Toyota Urban Cruiser Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

Toyota Urban Cruiser Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variants explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Toyota Urban Cruiser petrol you should buy based on the price, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2020 Urban Cruiser's petrol variants and the features. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the 2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser with its competitors and other petrol-powered B2-segment SUVs like Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Honda WRV, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Toyota Urban Cruiser Petrol

The pros or advantages of Urban Cruiser petrol are:

  • With the hybrid tech, the Urban Cruiser petrol delivers class-leading fuel efficiency of 18.76kmpl
  • Well-priced and fairly loaded base HIGH variant
  • Fairly large dimensions lend the Urban Cruiser good road presence; reasonable boot space and ground clearance too
  • LED lighting available as standard will earn the Urban Cruiser style points, especially at night
  • Toyota’s smooth service and ownership experience
  • Easier to find spares and competent mechanic outside of the authorised chain as it’s based on a popular Maruti Suzuki car

The Toyota Urban Cruiser petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Hybrid not available with manual transmission
  • No turbo petrol engine option; turbos have better low- and mid-range torque and better drivability
  • Automatic transmission is of the gas-guzzling torque converter type and a 4-speed unit at that
  • Missing ‘wow’ features like front parking sensors, sunroof, telematics, ventilated seats, premium music system, tyre pressure monitoring, air purifier, etc.
  • Notable feature omissions like telescopic steering, rear AC vents, 3-point seatbelt for the middle passenger
  • Rs. 5,000 - 15,000 more expensive than the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
  • Authorised service network reach is no match for the Maruti Suzuki’s

What Is The Price Of Toyota Urban Cruiser Petrol?

The Toyota Urban Cruiser petrol is available in 3 variants - MID, HIGH and PREMIUM. All 3 variants are available with a manual transmission as well as an automatic transmission. The Urban Cruiser manual prices start at Rs. 8.4 lakh and go up to Rs. 9.80 lakh. The Urban Cruiser automatic costs between Rs. 9.80 and 11.30 lakh.

Compared to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza’s comparable variants, the Urban Cruiser is Rs. 5,000 to 15,000 more expensive. The High and Premium automatic carry a higher premium.

2020 TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM INDIA  | SEP. 2020

 

1.5L PETROL MT

Difference

1.5L HYBRID PETROL AT

MID

₹8,40,000

₹1,40,000

₹9,80,000

HIGH

₹9,15,000

₹1,50,000

₹10,65,000

PREMIUM

₹9,80,000

₹1,50,000

₹11,30,000

Compared to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Urban Cruiser is Rs. 5,000 to 15,000 more expensive. The High and Premium automatic carry a higher premium. Here’s the price list of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol for quick reference:

2020 MARUTI VITARA BREZZA PRICE LIST

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1.5L PETROL MT

Difference

1.5L HYBRID PETROL AT

LXI

₹7,34,000

-

--

VXI

₹8,35,000

₹1,40,000

₹9,75,000

ZXI

₹9,10,000

₹1,40,000

₹10,50,000

ZXI+

₹9,75,000

₹1,40,000

₹11,15,000

Toyota Urban Cruiser Petrol Mid - Base Model Features & Review

The base LXI trim of the Toyota Urban Cruiser costs Rs. 8.4 lakh with the manual transmission and Rs. 9.8 lakh with the automatic (ex-showroom). It gets the following notable features:

  • Std Safety Features
  • Music System
  • Day/Night IRVM
  • Steering Mounted Audio Controls
  • Dual-tone Interior w/ Brown Fabric Seats
  • Rear Defogger
  • 4 speakers
  • Full Wheel Covers
  • LED Projector Headlamps
  • CD, Aux, USB, Bluetooth
  • LED Tail Lamps
  • Hill Start Assist (AT only)
  • Dual-function LED DRLs
  • Driver Side Power Window Auto Up/Down
  • Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop
  • All Power Windows
  • Rear Seat Flip & Fold
  • Gear Position/Shift Indicator
  • Green Tinted Glass on all Windows
  • Front & Boot Power Outlet
  • Luggage Hook in Boot
  • Auto AC
  • All Doors Bottle Holders
  • Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests
  • Passenger-side Vanity Mirror
  • Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs
  • MID w/ Tachometer & Gear Shift Indicator
  • Glovebox & Footwell Illumination
  • Tilt Steering
  • Dead Pedal
  • Double glove box

2020 TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER 1.5L MID | FEATURES

₹ 8,40,000 (PETROL MT) | ₹ 9,80,000 (PETROL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Style

