Toyota Etios Sedan
The Fresh King Of The Segment.
The Etios is to Toyota what the Dzire is to Maruti Suzuki, high hopes and aspirations on the Etios Sedan and the initial huge booking numbers are just the first signs that the strongly indicate that Toyota has got a big winner on their hands. The Etios twins (Sedan and Hatchback the Liva) happen to be the most talked about car in recent time from the world’s 2nd largest car maker of the world. Read on as we drive the Toyota Etios VX Sedan to find out how good it really is to get such a huge booking numbers.
Its taken nearly 4 years for Toyota engineers to get the Etios sedan conceived and ready and from the first look the Etios sedan reminds you of the Altis from the sides and has some styling cues from the Prius when seen head-on. The initial concept that was shown at the Auto Expo looked more like the Renault Logan to many. The Toyota Etios VX does still remind you of the Logan especially the rear half but the Etios Sedan looks like a well designed Logan with lots of roundness to it.
Coming back to the design aspect, the front face has got a wide smiling grill in chrome that runs from between the two headlights. Large bumpers with a low air dam and integrated round fog lamps make up for the front profile of the Etios Sedan. The side profile as mentioned earlier resembles to some extent of the Altis. The top end version of the car, the Toyota Etios VX that we drove came with nice chunky 15inche tyres on good looking alloys.
Half Blacked out door pillars look like an afterthought but never the less gel nicely with the overall appearance. Door handles also have the chrome treatment on them. The rear end has the triangular tail lamp that look more like the Logans while a thick chrome strip runs across the boot lid adds to the beauty of the Etios Sedans rear.
The Toyota Etios VX looks like a proper 3 box sedan, has a nice aggressive stance, fit and finish is typical Toyota which is better than many and the overall look is sober yet different. Remember the Etios Sedan is directly targeted at the Maruti Dzire and on the outside we find the Etios Sedan looking much better, larger and well built than the Dzire.
Step inside the Toyota Etios VX and the cabin is much larger once you get in than what you see from the outside thanks to some very clever cabin layout and designing by Toyota engineers. You get a 2 tone dashboard in black and grey plastic that’s big in size something on the lines of the Honda Civic.
The instrument panel is in the centre and not on the driver’s side which is again a first for this segment. White colored speedo and RPM meters are well designed and look much better at night. The Toyota Etios VX has a uniquely shaped steering wheel which is not entirely round but is flat on the part which touches the driver’s thighs, this has been done deliberately to give a very sporty look to the steering.
The steering also has the audio controls placed on it and feels chunky to hold and grip. The top end Toyota Etios VX has a height adjustable steering. The top end Etios Sedan came with a MP3, DIVX player with an integrated radio which had a remote with it. Sound quality is good and the music player is easy to use.
The AC on the Etios Sedan is a regular one and we would have preferred a climate control at least on the top variant. The AC cools the cabin very quickly, the vents are round in shape and have a unique shut mechanism on them. Two A/C vents are placed on either sides of the dashboard, one for the passenger and one on the drivers side while the remaining two vents are placed on the left to the MP3 player one on the top of other, Toyota says that this is done so that the AC flow reaches the driver directly and if the vents are on both sides of the MP3 player the flow doesn’t reach the driver as it gets stuck with the steering and the drivers hands coming in between its flow, a very unique and clever design element.
The Toyota Etios VX has a very large glove box, it has a internally cooling vent inside it. The plastic quality is better than some of its rivals in this segment. The Etios Sedan has a very sporty front seats which has a unified headrest that is joined to the seat, drivers side height adjust is missing. Seats are comfortable and supportive. A mix of black and red fabric has been used in here to give a very sporty feel inside the Etios Sedan cabin.
The red theme continues on the long throw gear shifter too, this shifter has a round grip and feels good to grip. The red theme goes on the door panels as inserts along with the fake aluminum finish on them. Bottle holders are also a welcome touch on the door pads. Map pockets are missing behind the front seats.
