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25 weak points of Toyota Hyryder that certainly deserve attention

If the car is purchased with fuel efficiency in mind, the uncomfortable seats during long rides undermine its purpose.

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I thought of noting down the drawbacks and features I'd like to see in the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyrder, based on my experience.

Below are my personal observations, and I mean no offense to anyone. These insights may prove beneficial to prospective buyers. While the positives of this car have been extensively discussed, some negatives also deserve attention. Here are my observations from 750 kilometers of usage on the V variant.

  1. Sunroof and AC: The sunroof transmits significant heat to the cabin, affecting mileage. During morning runs (7:30 AM - 10:00 AM), the car returned 3-3.5 km/l more than in the afternoon, despite similar traffic conditions. This issue is exacerbated by non-UV cut glass. The AC struggles to regulate cabin temperatures, with rear passengers still feeling the heat from above. It's disappointing that neither Suzuki nor Toyota has addressed these concerns.
  2. NVH: The engine feels unrefined and diesel-like when revved, with intrusive cabin noise. Vibrations are felt on the passenger seats, accelerator, and steering, especially at a standstill when switching from EV. Road noise and electric motor noise are also noticeable.
  3. Ride: Despite minimal suspension thuds, the ride is stiff, and road imperfections are felt in the cabin. I haven't driven at high speeds, so I can't comment on speeds above 80 km/h.
  4. Seats: The under-thigh support is lacking, causing discomfort during long drives. I've experienced back pain during drives of over an hour and now rely on support pillows. The rear seats are too upright, even in the second position, and lack proper support. The cushioning on the seats is slightly on the softer side.
  5. 360 Camera: The image quality is poor, with blind spots. Manually activating the camera from an awkwardly placed switch diminishes its convenience value. It should activate automatically at lower speeds or at least the switch should have been on the steering.
  6. Parking Sensors: Lack of front parking sensors in a car of this price range is surprising.
  7. No Lane Watch: Despite having the necessary hardware, lane watch functionality is missing.
  8. A-Pillar Blind Spot: A significant concern, especially when combined with door visor, a big problem at night. This could have been mitigated with front parking sensors and blind spot monitoring.
  9. Comfort: Rear seat access is challenging for the elderly, and overall comfort is only ok-ish.
  10. Quality Issues/Cost Cutting: Thin plastic panels and exposed engine components raise questions about build quality. The switches, controls, door handles, etc., are directly borrowed from segments two levels below. My Ignis has identical switches, including steering controls, locks, and door handles. While the quality of materials used may suffice for a 10 lakh car, it's rather questionable for a vehicle priced at 25 lakhs.
  11. No Adaptive Cruise Control.
  12. Ambient Lighting: Poor visibility and fixed colors limit its usefulness.
  13. Creaking/Noises: Due to the aforementioned quality issues, there are creaking noises from the front dash and the rear tray that extend the battery floor, especially on bad roads.
  14. Headlights: The headlight is weak, and the throw-in low beam is not good. It's also too close to the car and not adequate in the rain. As I understand, it cannot be upgraded either. Fog lamps are sorely missed.
  15. Missing Rain-Sensing Wipers.
  16. No Key Remote Start/Stop: There's no start-stop button on the key fob, requiring sole reliance on the app. Interestingly, the key fob is identical to that of my Ignis, prompting me to add a new cover and a 'Toyota' key chain.
  17. Music System: The system is basic, even in the top model, and falls short compared to what competitors offer. I would describe it as marginally better than the system in my Ignis.
  18. Voice Command: Limited functionality and unintended activation are frustrating. Missed turns in the map when it activated on its own.
  19. Missing USB Type-C Port: Only one USB-A drive port is available in the front, and the absence of an additional USB Type-C port is notably felt.
  20. Horns: The horn is a standard fitment found in all Suzuki cars, such as the Swift and Baleno, etc. The dealer provides an option for a Windtone upgrade priced at Rs. 2950.
  21. Driver Door Issue: The driver's door does not close on the first attempt, attributed to air pressure. However, my concern arises from why this issue is exclusive to the driver's door and not the others. The door's construction feels notably light.
  22. Dub Dub Noise from the Brake Lever: When switching between the accelerator and brake pedals, the lever hits the limiter and produces a sound. Upon observation, it appears there is no rubber or damper bush in the connector of the brake booster and lever.
  23. Missing LED Lights: Halogen interior lights and indicators are outdated.
  24. Mudflaps: This has to be bought as an accessory and is not a standard fitment.
  25. Missing Convenience Features: Lack of ADAS, dual-zone climate control, UV cut glass, power adjusted seats,one-touch up-down window, illuminated window switches and rear sun blinds is noticeable.

The car possesses a considerable number of absent features, and while it began promisingly, it ultimately fell short of its intended mark. The pricing of the top variants fails to align with the features it offers. If the car is purchased with efficiency in mind, the uncomfortable seats during long rides undermine its purpose.

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