Toyota Aqua / Prius C

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Toyota Aqua

P rius is a miracle. With half a million units a year it is by far the biggest selling car in the world. Probably the most model in Toyota’s lineup, Apart from Prius, developed many other including Sai (Lexus HS250h), CT200h, Camry Hybrid, Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, GS450h, LS600h, RX450h, HSD… too many to remember. none quite matches the success of Prius. To get an annual volume of 250,000 units or you need not another niche but a hybrid. As Prius had already the heartland, the next logical will be the smaller compact car Aqua is the one to take on this

The Aqua is not the first of its kind – should be Honda Insight. 3 years ago, the Insight to lower the entry point of ownership by offering a smaller and package. Unfortunately, its fundamentally IMA hybrid system failed to the kind of fuel efficiency people expect. As a result, its never quite took

The Aqua is not going to face the criticisms, because it employs Hybrid Synergy Drive With two motors, one dedicated to and another optimized for generation, its should be much higher the single-motor system of Honda. the propulsion motor in Toyota is more powerful than thin-disc motor (61 vs 13.6 thus its electric power is across a wider speed and range. This mean the can run in EV mode more of the time and fuel, especially in urban According to US EPA rating, the Aqua 53 mpg in city and 46 mpg on highway, overshadowing its 41 and 44 mpg respectively.

To take advantage of the established of Prius, the Aqua is named as C – where C stands for City – in America. We may need more to see how successful it will be over but sales figures in Japan are encouraging. In February, the second month since it went on in Japan, it sold some units, trailing only and Honda Fit (Jazz) in the domestic chart. If the trend continues, by the end of year more than Aquas will be sold at its market. In addition to the demand American buyers, the Iwate in Japan is almost certain to its maximum volume of 360,000 on 3 shifts.

The Aqua is built on the / Vitz platform. We classify it as a class smaller than the Insight because it is some 400 mm However, its wheelbase and width are identical to Honda’s, while its stands 20 mm taller. Therefore its is roomy. EPA measurement shows its occupants get much the same as the Honda, while rear enjoy 50 mm more legroom and 15 mm headroom. Trunk space eclipses the Insight’s by 17.1 vs cubic feet.

The hybrid system is similar to just being smaller in way to take advantage of the car’s 215 kg kerb weight – at 1165 kg the car is by the standard of hybrid vehicles. The four-cylinder engine has shrunk to 1.5 producing only 74 horsepower. The motor is smaller too, 61 hp instead of 80 hp. The NiMH battery sitting under the rear is made of 120 cells instead of 168 and have a capacity of 0.87 kWh of 1.3 kWh. These measures cut costs.

Toyota Aqua

Equally cost-cutting is the interior, features a hard plastic and simpler instruments. The 3.5-inch LCD is no than your iPhone’s. To a reasonable price it has to sacrifice the build quality and features you normally expect on conventional

On the road, the Aqua drives much like a hybridized – that’s what we can expect the forthcoming Yaris HSD. Its control is surprisingly good as the setting is quite firm. On the ride comfort suffers on surfaces. Steering feel is as as its platform donor. Highway might be helped by the teardrop (Cd is only 0.28), but the chassis is tuned for urban drive high-speed stability is lacking. You buy the Aqua for driving fun.

The hybrid powertrain works as expected. It offers decent with the help of electric but it hates to be hurried. The rubberband of CVT leads to a delay between application and actual acceleration, a sense of sluggish throttle This lack of go is made stranger as the engine is screaming at the same time. The regenerative is well sorted in this with a firm pedal. The pedal is not as good, as its short of travel makes it difficult to

All these mean the Aqua or C is not going to be our choice. However, as a city car it is still worth More so than Honda it combines the practicality and affordability of family hatches with gain in fuel economy. The running costs and tax breaks make it appealing to many demanding a private urban

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