We know this segment well. It is the compact SUV segment. We also know that it is bursting at the seams. Even Toyota will tell you that there are 31 models to choose from in this segment. Just think Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster, Volkswagen T-Cross, Kia Sonet, Haval Joilion, the list goes on and on. And now, it’s just added another one. The highly anticipated Corolla Cross.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
This is not just any car. This has the name of one of the most successful cars in motoring history. The Corolla spans 12 generations and has sold more than 50-million units worldwide. We have enjoyed this crowd-pleaser for around 46 years and have seen more than 1.4-million sold on our shores. We have seen the Corolla sedan for those who like a little practicality and space, the hatch version for those who are perhaps a little more image-conscious and for those of us who are on a strict budget, the Quest had you covered. Well now, sitting at the top of this pyramid, the hero of the heroes, it is the Corolla Cross. And this will be for any person who is shopping in the compact SUV segment, which at this point, seems to be everyone. It will also be for those who want something a little more than the Urban Cruiser but can’t maybe stretch it to the RAV4.
WHAT’S ON OFFER
The Corolla Cross is bigger than most of its competitors, which means it is certainly more spacious. This is going to be one of its drawcards, well, that and the badge it wears. Rear legroom is rather generous and the boot is claimed at 440-litres. There are five derivatives to choose from. From the entry-level Xi, the mid-range Xs and the top-specced XR model.
And when it comes to the engine line up, there is the 1.8-litre petrol naturally aspirated petrol engine, which would be my pick of the two, or the Hybrid model which consists of a 1.8-litre engine mated to an electric model. Although Toyota will have you believe that you will save on fuel costs if you choose the Hybrid model, just bear in mind that the Hybrid costs a fair bit more than the standard model and it will prove quite tricky to achieve the claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.3L/100km. You might be better off looking at one of the turbo-powered competitors with a smaller engine and a similar real-world fuel consumption.
The Corolla Cross comes in at a competitive price point. And what you are getting is a reliable, comfortable and spacious family car. With Corolla’s success and the fact that Toyota has such a huge footprint in South Africa, it wouldn’t surprise me if this becomes the best seller of the segment. But it won’t be an easy task, there are so many great rivals in this segment.
- Corolla Cross 1.8 Xi – R 349 900
- Corolla Cross 1.8 Xs – R 390 100
- Corolla Cross 1.8 XR – R 425 400
- Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid Xs – R 413 000
- Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid XR – R 448 300