2014 Toyota Vios 1.5 G M/T — Honest Car Reviews Philippines

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Toyota Vios

Bundle of fun

Text by Vince / Photos: Vince Pornelos

January 21, 2014 16:00

For the 6 months, the new generation Vios has blazing the sales charts for Motor Philippines.

We’ve out the Vios initially as the mid-range automatic and then got to test the as the 1.5G automatic. Needless to say cars have impressed us its style, performance, usability and economy. We’re even it in the exhibition race for the Toyota Cup, a series that fully lightened, race-spec M/T models.

Up until this however, we’ve tested the transmission variants of the number one automotive nameplate in the Philippines. Now going to try out the standard showroom Vios 1.5G M/T, and about to see if it really delivers the all around.

Like the 1.5G A/T we this one is finished in orange a nice shade that the generation Vios didn’t but the 1 st gen (locally) did; I believe called it ‘Ember’ back The look is quite striking for class of car, proving good design need not be

The Vios has the chrome grille seamlessly around the front the headlamps. The lower bumper has a trapezoidal design element gives the car that mean, look. The side profile is the 3-box design. The 15-inch could have been but there are plenty of aftermarket out there anyway. Some like the rear end, but it’s a fitting finishing to the seamlessly modern overall

This test car has the same as the one we tested before; thoughtful and clever. For instance, there’s the ‘floating’ console for the audio the smart pull-out cupholders on the A/C (on the wings of the dashboard) and the faux good looking) stitching on the edge of the dash. The beige/black scheme looks good but practicality’s sake) I prefer the color combination on the 1.3E we earlier; it’s easier on the and more importantly, easier to

The seats have good all around, and the seating position on the seats have improved the previous model as well. The position seems to also be though still quite when compared to something the Ford Fiesta or the Honda

The gauges are back in front of the the steering wheel looks and good, same goes for the sporty, round shift It’s definitely a marked over the previous Vios, there are some very issues like the oddly center console recess in of the shifter; it’s good for and really small items, but be hard pressed to fit an iPhone on it charging from the 12V socket. the oddly high position of the USB port makes plugging in an -cable and all- a tricky if you’re a stickler for keeping out of view. like me.

Like we before, the engine is a carryover the previous generation; the 1NZ-FE VVT-i engine that 107 PS and 142 Nm of torque. Carrying over seems to be a trend in Toyota as even the newly-launched Altis carried over the 1.6 and 2.0 liter The transmission is also the same as the gen: a 5-speed gearbox. I wish they upgraded the a bit (perhaps with Dual like the 1.6 liter motor in the but that could have the price a bit more.

Driving it around, there’s a of ease by which the 5-speed and the 1.5-liter motor work The gearing is good, the clutch is and every shift feels most cars in economy tend to have a mushy or gearbox feel. Also, and noise suppression seem both improved over the generation.

Where the Vios the goods is in fuel economy. of what a writer of another website/magazine might have the automatic version of the Vios was able to deliver good economy as per the fuel computer; 8.5 kilometers to the liter in the city traffic) and cruising steadily 12.2 km/l on an open This 1.5G M/T is even Driving casually and with no to speak of (i.e. midnight), the 1.5G M/T makes 12.6 in the city. On the highway, that goes up further to 14.4

As any thorough real-world automobile should, we had to verify the numbers thrown at us by the computer. As such, on an filled Friday (moderate to traffic) and with the tank to the brim, the computer readout was at km/l with no special The car logged a total of 53.4 and consumed 5.42 liters as by the same pump right to the Do the math: 9.85 kilometers per The computer seems accurate

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The last generation of the Vios was something that we could a driver’s car. if anything, manong driver’s car. one is a little different. Yes, still sold to taxi but in terms of performance, the all new Vios is a fun package.

Outright acceleration is given the close ratio The brakes could very be the best in the class and the spacing of the are good if you really want to get heel and toeing your way a mountain road. In terms of and handling, cars like the and Fiesta are better, but the Vios is up there. Obviously the Cup version is quicker, but the standard 1.5G M/T is no at all. On any mountain pass, have quite a bit of fun with car.

Say what you want about the Vios, but there are plenty of that it’s been the one selling automobile in the Philippines for the part of the last 10 years. practical, efficient, versatile, to drive, reliable and cheap to

But the previous gen lacked a few things. it thrived getting you from A to B, but it was a car that was going to stir emotions. It may win your mind given its reliability record, economy and the fact that a Toyota, but to be perfectly honest it win over your heart. Now it might, especially with a tag of PhP 812,000.

Overall this new Toyota 1.5G M/T still shares of the same characteristics but in a far better far more refined and a far more fun package.

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