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Toyota Etios Liva 2011-2012

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Things We Like in Etios Liva 2011-2012

Space is another plus point of the Liva and contrary to its small size on the outside, the car is very spacious on the inside.

 You can’t help but notice the Liva on the road. Look at the car from behind and you are further impressive due to its cute design lines.

 The diesel is extremely efficient and easy on the pocket

 The suspension easily absorbs undulations and keeps its passengers isolated from the drama of the outside world. 

 The Liva feels very peppy and responds to throttle inputs pretty well – this is majorly due to the fact that the Liva is a very light car

 The Liva has good stability at high speeds

Things We Dont Like in Etios Liva 2011-2012

The overall quality of plastics is what lets down the whole experience somewhat. 

  It looks identical to its sedan sibling, the Etios, save for the absence of the boot.

 The diesel is a bit low on refinement

The diesel has some turbo-lag and could have had more performance

 Though the handling is not as good as the Maruti Swift

Toyota Etios Liva 2011-2012 Colors

Etios Liva 2011-2012 is available in 6 different colors - White, Celestial Black, Vermilion Red, Harmony Beige, Symphony Silver and Ultramarine Blue.

  • White

  • Celestial Black

  • Vermilion Red

  • Harmony Beige

  • Symphony Silver

Review of Etios Liva 2011-2012

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

Overview

Launched in the Indian market on the 27th of June 2011, the Liva became the cheapest Toyota to go on sale in the domestic car market. The Liva looks identical to its sedan sibling, the Etios, save for the absence of the boot. The Liva also has a 90mm shorter wheelbase but that’s about it. Look it from the front or front three quarters and you can easily mistake it for its sedan cousin. You also notice the huge air-dam in the front bumper and the characteristic ‘smile’ grille as well. The Liva, like any other Toyota offering, has high levels of fit and finish – for example the paint, or the panel gaps. The top end petrol variant, which gets body kit (front and rear bumper spoilers, side skirts, roof spoiler) and alloy wheels, looks smashing.

The interiors of both the petrol and diesel versions are the same. What strikes you when you sit in the driver’s seat is the location of the speedometer console that sits in the centre of the fascia.  Space is another plus point of the Liva and contrary to its small size on the outside, the car is very spacious on the inside. The overall quality of plastics is what lets down the whole experience somewhat. We are used to seeing great stuff on cars like the Altis and the Innova and the Liva in this regard doesn't live up to the expectations somewhat. The diesel Liva comes in only one version – GD, and is decently equipped with air-con, power steering, power windows, keyless entry, four speakers but no audio system and ABS Toyota now sells the Liva in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol Liva is powered by Toyota’s 3NR-FE engine in a 1.2-litre configuration that has been tuned perfectly well for Indian driving conditions. This all new engine generates a decent 80PS of power along with an equally decent 104Nm of torque.  

It also has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 18.3kmpl which translates into around 13-14 kmpl in city world conditions. The diesel Liva comes with the same D-4D motor as found on the Altis though in the Liva. The maximum power is 68PS while the peak torque stands at 170Nm. 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. The Liva offers you one of the best combinations of ride and handling in the Indian hatchback segment today. To start with, visibility from the driver’s seat is terrific and the steering light to operate. The Liva, being light and small, is also very flickable in traffic and maneuvering this car is an easy affair. For typical Indian bad roads, which are full of washed away patches, potholes etc., the Liva will surprise you with the way it rides. Prices for the Etios Liva start at Rs 4.10 to Rs 6.3 lakhs ex-showrrom New Delhi. For a detailed analysis read below.

Interior

Design wise, the interiors of both the petrol and diesel versions are the same. What strikes you when you sit in the driver’s seat is the location of the speedometer console that sits in the centre of the fascia. This, similar to cars like the Chevrolet Spark, Tata Indica Vista and the Etios sedan basically not only frees up the space in front of the steering but also allows for better visibility for short drivers. Space is another plus point of the Liva and contrary to its small size on the outside, the car is very spacious on the inside.

