Expert Review of Toyota Etios
The Indian subsidiary of Japanese automobile giant, Toyota Motor Corporation was established in the country way back in year 1997. Since then this highly reputed international car maker has been manufacturing and selling some of the most admired and trendy vehicles in the profitable Indian car bazaar. This company is said to be the fifth largest passenger vehicle maker in the country in terms of manufacturing and selling their automobiles. They have their massive manufacturing and development facilities based near a town called Bidadi, which is located in the southern state of Karnataka. They also have another colossal automotive factory that is located closer to the cosmopolitan metropolis of Bengaluru, which is also in the state of Karnataka. Their formidable fleet of cars has a wonderful and reasonably priced sedan called as the Toyota Etios, which has been specifically tailor made for the Indian road and traffic conditions and the company has priced it quite economically as well to lure the Indian car enthusiasts. This sedan is being sold in both petrol and diesel variants with the diesel variants having three options to choose from, while the petrol series get four trims for the customers to choose from. Toyota India has also equipped this impressive sedan with a high performance petrol engine, which gives out a healthy mileage. The entry level trim in the petrol series is the Toyota Etios J has been equipped with a power packed 1.5 L petrol drive train that has been coupled with a proficient five speed manual transmission gear box. The engine has been attuned to produce apt power and torque, which is absolutely suitable for the Indian roads. Although, this Toyota Etios sedan model lineup is being acclaimed as the most reasonably priced sedans from their highly reputed stables, the company has bestowed these sedans with quite a number of appealing convenient features. Some of which are a powerful air conditioner unit with heater that also has a clean air filter, a cooled glove box, front cabin lights, a sporty front head rest, a digital tripmeter and many such other aspects as well. The company has also integrated some essential safety features as well in this Toyota Etios J petrol sedan. Some of them are a day and night internal rear view mirror, a highly advanced engine immobilizer and also a door open warning lamp in the instrument cluster as well. All the incredible and practical features put together makes this base variant Toyota Etios J petrol sedan, one of the best in its segment.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
This entry level Toyota Etios J petrol sedan has been fitted with a powerful 2NR – FE based 1.5 L petrol engine that also has a dual overhead cam shaft. This remarkable petrol drive train generates pertinent power and torque for producing a very healthy mileage, which is in the range of 14 to 17 kmpl, when driven under standard conditions. This mileage has also been certified in accordance with the central motor vehicle rules of the country.
The company is offering this base variant Toyota Etios J petrol sedan to the Indian customers in only two exterior paint options. The color options include a subtle and elegant looking symphony Silver metallic finish and the other one is a magnificent and sparkling White metallic option. Although, the other trims in this petrol model lineup are available in a few other metallic exterior paint options as well.
Acceleration and Pick up
The company has fitted this Toyota Etios J petrol sedan with a reputed EFI (electronic fuel injection) supply system along with four cylinders, which ensure a good pickup and acceleration to this sedan. This top speed of this petrol sedan is said to be in the range of 170 to 175 kmph, which is rather outstanding. While, this efficient petrol drive train has the ability to break the 100 kmph from a standstill in just about 11.5 seconds, which is quite impressive.
The exteriors of this impressive sedan are rather plain but at the same time has neat curves and remarkable styling. The company designers seem to have done a marvelous job on the outside features of this petrol sedan. The overall structure of this sedan is aerodynamic and makes this it look very elegant as well. The front radiator grille of this sedan is trimly designed and has a matte black finish on it. This grille also has a large insignia of the company embedded on the center of this slatted radiator grille. This neatly styled grille is surrounded by a large head light cluster, which are equipped with high intensity lamps. The front body colored bumper has a wide air dam that helps in cooling the commanding petrol engine quickly. The large wind screen has been fitted with a singular intermittent wiper, which works efficiently to give a clear vision to the driver. The side profile has distinct sculpted character lines that run along the side of this sedan and enhances its appeal. Then there are the black colored door handles and outside rear view mirrors, which add to its overall appeal. While, the neatly carved out wheel arches has been fitted with a robust set of 14 inch steel wheels with tubeless tyres. The rear end has a smartly done up boot lid and also a bright and stylish tail lamp cluster as well.
