Toyota Hyryder AWD Off-Road: A Duster AWD Owner’s Perspective


The Thar is of a different league and is more suitable for two people than four. So unless the Jimny is launched, I decided to test the Hyryder AWD.

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The Duster AWD is now a thing of the past. Although Compass AWD is the perfect upgrade or replacement for Duster AWD, we cannot be sure about the future of diesel cars in India. Likewise, although diesel, the Scorpion 4×4 is also a very good alternative, unless Mahindra fixes the DPF issues at high altitudes, reliability may be an issue.

So remains the Vitara / Hyryder AWD, the Thar gasoline or the future Jimny. The Thar is of a different league and is more suitable for two people than four. So unless the Jimny is launched, I decided to test the Hyryder AWD.

A small comparison with the Duster AWD:

The positives of the Hyryder AWD:

  • smooth essence
  • Good NVH.
  • The interiors are steps ahead of the Duster.
  • Feature loaded.
  • The AWD electronics work well.
  • Toyota/Maruti reliability.
  • More service centers.
  • Will be cheaper to maintain.
  • Ride and handling, while not in Duster’s league, is good. The steering is light but gives decent feedback. The grip is good. The ride was a little stiffer.

The not so good part:

Absolute performance is lacking, but if you work on the gears, the car can go fast. I took the car to a road that was under construction and closed. There, in 4th gear, we go up a gear without the fuss. Passing on single-lane highways will require proper downshifting.

With a torque of 137 Nm, the grunt of an effortless off-roader is missed. This car must come out of a delicate situation. Hyryder will be good on snow/slush. Rocky slopes should be taken with good planning.

Ground clearance is just fine. Hyryder AWD will suffice for the amount of off-road driving required on a road trip to an off-road location on the hills, but this car is not meant to be taken for others.

In this video the hurdle was cleared with ESP on & 4wd lock. The Duster AWD can get through this at a slower pace due to its short gear and better low-end torque.

Hyryder AWD Scorpion 4×4!

The articulation is comparable to that of the Duster AWD. Both, being monocoque, this is limited.

The belly is well protected. Unless one is not too careless, there is nothing vulnerable placed in the belly. The placement of the muffler seems correct in the AWD version compared to the 2wd version.

Approach angle, departure angle and breakover angle are ideal for light off-roading.

Although I’m not a fan of the sunroof, I loved the panoramic sunroof on this car.

Dashboard looks good.

A proven engine. The air intake pipe is positioned at a good height. Thus, during the rains, the ford will not be a problem.

Grass and mud stuck after a light off-road session.

The heater is placed in a secure position. Even if the approach angle fails and the skid plate takes a slight hit, the radiator should be safe.

AWD buttons.

The placement of the palm rests is decent, although he would have liked it to be a bit longer.

Overall it’s a good package. I wish it was priced a little cheaper than it is now. AWD costs 19.22L on the road in Kolkata. Something around 17-18L on the road would have been more VFM.

It’s a decent package. The overall build quality is satisfactory. You have to remember that this is a well-assembled Japanese car, not a German car!
Overall, I’ll rate it 7/10.

Can it replace a Duster AWD? Yes by the brain, but Duster still rules over the heart!

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