In Brief: New Toyota Rush 2019, practicality with a touch of ruggedness

Eric/Sep 30, 2019 11:39 AM

2019 Toyota Rush front

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The New Toyota Rush 2019 is an SUV that was introduced in Malaysia back in 2018. Similar to the Perodua Aruz, the New Toyota Rush 2019 features a comprehensive list of safety equipment, rugged exterior, and a 7-seater configuration.

What is the price of New Toyota Rush 2019?

The New Toyota Rush 2019 starts from RM 93,000.

That's more expensive than the Honda BR-V (priced from RM 80,989 to RM 87,701) and Perodua Aruz (priced from RM 72,900 to RM 77,900).

The pick of the range is the Rush 1.5S, as it is the only variant to come equipped with Pre-Collision System, which encompasses Pre-collision Warning, Pre-collision Braking, Front Departure Alert, and Pedal Misoperation Control.

2019 Toyota Rush rear

The New Toyota Rush 2019 1.5S also gets leather seats, automatic LED headlights, front fog lights, and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.

New Toyota Rush 2019 Pros and Cons

For buyers that need to ferry more than 5 occupants regularly would be pleased to know that the New Toyota Rush 2019 can accommodate average height adults in the third-row seats with relative comfort as the second-row seats can slide and recline to free up more space.

2019 Toyota Rush auto emergency braking

In terms of safety, the New Toyota Rush 2019 is relatively well equipped – both variants of the New Toyota Rush 2019 feature 6 airbags, electronic stability control, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

2019 Toyota Rush front

Although the New Toyota Rush 2019 is built on a robust ladder frame platform, the flipside is that the chassis flexes more when going over uneven roads. It does get rather uncomfortable in town driving, but redeems itself on highways as the 215-profile tires help keep the SUV planted.

2019 Toyota Rush convoy

Furthermore, fuel consumption of the New Toyota Rush 2019 is on the higher side, largely due to the gear ratios that are intended to cope with excessive load. As such, at 110 km/h, the engine spins at 3,500 rpm, making it rather noisy and burns more fuel.

2019 Toyota Rush features

What Are The Alternatives of New Toyota Rush 2019

Honda BR-V

The closest rival to the New Toyota Rush 2019 is the Honda BR-V. Unlike the New Toyota Rush 2019's ladder frame platform, the BR-V feature a unibody construction, which benefits the BR-V with a more car-like driving characteristic.

2019 Honda BR-V rear

The Honda BR-V is also more fuel efficient, thanks to its front-wheel drive layout and CVT-type automatic transmission. However, the BR-V is lacking in the safety department as it only offers 2 airbags across the range.

Perodua Aruz

Toyota Rush also faces stiff competition from the Perodua Aruz, as the Aruz is essentially the same car, but retails for almost RM20,000 less. In an effort to separate both models, UMW Toyota Motor has equipped the Rush with Panoramic View Monitor (PVM), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), both of which are unavailable on the Aruz.

2019 Perodua Aruz rear

Furthermore, the Perodua Aruz also benefits from a more versatile air-conditioning system, as the one found on the Aruz is able to direct airflow to the windscreen or to the driver and front passenger's feet. The air-conditioning in the New Toyota Rush 2019 is only able to direct airflow to the face only.