Find your fun with Toyota’s Urban Cruiser

The Toyota Urban Cruiser has arrived in SA and is ready for work and play

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Urban Cruiser

Ushering in the next instalment of Toyota’s passenger car expansion strategy, is the new Urban Cruiser. The Urban Cruiser has been designed to play in the city during the week, while taking you on your next adventure over the weekend.


Rugged good looks

The Urban Cruiser features rugged styling replete with a raised stance, textured side and wheel arch mouldings and bumper guards. The front features a large radiator grille with two horizontal slats and centrally mounted Toyota insignia, which are flanked by chrome accent strips and LED projector headlamps. An aggressive front bumper design features high-mounted fog lamps with a prominent contour line separating the upper and lower sections.


The side profile continues the squared off look, with short overhangs that are further accentuated by the black wheel mouldings flowing into the lower bumper sections. Roof rails and a roof spoiler add to the urban aesthetics.

At the rear, large rectangular taillights are complemented by a large tailgate garnish embossed with Urban Cruiser insignia.


Inside story

The cabin offers a comfortable space characterised by excellent ergonomics and optimised exterior visibility. The upper fascia houses the large touchscreen infotainment system and ventilation outlets with an elegant piano-black frame. The lower section incorporates the climate control switchgear, storage compartment and power/USB outlets. The instrumentation binnacle features easy-to read elliptical gauges and a centrally mounted Multi-Information Display.

The black fabric seats feature a honeycomb pattern, with the rest of the interior finished off in hard-wearing black, featuring a textured pattern.


Under the bonnet

The Urban Cruiser is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine offering 77kW and 138Nm. Toyota claim that is will use just 6.2 litres per 100km. Buyers have the option of either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic, both driving the front wheels.


Grade strategy and specification

A three grade strategy has been adopted, using the grade names Xi, Xs and Xr. The entry level Xi model features keyless entry with push start, electric windows all round, air-conditioning, tilt adjustable steering, power-adjustable mirrors, LED headlamps and Daytime Running Lights and Rear park Distance Control. The touchscreen infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


The mid-tier Xs model adds alloy wheels, roof rails, body coloured door handles, power retractable mirrors and rear window wiper with demister function. On the inside the Xs models offer auto air-conditioning and reverse camera, a secondary glove compartment, rear armrest and 60:40 split backrest.

The flagship Xr boasts LED fog lamps, automatic headlights, cruise control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain sensing wipers, dual 12-volt power outlets, front armrest, leather steering wheel and the addition of two tweeter speakers.


Safety and security

Safety and security equipment includes ABS and EBD, side protection beams, driver and passenger airbags and Isofix. An alarm and immobiliser system is included on all models.


Toyota Connect

All Urban Cruiser models are equipped with the Toyota Connect telematics system which includes an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15Gb data.


Model line-up and pricing

Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xi MT

R 247 900

Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xs MT

R 267 800

Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xs AT

R 289 000

Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xr MT

R 294 500

Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xr AT

R 315 700


All Urban Cruiser models are sold with a three-services/45 000 km service plan and a three-year/100 000 km warranty.