Toyota Etios Diesel versus Tata Manza Diesel

  • Oct 13, 2011

Toyota Etios was launched in Indian to increase Toyota market share in the midsize sedan segment rules by competitors of the likes of Maruti and Tata. Etios has since helped Toyota get a good grip on the market segment and the car proved to be a success in the market. Today you can find out how it fares against one of its biggest rivals; Tata Manza. Tata Motors on the other hand is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in India, well known for their value for money offerings in the passenger car segment. Tata Manza is one of their premier offerings in the entry level sedan segment and is a successful car in many areas of our comparison today.

Looks and design:


Toyota Etios has a simple but elegant design element compared to its rivals in the segment. While some would find the overall design to be a little too plain it does a good job of being a well rounded car. Etios brings what Indians love the most; plenty of chrome around the exteriors of the car to please everyone. The front grille combined with traditional looking headlamps looks very good on the Etios sedan. Toyota Etios has neatly designed tail lamps and the rear of the car looks proportionate to the front. Etios does a good job of impressing people and the family crowd will certainly appreciate the elegant deign cues of Etios. Etios has good build quality, fit and finish and has been well constructed.


Tata Manza brings you features of a proper sedan and the integration of the boot has been carried out very well. Manza comes out as a striking package with its contemporary looking headlamp design while rest of the car looks quite good. Just like its competitors who cater to chrome loving Indians the top variant of Manza sedan has chrome running around the car. It also has chrome on the front grill and premium looking chrome on the door handles which makes the care look more appealing. The rear of the car looks clean and uncluttered with its well proportioned neutral design. The car has good build quality compared to the previous generation cars from the Tata stable.

Looks overall – Toyota Etios Diesel 7/10
Looks overall – Tata Manza Diesel

Interiors – design, space and features:


Toyota Etios is a well equipped car with all the modern equipments found in other cars. It is also very spacious and will easily seat 5 adults inside without a hint of discomfort to any one of them. It has very good interior quality and the red-black-grey interiors look great but Toyota seems to have gone hard on cost cutting and it is sometimes very evident. But car feels very spacious and seems to be well built. It has includes features such as 4 power windows, electrically operated rear view mirrors, cooled glovebox, 4 speaker DVD/MP3 system and an audio remote control. It also includes steering mounted audio controls but misses out on some functionality such as MID in its instrument panel, driver’s seat height adjustment and USB/AUX port which you can buy separately. The Etios includes plenty of storage areas and the boot space is cavernous at 595 liters and easily larger than most of its competitors.


Tata has improved its build quality with the Manza and dual-tone interiors of the car and well finished plastic parts and colors lend it an airy feel. The seats have comfortable padding and the interiors are extremely spacious. When you compare it to its competitors the interior quality seems to be much better as well. It has class leading rear legroom despite the generous amount of seat-travel for the front passengers. Tata Manza has tilt adjustable steering, adjustable driver seats, 4 speaker and two tweeter music system with support for USB, MP3, AUX and Bluetooth capabilities. It also has steering mounted controls. It has a very respectable amount of interior features and comes with a large 460 liter boot to carry your entire luggage.

Interiors overall – Toyota Etios Diesel 7.5/10
Interiors overall – Tata Manza Diesel 8/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:


Toyota Etios Petrol is a good performer with its 1.4 liter diesel engine with a fixed geometry turbo which produces a maximum power of 67 BHP at 3800 RPM and 170 NM of maximum torque from 1700 RPM. Its excellent torque ensures that its drivability is better compared to its competitors, making the power extremely useable and the car easy to drive in bad traffic conditions. It is easily capable of reaching higher speeds quickly in any gear owing to the power available in every gear. Its oodles of torque give it excellent low end performance which is a must in city but comparatively looses out on breath at high speeds. Toyota has done well to take care of the NVH levels of the engine making it a comfortable drive owing to high engine refinement level. Toyota Etios has been certified by ARAI to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 23.59 kmpl.


Tata Manza is another great performer in the entry level sedan segment also comes in diesel engine variant. The diesel variant sports a 1.3 liter Fiat MJD producing 89 BHP at 4000 RPM and 200 NM of Torque at 1750 RPM. It gives an excellent fuel economy of 21 kmpl as certified by ARAI. The diesel Manza is better as it develops more torque and makes for an excellent sedan in the city and on the highway. It has plenty of power and delivers outright performance on the city and highway. It’s an easy car to drive anywhere thanks to its 1.3 liter fiat engine. It sports the latest technology and keeps the emission as low as possible to meet the country’s emission norms.

Engine overall – Toyota Etios Diesel 7.5/10
Engine overall – Tata Manza Diesel 8/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


Toyota Etios sedan has been designed keeping in mind the markets that it would be sold in and it has been fine tuned for India. Etios brings very good handling and passenger comfort for a sedan in its segment and the diesel variant handles just as well as the petrol. Toyota has taken great care in building the car keeping Indian road conditions in mind and that shows when you drive the car. The car is adequately insulated from tyre and road noise maintaining decent passenger comfort level. Toyota Etios is stable at high speeds and at low speeds and over bad roads it ensures that the suspension absorbs all the bumps and passenger comfort isn’t hampered. Etios brings safety features such as ABS and EBD to slow the car down from high speeds and has a low turning radius making it easy to turn out in the city.


