Head to head: Volkswagen Tharu vs. Toyota Corolla Cross

Head to head: Volkswagen Tharu vs. Toyota Corolla Cross

The recently launched Volkswagen Tharu is a stylish and practical crossover that features sleek design and spacious interior, offering a great option for those looking for a versatile vehicle that can handle both city driving and weekend getaways.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What powers the Volkswagen Tharu?

    The Volkswagen Tharu is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that delivers 157 hp and 250 Nm of torque.
  • What powers the Toyota Corolla Cross?

    The Toyota Corolla Cross is available in internal combustion engine and hybrid variants. All variants come with a 1.8-liter engine. The ICE model produces 138 hp and 172 Nm of torque, while the hybrid variants churn out 96 hp and 142 Nm of torque.
  • Will this newcomer stand out in the highly competitive crossover market? Let’s compare it with one of the best-selling crossovers in the Philippines, the Toyota Corolla Cross.

    Exterior 

    When it comes to exterior design, the Volkswagen Tharu does not disappoint. Its bold and muscular lines give it a sporty and confident stance. The front grille and matrix LED headlights give the Tharu a distinct and aggressive look, while the sleek profile adds a touch of elegance. Its rear is adorned with the illuminated Volkswagen logo and a horizontal red accent.

    Volkswagen Tharu

    Meanwhile, the Toyota Corolla Cross takes a more sophisticated approach to exterior design. Its sleek and aerodynamic lines give it a modern and upscale appearance. The front grille and LED headlights seamlessly integrate into the overall design, creating a cohesive and stylish look. The Corolla Cross exudes a sense of class and refinement, making it a great choice for those who value elegance.

    Toyota Corolla Cross Display

    Since the Tharu is equipped with cutting-edge design elements and the Corolla Cross sports a more premium look, we give this round a tie.

    Interior

    Inside, the Tharu comes with plush and supportive leather seats, making long drives a breeze. The Tharu also offers a range of tech features, including a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Apple Carplay, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

    Volkswagen Tharu

    The Corolla Cross also features leather seats for a premium ride experience. It is also equipped with a nine-inch infotainment display with Wireless Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

    Toyota Corolla Cross

    We give this round another tie as both vehicles are equipped with an impressive amount of comfort and convenience features.

    Engine

    The Tharu is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that delivers 157 horsepower (hp) and 250 Newton-meters (Nm) of torque.

    Volkswagen Tharu

    Meanwhile, the Corolla Cross is available in internal combustion engine (ICE) and hybrid variants. All variants come with a 1.8-liter engine. The ICE model produces 138 hp and 172 Nm of torque, while the hybrid variants churn out 96 hp and 142 Nm of torque.

    Although the Tharu produces higher output, we give this round to the Corolla Cross as it provides more powertrain options.

    Safety

    When it comes to safety, the Volkswagen Tharu does not skimp. It is packed with features to keep you and your passengers protected on the road. Among its safety features are multiple airbags, side assist, rear traffic alert, electronic stabilization program, electronic parking brake, traction control system, anti-slip regulation, parking distance control, intelligent parking assist system, area view camera, and reverse camera.

    Volkswagen Tharu

    Safety is also a top priority for Toyota, and the Corolla Cross is a testament to that. Boasting Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of advanced safety features, the Corolla Cross offers peace of mind on the go. Toyota Safety Sense includes pre-collision system, automatic high beam, lane tracing assist, lane departure alert, and dynamic radar cruise control. Aside from these features, the Corolla Cross is also equipped with multiple airbags, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, anti-lock brake system, panoramic view monitor, and clearance and back sonar.

    All these innovative safety features make the Corolla Cross win this round.

    Verdict

    With two rounds over the other contender, the Toyota Corolla Cross wins this comparo. It comes with more powertrain options and a comprehensive list of safety features, making it an excellent choice for any car buyer.

    However, if you are looking for a vehicle that delivers more power and innovative design elements with European flair, you may still consider the Volkswagen Tharu.

    Photos from Volkswagen, Toyota Motor Philippines, Kent Flores, Ruben Manahan IV, and Hazel Nicole Carreon

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