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.