Toyota urban cruiser 2010 diesel: Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.3 2WD (2009) review

The Yaris’s 1.3-litre four-pot is quite smooth and willing and the six-speed gearbox means there’s usually a ratio to suit your needs. Until you get up to cruising speed and run out. Then the Urban Cruiser gets out of its depth and truly lives up to its name, struggling in sixth and forcing you to shift down to fourth if you’re baulked and need to build up speed again. There’s also quite a lot of wind noise making itself heard around the extremities of the Toyota’s boxy body, and crosswinds will have you scattering across the carriageway like autumn leaves. The seats are mean too, and will make you fidget after half an hour. Once you’re outside city limits, this car stops making sense.