Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.4 D-4D AWD Road Test Petroleum Vitae

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Toyota Urban Cruiser

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Toyota Cruiser 1.4 D-4D AWD Road

Mass-producing car companies’ model are like tins of assorted Unpeel the sticky tape prise open the lid and luxuriate in sugary waft of air that from within. Observe the there are simple, plain ones with hidden beneath their sparkly and usually at least one that left to go soft because really likes it. Toyota, many big players, has long had an eclectic of cars on offer, with sporting models, rugged and SUVs and, being quite a few worthy but bland These are the Rich Teas if you they do the job but are unlikely to be the first to be once the lid of the tin’s been off. Two years ago, rolled out the Urban Cruiser – a more interesting offering on an existing model. It’s no Tea, more like a chocolate chip Hobnob. So makes it different to the Yaris which it’s been

The Urban Cruiser is a compact to use contemporary auto-maker parlance. to say it’s taller and more than a conventional hatchback, in instance with the addition of four wheels but without the tall of the mini-MPV that some find too insipid or small

As the name suggests, it’s primarily for use in built up areas, some stylistic off-road to accompany the all-wheel drive Its moniker may sound like bordering on an unfortunate connotation, but appear to have been a breaker as they’re not an uncommon on the roads. Unlike many cars which major on new models being engineered and in, Europe in marketing campaigns, the Cruiser is a globally sold albeit one developed first and for Japanese tastes. Not that the name used in Japan, or the American ‘Scion xD’ branding are better, though. And, the part of the name has become a of Toyota folklore – depending on you live it will have prefixed by Land, Space, FJ or even Fun. So Cruiser it is – the bold letters on the number plate plinth leave you in no doubt what following.

Somewhat unusually for a mass-market car there are only two versions of the Cruiser available – a petrol VVT-i model with wheel drive and this 1.4 common rail turbo with AWD. There’s the one, unnamed but very trim level too.

The Urban Cruiser is unlikely to win any pageants but its chunky appearance no doubt win it fans who like the look that remains The big, protruding bumpers go the grain of current fashion such car park buffers are into the overall design seamlessly than ever They’re further endowed unpainted ‘skid’ plates to the crossover theme. The styling is with high set head and lamps, and further some interesting motifs to raise interest design, including bold arches and a rising crease aft of the doors to the top of the roof. The 16inch gloss finish alloys the design looks balanced. it sharing the wheelbase with the it looks a larger, more car.

Space Odyssey

aboard, the spaciousness promised that upright body not disappoint. The dark ‘Otaru’ seat fabrics and dash moulding do little to the sense of airiness either. The is modern in style, although it Toyota’s fascination with centrally located and digital Saying that, whilst the binnacle is directly behind the wheel, it’s split three pods, the central one of houses both the speedometer and rev in a dual purpose dial. It a little visual flair but the easiest of dials to glance until you get used to the needle As is commonplace these days, the controls fall logically to switchgear working precisely, the control buttons in particular bold and simple to use. The minor gripe is the mode for the trip computer being deeply in that right instrument pod and proving a little to manipulate when on the move.

The dashboard and interior plastic feature two styles of finish. The proportion is dark grey a relief pattern that a little like sports making a welcome change to the look of many car interiors. are contrasted with shiny, look trims on the doors and on the console which stands of the main dashboard and appears at to be floating. In an age of slush moulded, touch plastics, the interior disappoint those familiar Volkswagen-like squidgy interiors, but the were impeccably well and felt like they remain squeak and rattle for many years.

For a car will be as a practical proposition by most while there are a large of storage spaces around the they are not particularly capacious. The bins are especially bereft of but on the upside there is a twin box, both compartments of reasonable size, which is an achievement considering there are no than seven airbags the cabin. Despite this, the Cruiser only achieved a 3 Euro NCAP rating, a which is an ever growing over car buyers these especially for models like that will often be to transport young families.

The seats are firm but didn’t uncomfortably so in the duration of the test. do look a little flat and you as though you’re being in place as much by the attraction your clothes and the seat as the side bolstering.

Rear seat room is for a car of less than 4m long, my scalp rubbed on the headlining if I sat requiring a degree of slouch to be comfortable. Legroom is impressive and adults on a long journey have no complaints about cramped. Despite the standard privacy glass, high line and the very thick ‘C’ the outlook from the rear was fine, with all three having a three-point seatbelt and the two being ISOFIX child ready.

