A SURGE OF ADRENALINE TOYOTA RUSHPosted On: November 5, 2018 By : AutoLife Team
Toyota has been making SUVs for the longest of times and whatever rolls out of the Toyota factories gets high expectations from the consumers as they are renowned for their bulletproof reliability. Toyota has also been making 7 seater vehicles for quite some time now, so with the introduction of the Rush Toyota have mixed their experience into making a compact Seven Seater SUV. We rarely see a 7 seater in the compact SUV segment and the only other compact SUV in direct contention for the top spot in this category is the Honda BR-V; usually the compact SUVs are 5 seaters at most. So with its latest entrant in the market we take the Rush and put it through different obstacles to see how it handles it.
The Rush has a pretty striking look going on, with sharp angles and lines it tries to state its presence to those around it. Being a 7 seater SUV it is a little longer than the usual compact SUVs and does have a hint of a Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) look to it, along with a slight resemblance to its sibling the Toyota Innova Crysta. The front of the car has an aggressive touch to it with the angular horizontal slatted grille running in conjunction with the LED headlights. The slatted grille flows well with the headlight and give the front a clean look. The LED headlight is quite small are neatly tucked into the body, with a stripe of LED DRL running from the top of one side to the bottom of the other side. The fog lamp is housed in a triangular plastic housing continuing the angular design. The wheel arches are covered by plastic cladding to give it the tough off roader look. While talking about the sides of the Rush there is a crease that runs throughout the side of the vehicle and meets the taillight. The alloy wheels look well in place once again continuing the angular design of the Rush. The 290mm of ground clearance can be seen pretty evidently as the vehicle looks high off the ground. The angular design comes to an end once we reach the rear of the Rush as there is a lack of those elements; moreover the rear has a clean and simple look.
The 290mm ground clearance does make it little difficult to climb into the cabin, but a running board will easily solve that issue. Once you get into the cabin you are greeted by a pretty good looking with two tone designed interior. The seats are plush and comfortable to sit on and throughout the test ride none of us felt uncomfortable. The dash board is neatly designed and the plastics used have been given a faux stitching look to make it look like leather. All the dials and the controls have a minimalistic design making it a very simple and clean dash. The missing armrest in the middle does feel odd as it leaves a void in the interior and feels incomplete; however it’s the only thing we felt that was missing. We put the 7 seater to the test and it proved to be pretty comfortable, the rear seats were adequate for a normal sized adult but only for short drives. If an adult has to travel in the 3rd row seats for a long distance then it will be a little difficult but the children will have no problem whatsoever. With the 3rd row seats up the boot space is compromised quite a bit and will have problem storing big items, but with the 3rd row seats down it grows to a decent sized boot.
The 1.5 liter petrol engine produces 104 BHP @ 6000 RPM and 136 Nm of torque @ 4200 RPM. The power figures may not look very convincing at first glance which was exactly what we thought before we drove it. But the engine proved to be very well setup and it didn’t have any trouble keeping up with the obstacles that we threw its way. The clearance was its main advantage point as it would clear most of the obstacles with ease and only very big obstacles proved to be challenging. The most challenging part was where we shot the cover photo; it was a mixture of big rocks, waterfall and mud. All the right elements to get your vehicle stuck so we were skeptical about taking the Rush to that place but we knew we had to see how it would fare in diverse conditions so we took the risk and with just a little difficulty the rush was able to cross that bad patch of terrain. The 5 speed transmission was very smooth and easy to operate. This made the journey more driver friendly, but if you want the comfort of an automatic transmission then the Rush is available with a 4 speed automatic transmission too. The engine was smooth as you would expect from a Toyota engine, free revving and very peppy.
HANDLING AND COMFORT
With the high ride height there was a little body roll, but not too much. The suspension was on the softer side so the bumps and rough patches of the road were filtered out to a large extent. The soft suspension did mean that the Rush would feel a bit out of place with pinned into a corner but that is something that you should expect when you go fast into a corner with a vehicle with soft suspensions and 290mm of ground clearance. Everything was very conveniently designed with the comfort of the driver and passenger in thought. The seats held you in place and were very comfortable, even in the 3rd row. There was decent leg room for the people in the second and the 3rd row seats, with plenty of headroom for all the passengers.
The Rush is Toyota’s first compact SUV in the Nepalese market and they have entered with a strong competitor on their hands. The only direct rival to the Rush has to be another Japanese vehicle, the Honda BR-V which is also a compact SUV with a 7 seater configuration. The Rush gets a host of features as standard from the base model such as 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Antilock Braking System (ABS), etc., all these comes as standard on the Rush which got it a solid 5 star rating on the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Starting from Rs. 61, 90,000/- for the base manual variant to Rs. 75, 50,000/- for the top Spec Automatic variant. It is slightly priced higher than its competitors but it comes with Toyota’s reliability. So if you want a 7 seater SUV that is decently priced with good performance and comfort then the RUSH should definitely be on your list.