Test Drive of Etios

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Well, I have gone for the test drive of Toyota Etios at Galaxy Toyota located at Shailimar Bagh Delhi. Few observations are there: 1. An inferior interior, plastic quality is really poor. 2. Speedometer etc. are located in the center and is also looks quite cheaper. 3. An absurd noise while opening the bonnet.  4. Boot is almost the same i.e. of logan, not attractive. 5. Non proportional Power weight ratio i.e. 1500 cc Vs 915-930 kg, powerful engine may shatter other parts in the long run. 6. No integrated music system, antenna and fog lights in ‘G’ model   7. No power steering in the base model. 8. Narrow service network with high cost spares and maintenance and the last but not the least. 9. No CNG option if want to install legally. Positives: 1. Huge leg space for the rear passenger. 2. Huge boot space. 3. Lower centre of gravity leading to more stability while driving. 4. Comfortable sitting posture while driving and the tilt steering made it more comfortable. The car in which I took the test drive (VX) was totally shaken, even the plastic made exterior window parts were worn out. No doubt Toyota made an excellent effort in making their mark in Indian middle class but the overall quality is really compromised. I agree that at such a price one cannot expect a Ferrari but had Toyota would have confined the engine CC @1200-1300 and had invested the saved cost in enhancing the overall quality of the vehicle, Etios would have a more competitive vehicle in the Indian car market and also the 1200-1300 CC engine would have given them more fuel efficiency to the car. 1500 CC engine in 915-930 kg vehicle is not required. The price in which Toyota is offering this car is ok but if compared with other cars of same segment then many other good options are available. Final decision: I would have preferred to buy Swift Dzire which is a time tested, more reliable and sturdy car from Maruti with good service network, easily maintained with an availability of diesel/ CNG option also.

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 Comments Toyota Etios 2014-2016
  • ravi |27 Feb,2011 07:06:06 PM

    same as sanjeev from india above comments on 19 feb.though i have booked v model on 4th jan now in two minds to buy or not to buy?suggest do you propose to modify etios in near future.

    Mohit |28 Feb,2011 09:48:54 PM

    Yes Etios must be modified soon with actual user comments. Its a average car which has been Hipper made in market. Low price with low looks , plastics , engine sounds etc etc ... Lot of Problems ..

    sayyad gafari |26 Mar,2011 01:43:01 PM

    high safety feathurs in etios with low cost as comparison to vento tredline cost or other cars in same segment.great millage.last brand toyota with you.

  • Vinayak |02 Mar,2011 02:15:23 PM

    I have done the Test drive on Model V of Etios at Millenium Toyota Thane. My observations are, the vehicle is very Peppy and powerful. The Low end torque has helped us to drive in slow traffic without lowering the Gear, which is very Good in City traffic. On Engine, Space, Suspension front I am very much satisfied. Areas of improvement - Delivery to Market, Inbuilt music system not very attractive. The interior color combination need to improve.Also the front two seats need to have a movable Head rest. With respect to Sanjeev's comments, If I recollect when Swift Dzire was launched people have cursed the exterior looks of the vehicle and dicky as extension to Swift. After checking with the Toyota sales guy, he updated the dicky of Toyota Etios is from there original design of another Toyota model in different country and incidently it looks simillar to Logan but much better compare to Logan. Also due to reliablity buit with Toyota vehicles the long run Maintainace cost should be lower, we have seen that in number of Innova's which have clocked more than 3 Lac Km. If you see the Ethio Sedan price range from 5 to 8 lacs with 5 models, you are getting a fair product with features. I have booked this vehicle with Wasan Toyota in Chembur,Mumbai in Dec'10 and happy about my decision. Only waiting is demotivator.

  • asr |04 Mar,2011 08:29:18 AM

    I have Toyota G with safety package. I am not a proud owner of Toyota. Plastic used in Interiors is poor quality. Too many additions required to bring the vehicle to the road. Fog lights & reverse gear lights are not part of standard system. Steering wheel gives additional noise due to Mal-fittings. Overall I am not happy with the car.

  • Hemant |07 Mar,2011 02:39:23 PM

    If i compare with all brands only Toyota cars are best in 4 vehicle industry.As per the above comments somebody likes Etios or somebody don't. but i would like to say something that our Indian mentally wants low cost and more features in branded car. this is not possible for all people. the main reason is behind to launch Etios is that to capture the market and fulfill all requirements in big segment car. Finally I want to buy this instead of other i.e maruti desire, i20 etc.

  • toyta etios v |07 Mar,2011 04:41:05 PM

    finally, it is a good product to have but toyota hsa to improve cosmetic features and need to work upon quality control as per the brand positioning.but over all etios is a good product.

  • ashvin patel |25 Mar,2011 09:05:27 AM

    Is there any option for authorised CNG kit fitting?

  • COL(RETD) EDWIN JOHN BIRNUR |27 Mar,2011 02:21:07 PM

    For a person who is in the process of deciding on an ETIOS EI(G), most of the feedbacks provided so far is extremely disheartening.Can the company give satisfactory replies to the queries raised by various customers in the review colum

  • SUBIR DUTTA |31 Mar,2011 02:41:18 PM

    Having the test drive in early march,I booked Toyta Etios(G) at the spot. I considered the brand Toyta,the safety, the power of the engine, the tork at low speed, steering control while reversing and encircling within a small space, the fuel efficiancy,the head & leg space, the huge luggage space,the outer look,exclusive cooling vent for food & water and the shock absorbing while on ruff surface.I considered the the price too.I compromised with low quality fabrics & plastics and the cosmetic look of the interior.Don't know where I am placed actually?.

  • jeewan patni |03 Apr,2011 08:02:22 PM

    i'm gonna buy one in may.....

  • AMIT |10 Apr,2011 08:16:49 AM

    Interiors definitely needs improvement. But, frankly with the pedigree of Toyota and comparing the price, TOYOTA ETIOS is worth a buy.

  • UDAYA SIMHA |14 Jul,2011 05:42:11 AM

    I took a test drive of Etios VX at Harsha Toyota and found the exterior looks are very impressive. Interiors, for the price range is satisfactory. The main plus point is Engine, best in its class, so peppy and responsive. After all. after a long day in your office you need a comfortable vehicle, comfortable to drive, economical(mileage) and reach home safely, week ends go alongwith your family for picnic or shopping. The space inside the car is enough to accomodate one of your neighbours to accompany when you go out. The after sales support of Toyota is world known. Etios takes care of all these needs, what else you need ? Please understand this car is positioned in the market to cater to middle class family needs and it fulfils all the need of them. People in upper class should go for Honda not for Etios. If these people compare Honda with Etios, it is comparing apple to orange. After the test drive i have booked 'G' Variant, black colour and the dealer has promised to deliver the vehicle by month end. I really feel excited and waiting for month end. Again i say, the car takes care of all the needs of a mid sized middle class family. Thanks Toyota for giving a wonderful product.

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