Crossover hatchbacks seem to be the new love of manufacturers and possibly the easiest way to cash in on the term ‘Crossover’. They would take an established selling hatchback from the stable, add a few features, make it more muscular and is an all new crossover car!

Toyota has gone onto call their Etios Cross a ‘Crossover’, actually!


The first one to enter the market was the Fabia Scout which was a dismal failure and I am yet to see one on the roads! Undeterred by its performance, Volkswagen launched the Cross Polo in India recently. Cross Polo is just a rebadged Polo and unfortunately with the same 1.2L 3-cylinder diesel engine.

The latest to join the salvo is the Etios Cross which is nothing but the Etios Liva with added ‘tough-looks’! Etios Cross, though has more engine options as compared to the Cross Polo’s lone 1.2L. (More Details here)

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Here’s a quick compare for your reference:

Specifications Polo Cross Etios Cross
Engine 1.2L diesel 1.2L petrol, 1.5L petrol, 1.4L diesel
Max Power 75PS @4200rpm 80PS @5600rpm, 90PS @5600rpm, 68PS @3800rpm
Peak torque 180Nm @2000rpm 104Nm @3100rpm, 132Nm @3000rpm, 170Nm @1800rpm
Dimensions in mm(L, B, H) 3987, 1698, 1474 3895, 1735, 1555
Ground clearance in mm 168 N/A
Mileage in kmpl 22.1 17.71, 16.78, 23.59
Boot space in L N/A 251
Price in lacs (ex-showroom, Delhi) 7.75 5.76-7.40

In terms of features, Polo Cross has a 2DIN music system with AUX, USB, SD card support, Bluetooth connectivity with steering mounted controls, electrically adjusted side mirrors and automatic climate control offered as standard.


Etios Cross gets a music system with USB, AUX, remote and Bluetooth connectivity along with a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and rear defogger as standard. Strangely, Toyota decided not to equip the Etios Cross with internally adjustable ORVMs!!

If it is the comparison of looks, Cross Polo manages to look real decent, whereas Toyota Etios Cross ends up being a confusion, more than a car!