• Toyota launched their highly-anticipated Corolla Cross earlier in November.
• The automaker plans to sell 20 000 units per year.
• Several readers share why this is the car they've been waiting for.
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Toyota has officially launched its first locally-built Hybrid in their new Corolla Cross range earlier in November. A couple of Wheels24 readers have already bought it and shared pictures and stories about why they made this pick.
Just a couple of weeks after the official launch of the new Corolla Cross, Wheels24 has the 1.8 Xs Hybrid model in the proverbial test garage.
Initially, I was a bit disappointed even before I had driven the Corolla Cross, knowing it has a CVT gearbox. Mainly because it has a distinctive whining sound from the transmission, and it takes getting used to. I had anticipated it to be a hindrance, but it was all for nothing - even when we had put the car through its paces, you find your sweet spot on the throttle and that sound fades away into the background.
However, Toyota has honed in on refining their CVT version, and once you get going, you forget about it, and it turns out fun to play with the throttle and discover what works for your driving style.
It's incredibly spacious and well put together, but more than anything, its frugal fuel consumption is the trump card here. My first school-run trip saw an average of 2.6-litres/100km when you're driving about 40km/h in urban morning traffic. Drive at 60km/h, and you'll see the figure jump up to 4.0-litres/100km. Go on the highway, and drive 120km/h, and you'll still reach an average consumption of about 6.1-litres/100km.
Since our first impression last week, several Wheels24 readers have been sharing their story: Many are on a waiting list to purchase their own Corolla Cross, and some have even taken delivery of theirs and have shown us their proud photos.
Wheels24 reader Dewald Luce says: "It's been about two weeks since I received the first Corolla Cross XR on the West Coast. "It's the first car I ever bought without test driving it first, and I was not disappointed. So far, it's been a gem. What amazes me the most is how quiet it is while cruising on the open road. Overtaking is effortlessly executed while the CVT 'box swiftly kicks it up a notch.
"Another very cool feature is while backing up into the street from a parking or a driveway, the blind spot alert chimes, and an orange warning appears in your rearview mirrors, warning you of an approaching vehicle. I found the electrically adjusted driver seat super comfy during a quick visit to Paternoster from Langebaan.
"We recently moved from Gauteng to the West Coast. I bought the Cross so that we can become more adventurous, doing wine tours which are often only accessible via dirt roads, and also small remote towns in the Ceder area."
Suresh Haripersad says: "I had a 2018 Toyota Rav4 2.0 GX, but it was heavy on fuel at 8.7-litres/100km and not 7.7-litres/100km as claimed on a long run.
"As soon as I heard of the new Toyota Cross Hybrid, I fell in love with it and read up all the news. The price and fuel consumption is just right.
"I have booked one at Toyota Pinetown, but they have no stock of the 1.8 XR, so I should take delivery in 2022.
Madeleine du Plessis says: "I pre-ordered my Corolla Cross in October 2021 and took ownership of it early November 2021.
"I have the Corolla Cross XR. Never before did I have such a lovely car. And I have driven my fair share from all brands.
Fuel consumption is excellent, and it is a pleasure being behind the wheel in such a spacious, snappy, and economical vehicle.
This car is for all ages. The Cross is very stable on the road, and with all the safety put in one car, you feel safe on all terrains.
Thank you to Intertoy Toyota Brits for excellent service and care.