Toyota Etios Review

By Suchorita Dutta   |  October 31, 2013


Toyota launched the Etios to make its presence known in the entry level sedan segment in the Indian market. The Etios sedan has been tested across the Indian roads covering more than a hundred thousand kilometres. Keeping in mind the needs of the Indian customers, the Etios sedan has been made to accommodate maximum space and comfort features. Even the pricing of the car has been kept very competitive. The Etios has been designed on a sedan platform and not as a hatch with a boot.

Toyota Etios comes equipped with a powerful engine and eleven variants of the car are available in the market: J, G, G Optional, V, VX, Sportivo TRD Petrol, D-4D GD, D-4D GD SP, D-4D VD, D-4D VXD and Sportivo TRD Diesel. The sedan comes in a choice of six very appealing colours including Symphony Silver, Harmony Beige, Serene Bluish Silver, Vermilion Red, Celestial Black and White that could go well with the Indian summer.

The hatchback of the Etios sedan, Liva, was launched in the market in June 2011. The diesel variants of the Etios, both the versions, feature the same engine which we have earlier seen in Corolla Altis diesel. Along with the Indian market, the Toyota Etios hatchback - Etios Liva is sold in Russia, South America and other emerging markets.

Powertrain & Performance

The Toyota Etios sedan comes with two engines - 2NR-FE engine, 1.5L or 1496 cc 16V DOHC engine and 1ND-TV, Diesel, 1.4L, SOHC engine. The petrol engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 88.7 bhp @ 5600 rpm and maximum torque of 132 Nm @ 3000 rpm. The 1.4L diesel motor generates a 67 bhp @ 3800 rpm and 170 Nm @ 1800-2400 rpm. The modestly powerful engines are paired with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The engine is responsive at low revs and takes up the slack well, which makes it immensely easy to drive on the Indian roads. The transmission is also very slick.

With its offering Etios sedan, Toyota hit just the right chord with the Indian customers. The Etios sedan boasts of an ARAI certified fuel mileage of 16.78 kmpl for petrol engine and 23.59 kmpl for diesel engine. When it comes to speed, the Toyota Etios is in league with its competitors. The car can do a top speed of 165 km/h, and roar from a standstill to 100 km/h in less than 12 seconds.

The Toyota Etios comes with electric power steering that offers excellent maneuverability and the tilt features ensures an ergonomic driving experience. The Toyota sedan’s suspension boasts of McPherson strut in the front and Torsion beam in the back. The Toyota Etios features ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear.

Build & Styling

The Toyota Etios, with its lack of flamboyant styling, comes across as a conservative entry level sedan. Despite that, it has some style elements that would be appreciated by the Indian crowd. A distinctive front grille with a smile line and sculpted surface enhances the road presence of the car. The rear of the Etios sedan has a flowing C-pillar, rounded end and three dimensional combination lamps add to the good looks of the car. The top variant of Etios features 12-spoke alloy wheels, body coloured outside rear-view mirrors and door handles.

The interior of the Toyota Etios sedan is probably the best thing about the car. Toyota has managed to keep the interiors of the car simple, without compromising on some jazz. The seats are ergonomically designed with integrated headrests. A stylish instrument panel, including speedometer and Tripmeter, is placed near the dashboard. The 3-spoke steering wheel comes in dual tone along with the rest of the interior.

Toyota Etios features a newly developed Air Conditioning system with powerful and multi-directional vents that ensure superior cooling inside the cabin. The car also features a class-first ‘clean air filter’ which is standard across all grades for purified air in the cabin. Toyota Etios comes fully strapped with features that are common to the other C-segment car. The Etios sedan has got power steering, power windows, remote central locking, dash integrated music system, steering mounted audio controls, rear defogger, steering adjustment and various other features that are aimed at providing maximum comfort to the passengers. Etios also features a 2 DIN music system which will be a MP3 and FM system and 4 speakers.

Toyota Etios sedan boasts of various active and passive safety features that match with the global safety standards. The safety features included in the Etios are energy absorbing body shell, driver and passenger airbags, and ABS with EBD.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Spacious Passenger Cabin with seating capacity for five adults
    • Impact absorbing body structure
    • DVD/Audio player with remote control
    • Best in class luggage space of 595 litres
  • Cons

    • Outdated Looks