Toyota Etios Cross Vs Volkswagen Polo

The crossover segment is finally surging ahead. With many of the car manufacturers out with their crossovers and with the arrival of new entrants in the near future, this segment is getting its due in India. With crossovers like the Fiat Avvetura, Toyota Etios Cross and Volkswagen Cross Polo on offer, the Indian consumer has many choices on his plate. With Hyundai also contemplating to bring in a crossover variant of the Elite i20, the competition is only going to get stiffer

Let us take a look at two of the crossovers in the market – the Toyota Etios Cross and the Volkswagen Polo. Both the Cross Polo and Etios Cross are based on hatchbacks, the Polo and the Etios Liva, respectively.


So first the dimensions: The Polo scores well being the longest one here at 3987 mm of length and Etios Cross at 3895 mm. When it comes to height and width, the Etios Cross is a clear winner being the widest at 1735 mm; the Cross Polo stands at 1698 mm. A look at the ground clearance and wheelbase: the Cross Polo and Etios Cross offer 2469 mm and 2460 mm of wheelbase and 165 mm and 174 mm of ground clearance.

The Etios Cross flaunts a more appealing dashboard and seats and the all black theme with the gloss and matt black surfaces and look a lot sportier than the Liva. The Etios Cross’ interiors are far more spacious, but the Cross Polo interiors are well designed and high quality. The Cross Polo has comfier seats but less room in the cabin.

The Cross Polo range employs a 1.5-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 89 bhp and 230 Nm of peak torque. The power is distributed to the front wheels via 5 speed manual transmission gearbox. It yields a maximum mileage of about 22.07 kmpl. The Etios Cross petrol is offered in two engine options – a 1.2 litre and a 1.5 litre motor. The 1.2 l unit churns out 79 bhp of maximum power and a torque of 104 Nm while the 1.5 l engine churns out a maximum power of 89 bhp and a maximum torque of 132 Nm. The diesel Cross Polo is equipped with a 1.4-litre diesel engine that yields a maximum power of 67 bhp and 170 Nm torque. The Etios Cross comes in 8 body colours. Toyota claims a mileage of over 23 kmpl in their standard test cycle for the diesel engine which is pretty impressive.

The single variant VW Cross Polo 1.2 TDiis available in Flash Red, Deep Black pearl and Reflex Silver colours at Rs 7 lakhs. The prices are in the range of Rs. 5.76 lakhs to Rs. 7.4 lakhs.

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Latest Techno-Gadgets Released Just in Time for Christmas

Yes, it’s that time of year again. With summer almost over, we must look to the future and when we do, we are reminded that Christmas is only a few months away. Trust me though, manufacturers of cool electronics, gaming devices, phones etc. have been working Santa’s elves overtime for months in preparation for the upcoming holidays.

Let’s take a look at some of the extremely radical new gadgets, games and toys coming out for Christmas:

Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo ups the anti by adding a three-dimensional element to its popular game. Though it might seem like nothing more than a “gimmick” to some, the idea does work. They also added a slider so that the user is able to control the 3-D effect. You can experience all or none or any level in between while playing your favorite Nintendo DS games. For the future, Nintendo plans to offer the ability to view 3D movies on its 3.5 inch DS screen.

Apple iPhone 4
The most noticeable change in the iPhone 4 is the screen resolution. The screen size remains the same at 3.5 inches but now offers something Steve Jobs calls the “Retina Display”. At 960-by-640, this is said to be the highest resolution ever offered on a phone. The second big feature in the new iPhone 4 is the addition of a 3-axis gyroscope. This will lead to greater accuracy in tilt-controlled games and apps. Apple has zoomed past its competitors by increasing the power and efficiency of its video editing with iMovie, making this a Triple Play for Christmas.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab
The race to come up with a tablet that beats out the iPad has been going for a while. Every manufacturer is searching for a new slant on the popular iPad. Samsung is leading the pack with its GT-P1000 Galaxy Tab. This tablet computer offers most of the features of the iPad but is smaller with a 7 inch TFT-LCD screen. The Galaxy Tab is powered by a Cortex A8 1.0 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM. It includes a 3 MP camera and has a storage capacity of either 16 GB or 32 GB. It features Wi-Fi 802, Bluetooth and 3G support. This should be a popular gift for Christmas.