Std Safety Features

Music System

Body-coloured Bumpers & Door Handles

Speed-sensing Auto Door Lock

Remote Control For Audio System

Body-coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

Day/Night IRVM

Steering Mounted Audio Controls

Dual-tone Interior w/ Brown Fabric Seats

Rear Defogger

4 speakers

Full Wheel Covers

LED Projector Headlamps

CD, Aux, USB, Bluetooth

LED Tail Lamps

ISOFIX

 

Black Roof Rails

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

 

Black Skid Plates

Hill Start Assist (AT only)

 

Integrated Rear Spoiler

  

Dual-function LED DRLs

Since the Toyota Urban Cruiser MID is based on the VXI variant of the Brezza, it gets most of the must-have features and is worth buying. This recommendation holds for manual as well as automatic transmission. The only reason to skip this one would be if you want better value for money with the High variant.

2020 TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER 1.5L MID | FEATURES

₹ 8,40,000 (PETROL MT) | ₹ 9,80,000 (PETROL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Functional

Driver Side Power Window Auto Up/Down

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Driver & Passenger Ticket Holder

All Power Windows

Rear Seat Flip & Fold

Gear Position/Shift Indicator

Door Armrest w/ Fabric

Front & Boot Power Outlet

Luggage Hook in Boot

Auto AC

All Doors Bottle Holders

Back Pocket on Front Seats

Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests

Passenger-side Vanity Mirror

Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

Green Glass on all Windows

MID w/ Tachometer & Gear Shift Indicator

Glovebox & Footwell Illumination

Tilt Steering

Dead Pedal

Upper Glove Box


Toyota Urban Cruiser Petrol MID vs HIGH Variant

The price difference between the Urban Cruiser MID and HIGH variant is Rs. 75,000 for the manual transmission and Rs. 85,000 in the case of automatic transmission. The Toyota Urban Cruiser High variant costs Rs. 9.15 lakh with the manual and Rs. 10.65 lakh with the automatic transmission (ex-showroom). The HIGH variant adds the following features to the mix:

  • 7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Cruise Control
  • Parcel Tray
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Height-adjustable Driver Seat
  • Boot Lamp w/ Power Socket
  • 60:40 Split Rear Seat
  • Rear Wiper & Washer
  • Silver Skid Plates
  • Steering Mounted Bluetooth Calling Controls
  • Rear Center Armrest w/ Cup Holder
  • Sunglass Holder
  • Front Map Lamp
  • Lamp w/ Passenger-side Vanity Mirror
  • Multi Colour Meter Illumination

While most of the additional features of the HIGH variant fall in the good-to-have category, they improve the in-cabin and ownership experience. From a value perspective too, the HIGH is better than the MID and offers better value for money than the other two variants.

If you’re interested in the automatic transmission, then the bigger Rs. 85,000 price difference is one thing to swallow. Another thing to note is that because of its Rs. 10 lakh + ex-showroom price, it’ll cost you much more. However, if the on-road price difference turns out to be greater than Rs. 1.0 lakh, then we’d advise you to go for the MID automatic instead of the HIGH automatic.

2020 TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER 1.5L HIGH | FEATURES OVER MID

₹ 9,15,000 (PETROL MT) | ₹ 10,65,000 (PETROL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Entertainment

Functional & Safety

Style

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Cruise Control

Parcel Tray

Alloy Wheels

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto & MirrorLink

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Luggage Lamp w/ Power Socket

Grey Roof Rails

Navigation

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Rear Wiper & Washer

Silver Skid Plates

Steering Mounted Bluetooth Calling Controls

Rear Center Armrest w/ Cup Holder

Sunglass Holder

Interior Chrome Door Handles

Voice Command

Front Map Lamp

Lamp w/ Passenger-side Vanity Mirror

Multi Colour Meter Illumination

   

Piano Black Inserts In Cabin


Toyota Urban Cruiser Petrol HIGH vs PREMIUM Variant

The price difference between the Urban Cruiser HIGH and PREMIUM variant is Rs. 65,000 and costs Rs. 9.80 lakh with the manual and Rs. 11.30 lakh with the automatic transmission (ex-showroom).

The notable additional features of the Urban Cruiser PREMIUM variant are:

  • LED Front Fog Lamps 
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Rain-sensing Wipers
  • Machined Alloy Wheels
  • Rear Parking Camera
  • Sliding Front Centre Armrest With Storage
  • Auto Fold ORVMs
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming IRVM
  • Cooled Upper Glove Box
  • Height-adjustable Front Seatbelts
  • Body + Roof Coloured ORVM
  • 2 Tweeters
  • Dual-tone Exterior Colour Option

The PREMIUM variant gets mostly good-to-have features and barely any must-have features. It’s also expensive for what it’s offering. So, we wouldn’t recommend this variant to most buyers. You should instead go with the HIGH variant, which offers much better value for money and a better mix of must-have and good-to-have features.

