2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder Review: Should You Buy It?

2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder Review: Should You Buy It?

Written by
Somnath Chatterjee

August 29, 2022, 10:19 a.m.
4 minute read

Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder is available in 4 versions

Toyota is best known for its Fortuner and Innova, but it is betting on a hybrid future with the electrification of its entire range in the years to come.

The new Urban Cruiser Hyryder is also Toyota’s attempt to enter the compact SUV space with multiple powertrain options, including a hybrid version.

We tested the Hyryder hybrid to find out more.

Why is this story important?

  • While electrification is on the radar of most automakers, infrastructure and cost issues pose significant challenges for the acceptance of electric vehicles.
  • Hybrids like the Urban Cruiser Hyryder are a more practical solution given our usage and road conditions since there is no need to charge these cars manually.
  • Hence, in the future we will see more hybrid cars being launched here.

It is the longest car in its class

At 4,365mm in length, the Urban Cruiser Hyryder is the longest SUV in its class and carries a conventional design language, but with an appealing styling theme.

The front is distinguished by dual LED DRLs and a gloss black grille while the headlights are placed below with a protective plate.

The rear part receives C-shaped taillights with a chrome strip.

The interior has soft-touch inserts

The interior design of the Urban Cruiser Hyryder appears premium at first glance with soft touch leather on the dashboard as well as silver trim inserts.

A digital instrument panel and a large touchscreen as well as dedicated buttons for climate control and EV mode are also present.

That said, we did notice Maruti switchgear that detracts from the cabin ambience.

The rear seat offers enough legroom

With a wheelbase of 2600mm, the Urban Cruiser Hyryder is quite spacious and offers enough legroom for the rear passengers.

That said, we noticed a center tunnel that limits the rear cabin to a 4-seater.

Storage and practicality are good although trunk capacity has been reduced to less than 300 liters in the hybrid version due to the location of the battery.

From a double-glazed panoramic sunroof to a head-up display

The Urban Cruiser Hyryder is one of the best-equipped SUVs in its class thanks to segment-first features like a customizable head-up display, 360-degree camera and double-glazed panoramic sunroof.

Other than that, you also get a 9.0-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone connectivity, automatic climate control, wireless charging, ambient lighting, cooled seats, six airbags and connected car technology.

Hybrid powertrain is very smooth

The hybrid version has a 1.5-liter petrol engine and an electric motor with a combined output of 115 hp and a standard eCVT gearbox.

First you start in EV mode, then depending on the available load, the engine starts.

The process is transparent. When coasting, EV mode is reactivated. Power delivery is linear with terrific refinement.

The car has a smooth ride quality

The ride quality of the Urban Cruiser Hyryder is smooth and absorbs rough road surfaces with poise as well as stable cornering abilities.

High-speed stability is also excellent although when driven hard the motor becomes a bit audible.

The highlight of the hybrid version is the formidable mileage of 27.97 km/l, while the actual figures are also impressive at 22-23 km/l.

We expect Toyota’s Urban Cruiser Hyryder hybrid to be priced below Rs. 20 lakh (ex-showroom) and that would make it great value for money in terms of the terrific efficiency it delivers as well than the refinement of this hybrid powertrain.

Overall, the Urban Cruiser Hyryder is easily one of the biggest threats to current segment leaders and definitely worth the wait.

Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder

What works and what doesn’t

Bad things:

Lacks some features like an electric handbrake

Lance B. Holton