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

    by Mahesh Yadav on Saturday, Sep 26 2020

    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.

    Toyota Urban Cruiser

    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

    EX-SHOWROOM INDIA  | SEP. 2020

     

    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

    Also Read - Toyota Urban Cruiser vs Hyundai Venue - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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

    Also read - 2020 Kia Sonet vs Toyota Urban Cruiser - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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

    Also Read - 2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser vs Maruti Suzuki Brezza - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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.

    Also Read - 2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser vs Tata Nexon - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    2020 TOYOTA URBAN CRUISER | AUTOMATIC VARIANTS PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM INDIA  | SEP. 2020

    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.

    Also Read - 2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser vs Ford EcoSport - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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)

    Also read - 2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser vs Maruti Suzuki S-Cross - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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