Review – Toyota Etios Cross

Posted on: May 10, 2014 - 10:54am IST

Car manufacturers have this misconception that a hatchback with a couple of accessories can be passed off as a crossover, and that somehow, people will buy these cars in appreciable numbers. The hatchback-tuned crossover segment has witnessed two back-to-back sales failures in the Skoda Fabia Scout and VW Cross Polo.

But, can Toyota pull a rabbit out of the hat with the Etios Cross?

Exteriors:

Toyota Etios Cross Review side
If the Etios Cross is ‘crossover looking’, then I’m a lookalike of Robert De Niro!

The Etios Cross looks better than the boring Liva when viewed at certain angles. The diamond-cut alloy wheels, plastic side moldings and ‘Cross’ badges look tastefully done to an extent. By no means however, is the Etios Cross crossover-looking. It also needs to be mentioned that the Cross does not sport added ground clearance compared to the Liva.

Toyota Etios Cross Review bootlid
The black plastics seem hastily stuck on the body of the Liva.

The plastic moldings you see on the sides of the car are plastic parts stuck to the doors in fact. Hence, the question of durability arises as to whether these parts will remain fixed on to the doors, rattle free, even after thousands of kilometers of driving on our roads. The add-on front bumper and skid plates are actually made out of plastic and not metal.

Interiors:

Toyota Etios Cross Review cabin
The piano black center console is well finished.

The interiors of the Cross have been given a glossy piano black finish which looks much better than the interiors of the Liva. The piano-black center console feels better screwed together than that of the Liva. The Cross is also extended new seat fabrics. Overall, the cabin’s ambiance is a certain improvement over the Liva’s.

Features:

The top-end trims of the Cross are equipped similarly to a top-end Liva. You get driver and passenger airbags, ABS, EBD, alloy wheels, a music system with Bluetooth compatibility and steering mounted controls.

The Drive:

Toyota Etios Cross Review engine
Engine options are carried over from the Liva.

The Cross is offered with three engine options, two petrol and one diesel, identical to the Liva.

The base petrol is the 1.2-liter four-cylinder producing 80 PS at 5,600 rpm and 104 Nm of torque at 3,100 rpm, while a higher-displacement 1.5-liter petrol (taken from the Etios Liva TRD Sportivo) produces 90 PS at 5,600 rpm and 132 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.

The diesel variant, the version we drove, is powered by the 1.4-liter motor developing 68 PS at 3,800 rpm and 170 Nm of torque between 1,800-2,400 rpm. All engines are offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Toyota Etios Cross Review interiors

Toyota engineers have made no modifications to these powerplants, and they’re identical to the Etios. Toyota says the Cross is about 20 kg heavier than a similarly specced Liva, and that this added weight would not affect the driving performance of the car.

And they’re absolutely right about that as the Cross performs exactly as the car its based on. The diesel, though underpowered on paper, is a good performer on the road and has plenty of torque.

The ride quality of the Cross/Liva can be described as best-in-class. As far as handling is concerned, the Liva/Cross isn’t the most exciting car, but the hatchback has sorted dynamics nevertheless.

Price:

Toyota Etios Cross Review headlight cluster
The Cross is priced about INR 50,000 more than the standard Liva.

The Etios Cross diesel VD is priced INR 50,000 more than the Etios Liva VD Safety Pack. Prices for the Etios Cross petrol start at INR 5.76 lakhs, while the top-end petrol 1.5 comes in at INR 7.35 lakhs. The diesel GD costs INR 6.9 lakhs while the VD costs INR 7.4 lakhs.

[All prices are ex-Showroom, New Delhi]

Verdict:

Toyota Etios Cross Review rear quarter

You would be fooling yourself into thinking that the Etios Cross is anything more than a normal Liva. The Cross, at the end of the day, is a Liva with added accessories, most of which only add on to the weight of the car. The only positive to the Cross is that its interiors are marginally better than the dull-looking Liva, but the exterior looks in no way increase its appeal. Ideally, Toyota should make this piano black interior an option across the Liva range.

Our conclusion is that the Etios Cross isn’t a crossover, but its in fact a Liva with slightly better interior quality and it doesn’t warrant the additional asking price of INR 50,000.

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16 thoughts on “Review – Toyota Etios Cross

  1. fintsho says:

    I agree with Manish. Toyota is taking the indian customer’s for a ride with such a fad as Etios cross. It is a smack on the intelligence of the customers who I think should boycot such products from a renowned company.

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  2. daman says:

    what a ugly lookin car…..

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  3. rehan says:

    looking good

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  4. bharat says:

    The article says “The add-on front bumper and skid plates are actually made out of plastic and not metal.”

    Dear expert of IAB. Please inform us, your readers, which urban SUV under 10 lakh offers metal skid plates?

    Please inform us, your readers, which urban SUV (ANY) offers metal add-on front bumper?

    PLEASE MAKE INFORMED STATEMENTS.

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    1. bharat says:

      Waiting for expert comments!

      BS

      Reply
      1. bharat says:

        sirji, lease reply with your expertise.

      2. Bharat Shah says:

        thank you FOR NOT REPLYING.

        IAB does not value engaging with its readers.

        BS

  5. Vishesh shah says:

    Manish good suggestion , but I think god is busy ….why don’t you help them meanwhile …

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  6. Rajesh says:

    “Etios Cross looks better than the boring Liva” – dude check your eyes. Liva looks much better than this fancy dress completion entry .

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    1. manish agarwal says:

      Well said Rajesh. I appreciate you
      and I think the manufacturer of toyota
      lost their mind

      Reply
  7. Raju says:

    Yesterday i visited Toyota showroom, and show the cross, as look wise it is really good but all extra fittings are in plastic and on road cost will be from 7L to 9..L is bad .. may be few units will sell but if the cost would have come on rodat 5.5L for petrol engine 1.2L .. according to me people can think but with 7L the car is not worth. we can get SUV/MUV from other manufacturer as on road with price tag 9L . then petrol millage is also not that much good ..no improvement from liva.. the car will attract u when u will purchase .. but in long run .. no way to make customer happy .. over all Toyota disappointed.

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  8. Manish says:

    I pity such manufacturers who think customers are fool. Add plastic here n there and small changes , and new car is ready. LOL. Wise people are those who learn from their mistake, wiser people are those who learn from others’s mistake. Toyota has learnt from non. Even they keep 50k less then liva , then also I will not consider it.

    O God give this manufacturers some COMMON sense.

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