Toyota Etios Cross Expert Review

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Introduction

Toyota Etios Cross
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Pros
  • Appreciable standard safety features – dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belts with pre-tensioners, ISOFIX child seat mounts and three-point seatbelt for the rear middle passenger
  • The Etios Cross 1.5-litre petrol is only second to the Fiat Avventura/Urban Cross 1.4-litre T-JET when it comes to engine performance
  • Spacious cabin with absolutely flat rear floor, similar to the Etios Liva
  • More road presence than the Liva as it is slightly longer, wider and taller, and also rides 4mm higher
Cons
  • Missing features such as push button start-stop, touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking camera and others
  • It is also not spared from the Etios series’ low-rent feel
  • A 4mm lift in overall ground clearance is not enough; more lift would have been preferred, like the Fiat Avventura (205mm)
  • Unlike the Liva, the Cross has not received any aesthetic changes and has started to show its age. In fact, the entire Etios series is ageing

Stand Out Features

  • 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels

    15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels

  • Only car in the segment to offer standard dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts and front seat belts with pre-tensioners across all its variants

    Only car in the segment to offer standard dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts and front seat belts with pre-tensioners across all its variants

CarDekho Verdict

After the initial hype, this cross-hatch segment is dwindling in terms of sales as customers are inclined towards similarly priced sub-4m SUVs. Also, Toyota has not given any aesthetic upgrades to the Etios Cross since its launch, unlike the Etios sedan and the Etios Liva. The company need to bring a compact SUV or update the Cross’ aesthetics to come back in the game in this price range. 

"The punchy 1.5-litre petrol of the Etios Cross is definitely one of the best offerings in its segment in terms of performance and safety. "

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