8 key observations on my new Toyota Hyryder after a Mumbai-Pune drive
Overtaking was not an issue for me, but unlike my manual Vento, I was a little hesitant at first. The sound of the engine when you floor the accelerator forces you to drive conservatively.
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I got the delivery of the G variant on 28th and did a Mumbai – Pune drive over the weekend. While there are many detailed reviews, here are my thoughts on the car:
- Engine: It is not for enthusiasts, but after getting used to (if i can call it that) its not something that bothered me a lot. Overtaking was not an issue for me, but unlike my manual Vento, I was a little hesitant at first. The sound of the engine when you floor the accelerator forces you to drive conservatively. I got an average of 20.5 kmpl round trip.
- Doors: I hate them, the first few times I could not shut them in the first try.
- Boot: You need to play some Tetris, but a weekend trip with 3-4 people should be manageable for most people. I forgot to take a picture of the loaded boot but was pleasantly surprised to see 1 massive suitcase, a cabin bag and a couple of hand carry bags fit in.
- Sunroof: Its really nice when there is no sun overhead, but we left at noon and you can feel the sun shine through it. Not very uncomfortable but definitely a miss from Toyota and Maruti. Thought i hear some accessory is going to be launched soon.
- Steering wheel: I found it to be very thin, so will be getting a leather cover. If anyone has recommendations please do let me know.
- Sound system: It’s strictly okay, however i faced no issues with respect to call quality and no issues with the voice assistant (I have a feeling I may have disabled it while playing around).
- NVH: Unacceptable for a 20L car, but its something you should get used to over time.
- Seats: I’m 5’9″ and I found the seats to be okay, some additional under thigh support for the driver would be welcome especially for the tall drivers.
I do not think there is any perfect car in this 20L category, but for someone like me who drives around 30km/day in bumper to bumper traffic with the occasional Mumbai – Pune (once or twice a month), this seemed to tick most boxes.
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