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Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder | Hybrid Highness

Toyota aspires to position itself firmly with its first-in-class hybrid technology


Efficiency,Ride Comfort


Performance , Boot Space


Once you are inside, you will notice the cabin layout is a little similar to the Maruti Suzuki cars. The steering and the AC unit seem to be borrowed from Baleno, and that’s not a bad thing. The physical AC controls are something more accessible and practical. The overall cabin layout feels solid and plush. The dark black and brown interiors look nice, and the soft-touch materials on the dashboard, along with smart chrome inserts, give it an upmarket appeal. Well, talking about an upmarket appeal, the dual-pane panoramic sunroof amplifies the overall experience inside the cabin.

The 9-inch infotainment system is well-positioned. However, it is a little tricky to operate. The brightness and the font on the screen are aptly sorted out. The significant welcome, though, is the first-in-class Heads-up Display, which gives all the necessary information in the vision of your eyesight. The instrument cluster is a little small and isn’t that appealing either. However, it manages to display a decent amount of information. The seats are comfortable and hug you well. Moreover, there are ventilated seats for the driver and the passenger, but the noise of the air circulation is pretty audible, which is something Toyota needs to work on.

The rear seats have plenty of space for the knees to accommodate and get a decent amount of headroom as well. Just like the front seats, the rear seats are well-cushioned and comfortable. However, the seats lack lateral support, and you tend to slide frequently during hard braking. The rear passengers are also given due importance with rear AC vents and two charging sockets. The boot space isn’t enough to accommodate more than two mid-size bags because the battery pack is mounted under the rear seats, which eats up the boot space marginally.

TopGear Magazine June 2024