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Toyota Ruckus Build 1 (2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed February 2011

In 1986 Huey Lewis was singing that it’s hip to be square.
Sharing the sentiment is Toyota’s new Ruckus, a boxy looking Corolla-based compact-wagon aimed at Gen Y trendsetters.

The love-it-or-hate-it styling does however provide decent interior space for its physical size. A practical interior is let down by fiddly joystick audio controls, a digital speedo and tacho distractingly placed in the dash centre and the short, shallow sunvisors.

The 2.4-litre engine feels torquey and offers healthy-enough performance.

The electronically controlled auto (the only gearbox) is smooth enough albeit anachronistic with only four forward ratios.

Ruckus offers secure road manners and comfortable ride; though the steering needs more road feel.
Toyota Ruckus Build 1 2011

For

Style, performance

Against

Four-speed auto only, fiddly controls

Key features

Air conditioning, 16” alloys, cruise control, keyless entry/start, bluetooth, auxiliary/USB input, steering wheel audio controls, split fold rear seat

Safety

Dual front, front side and curtain airbags, ABS, EBD EBA, TC, DSC

Car Details

Vehicle make Toyota
Vehicle model Ruckus Build 1
Vehicle type Medium Under $50,000
Year 2011
Price when new $27,490 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 2.4-litre, DOHC, 4-cyl petrol

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.