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Toyota Urban Cruiser

Toyota Urban Cruiser

Urban Cruiser aims to be the 4×4 you don’t have to at. Steve Walker reports.

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Driving a 4×4 in the is often portrayed as the social of piloting a speedboat around local swimming baths but the press hasn’t deterred from developing and all-wheel-drive car for use in town. With a name Urban Cruiser, its purpose hardly be any less ambiguous and the manufacturer is confident that it can the stigma that’s often attached to its contemporaries.


The in compact 4×4 vehicles has a defining feature of the market in years and Toyota was one of the first to a place on that particular with its RAV4. Now mainstream that lack a compact product of some description are rare but with the Urban Toyota could be reprising its for being quick to plug a gap in the Smaller than a RAV4 and the off-road pretensions, the Urban is an intriguing prospect in the sub-compact sector.

Driving Experience

There are two and versions of the Urban Cruiser and the 4×4 models use the Active Control transmission from the which directs power to the front wheels until a of traction is detected. If the wheels on an icy road or a muddy car park, the diverts drive to the rear in a bid to forward progress. This that, for the vast majority of the in their native urban all Urban Cruisers will run in mode. The engines are small and A 1.3-litre Dual VVT-i producing 99bhp is laid on for 2WD while those with a for diesel and four driven get a 1.4-litre D-4D common-rail with 89bhp. Both come mated to a six-speed gearbox and achieve similar The petrol engine can cover the trip in 12.5s and the diesel is slower. The Urban Cruiser is no off-roader. It sits close to the offering little more than a standard hatchback and on MacPherson strut front with a simple torsion at the rear. It could hardly be removed from Toyota’s Land Cruiser 4×4 but designed to fulfil a role the polar opposite of that by the UN Peacekeepers’ stalwart.

Design and Build

The Urban doesn’t immediately say 4×4 you clap eyes on it. The impression is one of a pumped-up hatchback. Distinctive is not something Toyota is known for but the Cruiser has it with those wheel arches, the pronounced line and a front end that’s than a Toblerone sandwich. At in length and 1,725mm wide, the Cruiser is certainly a compact but the long wheelbase of 2,460mm to deliver acceptable levels of space. A boot of 314 litres bad and the 60:40 split rear up capacity to 749 litres when Inside the Urban Cruiser, a little more sparkle in recent Toyota efforts but not too The novel instrument display is on a radar screen and incorporates and tachometer dials within the circle, secondary displays then positioned to either The 2WD version features Toyota’s Flat seating system allows the seats to slide, and fold but the presence of a transmission precludes the 4×4 models utilising this feature.

Toyota Urban Cruiser

Market and Model

Standard levels on the Urban Cruiser run to control, 16 alloy wheels, glass, keyless entry and retractable door mirrors and a six stereo with wheel-mounted It’s positioned in the market the compact 4x4s like own RAV4 and the Nissan X-Trail, models that make or no pretence at off-road ability, instead on rugged urban The Nissan Qashqai and Dodge spring to mind as obvious The Urban Cruiser’s tough lead you to expect a certain should the worst come to the Sure enough, the body incorporates Toyota’s Minimal Cabin System which to absorb impacts, distributing the around the vehicle and preserving the of the passenger compartment. Seven are fitted as standard which is in a car of this size and active restraints protect against ABS, Brake Assist, distribution, stability control and control are also standard, this one of the best equipped cars around from a perspective.

Cost of Ownership

Saying all 4x4s are bad for the environment is like that all cats are dangerous. At one you have Tigers with big pointy teeth and huge V8 4x4s that are used for shopping or collecting the kids school. Toyota is intent on its Urban Cruiser at completely the end of the spectrum alongside the fluffiest To do this it has installed advanced, efficient engines; the 1.4-litre unit returns 57.7mpg on the cycle with 130g/km CO2 (so the lowest emissions of any four-wheel car using an internal combustion and the 1.3-litre petrol gets and 129g/km with the aid of its Stop technology. Toyota’s Stop system is simple but effective. you come to a standstill in a traffic jam or at the put the car in neutral and lift off the clutch, causes the engine to stop. the clutch and it instantly restarts so you can off. In an urban setting sitting motionless in traffic your engine ticking is the default state, the system has the to save significant amounts of lowering emissions in the process.


Toyota’s Land has won countless admirers down the for its substance over style and monumental off-road ability. The Urban Cruiser couldn’t be more different. Available in or with a part-time 4×4 that only sends to the rear when slip is this is no off-roader — but that matter? Fuel-efficient, built and with sturdy looks that suggest a degree of shielding from the jungle, the Urban Cruiser is a 4×4 built around the of the sector’s buyers. What make more sense that? There are issues the 4×4 Urban Cruiser which carry around a 4×4 system that may never need but with the of economy the vehicle returns, it can be this. Toyota’s effort offers an attractive alternative to a hatch thanks to its elements of practicality and style. Any injection of into manufacturer’s product should be commended.

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

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