Toyota Etios Cross Review & Test Drive

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Toyota Etios Cross Overview

Toyota India has extended its arsenal of products by introducing the all Etios Cross in the Indian auto industry. Basically, nothing more, but a more rugged and sturdy version of company’s existing hatchback Liva; Etios Cross seems to be crossover. The Japanese automajor has incorporated several SUV elements in this crossover to make it rough, striking and swashbuckling. Being offered with petrol and diesel guises, the crossover in-houses three different engines – a 1.2L petrol, a 1.5L petrol and a 1.4L diesel.Check for car loan interest rate.

Toyota Etios Cross has been launched with 4 variants – G, V, GD, and VD, where G and V fall in petrol guise while GD and VD represent diesel fuel trims. Although, this segment is pretty new for the Indians and there are not many vehicles available currently but it has got enormous potential. Not only outside but also inside the cabin, the crossover gets some of the flabbergasting comfort and convenience features. Toyota has kept an eye on the fuel economy, especially, as it plays a pivotal role in deciding the fate of a vehicle in India. In all, the crossover is a valiant effort by the auto major and it has something for everyone.

Toyota Etios Cross Exteriors

Etios Cross is the third cross to enter Indian shores after similar styled Fabia and Polo. While the Polo is the smartest looking hatch and Fabia can still make way with its international styling, the Etios Liva unfortunately has nothing to boast of.Plastic claddings, aluminum finished bash plates and a bold name, this is the perfect recipe for a crossover hatchback. Toyota has done the same with Etios Cross. The front face has a handle bar moustache looking grille. Turn indicators have been clubbed with fog lamps. It also gets a skid plate positioned below the front bumper. The hood gets a strong rib section flowing in the middle.

Diamond cut 15″ alloy wheels on the Etios Cross is standard. The new alloy wheels have made the ground clearance rise by 4mm. The wheelbase has been retained whereas the overall dimensions have grown cause of the matte plastic claddings all over. The electrically adjustable ORVMs also get turn indicators. Unlike the Cross Polo, which just gets a sticker, this one gets its name etched on the plastic cladding. It also gets contrasting silver roof rails.

It gets a roof mounted spoiler and the name Etios Cross written in bold on the rear tail gate. Similar to the skid plate on the front bumper, the rear too gets one. Toyota has launched the Etios Cross in 8 different colors. Personally, a yellow would have done for me but then my choice among the different shades would be the Orange and Blue. Even though it is supposed to be an adventurous looking car, it does not come across as an attractive looking car. The brand perception won’t change unless these cars get a complete makeover.

Toyota Etios Cross Interiors

Etios Cross interiors are done in a plush piano black theme, matching to the door arm-rests. The sporty seats are done in fabric with stitch while the front seats also displaying the ‘Etios Cross’ badging. Although, the wheelbase is lesser than that of Etios sedan but despite that it comfortably accommodates five people with ample spaciousness and adequate knee room. The ergonomic seats with an added functionality of adjustable front and rear headrests enhance the comfort during long journeys. Also, the height adjustable driver’s seat proves to be handy during such voyages. There is a boot space of 251 litres which swallows a decent amount of luggage.

As for infotainment, the compact crossover flaunts a 2-DIN Audio CD System with USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity. The Audio system comes remote controlled with 4 speakers whereas additional operating switches are also installed on the leather wrapped 3-spoke power steering wheel. Above the audio system, there is A/C with heater and clean air filter in order to ensure dirt-free and hygienic atmosphere inside the cabin. The crossover also has a cooled glove-box which can store up to 13 litres. Also, there is an array of comfort and convenience features like Power windows with driver side auto down, front cabin lights and 12V power outlet, 7 bottle holders, front and rear door pockets, chrome accented A/C vents, Digital clock, Assist grip with coat hook etc. that continue to serve effortlessly and keep the human efforts minimum.For more information on Toyota Etios Cross  check Industrynewswire

Toyota Etios Cross Transmission

Like the Etios sedan and the Liva hatchback, the new hatchover is also available with two petrol and one diesel engine option. The 1.2-litre petrol mill powers the base petrol model ‘G’ delivering 79bhp and 104Nm of torque. The more powerful 1.5-litre unit does duty for the ‘V’ variant sending 89bhp and 132Nm to the front wheels. The diesel GD and VD variants use the sedate 1.4-litre turbocharged engine producing 68bhp and 170Nm of torque.