The rear seat has loads of space and 3 people can easily fit in there moreover the intrusion part on the seat of the rear wheel arches has been chopped off making the seat much more wider. Leg room even with the front seats fully pushed back is huge and so is the head room. Not forgetting the XXL boot area that’s 595litres, compare that to the 506 litres for the Honda City and 440 litres on the direct rival the Maruti Dzire to be precise. The in-cabin area of the Etios Sedan is nearly as big or bigger as the bigger sedans including the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Ford Fiesta.
Cabin area is cleverly designed and quality is above average. Choice of fabric on the seats and the door pads is sporty while the equipment level is good. The top end Toyota Etios VX comes with 2 airbags.
The Toyota Etios VX is a 1500cc four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC petrol engine that develops 90 PS @ 5600 rpm and 135 Nm of torque @ 3000 rpm, which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This all new engine is very powerful and torquey as well. Start the car and you instantly notice that this engine is very responsive at low revs which should make the Toyota Etios VX a very driveable car on our busy slow moving traffic conditions. The 5 speed transmission is slick enough, shifting is smooth and no false shifts were experienced.
The engine revs fast and the power delivery is quick, cabin insulation is pretty good and the NVH levels are good. The drive quality is at par with larger sedans and the suspension is on the softer side but does its duty very ably The power steering on the Toyota Etios VX is a gem, its very light and responsive and this aids while driving on busy city roads. The 15 inche tyres help in soaking out the bad roads while the ABS and EBD make things easy while braking. The braking is good with the front discs and rear drum setup. The power is good and quick and the Etios Sedan touched 160kmph easily on the run and could do much more. The Etios Sedan feels planted all the time and behaves in a very mature large sedan fashion.
Typical Toyota engineering has gone in on the Toyota Etios VX and it is seen and felt when you drive it. The Etios has a very powerful and linear power delivery, making it a very easy car to drive in town. The Etios Sedan weighs just 930kgs and this works in its favor to achieve an best in class fuel economy of 17.64kpl in the ARAI tests.
The Toyota Etios VX may not be the best looking car around but is intelligently designed and engineered keeping into mind the needs and demands that a Indian car buyer aspires. Sound engineering and clever designing inside the Etios Sedan are its USP while loads of cabin space along with superb utility makes it’s the clear winner. All this combined with the best in class fuel efficiency and a Rs 5 to 7 Lakh priceing for a car which is as big as the bigger sedans make it the fresh new King of the segment. Competition better watch out and this is just the beginning the Etios Sedans brother the Etios Liva hatchback has not even been launch.
Ex-showroom Price Rs 6.86 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi).
Type 4 cylinders in-line, 1496cc
Power 90PS at 5600rpm
Torque 132Nm at 3000rpm
Wheel Base 2550mm
Boot Volume 595-litres
Ground Clearance 170mm
Wheels 15 inch
Spare Full size
Front Independent, MacPherson strut
Rear Non-independent, torsion beam
Type Power Electronic Power Steering
Overall 17.64kpl ARAI certified
Tank size 45-litres
Bravo!! I've booked the Q-class... and after reading this (albeit partial) review I am feeling proud of becoming a Etios owner... Frankly, there are only a few Compromises that have to be made in some meagre departments, , otherwise TOYOTA the name itself has enough weight to Push anyone to book it. add to that a good price and a wonderful feel. Good Luck
