Toyota Rukus review
Joel Helmes has filed this Toyota Rukus review.
Back in the 80′s Huey Lewis famously sang “It’s hip to be square” but I’m not sure that the Rukus is as hip as it is square!
That’s not to say that it’s not an enjoyable, well-built car.
The logical place to start with a look at the Rukus is on the outside, it’s a design which certainly has a habit of polarizing opinions.
I don’t consider it a pretty car, nor is it really sporty, tough or even subtle but it is an individual and does turn heads.
Be prepared however you will probably get a few smart alec’s poking fun at it and comparing it in looks to a London taxi.
The Rukus is actually deceptively large, when parked next to a Rav4 you could really see in terms of roof-line and overall dimensions it’s about the same size and this leads to a very pleasing amount of interior space.
Headroom, leg room boot space it’s all very generous.
Staying inside the Toyota Rukus as you would expect from Toyota everything is where it should be, it has a quality feel and the seats are nice and comfy.
One thing I would say that for what is a fairly “funky” car on the outside the interior is probably a little boring. Aside from the speedometer and other gauges being centred on the dashboard it’s about as conservative as a Corolla.
One thing that’s not conservative is the power to weight ratio. Thankfully the Toyota Rukus delivers plenty of power and torque thanks to the big 2.4 litre petrol engine under the bonnet.
This is the same engine used in the much bigger Camry and it really moves the little Rukus around quite nicely.
Fuel consumption is good – official figures state a combined 8.8 and that’s about spot on with what I achieved.
Interestingly the Rukus is available only with Toyota’s four speed auto gearbox.
On road it handles really well, feels much more sure footed than the comparable Kia Soul and overall was a nice easy car to get around in
and don’t worry it’s a lot more straight down the line than what the name and styling may suggest.
The Toyota Rukus range starts from $27,990