Toyota Etios Cross Vs EcoSport – The new entrant vs the classic

Let’s see. One is no less than INR 2 Lakh more than the other even in its basic variant and if you ask us whether that is a factor deciding the fate of the car, we’ll say yes! Toyota keeps the price down and Ford loses out in that account but more than makes up for it in its features, performance and handling.

Toyota Etios Cross Vs EcoSport

The cockpit style spacious front cabin of the Ford EcoSport definitely scores more brownie points than the usual driver’s cabin in Toyota. Though Etios doesn’t do too bad with all the trims like instrument panel of piano black finish, round AC vents and multi functional steering wheel. Toyota has done lot to improve the overall look and feel of vehicle as well. But does it stand good to the Ford’s patented SYNC, number pad and climate control features? Well, there’s the in built music system in Ford for one thing. Space crunch is a big issue with both the cars though. The G/GD and V/VD gets trims according to their price segment. Check out Toyota Etios on road price in New Delhi.

EcoSport comes to you in four basic variants with the high end model getting push button start, keyless entry, integrated music system with Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, 16 inch alloy wheels and power folding mirrors. Safety features like LED turn indicators on ORVMs, Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, front power windows and central locking. As far as Etios Cross is concerned along with basic features you can expect the high end variants to have features steering mounted controls, fog lights integrated with turn indicators, rear washer and wiper. Entertainment is great with the 2-Din music system with Aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Looking at EcoSport, you will be spoilt for choices which the number of variants that Toyota has in the offing. There are 1 Ecoboost, 1 petrol and 1 diesel engine to take your pick from. We suggest you go for the diesel variant for a more fuel efficient drive. The Ecoboost (122bhp of power and 170Nm of torque) feature works well with petrol engine and produces a fuel efficient and powerful performance. The 1.5 liter petrol gives you 108bhp at 6045rpm and 140Nm at 4500rpm and the 1.5 liter diesel gives you 89bhp of power at 3750rpm and 204Nm at 2000rpm.

On the other hand the Etios works on 2 petrol (1.2-litre and 1.5-litre) and 1 diesel (1.4-litre) engine. You can expect a max power of 67bhp of and a peak torque of 170Nm from the diesel engine while the petrol variants will give you 79bhp and 89bhp max power.

There is no question that Ford’s EcoSport will give you a smoother ride here but there is denying the fact that the Toyota’s Etios Cross doesn’t too badly either with ground clearance, excellent shock absorbers and 15 inch tyres. It’s safe to say that both the cars do good in this account.

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