BBC TopGear Magazine India Car-Reviews — Review: New Toyota Etios

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Review: New Toyota Etios

March 2013

When a Indian car buyer is out in the market, of the key factors in zeroing in on a particular are ‘easy to buy’ and ‘excellent efficiency’. Carmakers operating in develop their models this philosophy and so did Toyota its Etios and Liva models. But it didn’t consider at that of time was the evolving nature of the market where ‘affordability’ and weren’t going to be enough to

That’s exactly what with the Etios and Liva they made their in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The Etios siblings were (considering they were spacious, comfortable, quite and practical. But what let the buyers were their ordinary, styling, cheap looking and signs of low-cost bits and at several places.

Toyota took a lot of flak for but it was able to take the criticism in its and quickly made necessary to come out with 2013 of the Etios and Etios Liva. To with, Toyota has reshuffled the levels and has added new base for the saloon and the hatchback, apart introducing a new sporty variant of the The Etios featured here is the VD variant that comes with all the goodies and safety

So let’s start with new for the 2013 model — If the new zoomed past you, it be difficult to spot the slightly front grille. But what give away to the keen are the new ORVMs with turn and new elements in the tail-lamp cluster. it. It’s the cabin that has most of the new stuff and it shows. up, the dull and boring grey makes way for a better looking black and beige scheme. the materials used remain the the new colour scheme is pleasing to the The faux wood inserts and new pads give it a bit of flair. are new graphics for the centrally-located instrument and a neat looking 2-DIN system with USB, and Bluetooth connectivity. The air-con are new and feel much better the cheaper ones they

Gone are the low-cost, one-piece seats upfront and in come new that offer adjustable better bolstering and overall The driver’s seat also height adjust. The rear continues to offer good of comfort and it now comes with fixed headrests.

Toyota hasn’t made changes on the mechanical front and the Etios continues to be powered by 89bhp petrol and 1.4-litre diesel motors. Driving the variant immediately points out the made as far as NVH levels go – the cabin much quieter than The diesel engine doesn’t outright performance, but the Etios’s kerb weight steps in to decent level of driveability. The responds surprisingly well to responses and there is enough on tap to amble around in the city. The grunt is fine, but once the spins above 2000rpm, is a linear surge of power can pretty much take of your day-to-day city What’s disappointing is that you are past 4000rpm, there much that the engine It’s quite evident on the but more so on the ghats where you end up shuffling between the second and gears, with occasional gear start-ups. It’s that you would appreciate the and light gearbox with throws the most. In the city a slightly heavier clutch will leave you with an left ankle.

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Toyota has made changes to the setup and it shows on the irregular surfaces that the city of is full of. It absorbs most of the bad with only bigger and bumps filtering into the Where the softer suspension aids ride comfort, it of spoils the handling. There is body roll around and even the new supportive seats it difficult to keep you in place. the steering isn’t that and is quite inconsistent. Plus, extra lock-to-lock turns you steer a bit more than However, straight-line stability is and you can cruise at 120kph all day long.

So then, with the new Etios, has made considerable improvements to some of the earlier model’s Where it scores high is (our test returned in the city and 19 on the highway), cabin and space and practicality. What it is desirable styling. But then it with Toyota’s reliability, after-sales and peace of mind not many rivals offer.

Rs 8.15 lakh (ex-showroom, New

4cyl, 1364cc, common direct injection turbo 67bhp, 170Nm, 16.95kpl, 5M,

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