Toyota Rukus — a first look : Aussie Motoring

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Toyota Rukus

Toyota Rukus – a first

The Toyota Rukus is the car that Toyota describes as “an acquired At the press release earlier week we were told it’s like Vegemite … not is going to like it and that may be the case because I like and I like the Rukus.

I might only had around 30 seconds in the seat … I could have had if I had wanted to drive the gymkhana like an old fart in a hat … but that was to get me interested.

Ok so from the outside it does look different … it looks a lot better when you see it in front of you than it does in the … it’s square and boxy and … … different. But once you’re … and I did spend quite some in various passenger seats in the traveling to and from Sydney and other places … it’s comfortable and well-appointed.

While the may look boxy it has a drag of 0.32

Toyota describe the Rukus as an utility vehicle” and they their target market as urban trendsetters” who want cars to be an extension of their and young families who aren’t to shed their enthusiasm for a vehicle that matches lifestyle.

Toyota believes these people will see the Rukus as a family car/SUV I have a suspicion though this car will have a wider appeal.

Where did it from?

The Toyota Rukus is related to the Scion … Toyota’s in the United States. Over this vehicle could a cult car and many buyers use vehicle as the start of a major project that results in an vehicle that is unique.

Australia first displayed a at the Melbourne Motor Show in Back then the Scion was on the Toyota Echo/Yaris platform. though it attracted a lot of attention show-goers it took some for the Australian branch of Toyota to the Japanese head office there was a market here for a vehicle.

By the time the decision was to bring the vehicle to the Australian the Scion had moved on from the platform to the Corolla Hatch and then the vehicle had to undergo serious testing at Toyota’s facility in Melbourne.

The end result was what you see in the Rukus … it’s very similar to the but it rides on a suspension that has tuned to Australian conditions.

traveling to and from the airport in a and thrashing it around the gymkhana in wet conditions (and riding in the seat after a four-time of the Australian Rally Championship it around another gymkhana I can tell you that it’s to ride in and handles well.

thought the Rukus is based on a Toyota builds in the United our version is being built in

The engine and transmission

The Toyota is powered by a 2.4-litre petrol that almost identical to you will find in the current In the Rukus this engine 123kW of power and it’s responsive.

The only transmission will be offered in the Rukus is an controlled four-speed automatic box also offers sequential change if you feel the need to gears manually. The combination of the motor and the automatic gearbox 8.8L/100km.

The Rukus is surprisingly roomy you’re inside the vehicle. plenty of legroom for the driver and passenger and rear passengers get decent legroom too. The will seat five in plenty of comfort.

The rear has the usual 60/40 split capability and even with the seat in the upright position a very credible 310 litres of space. With the rear down the available luggage increases to 1331 litres.

are three anchor points for a capsule behind the back and there are tie-down points in the to keep your luggage

There are also numerous spots throughout the cabin for bottles and small items you would rather not be visible the car is unattended.

To maximise room the vehicle Toyota has opted for a spare tyre and this is under the floor in the luggage As long as you’re not packed to the with all the stuff you need to when you go on holidays accessing the is not going to be a drama.

This is a vehicle where is not an option … it’s standard on all three models in the range.

The package includes Toyota’s stability control and traction systems. These systems automatically to apply the brakes to wheels if necessary and even engine power if that’s an measure to maintain stability.

Assist … a system that’s to help in emergency braking … and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution … a that maximizes braking to the wheels with the most … are part of the safety package in the

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Toyota have also a full suite of airbags for and rear occupants on all models.


There are three models in the range and to fit with the image wants to promote for the Rukus the are called “Build 1” “Build 2” and 3”.

Build 1 is the entry-level Rukus and it an extensive range of features air conditioning, alloy wheels, control, keyless entry and power mirrors and power multi-information display, split-fold seats, and engine immobilizer.

Audio and cruise controls are on the steering wheel; fabric trim and a six speaker audio are also included in Build 1.

For 2 you can add leather seats, premium wheel and gear-shift knob, control and a nine-speaker audio … with sub-woofer … replaces the system in the Build 1. A moonroof is an extra.

For Build 3 the optional in Build 2 becomes a standard

Even though Toyota expects to sell between 150 and 200 of the each month they’re serious about keeping the down. You will be able to buy the Rukus for $27,490 plus costs and Toyota Finance be offering a special deal for who buy the entry-level Rukus … $123.00 a for five years.

The Build 2 will be $29,990 plus costs and Build 3 will set you $31,790 plus on-road


Of course Toyota Rukus buyers to develop cars into expressions of and so the Rukus has been built customisation in mind. Not only are various installation points into the Rukus but they’re offering a range of accessories for the

If those accessories aren’t for you there are numerous accessories for the Rukus by various manufacturers the world and, thanks to the those accessories are easy to

The bottom line

I may not be an urban and it’s been years our kids grew up and left but I’m looking forward to spending a lot time in the Rukus as we do our regular vehicle test in the next few

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