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A Corolla that fits the trend

Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 XR CVT HYBRID

A Corolla that fits the trend

Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 XR CVT HYBRID

Road test: Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 XR CVT HYBRID

Title: A Corolla that fits the trend

Recently launched in South Africa, the Toyota Corolla Cross has made a big impact on the local SUV scene. And why not? It offers a blend of reliability, space, value and fuel economy that very few competitors can rival, and it's got the Corolla badge.  

The Corolla Cross shares more than just a badge with the time-honoured sedans and hatches – it uses the same platform as the latest Corollas, the TNGA platform. TNGA stands for Toyota New Global Architecture and it is a modular platform that has been used to underpin hatch, sedan and SUV model ranges including the C-HR, Prius, RAV4 and 12th-generation Corolla models. The key attributes to this platform are excellent ride quality and low levels of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness, all of which are very evident from behind the wheel of the new Corolla Cross.

Space is another aspect of the Corolla Cross that has benefitted from the TNGA platform, and the practical shape of the vehicle means that the space is usable too, offering far more space inside than you'd think from the outside. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split, adding to the functionality.

Engines, too, are brought across from other models in the Toyota line-up, starting with e 1.8-litre petrol model. Producing 103kW and 173Nm of power and torque respectively, it is paired with a CVT transmission for fuel economy (6.8L/100km) and smoothness, but also offers good levels of mid-range grunt.

More exciting is the addition of a hybrid model, which combines a 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine (72kW/142Nm) with an electric motor capable of 53kW and 163Nm on its own – the cumulative output of the hybrid system is 90kW, and the results are a very impressive 4.3L/100km  fuel economy. It also uses a CVT gearbox.

The hybrid system is actually very practical in real life, and not just for lowering fuel emissions while you're stuck in traffic. Yes, when you are in heavy traffic you can whirr away on electric power only (and the batteries recharge when  you brake or go down a hill), but at highway speeds when  you're not needing to accelerate heavily, the petrol engine will switch off leaving you ghosting along for free! When you do need extra power or torque, such as when overtaking, the system works together for much better get-up-and-go.

Toyota has used the familiar Xi, Xs and XR specification grades in the Corolla Cross, in ascending order. Even the Xi comes with an extensive standard features list including cruise control, keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights, air con, an audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering-wheel controls, all-round one-touch electric windows and Toyota Connect connectivity. Safety is addressed via ISOFIX anchor points, Driver + Passenger + Side airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and ABS + EBD + Hill Assist Control.

Xs models also get LED headlights, Park Distance Control with a reverse camera, rain-sensing wipers, a black leather interior, dual-zone climate control and touchscreen audio system.

Then there's the XR, the model we tested. For the most part is has the same spec levels as the Xs, but the leather interior can be either black or Terra Rossa red, the wheels are 18-inch alloys and there is a black and grey grille up front. A bigger del, though is the addition of Toyota Safety Sense, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Trace Assist (LTA) and Pre-Collision System (PCS), which make the car that much safer for occupants and other road users.

From the driving seat everything looks and feels very familiar if you've driven a new-generation Corolla before, and that's a good thing. It's all well laid out and of good perceived quality. From the outside, though, things are quite different, as the Corolla Cross ganders a lot more attention than the sedan and hatch models. Everywhere we took it, people asked to have a look inside, and everyone was firstly impressed with the vehicle, and then blown away by the price. It's no wonder that sales have got off to a flying start – and they're going to keep that up!

 

The prices for the Corolla Cross are as follows:

Corolla Cross 1.8 Xi                     R349 900

Corolla Cross 1.8 Xs                    R390 100

Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid Xs          R413 000

Corolla Cross 1.8 XR                    R425 400

 

Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid XR     R448 300

A six-services/90 000 km service plan is standard on all Corolla Cross models and a 3-year/100 000km warranty is included. Hybrid models also carry an 8-year warranty on the Hybrid battery. Additional service and warranty plan extensions can be purchased from the nearest Toyota dealer (220 outlets nationwide).

