What is it?
This is the Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.4 D4-D. It’s the only four-wheel-drive version of Toyota’s new supermini-sized crossover SUV.
The 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel powers the wheels via a four-wheel drive system that can apportion up to 50 per cent of the power to the rear wheels, though in normal running the Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.4 D4-D is 100 per cent front-wheel drive.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.4 D4-D’s off-road credentials are enhanced by a marginally raised ride height over the petrol-engined two-wheel-drive version. There’s also a differential lock that holds the drive in a permanent 50-50 split. UK-spec models won’t get the black plastic body cladding of the car in these pictures, however.
What’s it like?
The Urban Cruiser’s little diesel pushes it along more comfortably than the zippy but weedy 1.33 petrol version, but it’s not exactly a car that you relish the open road in.
Both ride and refinement are acceptable but nothing better, while the handling is safe but will push into understeer early. In short, there’s little enjoyment to be had from pushing the Urban Cruiser too hard, though the beeps from the ESP system and the squeal-prone tyres discourage you from doing that anyway.