Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid Malaysian review, RM137k

With full electric cars still some years away from becoming mainstream in Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motors claims that hybrid technology is still the best intermediary solution for customers who want a more eco-friendly vehicle today. The launch of the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid is one way of walking its talk.

The hybrid sits at the top of the crossover range, priced at RM136,550 on-the-road without insurance. That includes the sales and service tax (SST) exemption. It is locally assembled at the company’s plant in Bukit Raja, making it the first TNGA-based model to be CKD.

The Corolla Cross Hybrid includes a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, as well as an eight-year, unlimited-mileage hybrid system warranty that covers the hybrid battery, inverter, and power management control ECU. If you want more peace of mind, you can extend it by an additional two years up to ten years for RM2,950.

Powering this car is an Atkinson-cycle 1.8 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder engine, producing 98 PS at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm. A 72 PS/163 Nm electric motor (juiced by a nickel-metal hydride battery) delivers a total system output of 122 PS, with drive sent to the front wheels. Fuel consumption is rated at 23.3 km per litre.

Based on our testing, the hybrid is as efficient as UMWT claims it to be. In fact, it’s quite a pleasant car to drive, and by far and away the most comfortable when compared to its direct rivals.

Watch our video to see what we think of it, and whether or not you should consider buying one. Also, feel free to check out CarBase.my for a more detailed look at its features and specifications, or compare it against other vehicles of your choice.

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Comments

  • meladam on Jan 19, 2022 at 11:54 am

    well, its an okay suv. kudos to toyota

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    • Aura89 on Jan 20, 2022 at 10:04 am

      In terms of radio set, far cheaper Proton Saga does a proper job with a real floating screen.
      https://paultan.org/image/2019/08/2019-Proton-Saga-facelift-Premium-AT-1.3-VVT_Int-6.jpg

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  • – Powerful hybrid engine
    – Better fuel consumption
    – 7 inch Multi Information Display
    – Full package of TSS
    – Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
    – Affordable maintenance cost

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  • From video review, very glaring that the HU is not a true floating screen but a double DIN with jutting head on the dashtop, very fugly similarly to Corolla Altis. Toyota WHYYYY?!?!?!

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  • Seribu on Jan 19, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Next bring altis hybrid

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0
  • Lets See on Jan 19, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    122PS is far lower than smaller engine City Hybrid wor…

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  • Foo Say Swan on Jan 19, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    With all the wind of hybrid blowing and battery placing underneath the car, does Paultan have any data/info when these car cross over a flood area?

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  • ” it’s quite a pleasant car to drive, and by far and away the most comfortable when compared to its direct rivals. ”

    how is the interior space, refinement & comfort compare to CRV?

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    • stranger on Jan 20, 2022 at 3:16 pm

      Even being compared to 1 segment up. that’s how good Corolla Cross is. HRV far fetch from this

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  • Why is it compared to hrv and x50? Different segment

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  • Boogie on Jan 19, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Corolla the best and beast

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 1
  • Already booked 1.8 hybrid, after looking at those videos here

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  • msia driver on Jan 19, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    2022 still give foot parking brake lulzzz

    just cancel the booking and book new civic…

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    • Civic doesn’t get temperature gauge, no dual zone auto aircond and no full digital meter

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  • Green on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Beautiful

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  • Johnny on Jan 20, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Absolutely!

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  • Johnny on Jan 20, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Absolutely!

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  • Cincau on Jan 20, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Why do you pit this car against Honda HR-V when your point of comparison is the price? The HRV is very much cheaper than this car. You should pit this car against X70 instead.

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  • zareiki on Jan 21, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Why in Msia the engine for Toyota Corolla Cross is 1.8 but for US market it is 2.0? Underpowered?

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  • A bit dissapointed the cross hybrid here didnt follow the same setup like the cross hybrid in indonesia where they have the sunroof/moonroof… Sigh.. Why toyota.. Why???

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  • Gear knob is ugly…But I am keen to make a booking … Waiting my new wage

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  • imran on Feb 03, 2022 at 10:07 am

    why is the power output of combustion engine so low? 1.8L making 98PS only?

    Also, the total output specified is 122PS? Doesn’t make sense either. If the electric motor can produce 72PS, why is the total output not 98+72=170PS?

    122PS is very weak.

    HR-V makes 142hp from a 1.8L engine. How can toyota’s 1.8L + electric motor only make 122?

    You will get absolutely smoked by the X50 tgdi which makes 175HP.

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  • Raziz on Apr 21, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Went for a test drive and I gotta say everything Paul said here is accurate. The car is comfortable and pleasant to drive. Definitely not for those who are looking for a performance car because it’s just not that type of car. For those who want to start a family and looking for a car that won’t break your bank with its monthly installment, this is definitely the one to look for. If you really want a performance car at an affordable price, look no further than MyVi because… it’s the King!!!!

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  • Faroz on May 21, 2022 at 11:00 am

    UMW really meant this??
    But, why no Corolla sedan hybrid brought in??

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  • Gordon Goh on Jul 19, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Checked the dvr card and found out that it does not record some of the journeys. Example, recorded 3 recordings of 3 minutes until about 11:01am on 17/7. After about an hour at home, I drove to another location 18km away and return home around 7pm. Both of these to and fro trips were not in the dvr card.

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  • Gordon Goh on Jul 19, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Checked the dvr card of the Toyota Cross Hybrid 1.8 and found out that it does not record some of the journeys. Example, recorded 3 recordings of 3 minutes until about 11:01am on 17/7. After about an hour at home, I drove to another location 18km away and return home around 7pm. Both of these to and fro trips were not in the dvr card.

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  • Come on Toyota!!!!Still nickel-metal hydride?

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