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Toyota Echo hatchback

Toyota Echo 1.3L Car

Author: NRMA Motoring 1 October 1999

Tall cars seem to be the trend days and Toyota’s new Echo is a example.

Raising the roof not allows occupants to be seated thus providing a more driving position, easier and exit, and better vision, it dividends in terms of interior The Echo has quite a bit more space than its predecessor, the

The Echo is very much a product for Toyota and is sold in a of markets under different For example, in Japan it is sold as the and in Europe, it is the Yaris.

Three styles and two engines are available for the market. The base Echo is the hatchback powered by a 1.3 litre followed by the five-door hatch with the 1.3 litre engine) and the sedan with a 1.5 litre

Both engines feature valve timing and both can be to a five-speed manual or a four-speed controlled automatic transmission.

prices start at $14,990 for a three-door; five-door hatches are from $17,490 and sedans from $17,990. Add $1,800 for transmission.

Power steering is only on the sedans so Echo buyers will need to another $800 to get this item. Curiously, power comes only in tandem a CD player, hence the higher-than-average If you want airconditioning, it will an extra $1,490.

Standard equipment on all Echos a driver’s airbag and front pretensioners, tilt steering digital instrumentation, tachometer and a engine immobiliser. The hatchbacks a split/fold rear seat that also tumbles for extra load capacity. The seat also has a slide that allows 150 mm of fore and aft

A range of option packs items such as anti-lock front passenger airbag, windows, door locks and mirrors, and a single disc CD

Underlining Toyota’s global for the Echo, is the fact that the was styled in Europe by a Greek-born The Echo hatch is designed to to younger buyers and as such its was never going to be bland.

The bold look is designed to emotion and the stylist candidly that although he wants to love it, even if they it that’s better than indifferent.

Personally I have no with the hatchback styling, but I how well the sedan, which was in Japan for the American market, be embraced by Australian buyers.

the styling or not, the Echo good occupant and luggage Head room is particularly for this class and there is leg room to carry four in reasonable comfort. However, the seats offer little in the way of support.

Toyota Echo hatchback


Generally, the Echo feels built, which is more you can say for some small car entrants, but the poor quality cabin and area carpet was a disappointment. The also has large areas of plastic trim surfaces of the that shows marks and easily.

On the road, the 1.3 litre gives an average performance neither inspires or really

It is to be expected that with a 1.3 litre engine, liberal use of the gearbox is going to be needed and how it turns out, particularly hilly terrain is encountered.

town, the 1.3 litre Echo along reasonably well, but no match for competitors such as the Mirage or Hyundai Excel, have more powerful 1.5 engines as standard.

One area where the Echo score well above is fuel consumption. The 1.3 litre hatch tested used 5.5 litres/100 km in open road and its overall figure of 6.2 litres/100 km very economical motoring.

The makes no pretences about sporty, but its handling is competent and with no apparent nasty The front disc/rear drum are adequate in normal usage, but only reasonable resistance to under heavy usage.

Though the Toyota Echo provide a particularly memorable or driving experience, it does well on fuel efficiency, space, safety, innovative and ease of handling (when with power steering). The of low running and repair costs, and excellent reputation for reliability, are attractions.

Toyota Echo hatchback
Toyota Echo hatchback
Toyota Echo hatchback

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