Dear Readers Greetings ! ! A very measured , calculated and cautious review by our lucky comrade Ritesh Madhok- Bravo and congrats. The cabin and controls with ABS, EBD and airbags are excellent news and will kill the competition. The engine has pull , ride is smooth and plenty of features. The big question is how tough is this sedan- broken road , harsh climate and poor fuel quality will tell on the first 3 months. IF TOYOTA IS LISTENING THEN KINDLY GINGER UP YOUR DEALERS- HYDERABAD WE ARE VERY NEGATIVE ON THE RESPONSE ON QUERIES. EYES CLOSED I WANTED TO BOOK A DIESEL SAFETY SEDAN ETIOS AND WAS PREPARED TO WAIT- GOT IGNORED AND REBUFFED- HOWS THAT ????????????????????????????? Anyway , we have a game changer - with Toyota name- comfort , size, drive and handling. The only catch CAN BE MILEAGE. 12 kmpl has KILLED the MICRA already. The second could be servicing and repairs. INDIANS HATE IT IF ANYTHING BREAKS OR COMES LOOSE IN A NEW CAR FOR FIRST 24 MONTHS. After my bad experience, I wont go to a Toyota dealer in Hyd. However , I recommend that Toyota immediately have it listed in the Armed Forces CSD Canteens. Maruti, Hyundai, Tata and Ford are making hay with this segment. Last but not the least, braking was not mentioned at all. Is it a grey area ? So for Toyota its how fast can you move into C Segment and take over Honda City EXI, Ford Fiesta Exi, Dezire, Micra and VW by giving the customer an unforgettable showroom and on road experience and for Gods sake ramp up your production !!!!!!!!! You got a Winner on your hands move it into the market. Best Wishes & Regards KJS Sandhu
Thanks a lot for the encouraging words, yes very true the Etios is a game changer in a big big way and deserves the big response that it is getting.
Dear Readers I booked etios Vx , still i am waiting to see test drive. hope toyota has done lot of RD, before releasing etios, so I hope this is the best car of middle family segment.
Is the ETIOS same as TOYOTA Tercel?
No the Etios is an all new car designed specifically for India.
No it is not same as tercel, i had tercel at Kuwait, and have taken drive test foe Etios, Etios is Designed as per Indian road conditions.
It is indeed very strange that booking of Etios started even before the test drive were offered ! I have also done a blind booking without having seen the car and having test drive of same. I hope, I am not repenting my decision later. I have paid Rs. 50000/- towards booking. I want to know if this is fully refundable on future cancellation.
Hi Pls Send Toyoto ERITOS DETAILES Calicut
Even i have also book the Etios car.........without test drive......hope it is good !!!
Yesterday I saw the long awaited Etios ,compact proportionate design , enough leg room ,good mileage within the range of 5 - 7 lakhs is going to be the real threat for Dzire.The only thing that is missing is the height adjustment of driving seat.Really eye catching ..but the delivery date given is too long...
Nice Sedan in competitive price.
I have also booked a G variant of etios,I would like to know wheather the company will pay interest on the booking money or not?
Hi Dr. P Sarkar, We would like to inform you that interest is not payble on the booking amount of the car. Thanks
Is there any automatic transmission model available with etios? If available how much will be the price at Kerala, Kochi, Kottayam or Pathanamthitta.
Dear User, We would like to inform you that there is no automatic transmission available in Toyota Etios, it is available in manual transmission only. Thanks
Hi, Will there be an Automatic coming out in this model at all??
Dear User, We would like to inform you that there is no automatic transmission available in Toyota Etios, it is available in manual transmission only. Thanks
What is the mileage efficiency ? ( how many kms per litre of petrol ?) Just give the features ..
Hi Mr. P M Rajagopal, This is in regards to your query posted on the website CarDekho.com, we would like to inform you that Toyota Etios gives mileage of 13.5 kmpl in city conditions and 17.6 kmpl on highways. Thanks
Hi All, I am planning to book the car after taking a test drive.Incase I book the car in Jan, in Hyd, when can I receive the delivery ? Any ideas ??
The deliveries commence from Jan 2011 but there is already a long wait period for the Etios, best of luck and the Etios is surely good choice no doubt.
I HAVE BOOKED ETIOS G,I AM 5 FEET IN HEIGHT.IF THERE IS NO HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT FACILITY IN DRIVERS SEAT WILL ANY PROBLEM TO BE FACED TO DRIVE ME? ?