2020 TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER 1.5L PREMIUM | FEATURES OVER HIGH

₹ 9,75,000 (PETROL MT) | ₹ 11,15,000 (PETROL AT)| EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | SEP. 2020

Safety &

Entertainment

Functional

Style

LED Front Fog Lamps 

Height-adjustable Front Seatbelts

Rain-sensing Wipers

Machined Alloy Wheels

Rear Parking Camera

Sliding Front Centre Armrest With Storage

Auto Fold ORVMs

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

Auto-Dimming IRVM

Cooled Upper Glove Box

Automatic Headlamps

Dual-tone Exterior Colour Option

2 Tweeters

   


Which Variant Of The 2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser Petrol Should You Buy?

The MID variant seems overpriced and we’d suggest you skip this variant for the HIGH trim, which offers better value for money. If you want better value for money, then you should consider the HIGH variant. This is our top-recommended variant and it also has a better balance of good-to-have and must-have features.

The PREMIUM variant offers a poor VFM variant than the HIGH and it also doesn’t get enough must-have features to warrant an upgrade either. We’d suggest you buy the Urban Cruiser HIGH trim.

2020 TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER | MANUAL VARIANTS PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM INDIA | SEP. 2020

Variant

VFM

Price

Recommendation

MID

Rank 3

₹8,40,000

Better upgrade to HIGH

HIGH

Rank 2

₹9,15,000

Suitable for those looking for an upmarket option; better VFM than MID

PREMIUM

Rank 4

₹9,80,000

Not Recommended


For buyers interested in the automatic transmission, the Urban Cruiser MID is the most affordable option and the only one under Rs. 10 lakh. If you can’t stretch your budget further, then this variant is worth buying. However, if you don’t mind jumping the Rs. 10 lakh ex-showroom price barrier, then HIGH will offer better value for money. It’s worth noting that the HIGH variant may cost significantly more on-road in many states due to higher taxes on cars costing more than Rs. 10 lakh. If the on-road price difference between the MID and HIGH automatic stays under Rs. 1.0 lakh, we’d suggest you go for the HIGH variant. Just like the manual transmission variants, we’d advise against buying the PREMIUM variant.

2020 TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER | AUTOMATIC VARIANTS PRICE LIST

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Variant

VFM

Price

Recommendation

MID

Rank 2

₹9,80,000

Buy if you don’t want to stretch your budget. Consider upgrading to HIGH.

HIGH

Rank 1

₹10,65,000

Top Recommended

PREMIUM

Rank 3

₹11,30,000

Not Recommended


What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser Petrol?

Since the Toyota Urban Cruiser shares its 1.5L petrol engine with the Brezza, it doesn’t have class-leading specs like those of the turbo petrol engine. But it’s still much better than the Sonet/Venue 1.2 and WRV, which churn out double-digit horsepower figures. The Urban Cruiser’s torque-to-weight ratio of 122Nm/tonne is nowhere near the 150Nm/t mark like the Venue and XUV300. But it’s also far better than SUVs with a smaller, non-turbo petrol engine.

While many small SUVs have moved on to 6-speed manual transmissions, the Urban Cruiser petrol is still stuck with a 5-speed shifter. It gets worse with the automatic. Newer cars like the Venue and Sonet use a modern 7-speed DCT automatic. The Urban Cruiser uses a conventional torque converter automatic like the EcoSport. What hurts it big time is the ratios as it’s a 4-speed gearbox and in an age where carmakers are offering at least 6 ratios with an automatic.

The Urban Cruiser petrol automatic leads in one area - mileage. It promises ~1.75kmpl better than the Urban Cruiser automatic and has a class-leading mileage figure of 18.76kmpl despite using a gas-guzzling torque-converter automatic transmission. Part of this efficiency comes from the inclusion of hybrid technology, which is only available with automatic transmission. Therefore, the Urban Cruiser MT delivers a respectable-but-not-impressive 17.03kmpl. This is also one of the reasons why the Urban Cruiser petrol automatic is Rs. 1.4 - 1.5 lakh more expensive than the manual when Rs. 1.0 lakh is the norm. Its higher mileage figure saves you on fuel cost and pays you back about Rs. 22,000 in 50,000km and Rs. 30,000 in 70,000km. Moreover, the Urban Cruiser automatic also gets the hill-start safety feature.