Phillips Keychain P44417S Digital Camera
Searching for some great Stocking Stuffer ideas? Look no further. This cool little digital camera is only $18 and will fit on a key chain, in a pocket or purse. It measures 2 inches wide by 1.5 inches wide and is only.7 inches thick. It only offers a 0.1 MP resolution, but does offer a frame movie mode and webcam capabilities. Sure, it’s a little “gimmicky” but certain to be a HIT as an awesome stocking stuffer this year.

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim 120GB
The PlayStation remains high on the list of favorite game systems for gamers. PlayStation has discontinued production of its older system though, replacing it with the all-new, completely redesigned PlayStation 3 Slim with 120 GB of storage space. The new system is quieter and all games are played in high definition. It will double as a Blu-Ray and DVD player and includes built in Wi-Fi. Add to that a free online gaming service and a built in web browser and you’ve got a winner! The best part is that the price did not go up and will remain in the $300 range, making it an awesome Christmas deal for adult or child.

For the Love of Techno Remix!

Most people are fond of techno remixes because they can shake up a well-known pop cultural icon or re-invent a popular piece of media or art. The idea behind remixing pre-existing content is one of complete freedom and unique power in the hands of the individual.

The 21st Century is about individual freedom. You can already see the crumbling Industrial Age around us. The proliferation of free media, the shakiness of personal privacy, the downfall of large corporations in favor of smaller “indie” competitors. This is just the beginning.

100 years from now, every single human being will have infinite and instant access to the thoughts and lives of all other human beings and all humans that have ever lived and been recorded in cultural memory. This means that the ability to remix reality and redefine culture will be a constantly shifting, ever-expanding realm of cultural freedom.

Techno as a form of electronic music emerged as a chief element of the techno-gadget revolution that now serves as the largest generation gap in recent memory. The new generation is completely free to dabble in anything electronic and frequently do. Facebook and Twitter keep people connected. Google and Wikipedia keep information free, abundant, and fluid. And electronic music allows anyone — regardless of aptitude for physical instruments– the freedom to experiment with and explore beats, rhythms, and melody.

What a wonderful world we live in! Media and ideas are reshuffled constantly to be presented to entirely new audiences and minds. Such freedom …

Hail the Techno Revolution!

The Ultimate “James Bond” Gadget For Your Home Business

Do you need to take your files for your home business around with you but are concerned about losing the USB stick?

Well, this latest gadget, Swiss Flash USB Knife, was featured in our local paper and I must say it even got Wayne, my husband, excited. He is not a techno gadget sort of guy, so when he could see the value in this I decided I will have to get him one now.

I had to Google for more info and found information on the site, the page is titled “Okay, please stop drooling”. Very apt.

So what is it? Well, it has the usual Swiss Army Knife tools and gadgets, like a pair of scissors, nail file, key ring, even down to LED mini white light, a retractable ballpoint pen, a blade and of course a screwdriver. Now this model has a secure Pro USB stick. So what is so great about that?

This is where it gets interesting. The USB drive stick is available in 4GB, 2GB, and 1GB capacity. The flash drive is detachable, and requires no external power. It works with Windows, MAC and Linux. So what you say? Hold on – there more… The makers have made this secure by making the stick accessed only by fingerprint and thermal identification for added security. Any attempt to access your information without the proper ID will cause it to self-destruct with all the information being wiped out!

So if you want to carry secure files around with you this is definitely the way to go, plus you get the added bonus to feel like James Bond, knowing that if you lose it, no-one can access your files.

I am such a Pink Girl – so my next question is “Does it comes in pink?”