There is no height adjust on the drivers seat of the Etios but the good part is that the driver position is ideal for the average Indian height. You wont face any issue while driving the Etios. Thanks, CarDekho Team
There should be no problem in driving the Etios as the seat height is preset at a reasonably good driving position.
i also booked a G version, giving full faith to the worlds largest car manufactures.How ever i have doubt about its built quality.Can u tell the how strong it is and the quality of metal sheets.Is it better than dezire fiesta and verna.I dont think so.Plse Toyota make little more sturdy.
what's it's on road price gonna be like???
this is probably the worst designed car by toyota, why does it under-estimate the asthetic sense of the Indians, first it was the horrible looking qualis and now this, there maybe a initial rush to this madness but once the dust settles it going to meet the fate of the logan. toyota people....pl take this car back to japan....we don't want it.
The worst thing is the slowliness of toyota even for display cars they take full december month,and the delivery period is too long.i booked this within 4 days of launch even than the say the delivery in feb but on booking form they write 5-7 months,,this was a cheat to me by globe toyota mohali
I think globe toyota is thinking to get premium(black) from rushed needy customers,but they will loose there repo by doing this kind of working
The Etioas has Logan written all over it. Bits of chrome attached here and there and adding a little bit of curve to the otherwise boxy edges of a Logan is all that is needed to make an Etios. Is this what they say took years of R&D by Toyota Engineers??? I can do this for free Toyota and I think even my kid can draw a better sketch. It is the pricing combined with the brand name TOYOTA that has done the trick and all the rush and hype should not be taken too seriously by Toyota, because they should be well aware that the other market players are wise enough. Toyota please make sure you give enough importance to your world ranking and please make sure you deliver products that has the Leader tag on it!!!!
what is the earliest time i can get an etios if i book it now at bangalore?
Dear User, We would like to inform you that Toyota Etios is on 5-6 months waiting period. Thanks
5 to 6 months
Which one is better - Accent/Dezire or Etios in terms of value for money ??
Dear User, We would like to inform you that you can opt for Toyota Etios, the car has got all the standard features and the cost is nominal too. Toyota Etios is powered by 1496 cc petrol engine and it gives mileage of 13.5 kmpl in city conditions and 17.6 kmpl on highways. It is a true value for money car in its segment. Hyundai Accent is also a good option, the car is powered by 1495 cc petrol engine. The car is powered by 12.3 kmpl in city conditions and 13.5 kmpl on highways. The cost of Hyundai Accent is less as compared to other two cars. The it has got widely spread dealership network and the maintenance cost is nominal too. Maruti Swift Dzire is also a good option, the car has been dominating the sedan segment last year. Maruti Swift Dzire is powerd by 1197 cc petrol engine, it gives mileage of 13.0 kmpl in city conditions and 17.5 kmpl on highways. Thanks
Dear CarDekho Team Leader. I think you have to set your facts right before reporting anything. In case of Toyota Etios and Dzire you have reported highway mileage as 17.6 kmpl and 17.5 kmpl respectively. These are ARAI certified figures. But why should you not give ARAI figures of mileage for Accent also ? For Accent Executive the ARAI certified mileage on highways is 16.8 kmpl (not 13.5 kmpl given by you !!). So the comparison should be on same benchmark (say ARAI). Wrong reporting misleads the people. Further, on Compare Cars when compare Accent with any car it shows Accent Executive as BS III...WHY ?? Accent Executive is BS IV compliant car. So please be careful in reporting anything. Thanks
I want to know which vers has ABS as i understand this safety feature tobe must. Further i would also like to know if we can get ABS installed in an non ABS vers? which one you would go for a) d'zire b) Accent c) Etios ----------------
long awaited etios arrived in the showroom. inerior is very very bad and door inerior is simplyu delicate plastic. lost faith in toyota.
wht is road price
what is road price of Etios
what will be the maintenance cost per month for toyota etios(petrol) and swift dzire (diesel)?
