Etios Liva 2013-2014 GD SP Review
Toyota Etios Liva is the flagship hatchback of the Japanese automobile giant Toyota. This hatch comes in several number of variants with both petrol and diesel engine options. The company has brought this car to the Indian auto market with the most competitive price tag. Now the sales for this premium hatch is picking up slowing in the automobile market, which is a good sign for the Japanese automaker. Recently, the company also brought the facelifted version of this hatch with a set of cosmetic updates in terms of both exteriors and interiors. Presently, Toyota Etios Liva is the one of the most fuel efficient hatchbacks available in the country with a class leading mileage of about 23.59 Kmpl. Toyota Etios Liva GD SP is the top end diesel version, which comes with a set of exciting aspects. Also, there is a best in class space offered inside this four wheeler, which will provide better drive comforts. This version of hatch comes with additional set of safety features integrated that assures passengers safety. This hatchback model is giving tough competition to the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ritz, Nissan Micra, Honda Brio, and some more best selling models. The company is offering an unmatched warranty of 3 years/100,000 kilometers with some conditions on paper. The company is offering this premium hatch in seven different color shades which include Classic Grey, Symphony Silver, Celestial Black, White, Vermilion Red, Harmony Beige and Ultramarine Blue.
The body design of this Toyota Etios Liva GD SP seems pretty simple but its eye catching exteriors make it look stunning from the outside. It has a dynamically sculptured front and sporty rear design, which will surely make you fall in love with this hatch at the very first sight. If you just take a close look at its front facade, you will find dynamically design headlight cluster, which is further equipped with turn indicators. This top end version of Toyota Etios Liva gets a body colored grille with a chrome plated strip fitted on top of its hood. At the bottom you will find a body colored bumper with an integrated large air dam and round shaped fog lights. While the chrome plated company's logo compliments the front fascia of Toyota Etios Liva GD SP. When it comes to the rear part, you will find rear combination lamps with “fin” patterns that brings sportiness to the rear. There is a chrome plated strip fitted on the boot along with a stylish company logo. At the bottom, it gets a body colored bumper, which also includes license plate on it. The side profile of this hatchback looks very sleek and sporty with body colored external rear view mirrors, door handles and sporty alloy wheels while the OVRMs also gets the indicator blinkers. This sporty hatchback comes with an impressive set of dimensions with 3775mm of overall length, 1695mm of total width and a good 1510mm of overall height.
The interior section of the Toyota Etios Liva has been improved a lot. The company has designed one of the best looking interior for this flagship hatchback and answered its critics. Now this Toyota Etios GD SP trim comes with a plush interior design that will surely offer a premium feel for the passengers inside this hatch. This new hatch has got a combimeter with new blue illumination integrated to a perfectly positioned console. There is also an ergonomic steering wheel with audio control, a power steering with tilt option. The interior cabin is offered in dual toned environment which indeed offers pleasant feel to the passengers. Its dashboard has been stuffed with the set of features like air conditioner vents, glove box compartment, music player and other set of features. It is indeed a perfect hatchback for all individuals and families who prefer a premium hatchback.
Engine and Performance:
This version of the Toyota Etios Liva comes with a high performance diesel engine, which is very reliable. The company has blessed this premium hatch with a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder, 8-valves, D-4D, SOHC based diesel engine that has the displacement capacity of 1364cc. This engine can churn out 67.1bhp at 3800rpm and generates 170Nm of torque output at 1800 to 2400rpm. This trim comes with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, which functions in a proficient way and enhances the fuel efficiency to a maximum 23.59 Kmpl, which is the best in class. Its engine comes with common rail direct injection fuel supply system.
Braking and Handling:
The Toyota Etios Liva GD SP is the top end variant in the series and it comes with some top class braking and handling functions. The front wheel of this top end diesel trip is fitted with ventilated disc brakes while the rear wheels comes fitted with superior drum brakes . On the other hand, braking mechanism is enhanced with the help of Anti lock braking system and EBD. Handling this premium hatch in heavy traffic conditions will be very easy because of the very responsive power steering system. While the McPherson strut suspension system equipped to the front axle and torsion beam suspension fitted to the rear axle will further enhance the braking and handling mechanism.
When it comes to the most important safety and security aspects, Toyota has offered its premium hatchback with some of the most advanced functions that assures the safety of all passengers. This Toyota Etios Liva GD SP comes with a set of premium safety aspects including engine immobilizer, key less entry, door ajar warning, ABS with EBD , and so on. Some of the important features like Dual SRS airbags, and driver seat belt warning are also incorporated to this hatchback.
The Toyota Etios Liva GD SP trim comes with a set of practical comfort and convenience features including air conditioner with heater and clean air filter, power windows with driver side auto down, electric power steering with tilt function, cooled glove box, front cabin lights, front power outlet (12V), height adjustable driver seat, a rear defogger, a tachometer, a digital tripmeter, ann advanced music system with remote control and speakers, audio controls on the steering wheel, internally adjustable outside rear view mirrors and many other such aspects. There are a set of noticeable features including, 7-bottle holders, front and rear door pockets, chrome accented gear shift knob and so on.
Pros: Best in class features, improved interiors.
Cons: Engine power could be better, price can be more competitive.