Toyota Etios Liva Facelift Review & Test Drive

Toyota Etios Liva Overview

For increasing the number of sales in the car market, the Toyota India has launched the facelifted version of its flagship hatchback, Etios Liva in the country’s car market. It will compete against the likes of Hyundai Grand i10, Renault Pulse, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Fiat Punto EVO, Chevrolet Sail Hatchback and others in this segment. Now it is available with quite a few updated exterior and interior features that will certainly attract the buyers. It is being offered with both petrol and diesel engines in several trim levels. Among them Toyota Etios Liva G is the mid range variant. The internal cabin gets a greige color scheme, which is complemented by new fabric upholstered seats and door trims. It is also incorporated with dual front SRS airbags and driver seat belt reminder notification as standard features. In terms of exteriors, its frontage is designed with a revamped radiator grille and it gets a lot of titanium grey insert. On the other hand, there are no changes to its technical specifications. This variant is fitted with the same 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. This hatchback is being offered with a standard warranty of 3-years or 100000 Kilometers, whichever comes first. For information on contact details of Toyota car dealers in Mumbai

Toyota Etios Liva Style

Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan with a sharp appearance that is marked by a stylized front grille and radiant headlamps. Intermittent wipers adorn the front windscreen. The upper grille is chrome treated and the lower grille is black in colour. White fog lamps are fitted on both ends of this black lower grille. The bumpers, door handles and Outside Rear-View Mirrors (ORVMs) are of the same colour as the body, and this makes the sedan look extremely elegant.

The side protection moulding comes with chrome insertions and the B-pillar is blacked out. The four 12-spoke alloy wheels are dressed in full wheel caps. Platinum Etios comes with a roof-mounted foldable antenna and the rear end of sedan is embellished with triangular tail lamps. The chrome garnish on its boot adds to the sophistication. Dimensionally, Toyota Etios is 4.27m long, 1.7m wide and 1.51m high. The wheelbase of the sedan is 2550 mm and it provides an incredible ground clearance of 170mm. The turning radius of 4.9m makes it easy to handle.

Toyota Etios Liva Comfort

Open the doors of either car and you’ll notice the new two-tone dashboards on these top-end VSP-spec cars look a lot better than the dull grey that characterised the interiors of the earlier ones. In fact, the dashboard plastics used are the same as before and you’ll see this in the grain used, so it’s just the clever selection of colours that makes all the difference. Thankfully, Toyota has dropped that garish red gear knob with tasteful silver finish, which is more in keeping with the car’s conservative character.The central instrument cluster gets icy blue backlighting which, along with the all-new 2-DIN audio system, seriously improves the dull looking, if functional, dashboard. The cheap-looking air-con controls on the previous model have been replaced by solid-looking knobs that have a nice tactile feel. However, automatic climate control, which cars like the Swift and the Micra have, is still not available. The other area where Toyota has made huge improvements is the seating. The flat and thin seats, which felt quite downmarket in the previous car, have been completely replaced by ones that feel luxurious in comparison.The front seats have height adjustment for the driver (on the G model upwards) generous cushioning, lots of under-thigh support and adjustable headrests. The fixed headrests were also perceived to be too downmarket.Move to the rear and again, you are greeted by a plushness that was simply not present in the previous car. The rear seats on the Etios gets bigger fixed headrests, while the Liva gets adjustable ones. Toyota had saved costs in the previous Etios by not laminating the seats, but this has been changed in the new models, which helps them retain their shape for longer. Other bits that lift the ambience are plusher door pads and the faux wood trim, which actually looks pretty decent.

Toyota Etios Liva Gearbox

Now to the performance aspect of the 2017 Toyota Etios. This hatchback is offered with a choice of two engine options, one being petrol and the other diesel. The one which we had for this particular test was powered by a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder turbo engine with power output figures of 67bhp and 170Nm of peak torque. This engine, we must tell you, is such a that it covers up for all the other faults that this car has, so much so that you can choose to completely igbore them.Paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, the engine is a breeze to drive. There is a bit of turbo lag, almost negligible and the car pulls effortlessly right from the first gear. Talking about gears, the transmission unit is very smooth to operate and comes with a nice mechanical feel to it. This, coupled with a light clutch makes the whole experience of changing gears an enjoyable one.The power delivery curve of the engine is quite linear and you will find yourself not needing to change gears that often as it never feels out of puff. What somewhat tints this experience its the car’s rather heavy steering which takes some time getting used to.

Toyota Etios Liva Rideing

What impresses most is the steering. We realized a turning circle radius of 4.8M, which means taking the car out from narrow spaces will never be a problem. Changing gears is very smooth and one can easily change gears while driving. The car’s ride is very smooth and comfortable. The Toyota Etios Liva’s AC is good and powerful and one could feel the effectiveness of the same quickly after turning it on. One more point here is that the glove box is also provided with blower inputs and hence cooling takes place in glove box, making it a good storage for things like chocolates, cool drink bottles etc. Also cup holders have been provided in each door and near the dash which adds to comfort as expected from a premium hatch.

Major humps in the road are overcome with comfort thanks to the high quality suspension. There was no discomfort after the front wheels crossed hump, and there was enough ground clearance to clear the humps without scraping the ground.The car’s pick up is good and we could reach 60 to 80KMPH easily and smoothly in city traffic. While we pushed the car, we were able to touch 150 on the highways. The positioning of Instrument cluster in the middle though innovative, makes it difficult to gauge the speed of the car.Parking of the Etios Liva was easy and we could confidently park the car with minimum space for turning the car.

Toyota Etios Liva Safety

Toyota has taken care of the safety of the passengers inside and a s a result they actually have loaded the LIva hatchback with ABS and EBD which comes as standard across all its grades. Furthermore the hatch also gets duel front SRS airbags as well. There is also an optional rear parking sensors as well with the car.

Toyota Etios Liva Cost in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Liva Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,54,455/- (Etios Liva G) to 7,45,335/- (Etios Liva VXD Dual Tone). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Liva from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Etios Liva in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Liva Conclussion

Let us get this straight, making affordable cars in India is a tough task and so far Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have been successful. The Etios Liva is a good hatchback to buy and for the price you can expect a little better quality. However, the interior styling could have been better. The biggest USP of this hatchback is the Toyota badge and bullet proof reliability of this Japanese manufacturer. The top-of-the-line variant of the Liva diesel costs about Rs 8 lakhs, there are cars with more features available at this price, but most of them lack the refinement and experience of that Toyota promises. You can’t expect the same high Lindt standards for that price, which the Swiss company has set with its other range of chocolates. However, the company will deliver better product than a Cadbury and so is Toyota. They have made a lot of changes in the Etios family, we expect them to sort out the remaining ones too.

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