Bunny Punia, head of content at Gaadi.com stands at 6 feet tall and had no issues sitting up front as well as at the back! The rear floor is also flat which helps easy passenger movement. The overall quality of plastics is what lets down the whole experience somewhat. We are used to seeing great stuff on cars like the Altis and the Innova and the Liva in this regard doesn't live up to the expectations somewhat. That said, it has enough practical touches like a huge 13-litree chilled glovebox, a sporty red and black seat theme for the higher versions, great sounding audio system with remote etc. The boot space is decent at 251 litres. The diesel Liva comes in only one version – GD, and is decently equipped with air-con, power steering, power windows, keyless entry, four speakers but no audio system and ABS. Visibility is good all around the ergonomically, the Liva scores high.

Interiors Details

  • Boot Space

    The Toyota Etios Liva is offered with a boot capacity of 251 litres which is quite enough for carrying luggages.

  • Speedometer

    Analog speedometer has been used in this hatchback car which is placed in centre of the dashboard.

  • Gear Lever

    The finish of gear lever is smooth and handy. Leather wrapped gear knob is not available in any of the variants of the car.

  • Cup Holders

    Cup-holder is present in the front console with bottle holders in the front doors.

  • Glovebox

    Glovebox is provided but as in almost all hatches it is having less space.

  • Audio System

    2 DIN 1CD MP3 AM/FM audio system added with four speakers increase its entertainment quotient and addition of audio control on steering wheel acts as additional advantage for the passengers

  • Air Conditioner

    HVAC is available in all models of both diesel and petrol variants. The top model of both petrol and diesel comes with Auto AC, for occupant’s convenience.

  • Arm Rests

    The arm rests are not available in any of the models in both diesel and petrol variants.

  • Air Vents

    4 air vents are there all of them are in the front which also circulates to the rear side of the cabin.

  • Seats

    The seats have full fabric upholstery with trim and top models having design inserts for appealing looks.

  • Leg Room

    Legroom of 1230mm is available in all models of both petrol and diesel variants for comfortable seating.

  • Knee Room

    Knee room of 910mm is available in front for ergonomic seating in all models of both petrol and diesel variants.

  • Shoulder Space

    Shoulder space of 1450mm is available for comfort in all models.

  • Head Room

    Head room is 970mm is provided for better ergonomics.

  • Steering Wheel

    The 3 spoke steering wheel with audio controls is provided for drivers comfort level.

  • Power Windows

    All four power windows are only present in top model of both petrol and diesel variants. Mid trim model have only front power windows and in base model power window is absent.

  • Keyless Entry

    Keyless Entry to ensure easy driving and no hassles of car-key on the Liva

  • Driver Information Display

    Digital Tachometer and trip meter is available in all models of both Etios Liva petrol and diesel variants.

Exterior

At just 3775mm in length, the Liva is quite a small vehicle from the outside. It looks identical to its sedan sibling, the Etios, save for the absence of the boot. The Liva also has a 90mm shorter wheelbase but that’s about it. Look it from the front or front three quarters and you can easily mistake it for its sedan cousin. You also notice the huge air-dam in the front bumper and the characteristic ‘smile’ grille as well. The Liva, like any other Toyota offering, has high levels of fit and finish – for example the paint, or the panel gaps. The top end petrol variant, which gets body kit (front and rear bumper spoilers, side skirts, roof spoiler) and alloy wheels, looks smashing.

It might be beaten on the dimensions front by some of the rivals, but you can’t help but notice the Liva on the road. Look at the car from behind and you are further impressive due to its cute design lines. Infact, the Liva does seem to look a lot like the Micra and the A-Star from the rear three quarters. While the J, G and GD versions come equipped with 175/65 R14 tyres, the higher V and VX come with 185/60 R15 tyres. The diesel Liva comes in only one trim level of GD which comes with steel wheel rims and wheel caps are standard. Both the petrol and diesel engine options come in seven different colors.

Exteriors

  • Front Design

    The front grille of the Toyota Etios Liva gives a look of smiling face with its upper grille, lower grille and headlamps taken together.

