Etios 2014-2016 1.4 Xclusive Review
The Toyota Etios 1.4 Xclusive is a special variant in this series, based on its top end variant. In addition to the fine design elements of the top end variant, this one is also graced with added features such as an 'Xclusive' badge on its exterior outfit. It is armed with the standard diesel engine that displaces 1364cc. The drive-train makes for a strong fuel economy, with a mileage value of 23.59kmpl. Also present along with this are sound braking and suspension arrangements, giving a good ride stability as well. A group of reliable safety arrangements further support this, ranging from airbags for the front passengers to door ajar and driver's seatbelt warnings. Coming to the exterior of the car, it has a graceful shape that is further enhanced with fine design elements. Chrome highlights and stylish wheels add to its visual feat. The company is also giving the customer the benefit of a range of attractive color choices for added personalization including celestial black to ultramarine blue. Coming to the interior design, the car has a refined cabin environment based on fine upholstery and a two tone color combination. It has a quality stereo system along with many added functions. The cabin also provides an LCD type fuel meter that comes along with a digital clock. Also present are a tachometer and a digital trip-meter, providing the driver with vital drive information. The outside mirror is electrically adjustable and is decorated with chrome inserts. A height adjustable seat is present for the convenience of the driver.
At the front, it bears a newly designed front grille with a double chrome highlight for a more stylish effect. There are fog lamps at the bottom for added visibility. A wide air intake section provides cooling to the engine, and also adds flavor to the look from the front. The body colored bumper makes for a more harmonious overall look. Coming to the side facet, the 12 spoke alloy wheels underline the car's trendy persona. The side mirrors are body colored, and they have been affixed with a chrome garnished strip. The door handles are also body colored, and they are graced with chrome inserts for a more appealing look. This variant gets an 'Xclusive' badge on the door side visors and the fenders, making for a distinctive look. The side protection molding also looks good, and it comes along with a chrome insert. A blackout effect on the B pillar also adds to the appearance. The foldable roof antenna is another bonus. There is a chrome garnish on the boot for a finer look by the rear. The car has been equipped with reverse sensors for a safer experience for the passengers.
The two tone premium interiors make for a fulfilling drive environment. There are new design fabric seats, ensuring optimal comfort for the occupants. A fabric insert on the door trim adds to the fine quality of the cabin. The 3 spoke steering wheel is leather wrapped, and it comes along with a silver accent as well. Beside this, there is a chrome accent on the shift knob and on AC rings, which enhance this effect. This variant is graced with a new wood grain finish on the door armrest, giving a more refined environment for the passengers. There are three assist grips that come along with coat hooks, enabling occupants to store clothes within the car without hassle. A day/night rear view mirror makes for convenience and safety at the same time. In addition to this, the front passengers are also given sun visors for added comfort value.
Engine and Performance:
Arming this machine is a 1.4-litre D-4D diesel engine that comprises of 4 cylinders and 8 valves. It is based on the SOHC valve configuration. Furthermore, the drive-train is given the common rail direct injection, enabling efficient fuel transfer for improved working. Coming to the specifications, the engine displaces 1364cc. In addition to this, it has a power output of 67bhp 3800rpm, and a torque of 170Nm at 1800rpm to 2400rpm. The drive-train is paired with a 5 speed manual transmission for flawless shifting.
Braking and Handling:
For the braking requirements, the company has equipped the machine with ventilated discs for the front wheels, and drum units at the rear for a strong control throughout. The suspension arrangement is also upto the mark, with a McPherson strut rigged onto the front axle and a torsion beam for the rear axle, enabling an efficient handling mechanism.
This variant has an exclusive 2 DIN touchscreen infotainment system that provides quality entertainment for the occupants. It is further aided with the presence of radio function, and an MP3 CD player. External devices can be connected to it through a USB port and an Aux-In function. This system comes along with a navigation facility as well, making for a well directed, strain free experience for the driver. It also has a hand gesture function, which makes for ease of functioning for the occupants. A Bluetooth connectivity function is also present that allows for audio streaming and in-cabin call hosting. The controls to the audio function are on the steering wheel, giving ease of working for the passengers. In addition to all of this, there is a central locking system, eliminating strain for the occupants. Front cabin lights are also present for aid during gloomy conditions. Power windows further promote comfort, with an auto down system for the driver's window. The electric power steering makes for comfort as well as safety, and it comes along with a tilt function. The air conditioner comes with a heater function and a clean air filter, making for a pleasant drive atmosphere. A 12V front power outlet gives occupants the convenience of charging devices within the cabin.
A dual SRS airbag system provides shielding to both front passengers, reducing damage in case of a mishap. A driver's seatbelt warning is present along with a buzzer, providing an additional measure of security. In addition to this, there is a door ajar warning and a headlamp-on warning, both also present with buzzers. A keyless entry system blends comfort with safety. The anti lock braking system enhances the handling and it goes along with an electronic brake-force distribution system as well. An immobilizer makes for the safety of the car as well. An intermittent wiper enables visibility during wet weather conditions.
1. Comfortable cabin with good convenience aids.
2. Fuel economy is quite decent.
1. Its outer format could be more sporty.
2. The safety needs to be upgraded.