Toyota Corolla Cross XRE Review | Balanced, reliable and too expensive

The 2.0 flex variants of the Toyota Corolla Cross account for the majority of SUV sales since its launch in early 2021. This success is due to the eagerness of the Brazilian population to have an SUV and the good reputation of the Japanese automaker, which exudes reliability.

With good performance, reasonable interior space and balanced handling, the Toyota Corolla Cross XRE may not have the consumption and equipment package of the Hybrid version, but it meets the user who needs a car with comfort and safety for the family.

The Toyota Corolla Cross XRE (Image: Felipe Ribeiro/Canaltech)

The problem, perhaps, is in the price. Rivals with an even higher level of equipment cost practically the same as the Corolla Cross XRE, such as the Jeep Compass and Volkswagen Taos.

THE Canaltech spent a little time with the Toyota Corolla Cross XRE before of its recent update, which added Toyota Safety Sense equipment as standard and will tell you in detail how the experience was.


  • Performance
  • Consumption
  • reliability
  • Safety
  • Project


  • Price
  • Internal space
  • Finishing

Connectivity and Security

Even without the items that make up the Toyota Safety Sense, present in the XRE 2023 model, the Corolla Cross is a very safe and reliable car from this point of view.

There are six airbags as standard, traction and stability controls, hill start assistant and electronic brake distribution, in addition, of course, to all the robust construction characteristic of Toyota. There are disc brakes on all four wheels.

Corolla Cross cabin does not exude modernity (Image: Felipe Ribeiro/Canaltech)

In terms of connectivity, little changes with respect to the Hybrid model, since the multimedia center is the same, with the already known features, such as cell phone mirroring via Android Auto and wired Apple CarPlay and touchscreen.

Some internal details that have to do with technology were lacking, especially considering the price of the car, such as the absence of a digital cluster and a multimedia center with better resolution and more resources.

The SUV’s main cluster is too simple (Image: Felipe Ribeiro/Canaltech)

More secure and technological 2023 version

The period we spent with the Corolla Cross XRE preceded the good updates that the entire SUV range underwent. Now, the model comes standard with the following features, belonging to Toyota Safety Sense:

  • Forward collision alert with pedestrian and cyclist detection;
  • Automatic emergency braking;
  • Blind spot alert;
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC);
  • Lane Departure Alert with Active Correction (LCS);
  • Automatic high beam switching.

Comfort and User Experience

As much as they are made on the same platform, the Corolla Sedan and Corolla Cross have very different behaviors, although in the flex variant this discrepancy is much smaller and this has to do with the great 2.0 Dynamic Force engine, which delivers 177 hp and 21, 4 kgf/m of torque.

With this engine, the Corolla Cross XRE is much more agile than the Hybrid model and with performance very similar to that of the sedan. In our tests, the 0 to 100km/h was done in 10 seconds, little more than the three-volume. In terms of consumption, there was a slight deterioration, with averages of 8 km/l for ethanol in mixed use.

The size of the Corolla Cross is very good, but the interior space could be better (Image: Felipe Ribeiro/Canaltech)

The secret, in addition to the good numbers of the engine, is in the relationship with the CVT-type exchange, which has 10 simulated gears. In addition to providing a good level of consumption and comfort, the first gear engaged gives the SUV a start that is very reminiscent of a turbo engine.

Yes, Taos and Compass ride more, but not much more than the Corolla Cross. The most purists and advocates of naturally aspirated engines can be satisfied with Dynamic Force.

Engine 2.0 Dynamic Force does the trick (Image: Felipe Ribeiro/Canaltech)

In terms of interior space and usability, the Corolla Cross doesn’t look bad, even though it is surpassed – and much – by the sedan. There are 2.64m of wheelbase and 4.46m of length, which help tall people to travel with relative comfort in the back seats. The trunk is a great 440 liters.

The comfort items are covered by the rear parking sensors, digital air conditioning, electrochromic internal mirror and key presence.

We miss, however, a few things, such as the twilight and rain sensors, in addition to the dual zone air conditioning. Models like the Jeep Renegade, for example, have the feature as standard.

“The secret of the Corolla Cross XRE’s good performance is the relationship of its 2.0 engine with the CVT gearbox, which is excellent”

— Felipe Ribeiro

Design and Finishing

The Corolla Cross has a design with personality and is very different from other models in the Toyota lineup, something very positive nowadays. Its front is very elegant and aggressive, while the rear has more robust elements. The wheels, in this XRE version, are 18″ and diamond-coated.

The finish, despite being considered good, has annoying flaws, especially if we compare the SUV with the sedan. There is the abundant use of hard plastic in the cabin and unpleasant solutions for some design details, such as the infamous foot parking brake.


The main competitors of the Toyota Corolla Cross are the Jeep Compass and the Volkswagen Taos, which cost between R$150 and R$210,000. There is also the Caoa Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, which costs R$190,000.

Toyota Corolla Cross XRE: Is it worth it?

If you are looking for a pleasant SUV to be driven, with good interior space and mechanical reliability above any suspicion, the Corolla Cross may be the request. The problem, perhaps, lies in the price, which is higher than that of direct rivals with a lower supply of equipment.

The Toyota Corolla Cross XRE can be found at Toyota dealerships throughout Brazil for R$178,000.

No Canaltechthe Toyota Corolla Cross XRE was evaluated thanks to a unit kindly provided by Toyota do Brasil.