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Review: Toyota Urban Cruiser — Cars and Motorbikes — Mirror.co.uk

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Review: Toyota Urban

I drove Toyota’s new Urban through my local village in daylight — and not even a egg was thrown at it.

I parked it in a quiet for half a day and when I returned had been keyed into it and not a badly-spelt irate note my moral standing in relation to and polar bears had been under the windscreen wiper.

is odd because if I take my Range — very much the Cruiser’s country cousin, a Cruiser if you will — town it gets coated eggs and angry notes protesters.

I mean, I take the that it really makes no at all to keep a massive 4×4, of crossing the roughest terrain and a two-tonne horsebox, in an urban where the toughest obstacle likely to face is a steep outside the wine bar.

But I live in the country and I do need a big to pull a two-tonne horsebox rough terrain.

So what did my with the Urban Cruiser me?

Well, it’s rather to find a way in which it’s suited to urban cruising, to be

The low roofline and muscular haunches as appealing next to a village as they do under a graffiti-spattered arch if you ask me.

I noticed that some angles it looks slab-sided and ugly — you look at it while standing an oak tree next to a crumbling, cottage or from a busy next to a 30-storey block of

And I was confused by the combined speedo and rev instrument in both town and

The functions are moulded into one in the centre of the dash. I really see the point, wherever you drive it.

One definitely aimed at the urban though is the stop-start system.

The task of this, as you’ve guessed, is to stop and start the

It means that when you up at, say, city traffic — or to let a cow wander across the if you’re a country dweller the engine switches off automatically the car stops and is put in neutral.

As soon as the driver then the clutch, the engine is restarted, to pull away again.

is achieved by having the starter permanently engaged — was a disastrous fault in the cars of my but now means the engine is started the your foot hits the pedal.

Pulling away I can’t help thinking the gearbox is a bit optimistic.

I felt at that the top range was rather those very highly-geared where the rider needs a tow a motorbike to get it to the point where he can turn the pedals.

Of course, take it out of the urban and give it a chance to stretch its properly and the sixth gear the fuel consumption figure from a predicted urban of 42.8pg to 57.7mpg for out-of-town

Although don’t go expecting it to throw off its city suit and into a proper red-blooded

It’ll take 12.5 to hit 60mph. Enough to humiliate a — but only just.

a confusing thing, the Urban It’s styled to look it might just be good You can even get a four-wheel-drive version a diesel engine.

But it’s ever to be used to haul a or a trailer of sheep. And if you genuinely a rugged, compact off-roader to the odd field in and cope with country lanes, a used Jimny makes a very case for itself.

If you really are going to be confining driving to the urban environment, do you it to look like a rufty off-roader anyway?

And if not, a whole raft of compact cars that will do the job

In the end the Urban Cruiser’s problem is, that it’s not actually of a specialist after all.

Urban Cruiser

Five-door SUV

£16,400

Engine: 1.4-litre turbodiesel, 89bhp


Toyota Urban Cruiser
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Toyota Urban Cruiser

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