Which 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross variant should you buy? 

Updated Feb 22, 2022 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

Spoiler alert: the lower-priced one has more power.

Crossovers are hot in the Philippine market right now. These cars are slowly catching up to the locally popular sedan, and so it is highly likely that many customers are considering these as their next vehicle. To this end, Toyota Motor Philippines decided to dip their toes in the said market segment by introducing the Corolla Cross back in 2020.  

A picture of the Corolla Corolla Cross Hybrid descending from a parking area

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid V variant

Currently, the Corolla Cross has two variants available in the Philippines. So, which is the right one for a prospective buyer? Let’s talk about that. 

Toyota Corolla Cross Variants: Exterior 

At first glance, the Corolla Cross G and the Corolla Cross Hybrid V aren’t that different from each other. Both come in the typical compact crossover form, albeit sporting an angry-looking front fascia. Both also bear the black plastic cladding that’s all the rage with modern crossover models.  

A picture of the Corolla Cross' rear end

The black cladding extends to its rear end

If you look at them closer though, one can see that the hybrid variant comes with blue-tinged Toyota badges. The non-hybrid variant, on the other hand, has the regular Toyota badging. LED headlamps are also standard on the hybrid, as well as a metallic front grille. In contrast, the regular G variant comes with halogen projector headlamps and a black front grille. Moreover, the top-spec hybrid variant also has rain-sensing wipers, whereas the non-hybrid G has regular wipers. 

Those differences aside, both Corolla Cross variants in the Philippine market share standard elements such as LED taillights, LED front fog lamps, and LED daytime running lights. Both also have power adjustable and auto-folding side mirrors. 

Toyota Corolla Cross Variants: Interior 

Inside, both the Corolla Cross G and the top-spec Corolla Cross Hybrid V can comfortably fit up to five passengers. Both come standard with automatic climate control, although the lower-spec variant is a single-zone system, whereas the top-spec hybrid variant is dual-zone. Also, the Corolla Cross hybrid gets leather seats, while the non-hybrid G has fabric seats. 

A picture of the Corolla Cross Hybrid V's interior

The top-spec Corolla Cross Hybrid V's cockpit

For the driver, both variants provide keyless entry, and a push-to-start button. The top-spec variant, however, has an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, while the lower-spec trim is equipped with a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. Apart from that, the Hybrid V variant also gets a seven-inch digital gauge cluster, while the entry-level variant only has an analog-digital gauge cluster. 

A picture of the rear cabin of the Corolla Cross

It's rear seats offer plenty of leg and headroom

For entertainment, the top-spec model also gets a better system. To be specific, it comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, while the lower-spec variant comes with a smaller 6.8-inch touchscreen. However, both head units come with Bluetooth and the Smart Device Link software. The larger unit however, has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Toyota Corolla Cross Variants: Engine and Performance 

When it comes to what’s under the hood, this is probably the biggest difference between the Corolla Cross’ two variants. 

For the top-spec V, it uses a hybrid system consisting of the 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE inline-4 gasoline mill, and a motor generator. In total, this powertrain can produce up to 120 horsepower and 142 Nm of torque.  

The Corolla Cross from the side

The Corolla Cross from the side

In contrast to the V variant, the lower-spec G is a gas-only vehicle. It uses the 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE inline-4 gasoline engine, which can produce up to 140 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque. The combustion-only powertrain is obviously a bit more powerful than the Corolla Cross V’s hybrid powertrain. 

For transmissions, both variants come standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The said transmission then sends power to their front wheels. Both variants also use a MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension. Both also have ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes.  

Toyota Corolla Cross Variants: Safety   

For safety, the top-spec Corolla Cross Hybrid V is kitted out with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). This collection of driver assist features includes a pre-collision system, automatic high beams, lane tracing assist, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control.    

While the lower-spec Corolla Cross G lacks TSS, it does share the same standard safety equipment with the top-spec model. Both come with seven airbags, anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, stability and traction control, ISOFIX child seat tethers, a reverse camera, an engine immobilizer, and a car alarm. 

Toyota Corolla Cross Price Philippines

Toyota Corolla Cross Variants 


Corolla Cross G 1.8 CVT 

Php 1,285,000 

Corolla Cross Hybrid V 1.8 CVT 

Php 1,650,000 

Toyota Corolla Cros Variants: Conclusion 

If we’re talking about on-board features and safety kits, the difference between the Corolla Cross G and V are clear-cut. In other words, the more expensive variant simply gets more. Specifically, it has more in the way of safety with its TSS, and it also has a better entertainment system. 

Then again, the more affordable Corolla Cross G makes more power and torque. It is highly probable however, that it has a larger carbon footprint than the hybrid variant. 

To sum it up, anyone who’s concerned with having more safety and being more environmentally conscious at the same time should lean towards the Corolla Cross Hybrid V. In turn, those who want more power should go for the Corolla Cross G. Do note though that this is just a suggestion, and we urge you to test drive both variants if you’re hell-bent on getting a Corolla Cross. 

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Know more about Toyota Corolla Cross 2024

Toyota Corolla Cross

The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross is a hybrid-powered five-seater crossover. For the Philippine market, it has three variants - the G, mid-spec V, and the top-spec GR-S. These are offered with a price ranging from Php 1,498,000 to Php 1,917,000. 

Size-wise, the Corolla Cross HEV is 4,460mm long, 1,825mm wide, and 1,620mm in height. The R-S trim is slightly shorter in length at 4,455mm. All trims have a wheelbase length spanning 2,640mm. 

Propelling all variants of the Corolla Cross HEV is a 1.8-liter engine paired with an electric motor. Together, this system can output 121 horsepower and 142 NM of torque. Power is sent to its front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. 

Locally, the Corolla Cross HEV competes against the Geely Azkarra, Ford Territory, Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, and Mazda CX-30, among others. 

₱ 1,498,000 - ₱ 1,917,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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