Ed's take: Chevrolet got everything right on the inside of the Sail NB. It has space' sober styling and large boot. However' it missed it out on the quality front which could have been a tad better.
The Sail NB has been introduced after the Sail U-VA and its biggest USP is its space. The Sail NB being based on the same platform; gets the same interior space. The space in the Sail NB good is the first and the second row. The front row seats aren't very large' but the seating positioning is good enough for decent thigh support' though the side support could have been a tad better. The knee room for the rear passengers is good enough however' the headroom could be a bit tight. The features on the Sail NB are decent however' we would have been happier if the quality of the plastics was a tad better. It is more of the feel of the materials that doesn't make it look up market. The design and placement of controls has been done ergonomically' except for the centrally location of power window switches. Base: The base version of the Sail NB gets body coloured bumpers' AC' front power windows and engine immobiliser as the features on it.
LS is the next variant above the base and it comes with body coloured door handles' full wheel cover' leather wrapped steering wheel' rear power windows' central locking and driver airbag.
LS ABS is the version with all the bells and whistles of LS and ABS.
LT ABS is the top of the line variant available on Sail NB and it gets features like dual airbags' ABS' alloy wheels' integrated music system with Bluetooth connectivity.
Ed's take: The 1.3-litre multijet here comes out as a clear winner as it doesn't just have better power delivery' but also is more economical.
The Sail NB is available with 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.3-litre oil burner. The petrol engine produces 84bhp of power at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 113Nm at 5000rpm' while the diesel produces 76bhp at 4000rpm and 205Nm at 1750rpm.
The 1.2-litre petrol mill is the same one that also powers the Sail U-VA. This engine has low NVH levels and is highly refined. The power delivery is decent and one needs to rev this engine to extract maximum performance from it. The power produced by this engine is decent' however one does needs to downshift to make those quick overtaking moves. The engine has strong mid-range just like most of the petrol mills. This engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. As the gearknob is short' the shifts are good and the throws are short. Though the only downside is the shifts are a bit rubbery in nature.
The Sail NB is powered by India's largest selling diesel engine' the 1.3-litre multijet that also powers about 10 other cars in India. We are smitten with this engine and this has low levels of NVH. The power delivery is fairly linear and the oil burner has a strong mid range. The oil burner pulls cleanly once the engine spins above 2000rpm and also there is good enough power to make those overtaking moves. This engine also power the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. The shifts are positive' but still are a bit notchy.
Ed's take: Chevrolet has done a good job on the ride and handling characteristics of the Sail NB and we are impressed with it.
The ride on the Sail NB is decent and it doesn't feel unsettled on bad roads. The suspension does a good job of absorbing the bumps and shocks from the road. The ride doesn't feel jittery even at high speeds and the comfort at the rear is better as the rear suspension has been softened for better ride.
The handling of the Sail NB is decent and the engineers have fond the perfect strike between ride and handling. The car doesn't feel nervous at high speeds and even the feedback from the steering wheel is good.
The facelift version of the Etios gets improvement in quality. The sedan has always been practical, with loads of space to seat five and a massive boot of 595 litres. The brownies on the Etios are decent. The only thing we are against is the plastic quality.
Major changes have been made on the interiors of the Etios and the results are positive. The dashboard now has beige and grey trim and even the quality has been improved by a couple of notches. The interior trim has been changed from grey to beige fabric and even the headrests are no longer integrated and can be adjusted. This alone changes a lot in the interior, and it does feel premium than before.
The music system on the Etios has been changed and even the new 2 DIN music system does look a lot more stylish and better in design. Toyota built a sedan for a family that can only afford a single car, so the Etios had to be spacious. The Etios can comfortably seat five adults and to make things easier the central tunnel has almost been flattened. Even the boot space is large, as it can swallow 595 litres of luggage, making one the best in its class. The driving position is great and the light steering makes maneuvering in city convenient.
J: This is the base variant of the Etios and now comes in diesel variant also. This version comes with body coloured bumpers, tubeless tyres, air conditioner with heater, cooled glovebox and digital tripmeter. It even misses out on power steering.
G: This is a variant higher than J and is available in petrol and diesel engine options. It also includes body coloured door handles, body coloured ORVMs, B-Pillar Black-Out, intermittent wiper, chrome garnish on boot, power windows, electric power steering and central locking.
G Safety: Similar to the above variant, it comes with some additional safety features that include SRS Airbags, ABS (Antilock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and Driver Seatbelt Warning. Hence, the name is G Safety. It comes in petrol and diesel variants.
V: This variant encompasses front fog lamps, 12 spoke alloy wheels, and roof-mounted antenna, and rear defogger, tachometer and in-dash music system with USB & Aux-in.
V (with safety pack) A top end variant in Toyota Etios includes side skirt, steering mounted audio controls, leather wrapped steering wheel and chrome-accented shift knob. Similar to the above variant, it comes with some additional safety features that include SRS Airbags, ABS (Antilock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and Driver Seatbelt Warning. Hence, the name is G Safety. It comes in petrol and diesel variants.
The petrol engine of the Etios is amazing, thanks to the power to weight ratio. It is one of the quickest sedans in the C segment and even efficient. There is always enough power to drive through city lanes, and downshifting might not be required.
1.5-litre petrol: The petrol engine of the Etios is a 1496cc mill that churns out 89bhp@5600rpm and a maximum torque of 132Nm@3000rpm. The engine isn’t a stonker of a performer, but there the power to weight ratio of 90bhp/tonne changes the entire game. The Etios weighs 930kg, which is hatchback territory. The engine is perky and power is always available at the tap of your right foot. One usually doesn’t require a downshift to overtake.
This motor happily revs upto 6000rpm, but it tends to get a bit noisy when it crosses the 3500rpm mark. The torque spread is good and the power delivery is linear like any other efficient petrol engine. The 5-speed manual transmission comes mated to the petrol engine. The gear lever is small and the shifts are precise.
1.4-litre diesel: The 1.4-litre engine that powers the Etios is the same that also does duty on the Corolla Altis. In the Etios, this engine has been detuned to generate maximum power of 68bhp and 170Nm of maximum torque. The Corolla Altis it gets a variable geometric turbocharger in the Etios it gets a conventional fixed geometric turbo. With the same engine block, there is bit of diesel clatter during cold starts but this is muted once the engine warms up. The throttle is fairly responsive and the engine has good mid-range and is drivable around the city. The engine is drivable as the power delivery is linear. It is on the open road you feel that the engine lacks that extra punch.
The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Gearshifts are positive and slick. As per ARAI test cycle, Toyota claims the Etios diesel to have a fuel economy of 23.59kmpl.
The ride of the Etios is fairly composed and most of the road shocks are absorbed by the suspension. The handling on the Etios is good enough even driven within city speed limits.
The suspension set-up is soft and it ensures better ride and fairly decent handling characteristics. The Etios smoothly glides over potholes with a muted thud and most of the road shocks are ironed-out by the transmission. The ride is smooth, but some road noise does intrude the cabin.
The Etios’s handling is decent, when within city speed limits. The sedan can zip through busy streets but things get difficult as you make it to twisty roads. The steering wheel of the Toyota Etios is light and feels slack around the corner as the car gathers speed.
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