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Things We Like in Etios 2010-2012

The interiors are, without a doubt, the most practical and spacious of the lot in this price range and make the car feel like a much bigger segment vehicle on several occasions. 

The Etios easily manages to look like a proper sedan as compared to some of the other rivals which carry the boot as if it was an aftermarket add-on! 

The petrol has mileage of 17.6kmpl which is astonishing for a car of this class and with an engine so potent.

The Etios sets a new benchmark in the class as far as comfort goes. The Etios glides over potholes and undulations easily

The petrol engine manages to score top marks in every single department – refinement, low end punch, outright acceleration

The car responds sharply to the driver’s inputs and its ability to zip through traffic is remarkable.

Things We Dont Like in Etios 2010-2012

Plastic quality is decent and contrary to a few reports, we feel that being built to a price, they feel and look above average, if not very good.

Frankly, it isn’t a very beautiful looking car 

We feel the under-body insulation hasn’t been upto the mark

Performance of the diesel could have been better

Airbags and ABS not available on lower-end verions

Toyota Etios 2010-2012 Colors

Etios 2010-2012 is available in 4 different colors - White, Vermilion Red, Harmony Beige and Symphony Silver.

  • White

  • Vermilion Red

  • Harmony Beige

  • Symphony Silver

Review of Etios 2010-2012

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety

Overview

Launched in the Indian market in December 2010, the cheapest offering from Toyota (till the Liva came in) created waves in the Indian entry level sedan market with waiting period running into several months. True to most Toyotas, the Etios too carries a much understated look. Frankly, it isn’t a very beautiful looking car but definitely exudes grace and contemporariness easily. The top end models come fitted with beautiful multi-spoke alloys which lift the style quotient a notch above. The front for example with the huge ‘smile’ grille and clear lens headlamps is distinctive.

The running side spoiler, clean side lines and the running chrome lip on the boot go a long way in adding flair to the design. The interiors on the other hand are truly one of the strongest selling points of the Etios. The first thing that strikes you is the red and black upholstery. It looks sporty, a little flashy too but definitely adds to the bling factor and youth appeal. The interiors are, without a doubt, the most practical and spacious of the lot in this price range and make the car feel like a much bigger segment vehicle on several occasions. The Etios can seat five adults in utter comfort while keeping all their individuals bottles in addition to two more, at a handy distance.

Further it gets a huge 13-litre glovebox to keep more bottles chilled. The placement of the air-con vents is also unique and though the top end version misses out on a climate control. The steering feels great to hold and is designed with a flat bottom for better The Etios is now powered by two engine options. The petrol is the best in class 1.5-litre unit which is basically Toyota’s 2NR-FE unit but does without the VVTi technology to keep costs low. It not only puts out a very healthy 90PS of power, but at the same time, the car being as light as a premium hatchback means it’s power to weight ratio is better than the competition. The company also claims an ARAI fuel efficiency figure of 17.6kmpl which is astonishing for a car of this class and with an engine so potent.

Interior

The interiors on the other hand are truly one of the strongest selling points of the Etios. The first thing that strikes you is the red and black upholstery. It looks sporty, a little flashy too but definitely adds to the bling factor and youth appeal. The interiors are, without a doubt, the most practical and spacious of the lot in this price range and make the car feel like a much bigger segment vehicle on several occasions. There a million cubby holes for knick-knacks, cups, bottles et al and much thought and process has gone into making the cabin a very relaxing and airy place to be in.

Even tall and hefty adults like yours truly feel at home in the driver’s seat without having to worry about the passengers are the rear. Talking of which, the Etios can seat five adults in utter comfort while keeping all their individuals bottles in addition to two more, at a handy distance. Further it gets a huge 13-litre glovebox to keep more bottles chilled. The placement of the air-con vents is also unique and though the top end version misses out on a climate control. The steering feels great to hold and is designed with a flat bottom for better usage.

The top end Etios comes with steering wheel controls though one thing that lets down the whole package is the quality of the music system. Plastic quality is decent and contrary to a few reports, we feel that being built to a price, they feel and look above average, if not very good. The speedometer console proudly sits in the middle, freeing up the space in the front of the driver to aid visibility and this along with the slim ‘A’ pillar gives the driver a commanding view of the road ahead. Icing on the cake comes in the form of its huge boot which can swallow 595 litre worth of luggage. It is a full 120 litres more than its expensive sibling, the Altis!

Interiors Details

  • Boot Space

    The Toyota Etios is offered with 595 liters across all variants.

  • Speedometer

    The Etios speedometer is offered with white background which lit up well in the dark

  • Gear Lever

    The Etios is offered with a perfect gear levels to up and down shift during the drive.

  • Cup Holders

    The car is offered with two cup holder in front and small cubbyhole after the gear knob to keep a mobile or some change handy.

  • Glovebox

    The Toyota Etios is offered with a spacious 13-litre cooled glove box that gives you the luxury of storing all your belongings and more.

  • Audio System

    The Toyota Etios is offered with 2 DIN DVS audio with remote control thus making an entertaining one for all passengers.

