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Toyota Corolla Cross, the stopgap – Companies

Compact SUVs are on an upward trend in Europe. This is the Peugeot 3008 & Cie segment. Toyota offered nothing really comparable on our continent. But it had the missing link in its international boxes: an SUV derived from the Corolla, launched in 2020 and initially intended for Asia and North America.

This model will therefore ultimately also have a European purpose.

Inside, it’s not very folichon: the dashboard is dark and unjoyful. It receives 12” digital instrumentation, but its customization possibilities are limited. At the back, the space is correct, nothing more. Same on the trunk side. Under the hood, this SUV embeds “self-recharging” hybrid thrusters (HEV) five-door Corolla and station wagon, but refined and more powerful (140 or 197 hp). As always with HEV technology, the battery cannot be recharged at a power outlet but only via the gasoline engine and energy recovery during braking. The electric mode only allows one to two kilometers of autonomy in a row with peaks at a maximum of 50-60 km / h, but the battery recharges very quickly and the actual consumption is very low. Thirst is even lighter on exclusively urban and peri-urban journeys, where we also appreciate the smoothness of the transaxle, free of jolts. En active driving, that’s another song: this box makes the engine grind too much, which then lets out a nagging rattle.

Finally, the results are mixed: while the Korean Kia/Hyundai are developing products specifically adapted to European culture, Toyota is not here what does it matter to us a placeholder who is a little too anonymous, already two years old. A model certainly without real flaw, reliable and very sober, but which lacks that little extra soul, style and refinement that characterizes the references of the segment.

TOYOTA COROLLA CROSS

2.0 Hybrid

  • 4 cyl. in-line, petrol, 1,987 cc + electric;
  • 197 hp (145 kW);
  • “self-recharging” battery;
  • length: 4.46 m, weight: 1.445 kg

Performance

  • Max speed: 180 km/h (restricted);
  • 0-100km/h in 7.6s;
  • average consumption of the test: 5.3 l/100 km;
  • WLTP CO2 emissions: from 113 to 120 g/km

Price

From 35,410 euros; tax deductibility: from 63 to 66%

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  • Low consumption,
  • smooth transmission in urban and suburban driving,
  • comfortable suspension,
  • available with all-wheel drive,
  • reliability (10 year/200,000 km warranty!)

  • SUV less refined and alluring than its competitors,
  • sad cabin,
  • unpleasant engine racing under hard acceleration

This model will therefore ultimately also have a European purpose. Inside, it’s not very folichon: the dashboard is dark and not very cheerful. It receives 12” digital instrumentation, but its customization possibilities are limited. At the rear, the space is correct, nothing more. Same on the trunk side. Under the hood, this SUV features the “self-recharging” (HEV) hybrid engines of the five-door Corolla and station wagon, but refined and more powerful (140 or 197 hp). As always with HEV technology, the battery cannot be recharged at a power outlet but only via the gasoline engine and energy recovery during braking. The electric mode only allows one to two kilometers of autonomy in a row with peaks at a maximum of 50-60 km / h, but the battery recharges very quickly and the actual consumption is very low. Thirst is even lighter on exclusively urban and suburban journeys, where you also appreciate the smoothness of the transaxle, free of jerks. In active driving, it’s another song: this box makes the engine grind too much, which then lets out a nagging rattle. Finally, the results are mixed: while the Korean Kia/Hyundai are developing products specifically adapted to European culture, Toyota is only importing here a little too anonymous stopgap, already two years old. A model certainly without real flaw, reliable and very sober, but which lacks that little extra soul, style and refinement that characterizes the references of the segment.

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