Toyota Urban Cruiser — GreenCarGuide.co.uk

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Toyota Urban Cruiser

Toyota Urban Cruiser

Urban Cruiser

Model/Engine 1.4 D4D 5 AWD

Fuel: Diesel

Fuel combined: 57.7 mpg

Green-Car-Guide 7/10

The Toyota Urban may be viewed as a strange niche of a but, in all-wheel drive this is another vehicle promises low emissions together the ability to stop you sliding in the snow and ice.

The Urban is basically a small family but it has styling that is influenced by the of its bigger off-road brother, the In other words it is one of the growing of ‘urban crossovers’, following in the of products such as the very Nissan Qashqai. The Urban is also one of the smaller crossovers, it more relevant for the city.

The Cruiser comes either as a front-wheel drive model, or a all-wheel drive variant. the new Nissan Juke also has one drive model, but Nissan has to offer the 4×4 Juke option the highest-powered petrol engine than the diesel.

If you went for the petrol two-wheel Urban Cruiser, this 129 g/km CO2 (helped by a stop-start and has a combined fuel consumption of 51.4 mpg. The diesel drive model has similar CO2 at 130 g/km CO2, but better economy, with 57.7 mpg

The difference is the cost – the front-wheel petrol version costs compared to £17,386 for the all-wheel diesel version. Potential may reap the benefits of the extra if we continue to be the recipients of lots of but if not, most people struggle to justify paying the premium for the all-wheel drive.

The Urban Cruiser 1.4 D4D AWD actually has identical emissions and fuel to the MINI Countryman Cooper D This makes both the Cruiser and the Countryman equal in of lowest emission cars four-wheel drive capability. The D is more expensive at £19,875, but to the Urban Cruiser it has more and stronger performance. Both are billed as crossovers rather 4x4s, but we would say that the has the edge in terms of its capability in conditions.

So what’s the Urban like to drive? The engine is pretty impressive for what is a 1.4-litre diesel, mated to a manual gearbox. It only has 89 which is less than the 99 bhp of the unit, but the diesel has decent However it has the same problem as small capacity diesel – when the revs are high for the turbo to work, it’s but at low revs there is very power. At times the engine can sound quite coarse.

The car has light steering, which is for urban use; it also has body control, which to a firm ride – this is for general driving, but not great negotiating city speed and potholes.

Toyota Urban Cruiser

As well as extensive around the UK and in London, because the Cruiser has all-wheel drive, it was tested off-road – to check levels in slippery conditions than to find out the extent of its ground clearance. The result was the Urban Cruiser was more than you might imagine in of traction in tame off-road

The all-wheel drive system in only when needed, and Active Torque Control to with optimum traction. It has a diff lock to help added capability in sticky although we don’t imagine people finding themselves in warranting the use of this.

There’s one trim level, which you good levels of equipment and features. The car comes with wheels, climate control, MP3 four electric windows and as standard. This test car was with satnav, adding to the price of the car.

The interior although functional, appears bare and bland. One quirky is that the speedo seemed too to the driver and too low down, resulting in it as though too much refocusing is to take your eyes from the road to view the

Although there is reasonable and steering adjustment it did seem to get the right driving position. its boxy shape and good of space, the Urban Cruiser is a car, even if it’s not the visually exciting. Build seems as good as most


With careful coaxing, we to achieve 60 mpg on motorways runs, is impressive, although this dropped to 43 mpg with more driving. Still, not bad for a car that can get you home through a few snowflakes.

The Urban Cruiser should be a car is interesting, but in fact it’s a car could be easily overlooked. A drive urban-cruising small may be a strange combination of market but when it snows, owners are to be pleased with their It gets a Green-Car-Guide rating of 7 out of 10 – points for offering people the of all-wheel drive with low but losing points for not being as as it could be. It remains to be seen the long-term how many people pay the premium for all-wheel drive in class of car.

Toyota Urban Cruiser
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Toyota Urban Cruiser

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