Review: Toyota Etios, Indian Spec, In India

Posted on 04. Sep, 2012 by in Auto News

Toyota is known for developing high quality vehicles, but for the first time there is an exception. This exception is known in the form of the Toyota Etios, which is the quality Toyota for missing. The Etios is positioned as an entry level sedan in India, where it competes with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire (Swift sedan), Ford Classic (last generation Fiesta) and Mahindra Verito (Renault Logan). Toyota reputation in India is that people swear blind to the brand. However, when the company launched the Etios, many people changed their very thinking about the brand.

Toyota tried every way to get the Etios, which in hatchback guise has available (called the Etios Liva) The company sell a cricketer as a brand ambassador is involved, it launched a TRD badged limited edition variant and even started a one-make racing series named Etios racing. But neither does much for me.

The styling is bland and the Etios looks simple and edgy. Toyota has pumped in Rs. 3200 ($ 600 million) crore on the Etios project. If so much money is invested, why did the styling for a throw away? To cover up, the outdated design has added Toyota bits of chrome here and there.

Occur and it will get worse. The dashboard is outdated and the quality levels are pretty bad. There are plenty of gaps that. The Etios The AC vent positioning is all wrong and the instrument cluster is mounted in the middle, something we saw in the 1990s. The only good part about the car is the space. The Etios not offer plenty of legroom for front and rear passengers.

Power comes from a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with 90 hp and produces 132 Nm. Power delivery is smooth. The engine is well insulated, but gets rugged with high revvs. The steering and clutch are light and make the Etios very easy to drive on congested roads. However, the handling is poor and the Etios has absolutely no sense. You simply get zero feedback. The ride quality is good, and so are the brakes.

The Toyota Etios is a car that needs major improvements. The vehicle is a testimony to the fact that you can not use to sell your brand to below average products. The world is getting smarter, people are getting smarter and they understand blatant cost cutting. The Etios is missing a center ceiling light, rel adjustable seats / belts and electrically adjustable rear view mirrors. Toyota must be unique game on if they want to capture the compact sedan space.

Faisal Ali Khan is the owner / operator MotorBeam.com, a website for the automotive industry in India.

Editor's note: As Etios Chief Engineer Yoshinori Noritake explained, the Etios for the BRIC countries and customization is such that many people in these markets can afford designed. Toyota was well aware that the car collide with Toyota's brand image. Noritake said: "People are striving for a real car with room for the family tell us they want a Toyota, but our price is much too high.".