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Toyota Etios Cross
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Customer Rating
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Expert Rating
: 7/10
Warranty
: 3 Yrs / 1,00,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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6.4 Lakhs-7.92 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Manly styling 
  • Good quality interiors 
  • Spacious cabin 
  • Toyota’s reliability and quality
  • Excellent after-sales support
 

Weak Areas

  • Average performance 
  • High sticker price 
  • Small equipment list
  • Unrefined oil-burner
  • Poor overall sound insulation
 
Toyota Etios Cross
 
 

Toyota Etios Cross Expert Review

Sharing the diesel and petrol engines of Liva, the Etios Cross is Toyota’s answer to VW Cross Polo. 


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On 7th May 2014, Toyota Kirloskar Motor launched its new model, the Etios Cross – a highly customised version of the Etios Liva. This crossover hatchback was unveiled earlier at the Auto Expo in February 2014. Offered with two petrol and one diesel engine option, the Etios Cross is the third member of the Etios family.

Can the sporty looking Etios Cross infuse some excitement into the Etios platform? Is it a better car in terms of features and performance? Ecardlr has a comprehensive review of this Toyota product and we have analysed the drives for the 1.5 litre petrol and the 1.4 litre diesel model.

Exteriors

In essence the Etios Cross is a regular Liva hatch with a rugged looking body kit. But thanks to its bigger dimensions and some typical brawny elements it can be easily distinguished from the Liva. The prominent body cladding and a matt black plastic band that starts from the chin and continually goes over the wheel arches, across the door panels, and around the rear, adds muscular chunks to this car. Enhancing the visual appeal are the roof rails, a rear spoiler, distinct Etios Cross badges and the 15 inch alloy wheels with a diamond finish. This crossover uses 185 / 60 R15 tyres as standard for all variants.

The bold black grille in the front is protected by a thick silver guard and round fog lamps housed on the front bumper also have side turn indicators on them. The external dimensions of Etios Cross are bigger than Liva. It is 3895 mm long, 1735 mm broad and has a height of 1555 mm. All those extra claddings and sporty features add about 20 kg to the kerb weight. But with its sporty and beefy appearance, the Etios Cross manages to draw more attention than the rather demure Liva hatch.

Interiors

Etios Cross shares its 2460 mm of wheelbase with the Liva. Hopping inside you see a piano black finish for the centre console and the front seats have Etios Cross badges along with white stitching for a sporty feel. There is a 2 DIN audio system with Aux input, USB port and Bluetooth compatibility. The top end trim gets steering wheel mounted controls. The features such as rear glass defogger, height adjustment for driver’s seat, tilt adjustment for steering wheel, manual air conditioner with heater & air filter and adjustable headrests are common for all variants.

Anti lock braking with EBD as also SRS airbags for driver and front passenger are standard for the diesel powered car but there is only ABS+EBD (no airbags) for the petrol and that too in the GD version. Basic safety features such as engine immobiliser and alerts for seat belt, open door, parking brake and headlamps-on are shared by all trims.

For a car in this price range, the look of dials on the instrument cluster could have been better and instead of tacky faux carbon fibre accents for controls, Toyota could have used more refined touch-ups. Etios Cross cabin is not as bland as that of Liva but it does not feel as loaded or plush as some other cars in its class.

Engine, Transmission and Performance

1.5 litre petrol

Etios Cross comes with 1.2 and 1.5 litre petrol engines. The bigger of these two, the 1496 cc, 4 cylinder unit produces 89 bhp at 5600 rpm and has only 13.4 kgm of torque at 3000 rpm. This is the same motor that drives the Etios sedan and the TRD Sportivo variant of Liva and it is quite a peppy, strong powertrain coupled with a 5 speed manual gearbox. But it is surely not refined. Despite being petrol, this engine is considerably audible at idling and as you speed up, things only get worse. The poor cabin insulation fails to filter out the road noise too.

The throttle response is especially good in the low rev range and Etios Cross feels sprightly on the highways. However, the focus is evidently on ease of drive amidst city traffic. It can pull cleanly from low speeds in almost any gear and you don’t need to shift very frequently. The gearbox itself is light and has short throws. Power delivery is linear, the mid-range is strong and the engine pulls convincingly well to the redline. Etios Cross does the 0-100 km/hour in 12 seconds.

1.4 litre diesel

The 1364 cc D-4D engine churns 67 bhp at 3800 rpm and has a torque of 17.3 kgm at 1800-2400 rpm. Once again this is the same common rail diesel engine that does duty in Etios sedan and Liva. But like its petrol counterpart the diesel driven Etios Cross loses out some points with regards to refinement. The diesel rumble is noticeable soon as you fire up the engine. As the speed build up that clamour continues to stay all along and with all that road noise it can get annoying with the glasses down.

On a positive note there is not much of lag - the engine power comes early and it stays progressive so you do not need to reach out for the gear lever stalk very frequently. The car is therefore very practical for city driving.

But you do miss the mid-range punch on the highways especially when the car has 2-3 passengers. So it is essential to work through the gearbox (which thankfully, is slick) to keep the engine on the boil in those conditions. The diesel powered Etios Cross does 0-100 km/hour in 16.1 seconds.

Ride and Handling

Etios models have been panned earlier for plain looks and flair-lacking cabin but ride quality has always been a strong point for both the sedan and hatchback. And the same holds true for Etios Cross. You can enjoy an absorbent ride and on poor roads, not too many of jerks on bumps and rough patches filter through the cabin. The suspension works well to shield the cabin occupants on bad tarmac. But it becomes pretty noisy as it gets on to work, and this is especially noticeable on poor roads. Again, it's all about the lack of cabin insulation.

Handling is appreciable. Thanks to thick 185 mm rubber, the grip levels are good. Like the Liva, Etios Cross has fine dynamic balance and you don’t find any sudden under-steer or over-steer coming in. Straight line stability is acceptable and the chunky power steering is easy to use although it is a little slow to respond. The brakes optimised by ABS and EBD perform as you expect them to. The pedal behaviour is predictable and simple to modulate.

Fuel Economy

Toyota claims a fuel economy of 16.8 km/litre for the 1.5 litre petrol engine variant and 23.5 km/litre for the diesel powered car. In the real world Etios Cross with the bigger petrol motor delivers 11 km/litre (city) to 15.5 km/litre (highways0. The diesel affords efficiency of 14.2 km/litre in the city and 18.5 km/litre on the highways.

Verdict

By giving a sporty style to the plain Liva and slightly modifying its interiors, Toyota has worked well to create an all-new ‘hatchback-crossover’ model. Etios Cross does not have any off-roading credentials and there is hardly any difference in its performance when compared to the sibling Liva. The cabin still lacks that flair. But the ease of driving this Toyota and its fresh, bold styling makes it little more attractive for young car buyers. The different variants of Etios Cross are priced between Rs 5.76 to 7.41 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi)

Comfort:  3.5/5

Refinement: 2/5
 
Safety: 3/5 
 
Ride: 3.5/5
 
Handling: 3.5/5
 
Value for Money: 3.5/5

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