Toyota revealed the full price list of the Urban Cruiser Hyryder on September 28, ranging from Rs 10.48 lakh-18.99 lakh. Its cousin, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, also had its prices revealed on September 26, and they fall between Rs 10.45 lakh-19.49 lakh. The two hybrids hold the distinction of being the only models in the segment to offer a strong-hybrid powertrain, which can even be run in pure-EV mode.
The Urban Cruiser Hyryder has its work cut out against the popular Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos as well as the VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor, Nissan Kicks and its cousin Grand Vitara. We compare how the Hyryder stacks up on paper against its rivals in terms of size, engine options and specifications.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder vs rivals: dimensions
|Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder vs rivals: dimensions|
The Urban Cruiser Hyryder measures 4,365mm in length, 1,795mm in width, 1,635mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,600mm. That makes it the second longest SUV in its class, only 19mm shorter than the Kicks.
In terms of height and width, however, the Hyryder falls somewhere in the middle. It is wider than the Creta, Kushaq and Taigun, but narrower than the Seltos, Astor and Kicks. And while its height is at par with the Creta and more than the Kushaq and Taigun, it is lower than the Grand Vitara, Seltos, Astor and Kicks. The Hyryder has one of the shortest wheelbases, at 2,600mm, which is 15mm greater than the Astor, but it is shorter than all the other SUVs in this class. All SUVs ride on 17-inch wheels.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder vs rivals: engine and gearbox
|Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder vs rivals: engine and specs|
|Type||4 cyls NA mild-hybrid/3 cyls NA strong-hybrid||4 cyls NA/4 cyls Turbo||4 cyls NA/4 cyls Turbo||3 cyls Turbo/4 cyls Turbo||3 cyls Turbo/4 cyls Turbo||4 cyls NA/3 cyls Turbo||4 cyls NAl/4 cyls Turbo||4 cyls NA mild-hybrid/3 cyls NA strong-hybrid|
|AT gearbox||6-speed torque converter/e-drive transmission||CVT/7-speed DCT||CVT/7-speed DCT||6-speed torque converter/7-speed DCT||6-speed torque converter/7-speed DCT||CVT/6-speed torque converter||-/CVT||6-speed torque converter/e-drive transmission|
While the base petrol engine for most SUVs in this class is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated motor, the Kushaq and the Taigun get a smaller 1.0-litre turbocharged unit. The Hyryder also uses a 1.5-litre petrol engine, but uniquely with a mild-hybrid system. In terms of power, the Korean duo and the Skoda-VW siblings are the most powerful, producing 115hp. Meanwhile, the Astor and the Kicks have slightly lower outputs, at 110hp and 106hp, respectively. The Hyryder and Grand Vitara, with their base 1.5 petrol engine are the least powerful of the lot, with 103hp on tap. All SUVs produce a similar level of torque, although the Kushaq and Taigun have a considerable advantage, thanks to turbocharging.
When it comes to the higher-spec petrol engine, all SUVs use a turbocharged unit except for the Hyryder and Grand Vitara. The Kicks, with its 156hp, 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine, is the most powerful of the lot, while the Skoda-VW duo come in next, making 150hp from their 1.5 TSI units. The Creta, Seltos and Astor produce an identical 140hp, but while the Korean duo are powered by a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, the Astor uses a 1.3-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit.
As for the Hyryder and Grand Vitara, the higher-spec petrol engines are also naturally aspirated units, but they come paired to a strong hybrid system. The 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, Atkinson Cycle engine produces 92hp and 122Nm of torque, and is paired to an electric motor that makes 79hp and 141Nm; combined, the hybrid powerplant produces 115hp. The two hyrbid's overall power output may be considerably less than all their rivals, but overall efficiency, under test conditions, is expected to be around 24-25kpl, which would make them the best in class.
As for the manual gearbox options, while most SUVs use a 6-speed unit, the Urban Cruiser Hyryder and its Maruti Suzuki cousin use a 5-speed unit. Uniquely, for the automatic gearbox, all rivals use a mix of either a torque converter, DCT or CVT gearboxes, while the Hyryder and Grand Vitara use an e-drive transmission for their strong hybrid powertrain.
Do note that the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta also get diesel engines, while the others get only petrol. Hence, we have only considered the petrol engine options for all SUVs.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder vs rivals: price
The strong hybrid variants of the Toyota Hyryder are priced between Rs 15.11 lakh-18.99 lakh, while the mild hybrid variants are priced between Rs 10.48 lakh-17.09 lakh.
Although the petrol hybrid powertrains on the Hyryder and Grand Vitara do not make for a direct rival to their conventional petrol and diesel-powered rivals, the strong hybrid variants can be alternatives to the higher-spec diesel versions of the Creta and Seltos. In that regard, the Hyryder’s top-spec strong-hybrid variant is Rs 75,000 more expensive than the top-spec Creta diesel-AT, and Rs 34,000 more expensive than the Seltos. The Hyryder commands a decent premium, but the gains in efficiency will more than make up for the additional cost in the longer run.
Meanwhile, prices for the top-spec mild hybrid AT variant of the Hyryder and the top-spec Creta NA petrol-AT are almost at par with each other – the former being more expensive by just Rs 2,000. However, the difference is much larger in case of the Seltos, where the Hyryder is more expensive by Rs 1.65 lakh. It again narrows down in case of the MG Astor 1.5 NA petrol-AT where the difference is Rs 47,000.
Lastly, the Kushaq, Taigun and Kicks are only available with turbo-petrol engines. The top-spec 1.0-litre turbo-petrol-AT variants on the Kushaq and Taigun have a difference of Rs 98,000 and Rs 17,000, respectively, when compared to the Hyryder. The Kicks, meanwhile, is the most affordable of the lot by a fair margin.
The mild-hybrid MT AWD variants of the Hyryder and Grand Vitara are priced at Rs 17.19 lakh and Rs 16.89 lakh, respectively. These two variants have a unique advantage as they are the only ones in the segment with an all-wheel drive system.
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