 

What we liked

  • Great space compared to rivals
  • Excellent value for money
  • Great entry to hybrid ownership
  • Fuel economy
  • Potential resale value
  • Has made the Corolla name trendier and sexier

 

 

 

Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 XR CVT HYBRID

Road test: Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 XR CVT HYBRID

Title: A Corolla that fits the trend

Recently launched in South Africa, the Toyota Corolla Cross has made a big impact on the local SUV scene. And why not? It offers a blend of reliability, space, value and fuel economy that very few competitors can rival, and it's got the Corolla badge.  

The Corolla Cross shares more than just a badge with the time-honoured sedans and hatches – it uses the same platform as the latest Corollas, the TNGA platform. TNGA stands for Toyota New Global Architecture and it is a modular platform that has been used to underpin hatch, sedan and SUV model ranges including the C-HR, Prius, RAV4 and 12th-generation Corolla models. The key attributes to this platform are excellent ride quality and low levels of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness, all of which are very evident from behind the wheel of the new Corolla Cross.

Space is another aspect of the Corolla Cross that has benefitted from the TNGA platform, and the practical shape of the vehicle means that the space is usable too, offering far more space inside than you'd think from the outside. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split, adding to the functionality.

Engines, too, are brought across from other models in the Toyota line-up, starting with e 1.8-litre petrol model. Producing 103kW and 173Nm of power and torque respectively, it is paired with a CVT transmission for fuel economy (6.8L/100km) and smoothness, but also offers good levels of mid-range grunt.

More exciting is the addition of a hybrid model, which combines a 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine (72kW/142Nm) with an electric motor capable of 53kW and 163Nm on its own – the cumulative output of the hybrid system is 90kW, and the results are a very impressive 4.3L/100km  fuel economy. It also uses a CVT gearbox.

The hybrid system is actually very practical in real life, and not just for lowering fuel emissions while you're stuck in traffic. Yes, when you are in heavy traffic you can whirr away on electric power only (and the batteries recharge when  you brake or go down a hill), but at highway speeds when  you're not needing to accelerate heavily, the petrol engine will switch off leaving you ghosting along for free! When you do need extra power or torque, such as when overtaking, the system works together for much better get-up-and-go.

Toyota has used the familiar Xi, Xs and XR specification grades in the Corolla Cross, in ascending order. Even the Xi comes with an extensive standard features list including cruise control, keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights, air con, an audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering-wheel controls, all-round one-touch electric windows and Toyota Connect connectivity. Safety is addressed via ISOFIX anchor points, Driver + Passenger + Side airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and ABS + EBD + Hill Assist Control.

Xs models also get LED headlights, Park Distance Control with a reverse camera, rain-sensing wipers, a black leather interior, dual-zone climate control and touchscreen audio system.

Then there's the XR, the model we tested. For the most part is has the same spec levels as the Xs, but the leather interior can be either black or Terra Rossa red, the wheels are 18-inch alloys and there is a black and grey grille up front. A bigger del, though is the addition of Toyota Safety Sense, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Trace Assist (LTA) and Pre-Collision System (PCS), which make the car that much safer for occupants and other road users.

From the driving seat everything looks and feels very familiar if you've driven a new-generation Corolla before, and that's a good thing. It's all well laid out and of good perceived quality. From the outside, though, things are quite different, as the Corolla Cross ganders a lot more attention than the sedan and hatch models. Everywhere we took it, people asked to have a look inside, and everyone was firstly impressed with the vehicle, and then blown away by the price. It's no wonder that sales have got off to a flying start – and they're going to keep that up!

 

The prices for the Corolla Cross are as follows:

Corolla Cross 1.8 Xi                     R349 900

Corolla Cross 1.8 Xs                    R390 100

Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid Xs          R413 000

Corolla Cross 1.8 XR                    R425 400

 

Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid XR     R448 300

A six-services/90 000 km service plan is standard on all Corolla Cross models and a 3-year/100 000km warranty is included. Hybrid models also carry an 8-year warranty on the Hybrid battery. Additional service and warranty plan extensions can be purchased from the nearest Toyota dealer (220 outlets nationwide).

 

What we liked

  • Great space compared to rivals
  • Excellent value for money
  • Great entry to hybrid ownership
  • Fuel economy
  • Potential resale value
  • Has made the Corolla name trendier and sexier