Toyota Etios Cross Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Toyota Etios Cross Overview

The Toyota Etios Cross, first showcased by Toyota at Auto Expo 2014 earlier this year, is the Japanese carmaker’s attempt to cash in on India’s love for compact SUVs and cross overs. Etios Cross is a regular Etios Liva hatchback beefed up with a rugged-looking body kit. The added body cladding imparts a serious aggressive look, and while it may look a bit over the top, it ensures that the Etios Cross doesn’t get lost in the crowd – something the Toyota Etios Liva was quite prone to. For information on contact details of Toyota car dealers in Bangalore

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Toyota Etios Cross Look

Underpinning the Liva platform, as mentioned earlier, it is more bold, tough and robust in character. As for the front facade, it sports a lurid front grille which is protected by a silver colored grille guard. Dual front fog lamps with integrated turn indicators enhance the appearance of this crossover. The company’s logo finds its place in the centre of the radiator grille. Etios Cross shares its headlamp cluster with the Liva hatchback and beneath it, there is a wide air-dam. In addition, the body colored door handles and body colored outside rear view mirrors with turn indicators are a symbol of lavishness.

As we go sideways, there is a silver colored cladding and wheel arch fenders. The 15′ diamond cut alloy wheels are flamboyant and make the crossover much sportier. The sturdy silver colored roof-rails seem upbeat at their place and compliment well the sportiness of the crossover. Going by the rear end, it is again identical to the younger sibling, Liva hatchback, but multiple additions in form of black colored bumper, silver color cladding make it more exotic. Additionally, several features such as the rear windscreen comprising of wiper, washer and defogger, dynamic garnish with badging, roof spoiler, roof-mounted Antenna etc. justify the sporty character of the crossover. The company has offered the compact crossover with a total of 8 dynamic colors – Inferno Orange, Ultramarine Blue, Classic Grey, Harmony Beige, Celestial Black, Vermilion Red, Symphony Silver, and White.

Toyota Etios Cross Comfort

The Toyota Etios Cross is not different from the Etios sedan when it comes to the interiors. This five seater hatchback offers sufficient leg space and headroom despite having a short wheelbase. It has wide cushioned seats with sporty fabric upholstery covers. The cockpit of Cross has stylish dashboard equipped with a three spoke electric steering wheel, AC vents, glove box and a centre console integrated with remote operated 2-DIN stereo system. In addition, the Etios Cross features a handful of notifying instruments like tachometer with door open indicator, digital trip meter, headlight-on, driver seat belt warning and low fuel consumption.

This is not all from the goodies bag of Etios Cross as it consists an accessory socket, a day & night inside rear view mirror, front cabin lights, three assist grips with coat hooks, four speakers, tailgate opener, clean air filter and remote fuel lid come along. An auto-down function is also available only on driver’s side among the four power windows.

Toyota Etios Cross Performance

Unlike the VW Cross Polo which is offered in a single variant with a 1.2-litre diesel motor, the Etios Cross will be offered in two levels of trim and three engines to choose from; 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines and a 1.4-litre diesel motor. The 1.5-litre petrol motor (available only on the top-spec car) produces 89bhp and concentrates more on city drivability rather than outright power. Throttle response at lower revs is good and the car feels reasonably peppy on the highway too. The 67bhp 1.4-litre diesel, on the other hand, feels more sedate and while turbo-lag isn’t much of an issue, you will miss the mid-range punch on the highways. Also, both the motors are a bit too noisy and cabin insulation doesn’t do the best job at keeping out road noise either. However, the ride is pretty absorbent and the suspension does a great job of shielding the cabin from the worst of our roads. Handling is quite decent too and the chunky steering wheel is nicely weighted but a bit slow to respond.

The Etios Cross, with all the three engines, delivers supreme fuel economy. The 1.2L petrol motor which serves the base variant of petrol line up returns a mileage of 17.71kmpl which is decent in accordance with the Indian roads and traffic. The heavier petrol engine of 1.5L, despite being performance oriented, pulls out a fuel efficiency of 16.78kmpl which is commendable. The diesel mill, being mileage eccentric, registers the best fuel economy and delivers a thumping 23.59kmpl which is at par comparing with some of the other vehicles in the segment.

