Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport Test Review
The runaway success of the Corolla Cross is no surprise to anyone. As the reigning SA Car of the Year (COTY 2022), the sales numbers have only been restricted by supply constraints.
The fact that they Cross is assembled locally is another feather in the cap and is also a factor in the extremely good value for money proposition of the entire range.
In the case of the Corolla Cross, it is the entry level of GR life. In other words, it receives a very neat and aggressive black frontal treatment, subtle body kit and very smart model specific black alloy wheels. On the interior, some red trim and GR badging complete the aesthetic picture.
Mild revision of steering settings firm up the handling a bit in conjunction with slightly stiffer springs. Although not confirmed by Toyota SA, I suspect that the exhaust is also slightly changed to produce a much sportier growl.
Having previously had the Hybrid version for an extended test period, I would personally opt for that powertrain. Somehow it just combines better with the CVT automatic transmission to provide a smoother overall driving experience. Fuel economy benefits alone would be enough to sway my decision. Whichever one you choose, you know you are getting the practicality of a family SUV with the reputation and reliability of a Toyota.
The GR package carries a R15 000 price premium over the standard XR version and is currently priced at R453 200. A 6 service/ 90 000km service plan is included.
Since this test, Toyota SA have announced that the Hybrid model will also receive the GR-Sport package. Based on the current XR Hybrid price plus R15 000, this should be priced at around R476 000. I know which one I’d order.