Toyota Urban Cruiser: What South Africans are saying about this made-in-India SUV

Toyota launched their first ever sub-4 meter compact SUV, Urban Cruiser in the segment last year. The Urban Cruiser is actually the second product to come out of Suzuki and Toyota alliance. The first product was Glanza which is based on Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Toyota’s Urban Cruiser as we all known is based on the Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza which is a best selling SUV in its segment. Just like Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota is also selling the Urban Cruiser in international markets. Here we have a video from a South African motor journalist  who shares her experience with the Toyota Urban Cruiser.

The video has been uploaded by Juliet McGuire on her YouTube channel. She is one of the leading motor journalist in South Africa. First thing that she says when starts driving the Urban Cruiser is that, the car might put customer in dilemma. The reason behind that could be that both Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Toyota Urban Cruiser are priced. They are both priced quite competitively and well equipped in terms of features too.

Toyota is one of the most popular car brand in the country and has a better dealership and service network in comparison to Suzuki. They are both value for money products. She even tells that, she feels in comparison to other cars like Ford EcoSport in the segment, Urban Cruiser feels a lot more spacious on the inside. There is decent amount of boot space and just like Suzuki Brezza, there is no leg room for co-passenger if they have a child seat installed on the second row.

Toyota Urban Cruiser: What South Africans are saying about this made-in-India SUV

She says it is just like Suzuki Vitara Brezza from every aspect. Toyota is offering Urban Cruiser in three trims and she recommends to go for the top-end variant that comes with all the features. Toyota Urban Cruiser gets features like multi-function steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

She says that, Urban Cruiser is a peppy compact SUV which is fun to drive in the city. She had said the same thing about the Suzuki Vitara Brezza as well. She even tells that Urban Cruiser feels a lot more premium than many other vehicles in the segment. Just because of all these reasons she mentions that, the Urban Cruiser is a well rounded product is value for money as well. It is the Toyota badge that might work in favour of Urban Cruiser in the South African market. The reason behind it is Toyota’s wide spread dealership network in the country.

Toyota Urban Cruise is also powered by the same engine as Suzuki Vitara Brezza. It is powered by a 1.5 litre, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that generates 105 Ps and 138 Nm of peak torque. In terms of design, Urban Cruiser gets a different looking front grille. The grille is similar to what we have seen in some of the other SUVs from Toyota. Overall, Juliet was pretty happy with the Urban Cruiser SUV, just like the Suzuki Vitara Brezza.