Etios Liva 2014-2016 V Review
Toyota Etios Liva is the flagship hatchback from the Japanese automaker Toyota and its facelifted version has been introduced with a few minor updates. The company has not made any changes to its technical specifications and it is available with the same petrol and diesel engine options. This hatchback will compete against the likes of Chevrolet Sail Hatchback, Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Swift, Renault Pulse, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto EVO and others in this class. The major changes include a redesigned radiator grille with titanium grey finish and internally adjustable ORVMs. Then there is improved upholstery for seats along with door trims and dual front SRS airbags. Among various trims, this Toyota Etios Liva V is one of the to end variant, which is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine under the hood. It can displace 1197cc and can churn out 78.9bhp and 104Nm of power and torque respectively. With the help of an electronic fuel injection supply system, it can produce about 17.71 Kmpl on the bigger roads and 15.1 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions. Its braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient for keeping the vehicle stable. The company is offering this hatchback with a standard warranty of three years or 100000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. At the same time, the owners can also avail extended warranty at an additional cost paid to authorized dealer.
When it comes to the appearance, this hatchback has a distinct and aerodynamic body structure with a lot of striking features. It has a well designed front fascia, wherein the sleek headlight cluster and a bold radiator grille with titanium grey finish dominates the overall front profile. It is embossed with a prominent company logo in the center. Its headlight cluster is incorporated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicators. Just below this grille, the trendy body colored bumper houses a wide air dam. Coming to its side profile, its door handles and outside rear view mirrors are painted in body color, while B-pillar gets black color garnish . The neatly carved wheel arches are fitted with an elegant set of 14-inch alloy wheels, which are further covered with 175/65 R14 sized tubeless radial tyres. Its rear end has a body colored bumper that is fitted with a license plate. The curvy boot lid is embossed with variant badging and fitted with a thick chrome plated slat. The large windscreen integrated with a defogger and it also has a wash and wipe function. At present, this hatchback is available in seven exterior paint options, which are Classic Grey, Symphony Silver, Celestial Black, White, Vermilion Red, Harmony Beige and Ultramarine Blue metallic finish for the buyers to choose from.
The spacious internal cabin of this Toyota Etios Liva V trim is incorporated with well designed seats, which are covered with premium fabric upholstery. It has a fascinating interior design with a dual tone color scheme and the company has managed to give it a trendy new look. The dashboard and central console are neatly designed and equipped with several advanced equipments. It features a three spoke steering wheel, a large glove box with cooling effect and AC vents . The advanced instrument panel is equipped with an electronic tripmeter, a digital tachometer, a digital clock, low fuel warning light, door ajar warning, driver seat belt reminder notification and several other aspects for keeping the driver updated. The company has given this variant a number of utility based aspects, which are seven bottle holders, front and rear door pockets, internally adjustable ORVMs, digital tripmeter, 12V power outlet in center console, rear defogger and so on.
Engine and Performance:
This particular variant is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1197cc . This double overhead camshaft based motor is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves. It is incorporated with an advanced electronic fuel injection supply system that allows the vehicle to generate a healthy fuel economy. This petrol mill can churn out a maximum power of 78.90bhp at 5600rpm along with a peak torque output of 104Nm at 3100rpm. It is cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box that helps in attaining a top speed in the range of 140 to 145 Kmph. At the same time, it can accelerate from 0-100 Kmph in close to 14 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
The braking and suspension mechanism of this Toyota Etios Liva V trim is quite efficient. Its front wheels are assembled with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while its rear wheels are fitted with conventional drum brakes. This braking mechanism is assisted by ABS along with EBD. On the other hand, its front axle is equipped with a McPherson strut, while rear one gets torsion beam type of mechanism. It has been integrated with a responsive electric power steering system, which makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. This tilt adjustable steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 4.8 meters.
This variant is incorporated with some of the top rated comfort features that gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. The list includes an efficient air conditioning unit with heater and clean air filter, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, front cabin lights, electrically adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators and several other such aspects. It also has an advanced 2-DIN audio unit, which supports CD/MP3 player, USB input, Aux-in port, Bluetooth connectivity and four speakers, which enhances the ambiance of its cabin.
Being the top end variant, it is bestowed with almost all crucial features, which are essential for a safe driving. It has seat belts for all occupants along with driver seat belt reminder notification. For enhancing the safety quotient in case of any collision, the company has given it driver along with passenger side airbag too. The advanced engine immobilizer safeguards the vehicle from any theft and unauthorized entry. Apart from these, it also has door ajar warning on instrument panel, keyless entry, a defogger, fog lamps, a central locking system and high mounted stop lamp.
1. Classy interior cabin with enough leg space.
2. Decent engine performance.
1. Leather seat covers can be added.
2. Boot space is quite less.