Not a big differance in spareparts price and maintenence between the Dzire and the Etios. Thanks, CarDekho Team
I WANT BOOK Hatchback the Liva, SO TELL ME WHEN IT IS LAUNCHING AND WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE PRICE RANGE
i booked etios v from vadodara and they gave me delivery time of 13 months and on the same day my friend booked the same from vashi (mumbai) they have given him the delivery time of 8 months. can anyone help me understand how this things are soughted out
road test hear
Hi are the booking cancellations fully refundable ?..please reply
car Is veryy nice pl test drive pl contact me 9371858285
I had a very good feel when i was watching the photos of etios on net. Thanks great job by creative team of toyota
sir. which popular sedan -Swift desire, Hunai assent, Etios, hona is crash tested(safety test) for indian customers. pl reply me thanks
is toyata etios going to launch in diesel version... in coming future..
Dear may i know is etios will be avilable in desal verson also and what will be the price.
Dear User, We would like to inform you that as of now the auto-major, Toyota has not disclosed any official information regarding the launch of Toyota Etios diesel but as per the sources the company is planning to bring in the diesel variant of Toyota Etios by 2011 year end. Thanks
will ETIOS beat swiftdzier???
Liva is comoing in the near future. The best part is that LIVA will be tested in Thailand first, then improved/rectified and then launched in India unlike Etios which is the other way round. CarDekho team pls tell me, will the Liva also get improved based on the inputs/feedback from Etios in India prior to launch in the coming months? Hopefully this will be a beauty both looks wise and in all the other aspects.
Dear User, The Etios Liva and the Etios are both well tested products from Toyots. Designed and developed in India and Japan both the cars have no problems what so ever. Expect the Etios Liva to be launched in 3months time for the Indian market. Thanks
The Etios Liva and the Etios are both well tested products from Toyots. Designed and developed in India and Japan both the cars have no problems what so ever. Expect the Etios Liva to be launched in 3months time for the Indian market. Thanks, CarDekho Team
there is a slight noise in the engine,and the door is not smooth when its shut down and its make a shake when the ignition starts the engine like a diesel vehicle is these problem will be cleared by the toyota
I had a test drive of Etios VX in Mid of Jan 2011, interiors are pathetic, and seats are not comfortable and not worth for a car that would cost 8.2 lakh on road(VX), and the red combiantion neither gives a sporty look nor the classic look. Back seat is like a school bench, which is flat, and front seat with moulded head rest gives cheap look. Went to the show room for booking, but retuned back with out booking as i was disappointed with interior quality, and not a up market look on outside as well. Need to wait and watch how this would do when it hits the road as i dont find anything great other than the brand name.
Twice i had a test drive of Etios but still I am not convinced enough to roll my pen on my cheque book. No doubt its a smart with an exterior to challenge some of the best sedan available in the market, but interiors are pathetic and below average. I liked the perofmance vehicle was complelty in control and stable even @140 km/hr , very convinent to drive, full on leg space and three pepole cna be accomdated comfortbaly at rear seat but still it seems like a product in a rush, hauge and visile gap betweeb tyre nad body which look ugly. Woudl wait and watch its performance or else woudl upgrade myslef in C-class
I havent the faintest idea about who writes the reviews for CARDEKHO and from where they are based, but here is a honest feedback for whoever has written the above review, the TOYOTA ETIOS reminds one of the Toyota Echo and not the Altis, The Echo for the information of all who havent heard of it has been discontinued from all other markets with the introduction of the YARIS, it is being introduced in the Indian Market after it was taken off most other markets worldwide. Apart from that , ENGINE & MAINTENANCE -this car is a work horse and doesnt need much maintenance, INTERIOR & EXTERIOR - the exterior and interior are very boxy and unappealing , the interior has a lot of places for storage, PRICE - At this price (5.2L to 6.2L) this is probably the best buy in the market. The car is slightly overpowered and has been involved in a lot accidents , so speedsters be wary.
