Toyota Etios Cross Facelift First Drive Review

Toyota Etios Cross Test Drive

Toyota Etios Cross Overview

With its body cladding and other addenda, the Cross sure looks different to the standard Etios Liva. Whether the visual effect is worth the added money over the Liva is a call for the customer to take. Like the Liva, the Cross’ cabin has also been spruced-up over the years but it’s still not what you’d call rich. Comfortable seats and ample rear-seat space continue to be the Cross’ strengths.The Cross’ 1.2-litre petrol mill is fine for city use but it’s the more powerful, more responsive and peppier 1.5-litre petrol engine that you should be more interested in. Diesel buyers don’t have it quite as nice with the sole option of a 68hp, 1.4-litre engine. It pulls well from low engine speeds but also lacks an outright punch. Ride comfort is fine albeit a bit stiff at low speeds while the Cross’ light steering requires many turns, lock-to-lock.

Toyota Etios Cross Style

From the front the Toyota Etios Cross sports a new smiling grill that stretches from light to light that later extends down like a chinese mustache. The lights though similar to the old a elongated on the inner side to match the grill. The new bumper is huge and very sporty and is loaded with a lot of cladding to put on the crossover mask. Beside the silver mustache at the base of the bumper on each side are the fog lamps that looks like two dimples on the cheek. This is something you may find in WRC rally cars. Just the huge spoiler at the back is missing. The is also a silver cladding at the base like a small goatee on the face.

There is a cladding that starts from the front to the side and flows into the rear too. From the side the Toyota Etios Cross is the same except for 3 changes. Now the indicators are on the mirrors and the sharp design is lovely and the other being the new chrome multi spoke alloys adds a sporty feel with sophistication and body cladding for the crossover effect. The side cladding is divided into two parts the fibre at the top and a silver touch at the base.

The rear too is the same but now the entire bumper is fibre and has a silver cladding in the centre. Unfortunately it misses out on sensors like the Etios and Viva. There is a fibre cladding on the bootlid too which houses the ETIOS CROSS badging. The tail lamps are clear and remain unchanged.

Toyota Etios Cross Space

Step inside the Etios Cross and you find yourself in a familiar cabin. The layout of the dashboard hasn’t changed which is dissapointing as the centrally mounted instrument cluster is still not easy to read on the move. That said, the cabin looks much improved thanks to the use of piano black inserts on the doors, instrument cluster and centre console. Quality inside seems improved as well but is still not up to Toyota’s legendary standards. Our test car which had done only 130 kms showed signs of rattling over bad roads, which can be attributed to the light weight of the vehicle.

The other change to the interiors is the Etios Cross badging on the seats. There is ample amount of room inside the cabin, with rear seat passengers having enough space to stretch out in utmost comfort. Even the seats offer good support making the Etios a comfortable car to be in. The boot is reasonably big at 251-litres and it’s when you close the boot lid do you realise the Etios is a very light car. Toyota is offering the Etios Cross in 4 variants – G, V, GD and VD. All variants get a 2-DIN audio system with MP3, FM and USB functions but the top-spec trim also gets steering mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity. The Etios Cross comes loaded with quite a few features even on the base trim but the lack of internally adjustable ORVMs is a shocking omission.

Toyota Etios Cross Perfromance

To boost the appeal of the Etios Cross, Toyota has done a very wise thing of offering the vehicle with three engine options – 2 petrol and 1 diesel, all matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox. None of these engines are new and we all are quite familiar with them as Toyota has been offering these motors on the Etios Liva hatchback. Available in base G trim is the 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine which belts out 80 PS at 5600 RPM and 104 Nm at 3100 RPM. This engine has just about enough pep to keep the Etios moving on the highways, although city performance is decent. The ARAI certified mileage is 17.71 km/l. For more information on Toyota Etios Cross  check Ieso2013

The other petrol engine is the 1.5-litre unit borrowed from the Etios TRD and Etios sedan, offered only on top-end V trim. This powerplant generates 90 PS at 5600 RPM and 132 Nm at 3000 RPM. Performance is good, there is enough grunt for both city and highway duties with the vehicle feeling quite fun to drive when you rev the nuts of it. The light weight of the Etios Cross does have its benefits which translates into quick acceleration. The Etios Cross weighs around 20 kgs more than the Etios Liva and the added weight isn’t apparent with performance being almost identical to the hatchback. The ARAI certified mileage of the 1.5-litre engined Etios Cross is 16.78 km/l.

The most popular engine in the Etios Cross would without doubt be the diesel one and thus Toyota has offered it in two trims – GD and VD. This 1.4-litre SOHC mill thrusts out a mere 68 PS at 3800 RPM and 170 Nm between 1800-2400 RPM. In spite of the modest output, the diesel Etios Cross has good performance for both the city and highway. There is ample amount of thrust low down for ambling around the city, with turbolag being almost non-existent. The mid-range lacks the punch and the top-end isn’t great either. This small diesel motor is frugal, returning a claimed 23.59 km/l. Since noise insulation is below average, all engines are vocal inside the cabin but with the 1.5-litre petrol motor, you do enjoy the soundtrack of the Etios Cross.

Toyota Etios Cross Driving

Toyota’s motives are clear here. A car that can take you from point A to point B. There can’t be anything more clear than the 900 km range for the diesel. The steering is super light and the suspension super soft. But on the flip side the soft suspension and the 170 mm ground clearance make the car top heavy on corners and give a bit of body roll. Though it makes it very easy to ride in daily traffic and highway drives too are good but you can’t push the car around too hard. Check for car loan interest rate.

The diesel engine is a bit noisy if pushed too hard. If we compare the petrol to the diesel, the petrol is better for quick city stints. And the diesel is an effortless mile muncher, at the same time the diesel has taller gears thanks to the enormous torque hence leading to lesser gear shifts. The option of 1.2 and 1.5 petrol gives you a choice between efficiency and performance. The ease of driving is only proven by the no of cars used by a lot of women drivers.

Toyota Etios Cross Safety

The Toyota Etios Liva hatchback has received 4 stars from Latin NCAP, which makes it quite a safe car. However the vehicle which was tested was equipped with dual airbags at the front. The Etios Cross gets dual airbags on the top V (or VD for diesel) variants. The base G doesn’t get airbags, nor does it get ABS. ABS with EBD is offered as standard on all diesel trims of the Etios Cross. With cars like the Hyundai i20 getting 5 stars from NCAP, we expect the world’s largest automaker to beef up safety on the Etios.

Toyota Etios Cross Cost in Ahmedabad

Toyota Etios Cross On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 7,16,305 to 9,08,281 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 Ahmedabad. Check for Etios Cross price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Toyota Etios Cross Conclusion

Toyota was kind enough to give all the engine options. And that has resulted in a wide range as far as efficiency is concern. Toyota still needs to work on features like touch screen, better ground clearance better quality materials for the interiors. As of now everything seems basic and I wonder how long Toyota will ride on the band wagon of reliability.

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