kW/224Nm 2.4 litre engine.

With the extra and torque of the 2.4 litre four, the is noticeably zippier than a It provides good urge from the lights or when into lanes on the freeway.

The auto is perhaps a downside. It a little by today’s standards and an edge off the Rukus’ performance speeds are now more the norm).

said, around town Rukus is very easy to with.

The steering is nice and and, combined with tight turning circle and forward visibility, the Rukus can be negotiated through crowded car and shopping strips.

The electric assistance however can be a little when swinging the wheel from lock-to-lock during manoeuvres.

Most would appreciate the seating height and the upright These are pluses around offering a decent view of the ahead from the wheel the jutting front bumper can nose-in parking a little

Over-the-shoulder vision is not so good. compromised by the ultra-thick C-pillar, and the mirrors are a tad small.

No such with the view through the rear hatch glass and optional parking sensors and a camera are available for those who added peace of mind in car

Over broken tarmac and humps, you will immediately that Toyota’s Rukus has a firm ride.

It isn’t so ‘sporty’ as it is ‘jiggly’. The suspension a lot of bumps into the cabin seems at odds with the cruiser-like image of the Rukus. prefer softer and more suspension settings.

Further in the suspension’s composure appear driving over tramlines, results in the steering wheel left and right as the rails with the front tracking perhaps something only drivers will notice).

did our passengers think?

Passenger is pretty good in the Rukus, and in this area that the hatchback comes into its

Rear legroom is great, and so is The rear bench seat quite wide enough to accommodate three adults, but two find it most commodious.

A of rear air conditioning vents is perhaps an oversight by Toyota and may be in summer. The standard dark-tinted glass should offer salvation however.

There are two cupholders in the centre as well as bottle holders in door. That said, the don’t actually grip placed in them — thin or tall cans may over during driving.

quality and feel

As with Toyotas, the interior of the Rukus is — although conventional and not visually inspiring.

It’s black, but broken up visually by the trims on the centre stack, bezels and instrument cluster.

also some dark faux woodgrain around the lever and window switches gives some textural to the dash.

The seat fabric of our One tester (builds Two and Three get upholstery as standard) was durable and and the seats themselves offer support. We heard no creaks nor from the interior of our test car typical of Toyota’s robust quality.

We have to say though we were expecting a more hip While it all works well, the funky exterior lines find their way inside.


A total of 310 litres of space is available with the split rear seatbacks expanding to 1331 litres them folded down generous for a small car.

The fold flush with the floor, and there are two small on either side of the floor for items. The Rukus is also with four tie-down to help secure larger

Other in-cabin storage is with a glovebox that’s not big and a centre console tray got no lid leaving whatever you put in it visible to thieves. All doors have bins with integrated holders.

How safe is it?

Standard on all variants is stability control, control, ABS, EBD and brake All seats are equipped with seatbelts and a total of six airbags occupants in a crash.

The Rukus has yet to be by ANCAP, Euro NCAP or the NHTSA

Fuel consumption and rating

Toyota Rukus

Toyota claims 8.8 for the Rukus, but our testing achieved an of 9.6 l/100km.

According to the Federal Green Vehicle Guide, the is rated 6 out of 10 stars for greenhouse gas and 6.5 out of 10 for air pollution performance.

How does it

Based on its size and pricing, one quite feasibly compare the with other front-drive SUVs on the market today, the Mitsubishi ASX. Nissan Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage .

The 2WD Sportage and Dualis are the best on price (the Dualis for $27,490 while the Sportage in at $27,990), but the Rukus holds an in power and torque output.

But the only true competitor for the in the niche two-box fashion segment is the Kia Soul. which has with us for over 16 months

With two engines and two transmissions the Soul range is broader the Rukus. It’s much too, with the base 1.6 petrol manual retailing at and the optional four-speed auto an additional $2000.

But the Rukus is more powerful the petrol Soul, and although the Soul2 has more torque the Rukus, it costs $28,690 equipped with an automatic. makes it closer in spec, but at the of a higher sticker price.

tipping things in the Toyota’s is the fact that the Soul is smaller inside than the

Is it expensive to maintain?

Each new sold gets the first six capped at $130 under Service Advantage program.

pricing is applicable for the first years or 60,000km, after service pricing varies.

The Rukus comes with a vehicle and paint warranty, and a anti-corrosion warranty.


The Rukus range is available in colours: Glacier White, Pearl, Ink (black metallic), Furnace (burgundy metallic), (brown metallic), Tungsten blue) and Aura (light

Metallic paint costs extra, with Glacier being the only non-metallic hue on

How much

The Rukus Build One $27,490 before on-roads, the car we tested costing approximately on-road.

TMR verdict

The interior is and the exterior design is unique, but that it’s a little to see where the youth appeal

Instead, we think Toyota’s makes a good case for families given its generous seat, capacious boot and no-nonsense packaging.

It surely makes a compelling to the ever-growing numbers of compact that have saturated the market.

Older buyers and empty-nesters may also find the to their liking. In the US, where the is sold as the Scion xB, the average age is in the high-40s.

The lack of a manual is perhaps a missed opportunity by to have a lower price of but the auto-only mechanical package is than adequate for the average and arguably the specification they’d anyway.

Its firm ride be irritating over broken tarmac, but it’s compensated by the easy manoeuvrability, good and zippy performance.

Toyota has it clear that it understands the is a niche model (and the sales expectations aren’t high), but our time at the wheel its appeal is broader than thinks.

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