URBAN CRUISER vs COMPETITION

PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Urban Cruiser

Sonet

Venue

WR-V

Vitara Brezza

Nexon

EcoSport

XUV300

Displacement

1.5L

1.2L

1.0L Turbo

1.2L

1.0L Turbo

1.2L

1.5L

1.2L Turbo

1.5L

1.2L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

3

4

3

4

4

3

3

3

Cubic Capacity

1462cc

1197cc

998cc

1197cc

998cc

1199cc

1462cc

1199cc

1496cc

1197cc

Maximum Power

105PS @ 6000rpm

83PS @ 6300rpm

120PS @ 6000rpm

83PS @ 6000rpm

120PS @ 6000rpm

90PS @ 6000rpm

105PS @ 6000rpm

120PS @ 5500rpm

122PS @ 6500rpm

110PS @ 5000rpm

Power:Weight

92.92PS/t

NA

NA

76.78PS/t

103.99PS/t

81.37PS/t

92.92PS/t

96.77PS/t

97.91PS/t

81.43PS/t

Peak Torque

138Nm @ 4400rpm

115Nm @ 4200rpm

172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

114Nm @ 4000rpm

172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

110Nm @ 4800rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

170Nm @ 1750-4000rpm

149Nm @ 4500rpm

200Nm @ 2000-3500rpm

Torque:Weight

122.12Nm/t

NA

NA

105.46Nm/t

149.05Nm/t

99.46Nm/t

122.12Nm/t

137.1Nm/t

119.58Nm/t

147.93Nm/t

Manual

Transmission

5MT

5MT

6ACMT

5MT

6MT/6ACMT

5MT

5MT

6MT

5MT

6MT

Manual FE

17.03kmpl

18.4kmpl

18.2kmpl

17.27kmpl

18.07kmpl

16.5kmpl

17.03kmpl

17.57kmpl

15.9kmpl

16.82kmpl

Automatic

Transmission

4AT (Hybrid)

--

7DCT

--

7DCT

--

4AT (Hybrid)

6AMT

6TC

--

Automatic FE

18.76kmpl

--

18.3kmpl

--

17.99kmpl

--

18.76kmpl

16.35kmpl

14.7kmpl

--


What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser?

The Urban Cruiser is fairly big and can hold its ground against bigger SUVs like XUV300, Nexon and EcoSport. The Urban Cruiser has a 328-litre boot space and 200mm ground clearance. It’s wider than the Venue, WRV and EcoSport but not as wide as the XUV and Nexon. So, to sum it up, the Toyota Urban Cruiser’s dimensions are middle-of-the-road but satisfactory just like the engine specs.

URBAN CRUISER vs RIVALS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Urban Cruiser

Sonet

Venue

WR-V

Vitara Brezza

Nexon

EcoSport

XUV300

Length

3995mm

3995mm

3995mm

3999mm

3995mm

3993mm

3998mm

3995mm

Width

1790mm

1790mm

1770mm

1734mm

1790mm

1811mm

1765mm

1821mm

Height

1640mm

1647mm

1605mm

1601mm

1640mm

1606mm

1647mm

1627mm

Wheelbase

2500mm

2500mm

2500mm

2555mm

2500mm

2498mm

2519mm

2600mm

Boot Space

328-lt

392-lt

350-lt

363-lt

328-lt

350-lt

352-lt

257-lt

Ground Clearance

200mm

205mm

190mm

188mm

200mm

209mm

200mm

180mm

Fuel Tank

48-lt

45-lt

45-lt

40-lt

48-lt

44-lt

52-lt

42-lt

Tyre Size (Base)

205/60 R16

195/65 R15

195/65 R15

195/60 R16

205/60 R16

195/60 R16

195/65 R15

205/65 R16

Tyre Size (Top)

215/60 R16

215/60 R16

215/60 R16

195/60 R16

215/60 R16

215/60 R16

215/60 R16

215/55 R17


What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser?

The 2020 Urban Cruiser is available in the following 9 colour options:

  • Orange (MID and HIGH only)
  • Silver
  • White
  • Blue (MID and HIGH only)
  • Grey
  • Brown (MID and HIGH only)
  • Brown with black roof (PREMIUM only for extra Rs. 18k)
  • Orange with black roof (PREMIUM only for extra Rs. 18k)
  • Blue with black roof (PREMIUM only for extra Rs. 18k)

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

    

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Urban Cruiser

    

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City (Exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

    

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

    

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lakshya Khanna

Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he's mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He's usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars editorial team.

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