Most Indians love SUVs – or the cars that have the capability to go anwhere. It is only the price that keeps most of the people from buying a true blue SUV. The Indian market has matured in the recent past and has seen many compact SUVs being introduced in the market. The SUVs have done well despite their comparitively high price tag.
The Crossovers bring the aspiring SUV owners who seek ‘Go Anywhere’ experience one more step closer. Indian market has seen few cars in this segment recently like the Volkwagen Polo Cross and Toyoto Etios Cross. The segment did not do very well in the past if we go by the numbers that the Fiat Palio Adventure sold in India.
However, the Indian market is more mature now that it was about 10 years ago and the segment is growing with the introduction of new cars. We do a specification comparison of the recently launched Fiat Avventura vs Toyota Etios Cross and check how they stand alongside.
The specification sheet has been compared by comparing the Fiat Avventura Multijet Emotion (Diesel) with Toyota Etios Cross 1.4L VD (Diesel) and Fiat Avventura Fire Dynamic (Petrol) with Toyota Etios Cross 1.5L V (Petrol).
Fiat Avventura exteriors Vs Toyota Etios Cross exteriors
The Fiat seems to be more committed and serious about the crossover segment and this is visible. The changes made to the Punto (From which Avventure is derived) are not only cosmetic, the Fiat has redesigned the nose extensively. The ground clearance of the car has been increased to 205mm from 185mm which gives the car ‘Go Anywhere’ capability.
At the back, the car carries a bracket which houses the spare wheel, bringing the car one more step closer to look like an SUV. The roofrails are sturdy and are made of aluminium and are not only an aesthetic feature and can be purposely used. There are plastic claddings on the side and skid plates to further enhance the utility of the car.
The Etios Liva too has been modified extensively to derive Etios Cross. The plastic claddings on the sides are huge, there are more beefier bumpers, sturdy roofrails and bull bar at the front. All these enhancements do make the car look more capable and make it standout in crowd.
The change in the ground clearance of the car is not very substantial and it is still car like at 174mm which would inhibit it from performing like a true blue SUV.
Fiat Avventura interiors Vs Toyota Etios Cross interiors
The interiors of the Fiat Avventura get two tone, gray and black finish unlike the Fiat Punto which gets all black interiors on top variants. There are additional features like tilt meter and digital compass which were absent on the Punto. There are no changes in the design of the interiors, which is a good thing since Punto boast of very well designed and well built interiors.
The top diesel variant of the car gets all features like the CD/MP3 player with bluetooth, USB and Aux-in along with steering mounted controls and climate control. The top petrol variant, however, does not offer bluetooth connectivity and the steering mounted controls and automatic climate control are missing too.
The Etios Cross gets all black interiors unlike the Etios Liva which has beige interiors. The all black interiors do look more sporty than the beige interiors. You get silver inserts on the steering and audio controls too. The build quality of the interiors is indeed great. The cabin has enough place for knick knack and comes with huge cooled glove box.
The speedometer along with other information display system is at the centre which seems as out-of-place Etios Cross as it did on the Etios Liva.
Fiat Avventura engine Vs Toyota Etios Cross engine
The Avventura comes with two engine options - a 1.3 litre diesel and 1.4 litre petrol. The 1.3 litre diesel produces a maximum power of 91.2bhp at 4000rpm and peak torque of 197Nm at 1750rpm and 1.4 litre petrol churns out a maximum power of 88.8bhp at 6000rpm and peak torque of 115Nm at 4500rpm.
Toyota Etios Cross is being offered with two petrol and one diesel variant. The base 1.2 litre (1197cc) generate maximum power of 78.90bhp at 5600rpm and maximum torque of 104Nm at 3100rpm. The top-end petrol variant V comes with a 1.5 litre (1496cc) engine that produces power output of 88bhp at 5600rpm and a peak torque performance of 132Nm at 3000rpm. The CRDI diesel motor that the car comes with is of 1.4 litre (1346cc) capacity and produces a maximum power of 67bhp at 3800rpm and peak torque of 170Nm at 1800 - 2400rpm. All engines are coupled with a 5-speed gearbox.
Fiat Avventura mileage Vs Toyota Etios Cross mileage
The Avventura diesel delivers 20.5kmpl on highways and 16.9kmpl in city conditions and Avventura petrol delivers 14.4kmpl on highways and 11.2kmpl in city conditions.
The 1.2 litre petrol motor on the Etios delivers 17.71kmpl on highways and 13.29kmpl in city traffic conditions. The larger petrol engine (1.5 litre) manage to deliver 16.78kmpl on highways and 12.04kmpl in cities. The diesel variant of the car manages to deliver 23.59kml on highways and 18.04kmpl in city conditions.
Fiat Avventura safety features Vs Toyota Etios Cross safety features
The Avventura comes fitted with ventilated disc brakes on front wheels and drum brakes on rear wheels. You also get a driver and passenger airbag, ABS with EBD on top diesel variant. The top petrol variant of the car misses on the airbags as well as the ABS and EBD. The 3-Point ELR seat belts come as standard on all variants. Other safety features that the car comes with are automatic door lock, central door locking, door open indicator, fire prevention system and immobilizer with rolling code.
The Etios Cross comes with ventilated disc brakes at front and drums brakes at rear. This braking system is complimented by Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. The top variants of the car also get dual front SRS airbags. Other features that you get on the car are immobilizer, keyless entry, driver seat belt, door ajar, parking brake, headlamp on etc.
In this segment where other cars only manage to look like crossovers, Fiat Avventura comes very close to perfection and manages to look as well as perform like a true crossover should. The car seems more throughly designed than any other car on offer in this segment. Absence of safety features like ABS and airbags on the top petrol variant is indeed disappointing. The service network and backup which is still not great should be the only reason that should keep you from buying the Avventura.
The Etios Cross is a good car that also get the reliability and service network of Toyota. To sum it up, all we can say about the Etios Cross is – Close but no cigar.