Toyota Etios Liva Hatchback First Drive & Performance

Toyota Etios Liva Overview

Toyota has launched the facelift variant of the Etios Liva hatchback alongside the Etios sedan which now has been christened as the Etios Platinum. This is the midlife facelift that both the cats have received recently. Toyota has also introduced the facelift variant of both these Etios twins in the markets of Brazil as well.Although there are no mechanical changes made under the hood but both these cars has received significant cosmetic updates. What is even more interesting is also the fact that the Toyota with the introduction of these two models also have made ABS and EBD as standard across all its car range, this hatchback also gets dual airbags as standard.The Etios Liva hatchback gets both diesel and petrol drivetrain under its hood. Toyota Etios Liva in Tryaldrive.

Toyota Etios Liva Design & Style

Like its sedan sibling, the Etios Liva too has got a comprehensive update with a new face . It takes away the dull image of the predecessor and lends some Manga style aggressiveness to the hatchback. The body coloured outline of the logo has been eliminated giving the grille a minimalistic appearance while the bumper has moved to a more aggressive rectangular design. To balance the shininess of the chrome on the bumpe, it has been fitted with black inserts above the fog lamp housing. On the side, this top-of-the-line VX model that we tested gets grey colour alloy wheels which go well the overall appearance of the car. The chunky tail lamps and high stance dominate the rear profile while the bumper has been modified to include some sporty lines that flow out from the number plate section.

Toyota Etios Liva Cabin & Space

The overall layout remains unchanged from when the hatchback was launched but gets a colour upgrade with a dual tone setup in black for the dashboard and beige for the rest of the cabin. The centrally mounted instrument cluster now gets a digital tachometer and trip metre lending modernity to the design. However, we feel that the latter could have been a bit more comprehensive and included things like a distance to empty meter.There is not much to speak about in terms of features as a car gets everything that is considered basic in the segment. This list includes a 2-DIN music system, AC, height adjustment for the driver’s seat and a massive 13-litre cooled glove. The quality of plastic both on the contact and non-contact surfaces is not that great and still lags behind competition. However, their hard and grainy nature means that they are long lasting.

The front seats themselves are quite comfortable and offer decent support. The rear seats on the other hand, while offering similar levels of comfort, lack head room due to the odd roofline which is quite prominent on the right-hand side where there is one of the mounting points for the middle seatbelt.

Where Toyota spent a large part of its update budget is to make the Etios Liva high on the safety front. In view of the Central Government introducing new protection standards from 2018 onwards, Toyota has fitted the Etios Liva with dual front airbags, adjustable headrests, ABS with EBD and seatbelts with pre-tensioners as well as force limiters across the range. In addition you now also get a three-point seat belt for the middle rear passenger and two ISOFIX mounting points at the rear for child seats. What this has resulted in is a 4-Star Global NCAP adult safety rating across all three body styles that the Etios is offered in. When looked at from the long term, this is 2018 safety standards but at 2016 prices. For Toyota Etios Liva check   

Toyota Etios Liva Engine & Gearbox

Toyota has not made much of a change under the hood of this hatchback and thus it gets the same 1.2 Litre, 4 cylinder, 16V DOGC motor which is capable of producing about 80 Ps of peak power at 5, 600 rpm and 104 Nm of peak torque at 3, 100 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The petrol unit promises to return around a claimed mileage figure of 18.16 kmpl.

Like we already mentioned above the Etios Liva hatchback is also offered with a diesel variant as well. The 1.5 Liter, 4 cylinder 8V, D-4D unit is capable of producing about 68 ps of peak power at 3, 800 rpm and 170 Nm of peak torque 1800- 2400 rpm. As you all know the the only transmission option available with both the engine is a 5 speed manual unit. This diesel unit promises to deliver around 23. 59 kmpl.

Toyota Etios Liva Driving Dynamics

The ride quality is on the softer side and the car is able to absorb most bumps and imperfections without sending much back to the cabin. At higher speeds the Liva does tend to get skittish but nothing that would make the journey uncomfortable. It handles flat at road legal speeds and steering despite being devoid of feedback does weigh up correctly the faster you go. It gets discs in front and drums at the rear which offers progressive braking.

Toyota Etios Liva Safety & Security

Toyota has taken care of the safety of the passengers inside and a s a result they actually have loaded the LIva hatchback with ABS and EBD which comes as standard across all its grades. Furthermore the hatch also gets duel front SRS airbags as well. There is also an optional rear parking sensors as well with the car.

Toyota Etios Liva Cost in Bangalore

Toyota Etios Liva On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 6,75,745 to 9,07,518 for variants Etios Liva G and Etios Liva VXD Dual Tone respectively. Toyota Etios Liva is available in 12 variants and 10 colours. Below are details of Toyota Etios Liva variants price in Bangalore. Check for etios Liva price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Toyota Etios Liva Conclusion

In a segment where there is a vast array of vehicles, the Etios Liva has built its identity as a safe and sound option for those who see a car a mode of transport to move from point A to point B. Toyota has played on these strengths by enhancing the safety quotient of the hatchback. In addition, the Liva gets the backing of Toyota’s strong sales and service network which should help it continue the steady stream of numbers that it manages to achieve.

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