Through the newly launched Corolla Cross, UMW Toyota Malaysia has finally plugged up a gaping chasm in their arsenal of vehicles offered here and we instantly wondered if this would finally be the contender they needed to capture a fat slice of that growing SUV market share.
Visually, it doesn’t take too many cues from the E210 12th-generation Corolla sedan, so despite the derivative relation, it could be perceived more independently as a standalone product. If anything, it resembles the handsome RAV4 most evidently among the other members of the Toyota stable.
Against its class competitors, the Corolla Cross’ practicality and credentials make it a rival most worthy. Rear passengers get ample leg and headroom with a bench that’s also reclinable by 6-degrees and folds down in a 60:40 split, behind which is a commodious 440-litre boot with a convenient kick-operated tailgate as standard.
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- Body Type: SUV
- Transmission: Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 1798 cc
- Fuel Type: petrol
- Seat Capacity: 5
- Price: RM 124,000 - RM 134,000
30 Mar 2021
FIRST DRIVE: 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8G - Is Pretty Good Really Good Enough?
The Corolla reference here seems to be an exercise in nameplate recognition more than anything else. At least stylistically, this exterior is unique enough to justify it being a totally different model and there’s very little here (besides the badges) to indicate a strong tie-in with the Corolla sedan or its other body styles. Stepping into the Corolla Cross and there’s a much clearer bridge between the Corolla sedan. The materials, ergonomics, button placement, and even seating position feels familiar, if not nearly identical - as it probably should. It feels modern, well thought out, and decently spacious. Keep your expectations in check and you’ll find the Corolla Cross is a pretty fun little thing to chuck around. Even at slower speeds, the pliancy of the springs and dampers coupled with the inherent rigidity of the TNGA platform delivers a drive that’s hard to get too upset with. Though steering is predictably vague, the front end is sharp and responsive enough and does manage to find grip even if you overcook the turn-in a little. Its rear is much more vague, perhaps owing to that torsion beam over an independent setup.View full review
User Review of Toyota Corolla Cross