This AWD model has a shallower boot than its sibling due to the mechanism to provide to the rear wheels. It’s a size at 305l and bigger the Nissan Juke’s 207l, many consider to be its most rival. The rear seat on the version also slides on forth – instead, this one more adaptability with carrying, with both the back and base being to give it van-like commodiousness.

equipment for the Urban Cruiser is impressive. Besides the very climate control, buyers also get for their money windows, power folding good quality CD/radio MP3 and iProduct connectivity, with wheel controls for both the and Bluetooth phone control, a dimming rear view and ‘Smart Entry Start which is Toyota-speak for keyless and a starter button on the dash.

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Toyota Urban Cruiser

As befitting the urban-centric of the car, the delivery of the torque is towards lower speeds. gives the engine impressive especially when pulling from junctions at low speeds in gear. It allows for smooth, progress and despite that power being transmitted to the the engine sounds unruffled and Changing gears between the six ratios is equally pleasurable. the lever itself is quite due to the low floor and high seating the throw is short, precise and like it slots into gear with a well-damped The knob itself was wrapped in and felt good to the touch, the flimsy gaiter below suggested too pennies had been pinched on particular cost saving.

The Urban Cruiser is conventionally like the vast majority of in this class with MacPherson struts up front and a beam at the rear. Toyota’s have worked impressively to give the car a cosseting level of comfort at lower speeds, up bumps, potholes and manhole impressively well and muffling the sent to the bums of the occupants. The level of ride comfort is apparent at higher speeds on roads and dual carriageways, the car, despite its slab-like not feeling at all susceptible to cross Body control remained road conditions or speed.

cruising comfortably around the speed limit, the low down of the engine’s torque was more when increasing speed to a small but noticeable gap between the throttle was depressed to the motor itself up to provide the extra provided the evidence. Although refined in terms of its feel and the of the power, there was a perceptible in the boominess from under the under harder acceleration. Though no of fire, not that the Urban sets out to be a performance car in any way, the claimed top speed and 0-60 in 12.5 seconds felt the realms of probability should conditions permit. According to the computer, in spite of the mix of urban rat and back road blasts, it delivered a welcome average return of during my test.

The steering was typically Toyota-light, in case with power by virtue of an electric motor. The capabilities of the Urban Cruiser pleasant reassurance, although was a tendency towards understeer pushed briskly into Unfortunately, this was countered by an in the power steering. It felt artificial despite it being to give varying levels of at different speeds. The lightness town was a bonus, no doubt, it didn’t feel such an companion on twisty B-roads. The itself was leather shrouded and good to touch, although the rim have done with centimetre of thickness.

The grip the provided impressed greatly — under circumstances the front wheels 100% of the power but as they to lose traction up to half of it be imperceptibly transferred rearwards. The can be locked in place if the driver so Let’s be clear though, drive to all the wheels provides traction on the roads, and would be a ally against the snow and icy that gripped the nation November, it does not turn it a cross country car. If you too far off the beaten track, you’re as likely to get stuck as if you opted for the model.

It’s very to pigeonhole the small Toyota Its appearance on the market provides a indication of buyers moving from larger cars in financially frugal times. trading down in size will still want that makes them special. Urban Cruising the boulevard de chic that is High Street, its rugged attracted a few admiring glances. in the deeper purple hue that in the brochures there might have more. Whilst it is stylistically adventurous than some of mainstream range, for some it more like a tall, hatchback rather than other worldly like the C3 or Nissan Juke, just two of the that buyers may cross against. In fact, within own range, the newly launched may cannibalise sales for families for a small car with maximum However, for many, the Juke be too radical and the others look like shrunken MPVs. The Cruiser still maintains of the off-road styling traits of SUVs, like the acclaimed Cruisers from further up the firm’s range hierarchy.

It’s maybe not the most in shape or ideas, and while the is impressively spacious and has a wide of oddments storage, none are big, nor does it feel a special place in which to But, the ease of the driving and the compliance of the ride quality town, where many of will no doubt spend of their time dwelling, be a compelling argument for many. with that persuasive year warranty, excellent quality, ease of use and ownership and an array of equipment, Urban Cruiser buyers feel their £17,855 has well spent.

Model Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.4 AWD

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