Toyota Etios Cross Overview
Primarily a sportier version of Liva, the hatchback crossover gets brawny exterior with several SUV-like features such as thick body cladding, skid plates etc. Inside, it gets additional kit missing on the regular Liva. Available in petrol and diesel fuel options, it shares engine set up with Liva putting out same power & torque. It also gets a 1.5 litre, petrol unit missing in the Liva line-up. Every time a superhero movie is released, every kid wants to look like a comic hero. While in the olden days the kids would resort to wearing their underpants over their trousers and turning a bath towel into a cape, these days they wear puffed up suits that make them look muscular and strong. Now think of compact crossovers to be the real superheroes, which have gained tremendous popularity; and now there are certain small cars that want to look like them. The newest example is the Etios Cross. Book a test drive for Etios Cross in Tryaldrive
Toyota Etios Cross Exterior
While the Etios Liva, the hatchback the Cross is based on is rather plain and simple, Toyota have done a phenomenal job tarting the latter up. The first thing one notices is the large grille/bull bar in a shade of matte silver up front paired with a similarly finished skid plate. The grille itself now comprises of a set of vertically placed slats that continue with the 2014 Toyota Etios Cross’ chunky looks. Toyota has added visual bulk to the car with a set of well-crafted and high quality plastic claddings that adorn the car’s length. The bumpers, finished in matte black as compared to conventional body colored ones, too give a sense of purpose to the Etios Cross.
The sporty additions continue with a set of matte silver roof rails and mirrors with inbuilt turn signals. We particularly liked the well-placed strips of chrome on the door handles and the silver side skirts and rear bumper cladding that completes the look. The Etios Cross also comes with a rather well detailed, chunky and handsome set of diamond cut 15-inch wheels that gel extremely well with the overall design of the car.
Toyota Etios Cross Interior
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.
Under the hood are three engine options to choose from – 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol mills producing 80PS/104Nm and 90PS/132Nm respectively; and a 1.4-litre diesel that is good for 68PS and 170Nm. All the three engines are essentially the same options you get in the Liva and are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. We managed to sample the 1.5 petrol and the 1.4 diesel. We’ve always liked the petrol engine for its peppy and responsive nature and it continues to be so. The diesel seems more drivable in the city though with its better torque spread. On the highway, both engines feel powerful enough. The Etios Cross benefits from the improved sound insulation that featured on the mid-life makeover for the Etios line-up, however, the diesel variant does have audible engine noise in the cabin over 2500rpm. The claimed fuel economy figures for the 1.2 & 1.5 petrol and the 1.4 diesel are 17.71kmpl, 16.78kmpl & 23.59kmpl respectively.
The Etios Cross is marginally heavier than the Liva – between 5 to 10kg depending on the variant. However, it is not significant enough to be evident when you are driving the car. Speaking of which, the Etios Liva was always a fun car to drive with a nice suspension setup – more so in diesel. Even in the Etios Cross, the diesel variant feels more stable and precise at speed and through bends than its petrol sibling. The steering system is vague at centre, but marginally better for the diesel variant. The brief sprint we had wasn’t long enough to comment on the grip levels of the tyres but judging by the Etios Liva, the 185/65-R15 tyres are good for most chores.
Toyota Etios Cross Driving
The Etios Cross may look taller and bulkier than the regular car, but in fact the suspension on both are near identical. As with the normal Etios Liva, the Etios Cross is not meant to be a corner carving hot hatch. While the ride and handling exceed expectations in the city and in general urban driving conditions, the Etios Cross does feel a little light at higher speeds. There is more than a noticeable level of roll in the Etios Cross at triple digit speeds, a phenomenon that tends to take away some of the confidence the engine and gearbox package inspire.The steering, precise and well weighted in the urban driving conditions too gets let down generally by the rather soft and roll inducing suspension setup. That said, we did indulge the Etios Cross over some uneven gravel and dirt surfaces and came out all smiles! Maybe there still is a bit of ‘Group A’ Celica GT-Four somewhere down there afterall.
Toyota Etios Cross Safety
Safety provisions on the Etios Cross are dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, removable head rests, seat belts in front & rear, child restraint system (ISOFIX & tether anchor), immobilizer and keyless entry.Addition of elements like grille with guard, roof rail, indicators on fog lamps and ORVMs, diamond cut alloy wheels and body cladding reinforce the sporty stance. Interior is equipped with features including 3-spoke steering wheel, 7 bottle holders, front & rear door pockets etc.
Toyota Etios Cross Price in Mumbai
Toyota Etios Cross Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,44,736/- (Etios Cross G) to 8,26,500/- (Etios Cross X Edition Petrol). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Cross from Toyota Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Etios Cross price in Mumbai at Carzprice
Toyota Etios Cross Verdict
Toyota Etios Cross doesn’t seem to be a crossover; in fact, it’s the Liva with added features and better interiors. Well, such models haven’t worked out in India before too, going by the dismal performance of Skoda Fabia Scout and Volkswagen Cross Polo. Overseeing it, Toyota Kirloskar Motors (KTM) has played a big gamble in the form of Etios Cross and in order to justify its step and receive optimum response, the company needs to market it aggressively. The price is also bit off, seeing the features available.