Drive — Toyota Rukus Review

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Toyota Rukus

Steven Ottley

Make Family Rukus Series Year 2010 Badge Build 3 Hatch Doors 5 5 Transmission Sports Automatic Configuration Description In-line Num 4 Cylinders 4 Build Country Description JAPAN Overall Star Rating 3.5 Fuel Description Petrol — ULP Drive Description Front Drive Warranty KM 100000

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Toyota uses such as hot, hip and urban to the new Rukus hatch. Not words associated with the brand for producing conservative, dependable and cars.

The company is keen to younger buyers (specifically the Gen Ys, or 30s) to its showrooms and believes the Rukus is the key.

But is the Rukus hip and urban enough to attract Gen Y?

The news for Toyota is that the got plenty of looks during our test. The bad news is they from members of Gen Y.

On two consecutive days we were in car parks by people impressed by the look of the Rukus.

One was a female and one was (more good news for — but both were members of the baby-boomer generation. Not the demographic Toyota is targeting.

And appears to be the trap for Toyota. The certainly attracts attention but not the attention it wants.

So has Toyota the target in its quest to be cool?

and equipment

There are three variants of the Rukus, trendily Build 1, Build 2 and Build 3. We the flagship Build 3, although worth noting the only between Build 2 and 3 is a sunroof.

Our 3 — which sells for (plus on-road costs), more than the still Build 1 — came 16-inch alloy wheels, trim interior, keyless and start, power windows, control and a centre console box lid.

Noticeably absent are parking on any model, Toyota instead them as an option.

With the on the youth market, particular was paid to the sound system. It a six-disc CD player with input (both a minijack and USB connected to a nine-speaker sound

It also gets Bluetooth and you can control the iPod or MP3 through the although it’s a shame no obvious place to plonk iPod on the dash.

What our car didn’t include was any of the custom the brand is offering owners who a unique look and feel.

you be that way inclined, you can choose one of sticker packages for the Rukus; brick and stripe.

There are Toyota Racing Development parts to give the Rukus a look. Although how sporty a fuel cap, an alternative for the push button start or oil cap the car is open to debate.

Safety comes in the form of six airbags (including curtains) and control.

Under the bonnet

it may not look like one, the skin it’s pure It’s powered by the same four-cylinder engine found in the RAV4 and Tarago. It produces a 123kW of power.

The large-ish capacity (by four-cylinder standards) reasonable response and performance town.

As revs rise it more enthusiastic but it doesn’t long to reveal one of its bugbears the rudimentary four-speed automatic which is standard fitment for the

Gear changes are smooth and the auto responds well to inputs but the lack of additional — Volkswagen offers on its Golf — means the unit feels out-of-date.

fuel consumption is OK at 8.8 litres per 100 although it doesn’t take for it to blow out; during our consumption didn’t drop 11L/100km.

Toyota Rukus

How it drives

Driving dynamics may not be top of strong points but the little box such a bad car to drive.

The taller leads to more leaning corners, although the trade-off is visibility thanks to the higher position.

However, rear is obscured by a blind spot the driver’s left shoulder, it difficult to park; the chunky and setback windscreen also it difficult to judge the front.

The is agile enough in traffic, direct steering that’s weighted, albeit somewhat in driving feedback.

However, the isn’t up to rougher roads, it picks up all the imperfections for an annoyingly ride.

Comfort and practicality

The is designed to match the boxy The decision to centrally mount the illuminated dials means is a large expanse of plastic in front of the driver and passenger.

While Toyota has tried to up the space with storage it doesn’t give the car a hot or hip look; plastic than fantastic.

the dials look unusual, the of the switchgear is typical Toyota. includes the airconditioning controls, are easy to use but look cheap.

does impress is the space. The shape gives the car an open — one that is very from a Corolla or RAV4.

based on the Corolla’s underpinnings, the is 40 millimetres longer overall, translates into more for passengers.

That helps front and rear legroom, there’s plenty of space for adults in the back. The lack of air vents is a disappointment; some off-roaders that will compete with the Rukus air to the back.

With the rear up, the boot measures 310 litres that’s 40 litres smaller a VW Golf hatch — and tall, it lacks depth.

Toyota says Gen Ys with are one of the key targets but, as this can vouch, once a pram is in the there isn’t much space. The rear seats forward and back as a trade-off.

Toyota Rukus
Toyota Rukus
Toyota Rukus

Toyota Rukus


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