We briefly drove the V petrol and V-D diesel variants and although there is some increase in weight compared to the Liva, the performance is pretty similar to the hatchback. The diesel is lacklustre in comparison to the petrol, although there is no turbo lag, the engine lacks grunt and needs to be revved hard if you don’t want to miss the quick overtaking opportunity. It also highlights the poor NVH levels, although that should not be too much of a problem in petrol as the four-cylinder unit sounds really nice. We had no opportunity of gauging the efficiency in our drive and the ARAI figures of two petrol and diesel are 17.71kpl, 16.78kpl and 23.59kpl respectively.

The steering is a bit vague and even though it does weigh up, it feels artificial. The ride quality is good, the Etios Cross absorbs all the bumps without much fuss. The ground clearance is marginally higher than that of the Liva (may be 5mm, no confirmation from Toyota), courtesy 15-inch alloy-wheels that also look nice. There is hardly anything exciting about the performance of the Etios Cross, but it is capable of plying on all sorts of roads, also with a ground clearance of well over 170mm it can also occasionally venture on the unpaved country roads.

Toyota Etios Cross Driving

Toyota Etios Cross handling is a bit off mark at high speeds but it is decent in city driving, courtesy the 3-spoke leather wrapped electric power steering with tilt function. The audio controls find a place on it too, so that the driver can comfortably set the volume according to his desire. As for performance, the company hasn’t tweaked or tinkered the all three engines; so it is a good performer spontaneously. The 1.5L petrol engine propels the crossover touch the 100kmph mark from standstill in a mere 11 seconds while clocking 160kmph as top speed.

The other petrol engine, the 1.2L, achieves the 0-100kmph in a comparatively larger time span due to less powerful and mileage oriented. Precisely, it touches the 100kmph from standstill in 14 seconds along with a top speed of 150kmph. The 1.4L diesel mill focuses more on fuel efficiency and hence, lacks behind the petrol models by a fair margin. It crosses 100kmph barrier from standstill in 18 seconds and measuring top speed as 160kmph.

Toyota Etios Cross Safety

Toyota India has incorporated a highly efficient and effective braking system in the Etios Cross in which front brakes are ventilated disc brakes while the rear brakes being drum brakes. This braking system works exceptionally well in accordance with the Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. The trio, Braking System, ABS, and EBD, together ensure smooth braking and stopping while brakes are being applied suddenly. In order to endure collisions, the top-end variants are blessed with dual front SRS airbags for the driver and the co-passenger. In terms of security, the compact crossover consists of first-grade features like Immobilizer and Keyless entry. Additionally, the information cluster keep providing several security alerts and warnings regarding driver seat belt, door ajar, parking brake, headlamp on etc. to ensure safe driving. In all, the Etios Cross, despite being a budget-friendly car, features top-notch safety and security features.

Toyota Etios Cross Price in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Cross On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,97,074 to 9,78,279 for variants Etios Cross G and Etios Cross X Edition Petrol respectively. Toyota Etios Cross is available in 5 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Toyota Etios Cross variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Etios Cross price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Etios Cross Final Thought

None of the hatchovers perform much better than their hatchback siblings – but they exist for a reason. Not that Toyota can’t make a proper compact SUV, but there are customers who want rugged vehicles without wanting to spend extra for them or even exploit their capabilities beyond loading over maximum capacity. The demand is for a tough looking car that would give the driver a bit of an edge over rickshaws, two-wheelers and other hatchbacks in the city traffic. The Etios Cross will address this set of buyers with a premium of around Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000 over the Liva. At that price point, the Etios Cross will make sense – it does look like a brute, has better performance figures than the Cross Polo and will also be more affordable albeit few missing features.

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