Toyota Etios Cross Rideing

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

A proficient suspension system has been incorporated by the auto maker in order to ensure complete stability of the vehicle on non-favourable road conditions. Its front axle has McPherson strut type suspensions while the rear one is incorporated with torsion beam for a comfortable driving experience. The front wheels feature a set of ventilated disc brakes while the rear ones have solid drum brakes.

The Etios Cross comes with various protective features including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brake-force Distribution system (EBD). The supplemental restraint system (SRS) based airbags are backed in the car for driver as well as co-passenger. Moreover, the keyless entry and engine immobilizer restrict unauthorized access into the vehicle and ensure complete protection from theft. Not only this, the defogger with wiper and high mount stop lamp gives vision clarity during rainy seasons.

Toyota Etios Cross Price in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Cross Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,42,547/- (Etios Cross G) to 8,23,500/- (Etios Cross X Edition Petrol). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Cross from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Etios Cross price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Cross Bottomline

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.

Toyota Etios Cross directly challenges the Volkswagen Cross Polo. It also competes with the likes of Renault Duster & Ford EcoSport. Volkswagen Cross Polo is already a failure as people disliked the idea of hatchback-turned-crossover vehicle. So, ideally, the Etios Cross has a clear road ahead as of now, but several other auto makers are gearing up to launch their vehicles in this segment, especially Fiat Avventura seems to be the first real threat to it. But, still there is time left in its launch and till then Etios Cross can enjoy a gala time at the Indian auto industry.

Toyota Etios Liva Hatchback Test Drive & Gearbox

Toyota Etios Liva Overview

Toyota has launched the new dual-tone Etios Liva with two engine options and across a total of four variants. The dual-tone Etios Liva’s price starts at Rs 5.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and goes up to Rs 7.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the top-end diesel variant. Toyota Etios Liva gets a sporty roof spoiler, new dual-tone painted contrast roof and pillars, black finish on the front grille, chrome fog lamp bezels, electrically-foldable ORVMs, and diamond cut alloy wheels. Inside, it receives a piano black finish instrument panel, optitron combimeter rear removable headrests, adjustable front headrest, and 3D textured seat fabric. For information on contact details of Toyota car dealers in Pune

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The new generation Dual-Tone Etios Liva is a whole package with the best in class safety features, fuel efficiency, space, stylish looks, quality and performance. It sets a benchmark in safety with standardized dual air bags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) across all grades which is the first in the industry. New ISOFIX child seat locks for all models and all grades has been added to ensure safety of children. We are confident that Indian customers will appreciate the most trendiest hatchback in town

Toyota Etios Liva Style

With an aerodynamic body structure and modified features, its exteriors look quite attractive. Its side profile is defined by visible character lines. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors (integrated with side turn blinker) are painted in body color. Its flared up wheel arches are fitted with a set of 14-inch steel wheels, which have full wheel covers and are covered with 175/70 R14 sized tubeless tyres . The front fascia is designed with a well designed radiator grille with grey finish and it is embedded with a prominent chrome plated company’s insignia. This grille is flanked by a radiant headlight cluster that is integrated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Its body colored bumper has a wide air intake section for cooling the engine. The windscreen is made of green tinted glass and is integrated with a pair of intermittent wipers. The rear end is elegantly designed with stylish tail light cluster, body colored bumper with a pair of reflectors and an expressive boot lid, which is embossed with variant badging. The windshield is integrated with a high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety aspect. This hatchback is designed with an overall length of 3775mm, a total width of 1695mm and a decent height of 1510mm. It has a large wheelbase of 2465mm and a minimum ground clearance of 170mm.

Toyota Etios Liva Comfort

With the exteriors done and dusted, let’s check what the Etios Liva has to offer once you step inside the cabin. In all honestly, there is not much. You continue to get the same simplistic and basic cabin layout, which is a bit of a turn-off as there was indeed quite a lot of scope for improvement.

First its the steering wheel, which ergonomically feels a bit to large to handle; however it does get mounted controls for the 2-din music system. Talking about the music system, this piece in itself feels outdated, especially if you were to compare it with the ones available on the competition. The dial for operating the air-con control module are very basic while the ones for door locks, exterior mirror adjustment and headlamp leveling feel a bit awkwardly placed.