Plelasea can you let me know, when diesel version will release...
After owning ETIOS I must say It is proud to be owner of Etios I am more than satisfy. Congrates Toyota and well done.
The first thing I have to comment on ETIOS is value for money. We all know that Toyota will not compromise on its quality. If they launch a car with low standards it will affect their GLOBAL TRUST; so they will not do such blunder in a market like India(where they have potential in sales). Even though I am not satisfied in its interior look; if they had concentrated alittle on its interiors;sure... it will be a big hit and big threat to its competitors.
i am waiting for diesel toyota etios its a complete car no match
By the grace of God Now I m proud owner of Toyota Etios. Such a nice car more comfort, huge space with highly powerful 1500cc engine has given u pleasure of driving last but not least cost of car is very reasonable. Thnx for Toyota...
I am looking for a sedan in the range of Rs.5.5 lakhs for my family. I want five people to sit comfortably. I understand i20 and etios are good in that range. I am looking for etios G version. does it has power steering? between the two i mentioned above, kindly advise me which one i can go for.
Also i would like to have your opinion about 'Tata Auro Safire BS IV' What is Automatic Climatic Control. pl. explain
Between Toyota etios V model and Vento petrol basic model which is a better car and better value for the money?
Dear User, Both are very good cars from their respective manufacturers, the Toyota Etios is more value for money as its priced much lower than the Vento. Thanks
Toyota etios- Is it R&D for CNG use/conversion or not in the Indian market?
The kerb weight of Swift vxi-bsIV is 1000 kg., Swift Dzire vxi is 1025 kgs. The kerb weight of Etios is 915 kg. ( courtesy carwale.com )Does this show thin steel material used for the body? For a car with 1500 cc engine, and good speed, is it safe? pl. let me know as i am considering etios car as a buying option. Pl. let me know whether delivery of car will be faster in hYD. THAN IN OTHER DISTRICTS LIKE WARANGAL, VIJAYAWADA, VOZAG?
I heard that there are cancellation of booking on Etios ....seems it is not worth to buy.....we should wait for 3-4 months to see the performance of this car ... I think if your budget is around 7.7 Lacs then go for dzire zdi...Thanks
In all cars Toyota Etios is excellent car......,I have buy in 4 months.
INSIDE CABIN ENGINE NOISE IS HIGHER? ........ PLEASE GIVE REPLY CARDEKHO..
Hi, How is Toyota Etios car? Is it worth buying? I would like to know the maintenance cost of this car? How costly are the spare parts?
If you say Toyota than everything ok , I will think Abt it , only after reading was alright but thinking about fix headrest front seat need to change , I appreciate Toyota come on sweep name brand
How is it that when many of the hatchbacks are having kerb weights of nearly 1100kg, Toyota Etios has a kerb weight of only 930 kgs? Have they compromised heavily on the materials used?
Dear Car Dekho Team Can you give the user reviews of Toyota Etios at 10,000 kms This would settled many doubts for the prospective customers
Heard about cancellation of bookings of Etios,Is it true
help me choosing a petrol car between maruti swift d'zire vxi and toyota etios g..plz help
I've learnt that Toyota Etios Diesel bookings open in Sept'11. Car Dekho team, any idea if this is true?
Is Etios, Dezire going to be launched in CNG ver. in coming months.
which is more fuel efficient Diesel car Dezire or Etios
HI, Does Diesel based cars have high maintenace, if they are not used on regular basis ? Can we convert petrol based car to CNG base, after 2 to 3 years from purchase date from any outside CNG fitting company ? waiting for your reply
dear sir i want to buy a disel car range b/w 6.5 L to 7.5 L which is better option ford fista classic or toyota etios EP (GD) as there price on road is near about same. i am very confused