Toyota Etios First Look Review


Toyota Etios Overview

The Toyota Etios has been around for almost five years now and has just received a thorough makeover to keep it relevant in today’s times. Back in the day the Etios was pegged as a car that’s built to suit the needs of the typical Indian family.There’s plenty of space, it comes with a reliable set of engines and carries Toyota’s promise of reliability. The car did sell well initially, however, that was only upto the point when the competition (read Maruti Suzuki Dzire) caught up with it and has clearly moved the game forward.

The Etios continues to do well in the fleet cab market but Toyota has now got the Platinum Etios to woo the personal car buyer. It gets a new face, a few tweaks to the interiors and wears some chrome too. But, does all of this make it a desirable sedan now? Check for Toyota Etios price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Etios Style

A few years ago, my father and I were in the market for a mid-size sedan and we walked into a Toyota showroom to check out the Etios. A major turn-off then, was the plain Jane styling and that grille which gave the car a silly looking grin. Needless to say, we weren’t impressed.However, the new Platinum Etios did manage to hold my attention. The car looks all grown up now. The new grille is bigger and lends the car with a mature looking face. The bumper is new and wider while the fog-lamps are now bigger and more effective than the previous car.The blacked out areas and the faux carbon fiber effect around the air dam are neat touches that lends the new Etios with a distinct face. Thank god they’ve dumped the previous grille.

The side profile remains unchanged, except for the chrome on the side strips and the door handles.At the rear the new Etios gets a larger and curvier bumper. There’s a thick chrome strip with red reflectors that runs along the length of the boot. It manages to highlight the width of the boot.I personally feel it does look a bit fat at the rear but the advantage lies in the cavernous 592 litre boot space.It’s among the largest in the class and therein lies the car’s biggest USP. Also, the rear seats fold in order to carry long objects.

Toyota Etios Space

A spacious and solidly put-together cabin has always been the Etios’ USP, and so is the case with the facelift. The front seats are wide and accommodating and offer good support all around. At the rear, there’s plenty of legroom and the seats are among the comfiest in the class; the back rest is perfectly inclined and there’s a good amount of under-thigh support as well. The wide bench allows three adults to sit quite comfortably, especially as the central tunnel is not very intrusive. And what also helps adds to the feeling of space is the large window area.

Also, this time around, Toyota has clearly focused on safety. While the previous car came with dual-front airbags as standard, the new one gets ABS with EBD along with two ISOFIX child-seat mounts at the rear on all variants. Also, importantly, all five seats are now equipped with three-point seat belts, which goes a long way in protecting the fifth occupant.

Chauffeur-driven buyers will surely appreciate the addition of the rear-seat centre armrest, which is now standard on all variants. Unlike armrests that jut out in the middle on most cars, Toyota has managed to fit it flush within the seatback by pushing the armrest’s installation into the Etios’ massive boot. This has resulted in a slight three-litre drop in overall luggage volume. However, the seatback can now be folded down to expand the already massive 592-litre boot. In front, that odd-looking dash still remains, and the instrument cluster is still placed in the centre, but it now gets a digital rev counter and there are electrically retractable wing mirrors on the fully loaded VX/VXD variants.

Toyota Etios Gearbox

The Platinum Etios continues to use the same set of petrol and diesel motors . Our test car has the 1.4-litre D-4D diesel motor that produces 68 PS at 3,800rpm and 170Nm between 1,800 and 2,400rpm.As is evident from the figures, the torque that begins from bottom end of the rev range offers great drivability in the city. There was a point where I was in third gear, driving up an incline at 30kmph, and a gentle flex of the accelerator saw the car surge ahead without any protest from the engine. In our roll-on test (head to the table attached at the end for all figures) 20kmph to 80kmph in third gear was dispatched in 11.2 seconds.For more info on Toyota Etios check Resultmag

From standstill the car breaches the 100kmph mark in 14.1 seconds which is not bad for a family car.Toyota has done an amazing job of isolating the cabin from engine and road noise. NVH levels have improved by 7 per cent, is what they say. While the diesel clatter is audible on the outside, I could barely notice it inside the cabin, especially at highway speeds. It is a marked improvement over the previous car.The slick gearbox shifts positively and I like the new gear knob that feels good to hold while shifting through the gates. The clutch is light for a diesel which makes it pretty easy to operate in stop-go traffic.

The Etios always had a good set of brakes and the one’s in the Platinum are no different. The bite is sharp and there’s good progression through the pedal. The car also comes to a dead halt from high speeds without any drama. .The diesel motor in the Etios is pretty frugal and we managed to squeeze out 16.7kmpl in the city and 19.4kmpl on the highway. For a car of its size, these are decent numbers.

Toyota Etios Driving

One of the biggest drawbacks of the suspension setup in the previous car was its tendency to sag when the car was fully loaded with occupants and luggage. Toyota has stiffened the suspension to address the issue and there is a noticeable difference to the old car.The low speed ride, as a result, is stiffer than before which means you do feel some of the undulations on the road. That said, the ride improves as speeds increase.

The suspension also does a brilliant job of ironing out the bumps and ruts, however you do hear a loud thud when you crash into large potholes.The handling, just like the old car is predictable and there is decent feedback from the steering as mentioned before. It holds the intended line through a corner and mid-corner bumps do not unsettle the car. It’s not an out an out sports sedan, something that people may infer from the Etios Racing Series that was held a few years ago, but it does the job and it does it rather well.

Toyota Etios Safety

Toyota Platinum 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 Cost in Bangalore

Toyota Etios On Road Price is 9,47,439/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,84,200/- in Bangalore. Toyota Etios comes in 7 colours, namely Vermillion Red,Celestial Black,Harmony Beige,New Pearl White,White,Classic Grey,Symphony Silver. Toyota Etios comes with FWD with 1364 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 67 bhp@3800 rpm and Peak Torque 170 Nm@1800-2400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Toyota Etios comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Toyota Etios Final Thought

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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