The Urban Cruiser, introduced in March this year, has found great favour with the South African public. Racking up over 900 sales each month, its blend of space, SUV-like styling, affordability and Toyota brand-footprint, has made a notable impact on the passenger car segment in just a few short months.
While the range-topping Xr grade was the focal point at launch timing, it is the mid-grade Xs model that offers a stellar value proposition to customers in this segment - and means that Toyota has a broader model offering than its natural rivals.
The Xs variant strives for a balanced specification level, offering buyers a full complement of core specification items at an attractive price point.
To this point, the Xs boasts keyless-entry with push start, electric windows all round, tilt-adjustable steering, power-adjustable mirrors, LED headlamps and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) as standard. In addition, the exterior also features alloy wheels, roof rails, body-coloured door handles, power-retractable mirrors and rear window wiper with demister function.
Occupants are not left out of the equation, with auto air-conditioning (climate control), a secondary glove compartment, rear armrest and 60:40 split backrest catering to their comfort and convenience needs. Rear Park Distance Control (PDC) and reverse camera, offer drivers additional peace of mind.
The Urban Cruiser features a touchscreen infotainment system which incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing users seamless smartphone connectivity.
With this functionality, occupants can access and display Google Maps, Waze and Apple Maps for navigational duty while also streaming their favourite music from apps such as Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCloud and JOOX. Text and messaging-service messages can be read out to the user, with speech-to-text functionality ensuring safe communication while driving. Bluetooth, Aux and USB inputs are also catered for.
The Urban Cruiser features rugged urban styling with a raised stance, textured side- and wheel-arch mouldings and bumper guards. A large radiator grille with two horizontal slats and centred Toyota badge are flanked by chrome accent strips and LED projector headlamps.
The side profile continues the ‘squared-off’ look, with short overhangs and black wheel mouldings that blend into the lower bumper area. A piano black C-pillar garnish creates the impression of a floating roof structure - which flows to the ‘chunky’ rear with large, rectangular taillights and an embossed tailgate garnish.
In Xs guise, the Urban Cruiser is equipped with black 16-inch alloy wheels (visually tying in with the black moulded trim and C-pillar garnish), creating a striking look. These are shod with 215-60-R16 tyres with a full-size spare wheel in the boot.
The Xs variant uses a monotone colour scheme (as opposed to the bi-tone options on Xr) and offers buyers a choice of six exterior hues.
The cabin offers a comfortable space characterised by excellent ergonomics and optimised exterior visibility. A sporty 3-spoke steering wheel with metallic inserts and steering switches, frames the easy-to-read elliptical gauges and a centrally-mounted Multi-Information Display (MID).
The black fabric seats feature a honeycomb pattern, with the rest of the interior finished off in hard-wearing black, with a textured finish. Large door pockets, glove compartment and additional oddment binnacles, provide convenient storage spaces.
Engine & Transmission
The Urban Cruiser is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine delivering 77 kW and 138 Nm – providing fuss-free motoring. Fuel consumption is registered at a frugal 6.2 litres per 100km, while CO2 emissions fall within the 145 to 147 g/km range. Top speed is 170 km/h.
Xs buyers have the option of a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic, driving the front wheels.
A class-leading towing capacity of 400 kg unbraked and 1100kg braked, gives buyers the option of towing a small trailer or mounting bicycle racks.
Safety & Security
The safety and security specs include ABS and EBD, side protection beams, driver and passenger airbags and ISOFIX. An alarm and immobiliser system is also included.
Toyota Connect & MyToyota App
All Urban Cruiser models are also equipped with the Toyota Connect telematics system which includes an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15Gb data. Once linked to their profile, customers can manage their vehicle via the MyToyota App. This intuitive app allows on-demand service bookings, vehicle information and history, tracking data as well as Toyota Connect data recharge services and much more.
Model Line-up & Pricing
Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xi MT – R 255 300
Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xs MT – R 273 200
Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xs AT – R 294 800
Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xr MT – R 300 400
Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xr AT – R 322 000
Peace of Mind
All Urban Cruiser models are sold with a 3-services/45 000 km service plan. A 3-year/100 000 km warranty is also provided. Service intervals are pegged at 12 months/15 000 km. Customers can purchase an additional service plan and warranty options via the extensive dealer network of 220.