Toyota Aqua X-URBAN

Toyota Aqua X-URBAN Review: A handy eco-car with enhanced comfort by Naoto Shimazaki

The X-URBAN has undergone some minor changes. In a nutshell, it is a trendy model which is clad in the design of an urban crossover.

You will sense the 20mm difference in its vehicle height from the standard car when you sit on the driver’s seat. You will sense that its visibility has expanded for just a little and its ingress and egress has gotten smoother to some extent compared to the standard Aqua. Of course its exclusive side skirt does not really have the inconvenience that could lead to its rejection. It is a cheerful car as it has 33 color schemes with its 11 body colors and the combination of its exclusive color of its parts.

You will feel the fine quality of the texture of the leather soft pad that is applied from the front of the passenger seat until the portion of the instrument panel where the nozzle of the central air conditioning unit is located, when you touch it.
The seat upholstery also has a top of the class usability which was brought about by the combination of the refreshing feel of a fabric and synthetic leather.

It is quite evident that its driveability offers a gentler riding experience. The vibration and noise while driving has a more reduced impression compared to the initial model.

Its hybrid system powered performance is as efficient as ever and has an excellent feel to it. Even if the catalog gas mileage (JC08 Mode 33.8km/liter) is taken as a symbol, it does not necessarily apply to actual situations; however, it is possible to use it while approximately achieving 20 plus kilometers regularly. That being the case, the high quality of this handy eco-car has gained recognition as usual.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)
Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Michael Sabaldan)