BBC TopGear Magazine India Car-Reviews — Driven: Toyota Etios Cross

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Driven: Toyota Etios

Driven May 2014

If there was lacking in the Etios Liva, it was a bit of flamboyance. It’s got a reliable a sorted chassis and decent manners, but the styling won’t be a highlight on its resume.

But Toyota has acknowledged that, and has now come up a change. But hold on, it’s not a update or a facelift. Toyota is at making a ‘new’ crossover out of compact city hatch.

How, you ask? First, it has on some serious plastic all over the car. So, does on some cladding convert a into a crossover? Not really. But path isn’t new. the VW Cross Polo? Yes, a rare sight which may what lies ahead for new baby crossover.

Anyway, to the Cross – on the outside, as we told it gets plenty of plastic, a plate at the front, roof and some more plastic on the boot lid. Along that, it gets a new orange as an option and new 15-inch diamond-cut wheels.

Luckily, Toyota has found the to do a bit of a change to the dreary interior of the It now gets generous doses of finish on the dash, a few splashes of and new fabric upholstery. Though the finish attracts layers of we’d pick it any day over the dour colour-tone of the regular

In the features department, there’s an system with USB, and Bluetooth connectivity. There are steering-mounted controls, but no electrically-adjustable or reverse sensors even on the variant.

Mechanically, nothing changes. the suspension setup remains the Only, those new 15-inch (instead of the 14-inchers on the standard give 4mm of extra ground in addition to the 170mm of the regular

The Etios Cross comes an option of three engines – two and one diesel. The smaller petrol is the block that you get in the regular and the bigger motor is the 1.5-litre one you find under the hood of the sedan. The 1.2 is good for 79bhp and and the 1.5 churns out 89bhp and 132Nm of The oil-burner develops a rather 67bhp but a healthy 170Nm of

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The Etios Liva never in terms of ride quality and the new one too to do so – it’s supple and absorbing. The is on the lighter side to aid city but feels low on feedback.

So how much this ‘crossover’ cost? Rs 5.76 — 7.40 (ex-showroom, Delhi) depending on and trim. The Cross adds a bit of to the otherwise boring styling, only a small bit, but it The interior is a notch better. So if you a city car that looks it will be at home in the wilderness, version of the Etios Liva cross your mind.

G: 4-cyl, 1197cc, 79bhp, petrol, 5M, FWD

V: 4-cyl, 1496cc, 132Nm, petrol, 5M, FWD

GD/VD: 1364cc, 67bhp, 170Nm, 5M, FWD

Looks a tad bit better than the but is nowhere close to being a Still very much a city hatchback

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