Quick Review: Toyota Rush 1.5S

What is it?

The Toyota Rush 1st landed in Malaysia back in January 2008, and it was an extended wheel base version of the Daihatsu Terios (sold in Malaysia as Perodua Nautica) without the 4-wheel-drive system. After the sales success of the 1st generation, Toyota decided to launch the 2nd generation Toyota Rush back in October 2018. Assembled in Perodua plant in Rawang, the Toyota Rush is assembled on the same line as the Perodua Aruz. Since we’ve already tested the Perodua Aruz sometime last year, we set out to understand what do you get from the RM20,000 extra from the Toyota Rush.

What’s the difference?

On 1st glance, the Rush have a rather similar resemblance to the Aruz, but up-close, you will be able to spot the differences. From the outside, the Rush is fitted with a more sophisticated looking front and rear bumper to make the exterior stand out. Another stand out feature that is different from the Aruz is the different looking rims at all 4 corners around the Rush, but the dimension of 215/60 R17 tyres have been retained.

Moving inside, the 1st thing that catches your eyes will be eye pleasing black and white 2 tone interior that look more upmarket. Apart from that, the material use in the Rush do feel slightly more upmarket compare to the Aruz even though the materials are similar. As for the seats, the leather used in the Rush also felt a little plusher than the one found in the Aruz.

Continue on the differences, the Rush comes with automatic climate control which is easier to use than the automatic air-conditioner that you can find in the Aruz. One last thing, the Rush carries a slightly smaller head unit which measure in at 6.8”, which is 0.2” smaller than the head unit in the Aruz. Then again, the Rush benefitted by having a 360 degrees camera to help owner in parking which the Aruz didn’t have.

Apart from that, Toyota added Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to furthermore help justifying the price.

How it drives?

Getting behind the wheel, the sense of familiarity is there. The Rush is powered by the same 1.5L engine and power is transmitted to the ground through the same 4 speed automatic transmission as the Aruz. Somehow, Toyota manage to squeeze another additional 3hp and 3Nm of torque from their engine, thus pushing the figures of the engine to 104hp and 136Nm. Do we feel the difference in the additional power? This additional power is too minimal to tell any significant. On the other hand, the interior of the Rush do feel a lot more refine with lesser NVH intrusion when you’re on the move.

What’s the Verdict?

Priced at RM97,000, we ask the same question, is the RM20,000 extra worth it? I personally think that if you really wanted a Toyota and you can afford the price, the Rush will always be a safe choice. Why do you need to pay an additional RM20,000? I think this is mainly due to the Toyota badge that brought on additional tax because Toyota is a non-national car maker.

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