Toyota Etios Hatchback First Look Review


Toyota Etios Overview

Toyota is one of the most celebrated badges in automotive industry. The Japanese automaker is headquartered in the city of Toyota in Japan and is the largest listed company in Japan in terms of market capitalization. Etios literally means Spirit and Principle, and it has been a Toyota principle to put in a lot of spirit in all its cars. Keeping that up, the Bangaluru-based Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. unveiled the sedan at the 2010 Auto Expo in Delhi. The stunner captured hearts in a moment and the spree continues. To keep the price of the sedan in the affordable bracket, Toyota has used only domestic parts in Etios. It is opulence and functionality in the guise of an automobile, and is pretty light on the wallet. Priced between 5.54 L and 8.30 L, Etios comes in six colours – Classic Grey, White, Symphony Silver, Harmony Beige, Celestial Black and Vermilion Red. Toyota Platinum Etios was originally called the Entry Family Car (EFC).

Its frontage is highlighted by a bold grille that gleams with chrome treatment. The sharp headlamps, intermittent wipers, white fog lamps and the blacked-out B-pillar make it look impeccably elegant. The aero fins and alloy wheels add to the visual appeal of the sedan. The body structure is impact absorbing and ensures maximum passenger safety. The dual-tone premium interior is opulence redefined. Silver accents on the steering wheel and the gear knob add to the sophistication. The sedan is endowed with comfortable seats, power windows, storage spaces, a cooled glove box, 12 V power outlets, an efficient AC unit and an audio system with remote.

Etios comes in both petrol and diesel variants that offer superior mileage. The EFI Petrol engine registers a mileage of 16.78 kmpl while the DICOR Diesel engine gives an incredible mileage of 23.59 kmpl. The suspension and braking system is robust, and Etios is blessed with safety features like ABS, EBD, airbags and traction control. The wheelbase of Toyota Etios is 2550mm and it provides a remarkable ground clearance of 170 mm. The turning radius of 4.9 m makes it easy to manoeuvre. Check for Toyota Etios price in New Delhi at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Etios Exteriors

The Platinum Etios measures 4,265 mm in length for the base G variant, whereas it is 4,369 mm for the upper variants. It is 1,695 mm wide and 1,510 mm tall. The wheelbase of 2,550 mm along with a minimum turning radius 4.9 metres makes it manoeuvrable for negotiating tight turns. The electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs add to the convenience. In terms of ride comfort, the Platinum Etios comes with McPherson Struts up front and a Torsion Beam at the rear and is shod with 175/70 section tyres on 14-inch steel rims. There is an option of an 185/60 section tyres with 15-inch alloy wheels on the upper V, VD, VX and VXD variants.

Toyota Etios Interiors

The inside ambience of Toyota Platinum Etios is perfectly in sync with its elegant exterior. The bi-tonal premium interior is high on quality and is pleasing to the eyes. The tri-spoke steering wheel has a silver accent on it and the door trim has fabric insertions. The shift knob is accented with chrome and the door armrests have a wood grain finish. The seats are comfortably wide, and the sedan provides adequate legroom and headroom. The driver’s seat is height adjustable and the front headrest can also be adjusted. The pillow-type headrests on the rear seats add to the comfort. There are sun visors on the driver’s and the co-passenger’s sides. The fuel lid and tailgate are remote-operated. To further enhance convenience, the power window on the driver’s side has the auto-down function, the electric power steering comes with tilt mechanism, the glove box is cooled and 12 V power outlets are provided at the front.

The ORVMs can be adjusted internally using an electronic lever. Platinum Etios also comes with a tachometer, a digital tripmeter, front cabin lights and rear defogger. The air conditioning unit is effective, and that apart, the sedan has a heater and an air filter.The in-cabin entertainment is looked after by the audio system that comes with a remote. To keep the driver focused, the steering wheel has audio controls mounted on it. The space provided by the boot is of the order 595 L. Additionally, there are seven bottle holders, assist grip with coat hook, and front and rear door pockets.

Toyota Etios 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 Riding

Toyota Platinum Etios is endowed with a MacPherson Strut type suspension system for the front axle. Its rear axle has torsion beam type suspension. The turning radius of Toyota Platinum Etios is 4.9 m and it offers a minimum ground clearance of 170 mm.If there is one thing that Toyota has done right with the Etios and now the Platinum is the ride quality. It is slightly on the firm side but seems to work as it absorbs most pot holes and bumps without sending much back to the cabin. Consequently, the car has good high speed stability and feels quite planted even at 140kmph.The electrically assisted steering despite needing too many turns to go from lock to lock feels light, is easy to use and weighs up quite decently as you go faster.For more information on Toyota Etios check Tamc2011

Toyota Etios 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.

Toyota Etios Price in New Delhi

Toyota Etios On Road Price is 9,09,611/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,71,800/- in New Delhi. 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 Round Up

The Toyota Platinum Etios is an entry level sedan by the Japanese carmaker and is sold with a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine. Like its hatchback sibling, the Etios Liva, the Platinum Etios also has ABS and dual front airbags as standard and is claimed to have best in class air conditioning. Cabin space and boot space are the best in its price segment, with the volume of the latter rated at 592 litres. The Platinum Etios also has a folding rear seat, cooled glovebox and height adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable and foldable outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) and steering mounted audio controls to add more convenience for the occupants and the driver. The reverse parking sensors on the upper variants aid parking in tight spots.

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