Toyota Urban Cruiser

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Urban Cruiser


Toyota’s Scion-derived take on the mini-MPV formula, the Urban Cruiser looks good but, predictably, comes up a bit short in the driving stakes.

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What is it?

Despite the Urban Cruiser's tall, boxy profile, body roll is very well contained. However, neither engine allows you to get near to the limits of the chassis, and there's a slight disconnectedness between front and rear when you're trying to hustle along. 


Reasonable legspace in the front and rear, but the seats are appalling, too short of squab and lacking in support. We'll only see top-spec Urban Cruisers in the UK, so there's plenty of kit on board. But it comes at a price, which is, er, the price...

On the inside

1.33-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel offer similar pace, but the diesel is the more relaxed drive thanks to a decent amount of low-end torque. Both engines are firmly in the ‘decidedly modest' performance category, though. 


The coolest thing to come out of Toyota in a while. Admittedly that's not much of a compliment, but it's a start, guys... 

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