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Test bench | Competition from the Subaru Crosstrek

The Mazda CX-30, Toyota Corolla Cross and Volkswagen Taos come face to face with the Subaru Crosstrek. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each?

Mazda CX-30

Price: from $27,050

A lot of people dream of the supercharged engine of the CX-30, but it is only offered on the GT version, the most expensive in the range. That said, the naturally aspirated 2.5 L engine offered on the GS version is more than enough for the task to compete with the Crosstrek. Compared to the latter, the CX-30 offers a more rewarding presentation, a more dynamic, more characterful behavior. On the other hand, the Crosstrek offers much better visibility, more interior space (cabin and trunk), higher ground clearance and, unlike the Mazda, it does not fear pulling a load.

Toyota Corolla Cross


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Toyota Corolla Cross

Price: from $29,575

The Corolla Cross has the main advantage of offering (already!) a hybrid engine. Of classic invoice (read that it does not connect), this one promises a consumption lower than 6 L/100 km. As original equipment, there is a sober, robust and reliable 2 L engine, which will be criticized for its indolence and high noise level. The steering, properly assisted, only gains in precision by opting for large shoe sizes (18 in). 17″ tires provide a fuzzier feel. The trunk is generous, the driving position pleasant, but the space in the rear seats is a bit disappointing. And the presentation is stereotypical and less polished than that of the Subaru. The Toyota is a little (a lot) conformist, but we would be hard pressed to say anything bad about it.

volkswagen taos


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volkswagen taos

Price: from $29,660

If only the Taos was priced lower or at the very least featured standard four-wheel drive. This is not the case and Volkswagen’s more generous warranty (4 years/80,000 km) cannot justify the price difference. Not even the accessories. In return, the Volkswagen offers a higher driving pleasure than the Crosstrek, a more generous supercharged engine and an efficient and pleasant (traditional) box. By opting for the all-wheel-drive versions (more expensive), the consumer finds even more pleasure with a dual-clutch gearbox. A pleasure that is also paid for in the interview: it must be more closely followed.

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