Why to buy a premium hatch or an entry level sedan when you can buy a compact SUV at the same price? That’s the question usually raised by those who often end up buying sub four meter compact SUVs like Ford Ecosport and rugged looking hatches like Volkswagen Cross Polo. Soon, these both cars will be joined by a new entrant from Toyota, Etios Cross which was first displayed at the Auto Expo 2014 and bookings have begun for it.
In this article, we try to figure out how this car will justify itself against the already established Ecosport and its straight competitor, Cross Polo.
Ecosport comes in four variants and with three different engine options making sure there is an Ecosport for everyone. The top variant comes loaded with features like, push button start, keyless entry, power folding mirrors, automatic climate control, and integrated music system with Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity. Apart from these, the car has rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels and Ford’s sync system.
The top variant also has safety features like Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD. Even the basic variant of Ecosport comes equipped with basic features like front power windows, central locking and integrated LED turn indicators on ORVMs. Unlike Ecosport, Polo Cross is only available in one variant with one 1.2L diesel engine which is basically the highline variant of the standard Polo.
The car comes equipped with features like 15-inches alloy wheels, rough road cladding, roof rails, steering mounted controls, Dual front airbags, ABS, adjustable steering, integrated music system, front fog lamps, rear washer, wiper and multifunction display.
Looking at the competitors, Toyota has also prepared its new kid for the competition. There will be wide variety of variants in Etios Cross for you to choose from. The top end variant is likely to get 2-Din music system with Aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity with steering mounted controls, fog lights integrated with turn indicators, rear washer and wiper. As far as safety features are concerned, it will have ABS with EBD and Dual front airbags.
The base variant is likely to come with features like A.C, power steering with central locking. Toyota will sell Etios Cross in eight colors with three different engines out of which two will be petrol engines.
As far as prices are concerned the Ecosport base model starts at INR 6.10 lakhs whereas its top variant is priced at INR 9.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Cross Polo is not much behind as well; it’s available with a price tag of INR 7.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Toyota has launched the Etios Cross with a starting price of Rs 5.76 lakh for the base petrol which does make it quite a lot more expensive over the Liva.
In the end while we would have liked a more competitive price-tag the Etios Cross still comes across as a more desirable car over the Liva. It has got the added style but it remains to be seen whether the buyers would go for that or the EcoSport or even the Cross Polo. Mind you the Etios Cross will also have to compete with the Fiat Avventura soon.