  • Air Conditioner

    The Etios sedan is offered with a AC with clean-air filter which powerful blowers and multi-directional vents for superior cooling. Plus an air-purifying filter that ensures clean and fresh air.

  • Arm Rests

    The Arm rest on the Etios is offered on the doors just to give an lift to the cabin.

  • Air Vents

    The Air-con vents are vertically placed on the left of the music which is noticeable and the vents have a great design for which they have adjusted various directionally flow of air.

  • Seats

    The seats in the front are very comfortable offered with integrated head rests and same applies on the rear.

  • Leg Room

    The Etios is offered with 1230/1000mm in the front as Max/Min.

  • Knee Room

    The Etios sedan is offered with 860/630mm and gives enough room to almost stretch.

  • Shoulder Space

    The Shoulder space of the Etios is measured at 1450mm.

  • Head Room

    The head room in the front is measured at 970mm and at 910mm towards the rear.

  • Steering Wheel

    The Etios is offered with 3 Spoke PP on the base variant and the mid is offered with 3 Spoke PU w/ Silver Accent and the top end is offered with 3 Spoke Leather w/ Silver Accent.

  • Power Windows

    The Etios sedan is offered with power windows in all other variants except the base variant of petrol and diesel equipped with all variants.

  • Keyless Entry

    The Etios sedan is offered with keyless entry in all other variants except the base variant of petrol and diesel is equipped keyless entry across all variants.

  • Driver Information Display

    The driver information display gives an overview about the door open warning and few others.

Exterior

Toyota has already created a good name among Indians with products like the Altis and the Innova. The brand is today known for reliability, comfort and status. This in itself helped the Etios win half the game even before it was launched. And true to most Toyotas, the Etios too carries a much understated look. Frankly, it isn’t a very beautiful looking car but definitely exudes grace and contemporariness easily. The top end models come fitted with beautiful multi-spoke alloys which lift the style quotient a notch above. A lot of people have been associating its look with that of the Logan but trust me, see both the cars in flesh and the Etios definitely looks much better and much different.

The front for example with the huge ‘smile’ grille and clear lens headlamps is distinctive. The running side spoiler, clean side lines and the running chrome lip on the boot go a long way in adding flair to the design. Talking of the boot, the Etios easily manages to look like a proper sedan as compared to some of the other rivals which carry the boot as if it was an aftermarket add-on! The Etios is based on Toyota’s EFC (Emerging market Frontier Concept) platform and the basic floor-pan was tooled to be flexible enough to do duty not just as a sedan but a hatchback (Liva) as well. Toyota has played safe with the Etios’ design here and we think it should go very well with their buyers too.

Exteriors

  • Front Design

    The Etios front comes with the smiling fascia which resembles like a dolphin along with the big logo on the grill.

  • Rear Design

    Toyota Etios rear portion which resembles like the Verito and the tail lamps which are placed are big enough and bright too.

  • Side Profile

    The Etios side view makes a clear view as to make the passengers or the driver be prepared with its big cabin area inside.

  • Ground Clearance

    Toyota Etios is offered with 170mm on ground clearance

  • Bumpers

    The bumper on the Etios that has big air intake with fog lamps at the end of each sides.

  • Head Lamps

    The Etios headlamps are good to see and placed neatly on either side of the car and which is bright at night.

  • Tail Lamps

    The big tail lamps which is very bright at night while applying brakes.

  • Fog Lamps

    The fog lamps on the Etios sedan is placed on extreme sides of the front bumper.

  • Tyres

    The Etios sedan gets 175/65 R14 on J and G variants as well as GD and 185/60 R15 tyres on the V and VX petrol variants and VD, VXD on the diesel.

  • Alloy Wheels

    The Etios sedan is offered in both full wheel caps as well 12 spoke alloy wheels depending on the variant on both petrol and diesel.

  • Outside Mirrors

    The outside mirrors doesn’t carry the indicators on the Etios sedan and will be manual to adjust.

  • Colors

    The Etios is offered in six different colours including Symphony Silver, Serene Bluish Silver, Celestial Black, Harmony Beige, Vermilion Red and White.

  • Rear Wiper

    The Etios sedan is not offered with rear wipers across any of its variants.

  • Roof Rails

    The Etios sedan is not offered with roof rails across any of its variants.

  • Sun Roof

    The Etios sedan is not offered with sunroof across any of its variants.

  • Spoiler

    The Etios sedan not offered with Spoiler across any variants.

  • Side Steps

    The Etios sedan not offered with Side Steps across any variants.

  • Spare Wheel

    The Spare wheel is placed inside the boot.

Mileage Running Cost

With the petrol, the company also claims an ARAI fuel efficiency figure of 17.6kmpl which is astonishing for a car of this class and with an engine so potent. The diesel also has a fantastic ARAI rated fuel economy of 23.59kmpl which means you will easy get around 17-18kmpl in real world conditions. Both the petrol and diesel engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which has precise and good shifts.