Tata Manza has the upper hand here as far as ride quality and comfort are concerned. Manza is well built and capable of handling the worst of the Indian road conditions. It has fairly neutral handling capabilities which seem much better compared to the older generation Tata which is certainly a positive factor affecting buyer judgment. Tata has done well to tune the suspension correctly and it does well to aid driver needs and lets you enjoy the drive. The hydraulic power steering makes it easy to drive the sedan anywhere. It has decent amounts of feedback from the steering and you will enjoy driving this car.

Suspension overall – Toyota Etios Diesel – 7.5/10
Suspension overall – Tata Manza Diesel – 8/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Toyota has always catered to the needs of their customers and with Etios it has brought an excellent package to its customers. Toyota Etios continues Toyota legacy of being a trouble-free and reliable car always. Toyota has done well to price this car correctly and it starts with the price of (ex-showroom Delhi) 6.89 lakhs for the base variant Toyota Etios GD and the top variant diesel Toyota Etios VXD is priced at 7.87 lakhs. The pricing is quite good for the diesel variant making it an affordable car to buy. Toyota is a renowned car manufacturer known for their quality products and you can’t go wrong with a Toyota.

Tata Manza brings you well designed and extremely roomy interiors with excellent amount of interior features. The current (ex-showroom Delhi) price for Tata Manza Petrol range starts from 5.39 lakhs for the base variant Manza Aura Safire and the top variant petrol Manza Elan Safire is priced at 6.83 lakhs. The diesel base variant starts from 5.70 lakhs for the Manza Aura Quadrajet and top variant Manza Elan Quadrajet is priced at 7.67 lakhs. The fully loaded Tata Manza with all its features and kit comes at an unbeatable pricing making it a sheer value for money car.

Value for money overall – Tata Manza Diesel – 8/10
Value for money overall – Toyota Etios Diesel – 8/10


Toyota Etios is a strong performer in this segment owing to its pricing, fuel efficiency and Toyota brand name. Toyota builds great cars and sells them at affordable prices so that the customers get the most for their money. Toyota has also ramped up its service network ensuring that their valued customer needs are always met. Etios brings good features, driving experience and comfort all at a good price, making it a very good car to buy.

Tata Manza is strong performer in this segment owing to its pricing and brings a very respectable level of kit with it and delivers exceptional fuel economy. Manza brings excellent features making it a car which meets your requirements and quite hard to resist. Tata has been working hard towards improving its service network and quality and therefore their efforts cannot be ignored as they are trying hard to provide the best to their valued customers.

Toyota Etios Tata Manza
Car version GD GD SP Aqua Quadrajet Aura (ABS) Quadrajet Aura Quadrajet Elan Quadrajet
Ex-showroom price 644335 689900 616397 703520 660081 767725
Length 4265 4265 4413 4413 4413 4413
Width 1695 1695 1703 1703 1703 1703
Height 1510 1510 1550 1550 1550 1550
Wheelbase 2550 2550 2520 2520 2520 2520
Boot space 595 595 460 460 460 460
Kerb Weight NA 1005 1200 1200 1200 1210
Turning radius 4.9 4.9 5.1 5.1 5.1 5.1
Tank capacity 45 45 44 44 44 44
Clearance 170 170 165 165 165 165
Displacement 1364 1364 1248 1248 1248 1248
Max. Power 68PS @ 3800rpm 68PS @ 3800rpm 90PS @4000rpm 90PS @4000rpm 90PS @4000rpm 90PS @4000rpm
Max. Torque 170Nm@1800rpm 170Nm@1800rpm 200Nm @1750-3000rpm 200Nm @1750-3000rpm 200Nm @1750-3000rpm 200Nm @1750-3000rpm
Fuel economy 23.59 23.59 21.12 21.02 21.02 21.12
Cylinders 4 4 4 4 4 4
Type Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Speeds 5 5 5 5 5 5
Tyre Radial Tubeless Radial Tubeless 185/60 R15 Tubeless Radials 185/60 R15 Tubeless Radials 185/60 R15 Tubeless Radials 185/60 R15 Tubeless Radials
Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut Independent; Lower Wishbone; McPherson Strut with Coil Spring Independent; Lower Wishbone; McPherson Strut with Coil Spring Independent; Lower Wishbone; McPherson Strut with Coil Spring Independent; Lower Wishbone; McPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Semi-independent, Twist Beam with Coil Springs and Hydraulic Shock Absorbers Semi-independent, Twist Beam with Coil Springs and Hydraulic Shock Absorbers Semi-independent, Twist Beam with Coil Springs and Hydraulic Shock Absorbers Semi-independent, Twist Beam with Coil Springs and Hydraulic Shock Absorbers

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