With the update, Toyota has now revamped the centrally mounted instrument cluster and now it gets a digital tachometer, in addition to the back-lit speedometer, which now looks significantly better than the earlier one. Ergonomically, the Etios Liva’s cabin offers decent storage space, comfortable seats with good shoulder and under thigh support. To sum it up, the interiors of the Etios Liva are a love it or hate it affair, they have been designed not to look good but to work well, which they will for sure.

Toyota Etios Liva Engine

There was a lot of talk of the Toyota Etios Liva getting the big 1.5-litre engine from the sedan, but anyone who knows the Indian market would know that the hatch would be looking to exploit the maximum benefits of the excise duty concessions that the Indian government has on offer for small cars. That means that under the Etios Liva hood is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine (Read :Engine & Transmission). On paper, it isn’t all that bad, 80PS @ 5600rpm and 104Nm @ 3100rpm. In fact the figures are pretty close to most of the competition and better than some as well. Coupled with the Liva’s approximately 900 kg kerb weight, it should also make for a great power-to-weight ratio to score high on performance. But somehow, that’s not the case because the Etios LIVA’s brief seems to be rather straight forward – better efficiency. With the gear ratios matched to make life in the city easier, the car does feel peppy enough at low revs and accelerates cleanly off the line, but the excitement tapers off much too soon and you really need to work the engine to get past 120km/h.

Our instrumented tests did see the car cross the 150km/h mark but it took a lot of patience and even more stretches of empty roads to get there. The 5-speed manual gearbox may be the culprit here with gear ratios more conducive for city driving rather than highway cruising. But that does have a rather positive effect on its fuel efficiency. The ARAI certified stat reads 18.3kmpl cumulative but real world conditions should see you get about 14.3kmpl in the city and 16.1kmpl on the highway. Considering the prices of petrol today, that’s a welcome proposition indeed! All through the test, the Liva’s gearbox provided positive feel and slick shifts all the way to fifth. Predictably, the Liva didn’t scorch the acceleration runs, taking over 17 seconds to cross the 100km/h mark.

Toyota Etios Liva Rideing

What impresses most is the steering. We realized a turning circle radius of 4.8M, which means taking the car out from narrow spaces will never be a problem. Changing gears is very smooth and one can easily change gears while driving. The car’s ride is very smooth and comfortable. The Toyota Etios Liva’s AC is good and powerful and one could feel the effectiveness of the same quickly after turning it on. One more point here is that the glove box is also provided with blower inputs and hence cooling takes place in glove box, making it a good storage for things like chocolates, cool drink bottles etc. Also cup holders have been provided in each door and near the dash which adds to comfort as expected from a premium hatch.

Major humps in the road are overcome with comfort thanks to the high quality suspension. There was no discomfort after the front wheels crossed hump, and there was enough ground clearance to clear the humps without scraping the ground.The car’s pick up is good and we could reach 60 to 80KMPH easily and smoothly in city traffic. While we pushed the car, we were able to touch 150 on the highways. The positioning of Instrument cluster in the middle though innovative, makes it difficult to gauge the speed of the car.Parking of the Etios Liva was easy and we could confidently park the car with minimum space for turning the car.

Toyota Etios Liva Safety

Toyota has taken care of the safety of the passengers inside and a s a result they actually have loaded the LIva hatchback with ABS and EBD which comes as standard across all its grades. Furthermore the hatch also gets duel front SRS airbags as well. There is also an optional rear parking sensors as well with the car.

Toyota Etios Liva Cost in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Liva Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,49,973/- (Etios Liva G) to 7,43,215/- (Etios Liva VXD Dual Tone). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Liva from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Etios Liva price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Liva Bottomline

Let us get this straight, making affordable cars in India is a tough task and so far Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have been successful. The Etios Liva is a good hatchback to buy and for the price you can expect a little better quality. However, the interior styling could have been better. The biggest USP of this hatchback is the Toyota badge and bullet proof reliability of this Japanese manufacturer. The top-of-the-line variant of the Liva diesel costs about Rs 8 lakhs, there are cars with more features available at this price, but most of them lack the refinement and experience of that Toyota promises. You can’t expect the same high Lindt standards for that price, which the Swiss company has set with its other range of chocolates. However, the company will deliver better product than a Cadbury and so is Toyota. They have made a lot of changes in the Etios family, we expect them to sort out the remaining ones too.