Toyota Etios Review & First Drive

Toyota Etios Overview

Toyota has refreshed its entry-level sedan, the Etios, in an effort to make it more appealing to personal car buyers. A spacious and practical car, the Etios has been around for over five years and is a popular pick in the taxi-fleet market thanks to its affordability, low running costs and reliability. However, it hasn’t seen much success as a personal or family car, and that’s mainly down to its dull looks and unappealing interiors. With this makeover, which gives the sedan a new nose section as well as a host of new features, Toyota is looking to address just that. Test drivr for Toyota Etios.

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Toyota Etios Design & Look

To begin with the design aspect, the new Platinum Etios looks more elegant from the front. The new front grille somewhat matches the design of the new Baleno. I’m not comparing, but one cannot deny the similarity. There is a thin chrome lip that makes it look more upmarket. Other than this, we cannot spot any major changes at the front.Side looks the same like before. The rear gets a new chrome strip with Etios embossed on it. This is just like the Innova and the Fortuner. The Platinum Etios gets these many changes on the outside. Nothing else is offered as new on the titivated version of the sedan.

Toyota Etios Cabin & Comfort

Even on the inside, the updates aren’t easily seen, but look closely and you’ll spot a pleasant change. The instrument cluster, while still placed atop the centre console, has a better looking layout and includes a digital tachometer along with the analogue speedometer. The black and ivory interior colour combination looks nice and mature, but the plastic quality is still quite hard and lacks the premium touch you’d expect at this price. The feature list still isn’t anything to write home about, but while the flat-bottomed, leather-wrapped steering wheel and 2-DIN sound system have been carried over, you also get a height-adjustable driver’s seat as standard on all variants.

Toyota Platinum Etios Review

The wing mirrors are now foldable on the top-end VX/VXD grade too. The cabin’s utility has improved as well and apart from the addition of a well-sized rear armrest, the rear backrest folds down to open up more storage space. We would’ve liked integrated cup-holders in the armrest and a 60:40 split seat, but that’s just nitpicking. The boot space drops 3 litres to 592-litres (to accommodate the armrest console), but even so, the Platinum Etios offers segment-leading cargo space.

No compromise on the Etios’s main selling-point either – comfort. The cabin is spacious, the seats are supportive and well-cushioned and the 1,695mm width equates to good shoulder room for 3 adults at the back.While dual airbags came as standard before, both, the Platinum and fleet versions of the Etios get ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts right from the base variant! Adjustable headrests and 3-point ELR seatbelts are now offered for all 5 passengers too. The safety tech isn’t exclusive to the Platinum, but that’s hardly a bad thing.Check for Toyota Etios in  

Toyota Etios Engine & Performance

The engines on offer are a gem. The 1.5-litre petrol is certainly the most peppiest engine in its segment. With just 90bhp of power, it doesn’t look appealing on paper. When you drive it, your opinion changes completely. This seems to be a lot more powerful than 90bhp. The engine is highly refined and one doesn’t requires a downshift for most of the overtakes. The diesel also despite producing 68bhp has good enough power to lug all day at 60 km/hr in the top cog. The diesel misses out on the punch that the petrol gets, still it is peppy and convenient. The power delivery on this engine is very linear.

The five-speed manual transmission is smooth and sleek. The throws are short and one doesn’t struggle to shift. This is what makes the transmission smooth.Despite being peppy, the Etios has phenomenal fuel efficiency for both its engines. The petrol returns about 13 km/l in the city and about 17 km/l on the highway. This is if you drive comfortably and do not go pedal to metal. The diesel has impressive economy too. In city, it returns about 16 km/l, while on the highway it gives about 21 km/l with ease.

Toyota Etios Ride & Handling

The ride feels a bit stiff over sharp bumps at low speeds. However, it is this stiffness that enables the sedan to be stable at higher speeds and stay quite flat. The Etios never feels unsettled over undulations either, and it also gives the driver plenty of confidence in corners. There is a bit of body roll, but overall stability is quite impressive

Toyota Etios Safety & Security

Toyota Etios has ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels and drum brakes for the rear wheels. Platinum Etios comes loaded with safety features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), SRS airbags, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), traction control, engine immobilizer, keyless entry, driver seatbelt warning and door ajar warning.

Toyota Etios Price in Gurgaon

Toyota Etios On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 7,64,719 to 9,94,286 for variants Etios G and Etios VXD Platinum Edition respectively. Toyota Etios is available in 8 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Toyota Etios variants price in Gurgaon. Check for Etios price in Gurgaon at Carzprice.

Toyota Etios Verdict

The Etios has always had the makings of a competent, if slightly bland, family car. It’s impressively spacious, very comfortable, and what makes it even more sensible is that it is low on maintenance. It is now also one of the safest cars in its segment; Toyota is likely to get an overall four-star Euro NCAP rating for this facelift, thanks to the added safety equipment on board. With the recent update, the Etios is now better looking, it’s also a bit more refined and more comfortable. However, it’s slightly costlier than before, and as always, it’s pricier than better-equipped compact sedans. That said, if safety, space, practicality and ease of ownership are high on your priority list, the facelifted Etios is surely worth considering.

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