The interiors of this Toyota Etios J petrol sedan are done up with a lot of generosity. The internal plastic surfaces are slightly uneven at certain places, but the kind of space and comfort this entry level petrol sedan has on offer might just make the customers forget these smaller errors. The seating arrangement is very comfortable with single tone premium black upholstery. There is a lot of storage space with a couple of cup holders near the gear shift lever and a small storage space as well. All the doors also have pockets to store some small things which come in handy while driving. The outside rear view mirrors can be adjusted from inside, while this sedan also has an internal day and night rear view mirror as well. This sedan has a total of seven bottle holders, which can hold a one litre bottle in it and the luggage compartment also has a lamp as well. There are several other features as well such as an efficient air conditioner that cools the entire cabin quickly with vents that are vertically placed and have also been treated in chrome, a cooled glove box, front cabin lights, sporty front head rests and pillow type rear head rests, a digital tripmeter and quite a number of other such exciting comfort features, which will certainly captivate the buyers into buying this fabulous sedan. This petrol sedan also has been fitted with sun visors for the driver as well as the front co-passenger in it, while this sedan also has a singular assist grip with a coat hook as well. This entry level Toyota Etios J petrol sedan also has a remote tailgate and fuel lid opener to add to the convenience of the driver.
The dimensions of this Toyota Etios J petrol sedan are very appealing and moderate with a total length of 4265mm along with an overall width of 1695mm, which also includes the external rear view mirrors. While the total height of this sedan is 1510mm along with a spacious and large wheel base of 2550mm, which can accommodate five passengers effortlessly. This Toyota Etios J petrol sedan also has a remarkable ground clearance of 170mm with a short and excellent turning radius of 4.9 meters. The fuel tank of this sedan is centrally mounted and can hold up to 45 litres of petrol. The boot space of this sedan is also rather large and can fit in quite a number of things in its spacious 595 litres. The approximate total kerb weight of this impressive petrol sedan is approximately in the range of 900 kgs.
The company has fitted this wonderful Toyota Etios J petrol sedan with a power packed 2NR-FE,1.5 L, 4 cylinders based power train, which has 16 valves and a DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft). This powerful engine has the capacity to displace 1496cc along with a maximum power yield of 88.2 Bhp at 5600 Rpm and a peak torque output of 132 Nm at 3000 Rpm. This performance packed petrol drive train has been skillfully coupled with a 5 speed manual transmission gear box and also has an EFI (electronic fuel injection) to improve the fuel efficiency of this sedan. This influential petrol engine is complaint with all the norms of Bharat Stage IV and generates low emissions, which is certainly very beneficial for the customers as well as the environment.
This affable Toyota Etios J petrol sedan is equipped with a sturdy set of 14 inch steel wheels, which are tough and muscular. These sturdy steel rims have been further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 175/65 R14, which have a superior road grip on any terrain and also have been fitted with full wheel caps. The company has also equipped a standard spare wheel in the boot compartment of this petrol sedan, which is also a regular feature across all the variants.
The company has fitted this Toyota Etios J petrol sedan with a very well built and proportionate suspension mechanism. The front axle of this sedan has been fitted with a McPherson strut type suspension, whereas the rear axle of this Toyota Etios J petrol sedan gets a torsion beam type mechanism to keep the car stable and steady even on bumpy and spoilt roads.
Handling and Control
This remarkable Toyota Etios J petrol sedan has a noteworthy braking system to keep the occupants as well as the vehicle safe. The front tyres have been fitted with a ventilated disc, while the rear wheels have been given drum brakes for efficient braking. Apart from this, the Toyota Etios J variant also has a highly advanced engine immobilizer for any unauthorized entry, door open warning notification lamp in the instrument cluster and several other such important functions, which will keep the passengers and the vehicle safer.
Interior space is good and the engine is powerful, affordable price.
A lot of features can be included inside, mileage can be better.