Toyota Urban Cruiser – Expert Review

Published On: 18 February 2021 | 1989 Views

Toyota Kirloskar Motors last year entered the subcompact SUV space with the Urban Cruiser. What is this new model all about, let us find out?

  • Toyota Urban Cruiser

Most of us know this, but for those who are unaware both Toyota and Suzuki have collaborated to jointly develop cars and SUVs the world over. And because of this arrangement, what we saw last year was the introduction of Toyota Urban Cruiser into the highly lucrative subcompact SUV segment. The Urban Cruiser is a more sophisticated version of the already launched Maruti Vitara Brezza. How much of a change does it have to offer, let us find out?

How is it to look at?


This is not an all-new product. It is an identical blend of what Toyota Glanza is to Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Having said that, Toyota Urban Cruiser pushes the envelope just a little further. A copy of Maruti Vitara Brezza, the subcompact SUV has been given a subtle makeover to suit the palate of customers who would like that extra bit of premium appeal. Thus, what you see upfront is a revised grille and bumper. With the headlights and bonnet remaining the same as Brezza, its grille in particular will remind you of the Toyota Fortuner. Its chrome elements alongside a reworked bumper further brings out a flavor of freshness which we did not mind considering that the nose looks quite attractive. That said, the side profile remains the same besides the inclusion of 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels with the Toyota logo that provide it an elegant feel. The dual tone paint job (dark brown and black) looked good on the SUV. From the rear, the tail seems a bit raised in comparison to Maruti. Though what is new is the Toyota logo placed right in the center below which sits on a chrome bar that provides the model name ‘Urban Cruiser’ embossed on it. The bumper cladding as seen here is a bit different to the Brezza. So overall, one must say that Toyota has done a decent job in the exterior design of this SUV.

What are its interiors like?