Mileage Running Cost

  • City Fuel Economy

    The Diesel engine claims a city mileage of 17 Kmpl and the petrol engine should be around 12 Kmpl.

  • Highway Fuel Economy

    The highway mileage is at 24 Kmpl for the diesel and around 18 Kmpl for the petrol variant.

  • Arai Rated Economy

    The Etios petrol is claimed to be 17.57 Kmpl and 23.59 Kmpl on the diesel variant as per the ARAI figure.

  • Tank Range

    The Etios diesel should be comfortably do around 800 Kms in one tank and the petrol should be around 650 Kms.

Comfort Suspension

The Toyota Etios gets struts upfront and the rear anchors torsion beam. The suspension set-up is on the softer side to ensure a better ride and comfort factor for the Indian families than for hitting the twisties on weekends. Test mules were run for a million of kilometres to perfect the set-up and trust me when I add, the Etios sets a new benchmark in the class as far as comfort goes. The Etios glides over potholes and undulations easily though we feel the under-body insulation hasn’t been upto the mark. Drive the car at speeds over gravel and the sound of small stones hitting the body are very much audible.

Comfort and Suspension

  • Comfort

    The Etios is one such car offers with lot of comfort both front and in the rear.

  • Front Suspension

    The front suspension is offered on Etios is with MacPherson Strut.

  • Rear Suspension

    The rear suspension on Etios is offered with Torsion Beam.

Engine Performance

The Etios is now powered by two engine options. The petrol is the best in class 1.5-litre unit which is basically Toyota’s 2NR-FE unit but does without the VVTi technology to keep costs low. It not only puts out a very healthy 90PS of power, but at the same time, the car being as light as a premium hatchback means it’s power to weight ratio is better than the competition. This engine manages to score top marks in every single department – refinement, low end punch, outright acceleration as well as fuel economy. I repeatedly drove the car in rush hour traffic while pondering at speeds as low as 30-35km/h in top gear.

The Etios however managed to chug along and gain speeds without a fuss. The motor loves being revved and rewards the driver with a throaty note. Infact, between 3500 to 5000rpm, it translates the sedan’s nature completely, making it a delight to drive for enthusiasts. Toyota seems to have done their homework pretty well and it won’t be wrong to say that the Etios offers the best drivability among all the petrol sedans this side of the Rs 8 lakh mark. The company also claims an ARAI fuel efficiency figure of 17.6kmpl which is astonishing for a car of this class and with an engine so potent.

However the one that will be selling like hot cakes is the new diesel version that comes with the same D-4D motor as found on the Altis though in the Etios, to cut costs, it does away with the variable geometry turbo and has a fixed one instead. The maximum power is 68PS while the peak torque stands at 170Nm. Like the petrol Etios, this one too begs to be driven to experience how good an engine this is. Typical of the D-4D engine family, the Etios diesel has oodles of low end torque and hence is a hoot to drive in city traffic. It also has a fantastic ARAI rated fuel economy of 23.59kmpl which means you will easy get around 17-18kmpl in real world conditions. Both the petrol and diesel engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which has precise and good shifts.

Engine Performance

  • Acceleration

    The Etios can do a 44 Kmph in the first gear, and to 80 in 2nd and 120 in third gear.

  • Top Speed

    The top speed of the Etios sedan is 161 Kmph.

  • In Gear Acceleration

    The car can reach between 40-60 in 3rd gear at 3.84 seconds and 80-100 in 6.33 seconds in the same gear.

  • Gearbox

    The gearbox is quite good and helps the car to move forward without any vibration.

  • Power

    The diesel engine can generate an output of 68 PS of Max power at 3800 The Petrol variant generates 90PS of power at 5600rpm.

  • Torque

    The Diesel engine torque output is at 170Nm at 1800-2400 rpm and the petrol is at 132Nm of torque at 3000rpm.

  • NVH Levels

    The Noise is quite there inside the cabin and does the overall duty.

Braking Safety

This car will hardly be used to set hot laps or be a boy racer’s toy but even if that needs arises, it won’t really disappoint. Where it will outshine others is its ability to handle in traffic. The steering is very well weighed and we love its lightness at parking speeds. The car responds sharply to the driver’s inputs and its ability to zip through traffic is remarkable. It would be safe to say that overall drive dynamics and vehicle behaviour are neutral. The 185/60R15 tyres on top end models fill the arches pretty well and make the car feel planted at high speeds. The top trim levels get ABS and EBS as standard.

Brakes and Wheels

  • Handling

    Toyota Etios comes with good handling and could easy any such roads.

  • Braking Performance

    The Toyota Etios can reach zero from 80 Kmph in just 2.32 seconds and 100 to 0 in 2.92 seconds.

  • Safety Features

    The Etios is offered with many safety features including Airbags, ABS, EBD, Adjustable Steering, ORVMs, day/night RVM.

  • Abs

    The Car is offered with ABS features as part of the safety features.

  • Traction Control

    The car does not have this feature.

User Reviews of Toyota Etios 2010-2012

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