SUV as a hybrid model with four-wheel drive: Toyota Corolla Cross 2.0 combines two competences

SUV as a hybrid model with four-wheel drive
Toyota Corolla Cross 2.0 combines two competences

Toyota now brings its most famous model to the world of SUVs: the new Corolla Cross fills the gap between the stylish C-HR and the rather large RAV 4. A hybrid with up to three engines is used as drive.

Toyota is considered a pioneer of hybrid technology, which counteracts the excessive thirst for petrol in our cars with a combination of classic combustion engines and modern electric motors. At the same time, the Asians were one of the first to recognize and respond to the desire of customers for long-legged SUVs. Now there is a new model that combines both competencies. The new Corolla Cross, in the typical guise of this type of car, competes in the SUV compact class, but faces stiff competition there.

The Toyota Corolla Cross is fuel efficient.

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Huge front with a steep cooler framed by angled LED eyes. In addition, clearly flared fenders, a straight rear with a large flap. While other manufacturers are now happy to replace the optical upgrade with sleek elegance, Toyota remains true to its “Here I come” image with the Corolla Cross. At the same time, the Japanese maintain their reputation, thanks to hybrid technology, to entice customers with quite frugal consumption. The Corolla Cross has one electric motor on board, the four-wheel drive model has two. They are powered by a small lithium-ion battery of only 1.5 kWh. In contrast to previous hybrid models, the power of the Stromer has increased. They increase the power of the two-litre four-cylinder engine from 112 kW/157 hp to an impressive 146 kW/197 hp.

Electric motor for rear axle

In the test Corolla with four-wheel drive, which is also the luxury version, a separate electric motor is responsible for the power on the rear axle. While the front wheels are always driven by the combustion engine and the electric heart, the 30 kW/41 hp of the rear engine only takes care of their area. The resulting four-wheel drive is always controlled by advanced electronics in such a way that the Cross always offers optimal grip. A technology that is also used in many pure electric cars such as the VW ID.5.

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The Toyota Corolla Cross was also convincing in the test on such terrain.

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The Toyota managed to convince in the twisty terrain near Barcelona, ​​​​on gravel roads off the beaten track, but also in tight corners. Whether the additional costs for the four-wheel drive of 2000 euros are really worth it depends on the geographical circumstances of a new customer.

Four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, both spoil you with precise steering with sensitive support from the on-board computer. The same goes for the easily adjustable brakes, which riders should quickly become friends with. As usual, they don’t notice the frenetic back and forth of the constant interaction between the two discs. The system is configured so that the petrol engine always runs in a window that consumes the least amount of fuel in relation to speed, the nature of the route and other conditions.

For the crew of a Corolla Cross, this has a somewhat unexpected effect. Even when accelerating from 40 to 80 km/h on a slightly uphill country road, the combustion engine struggles to quickly reach the required speed. It spins so loudly that only true fans of robust, old-school engine sound will get their money’s worth.

Acoustic motorcycle spectacle takes some getting used to

The question is whether more sensitive customers can get used to the acoustic spectacle from the engine compartment. But in any case, your Toyota offers decent pulling power in all situations. And above all a very low consumption. The accountant in the on-board computer reported 6.3 liters per 100 kilometers for a normal to brisk ride, with sometimes quite steep climbs. The default value is one liter cheaper.

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If the driver remains calm and relaxed, the Toyota feels good too.

Admittedly, the Corolla Cross feels most comfortable in the hands of relaxed people behind the wheel, so they can enjoy the largely austere but solid interior atmosphere. Added to this are the blessings of networking and the benefits of more than 30 assistance systems, some of which were previously only available one class above.

Of course, with its compact SUV, Toyota has customers in mind who for reasons of price or fear of range do not consider a pure electric car. Or people who simply do not want or cannot do without their combustion engine. Toyota speaks of the “self-charging hybrid”, where you do not have to worry about charging stations. The other side of the Japanese coin: if emission-free zones are soon introduced in inner cities, the Toyota Corolla will remain excluded.

Technical specifications

  • Compact five-door SUV with five-door
  • Length: 4.46 meters, width: 1.83 meters (with exterior mirrors: 2.12 m), height: 1.60 meters, wheelbase: 2.64 meters
  • Case volume: 433-1337 liters
  • 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine
  • 112 kW/157 HP, maximum torque 190 Nm at 4400-5200 rpm, combined with two electric motors: front 83 kW/113 HP, maximum torque 206 Nm, rear electric motor: 30 kW/41 HP, maximum torque 84 Nm,
  • System output: 146 kW/197 hp, battery capacity: approx. 1.5 kWh, combustion engine charging and recuperation
  • continuously variable automatic transmission, four-wheel drive,
  • Vmax: 180 km/h, 0-100 km/h: 7.5 s
  • Standard consumption (WLTP): 5.3-5.4 litres/100 km
  • CO2 emissions: 114-116 g/km
  • Emission standard: Euro 6 APL
  • Efficiency class: not specified
  • Price: from 40,600 euros (with front-wheel drive 38,600 euros)

Other engines: Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8L Hybrid (from Q2 2023)

  • 1.8 liter turbo petrol engine with four cylinders
  • 72 kW/98 hp, max. torque 142 Nm at 3,600 rpm, combined with electric motor, 70 kW/95 hp, max. torque 185 Nm
  • System power 103 kW/140 hp
  • Front-wheel drive, continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Vmax: 170 km/h, 0-100 km/h: 9.9 s
  • Standard consumption (WLTP): 4.9-5.3 litres/100 km
  • CO2 emissions: 112 – 121 g/km
  • Emission standard: Euro 6 AP
  • Efficiency class: not specified
  • Price: no

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