Toyota Etios Facelift Review & Test Drive
Toyota Etios Overview
In a bid to combat rising competition in the sub-four meter sedan segment, Toyota India has given comprehensive cosmetic upgrade to Etios sedan. The engine set up has been retained, but Toyota claims to have made vital changes to address issues such as higher NVH levels and vibrations especially in the diesel engine. Other mechanical measures that Etios facelift encompass is a new gearbox, tweaked clutch and improved suspension. Cosmetic changes made to the sedan are copious and additional equipment inside the cabin and on safety front bring it on par with rivals. Book a test drive for Etios in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive
Toyota’s made for India Etios sedan has received the most comprehensive update till date in the last six years. Changes made to the sedan are largely cosmetic and mechanical updates have also been made for enhanced performance and better ride quality. New elements like V-shaped grille, reworked bumper and larger air-intakes have transformed the look from front. Minimal changes are made to the sides and rear end gets redesigned tail lamps, new bumper and chrome accents. Engines are carried over from the previous model, although both the units have been tweaked. Inside, it is radically the same with only a couple of additions including new upholstery and a centre armrest.
Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan with a sharp appearance that is marked by a stylized front grille and radiant headlamps. Intermittent wipers adorn the front windscreen. The upper grille is chrome treated and the lower grille is black in colour. White fog lamps are fitted on both ends of this black lower grille. The bumpers, door handles and Outside Rear-View Mirrors (ORVMs) are of the same colour as the body, and this makes the sedan look extremely elegant.
The side protection moulding comes with chrome insertions and the B-pillar is blacked out. The four 12-spoke alloy wheels are dressed in full wheel caps. Platinum Etios comes with a roof-mounted foldable antenna and the rear end of sedan is embellished with triangular tail lamps. The chrome garnish on its boot adds to the sophistication. Dimensionally, Toyota Etios is 4.27m long, 1.7m wide and 1.51m high. The wheelbase of the sedan is 2550 mm and it provides an incredible ground clearance of 170mm. The turning radius of 4.9m makes it easy to handle.
Toyota Etios Cabin & Space
The interior layout remains the same, however, the plastic quality has improved. The surfaces feel soft to touch and the cabin no longer feels cheap.The centrally mounted instrument cluster is now an optitron meter with a digital tachometer and an anlouge tachometer. It looks much better than the basic cluster that was present in the previous Etios. While the cluster has readouts for fuel, odo, two trip metres, and the usual tell-tale lights I wish Toyota would have thrown in average and instantaneous fuel consumption readouts too.The music system in the new car is a big disappointment. The head unit looks like it belongs to an entry spec hatchback and so do the tinny speakers. It sounds like an aftermarket unit and I feel Toyota could have sourced a better system. It could have also introduced a touch screen infotainment system instead, given the segment and competition it positions the sedan in.
But what the Etios may lack in equipment is made up by the spaciousness of the cabin. This is easily one of the most spacious cabins across segments and the use of beige around the dashboard, door pads and seats adds to the sense of space in the car. At 2,550 mm the wheelbase is long enough to liberate generous knee room, even for six footers.The seats up front are very comfortable and offers adequate back and under thigh support which goes a long way in keeping fatigue at a minimum on long drives.The rear bench is wide and can easily accommodate three adults without them having to rub shoulders. Toyota has also incorporated a centre armrest that folds flush into the backrest. This explains the slight drop in boot space, from 595 to 592 liters. As a chauffeur driven car, the Etios does have one of the best rear seats in the business.
It feels good to hold and offers good feedback, but I have a minor gripe with it. The steering mounted controls are not backlit and the mute/pause button is difficult to activate. Also, I have a feeling that drivers taller than six feet will feel that the steering wheel is a tad low, even when it’s set at the topmost position for rake.Toyota could have also provided automatic climate control which would have contributed to the premium appeal that it aims to bestow on the Etios. Also, the doors don’t auto lock and one needs to press a button to lock all doors. And once you do that the doors won’t unlock when you take the key out of the ignition, making you reach for the button again to unlock the car.
Toyota Etios Engine & Gearbox
Toyota Platinum Etios comes in both petrol and diesel variants, and is endowed with five-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine is a 1496 cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, DOHC. It generates a maximum power of 88.76 bhp (@ 5600 RPM) and gives a maximum torque yield of 132 Nm (@ 3000 RPM). The fuel supply system is an Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) type. The diesel engine is a 1364 cc, 4-cylinder, 8-valve, SOHC, D-4D. It generates a maximum power of 67.06 bhp (@ 3800 RPM) and produces a maximum torque of 170 Nm (@ 1800-2400 RPM). The fuel supply system is Direct Common Rail (DICOR) Injection type.
Toyota Platinum Etios petrol engine is equipped with an Electronic fuel Injection (EFI) supply system, which generates a mileage of 16.78 kmpl. The DICOR Diesel engine registers an incredible mileage of 23.59 kmpl. The fuel tank has a capacity of 45 L, and hence, the petrol variant provides a driving range of about 750 km and the diesel variant gives a range of almost 1060km.
Toyota Etios Driving Dynamics
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 Braking & Safety
Scoring a high 4 star rating in the NCAP test, Etios is a reliable car when it comes to safety housing a number of safety features. With the recent facelift, the sedan gets a host of primary safety features including dual airbags and ABS standard across line-up. The sedan also gets ISOFIX mounting points and side-impact reinforcements.Face gets V-shaped chrome finished grille, front fog lamps, electrically adjustable ORVMs, reverse parking sensors etc. The dual-tone interior packs in seven bottle holders, a three spoke steering wheel and day and night IRVM among several others.
Toyota Etios Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 6,69,574/- (Etios G) to 8,76,400/- (Etios VXD Platinum Edition). Get best offers for Toyota Etios from Toyota Dealers in Chennai. Check for Etios price in Chennai at Carzprice
Toyota Etios Conclusion
Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan that packs a punch with its stunning looks and an incredible mileage. Toyota has been renowned in the world for its continuous innovation and impeccable quality standards. In 2010, Toyota entered in the budget segment in India with Platinum Etios. Indian consumers are very sensitive towards price and more so in this segment. The Japanese automaker has entered the segment post a highly intensive market research. Some consumers may feel that the Platinum Etios is not up to the standards in terms of the interiors that they associate with the brand, thus causing some disappointment. The problem of engine vibration associated with a diesel engine has been taken care of by especially focusing on lowering in-cabin noise. Toyota has packed its Platinum Etios with a proper Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) package.Tags: Toyota