  • Rear Design

    The rear design is elegant with wide LED tail lamps giving a bold character. The car looks broader from rear and body colored rear tailgate adds to beauty.

  • Side Profile

    The side looks of the car is something very unique as it bears up-sweeping crease lying on the lower half of the doors. These elegant creases are outstanding and discriminating feature of this car.

  • Ground Clearance

    The Toyota Etios Liva comes with an impressive ground clearance height of 170.00 mm.

  • Bumpers

    The color of its bumper matches with the body color and provides it an attractive look.

  • Head Lamps

    Toyota Etios Liva is beautified with small lights and tame bumper with two tiny fogs. The headlamps look like dimples on the car.

  • Tail Lamps

    The LED tail lamps are well designed and are at height such that they are easily visible

  • Fog Lamps

    Tame bumper with two tiny fog lamps is provided in the front of the car.

  • Tyres

    The car is offered with 175/65 R14 tubeless tyres

  • Alloy Wheels

    14 inch alloy wheels are wrapped for the better grip of the car on the road and also look stylish.

  • Outside Mirrors

    The rear view mirrors are painted in body color giving it an even look throughout.

  • Colors

    It is available in 7 different and attractive color options.

  • Rear Wiper

    Rear wiper and washer are present only in the high end model other in any other variant it is absent.

  • Roof Rails

    Roof rails are not present in Liva

  • Sun Roof

    Toyota Etios Liva has no sun roof added.

  • Spoiler

    Spoiler is also present in various models.

  • Side Steps

    Side steps are absent because the car itself not require it

  • Spare Wheel

    One spare wheel that is kept in the boot.

Mileage Running Cost

 The petrol Liva is powered by Toyota’s 3NR-FE engine in a 1.2-litre configuration which gives  an ARAI certified fuel economy of 18.3kmpl which translates into around 13-14 kmpl in city world conditions. The diesel  D-4D motor has 88 ps and gives 23.59 kmpl which are very good figures  which means you will easy get around 17-18kmpl in real world conditions. 

Mileage Running Cost

  • City Fuel Economy

    In cities the mileage that Liva returns gives is a descent 17.5 Kmpl in the petrol variant and 19.12 Kmpl in the diesel variant.

  • Highway Fuel Economy

    The highway mileage for the Liva hatch is 23 Kmpl in the petrol variant and 24 Kmpl in the diesel variant.

  • Arai Rated Economy

    As specified by ARAI the mileage of the vehicle is 19.12kmpl

  • Tank Range

    The capacity of the tank is 45 liters. The Petrol variant should be able to comfortable return around 750 Kms and the Diesel variant should do 850 Kms comfortably.

Comfort Suspension

A very positive trait that the Liva has carried over from its sedan cousin is the way it feels to drive. It offers you one of the best combinations of ride and handling in the Indian hatchback segment today. To start with, visibility from the driver’s seat is terrific and the steering light to operate. The Liva, being light and small, is also very flickable in traffic and maneuvering this car is an easy affair. For typical Indian bad roads, which are full of washed away patches, potholes etc., the Liva will surprise you with the way it rides. The suspension easily absorbs undulations and keeps its passengers isolated from the drama of the outside world.

 

Comfort and Suspension

  • Comfort

    The car has got three and half stars in terms of comfort. The Liva suits for a family of 5 comfortably.

  • Front Suspension

    The Liva is provided with independent front shock Absorbers to give a pleasure drive

  • Rear Suspension

    Non independent rear shock absorbers are there to absorb the shocks received from the uneven road conditions.

Engine Performance

Toyota now sells the Liva in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol Liva is powered by Toyota’s 3NR-FE engine in a 1.2-litre configuration that has been tuned perfectly well for Indian driving conditions. This all new engine generates a decent 80PS of power along with an equally decent 104Nm of torque. However, once you start driving, the Liva feels very peppy and responds to throttle inputs pretty well – this is majorly due to the fact that the Liva is a very light car, lighter than other rivals like the Ritz, Swift, Beat etc. The overall NHV (noise, harshness, vibration) levels aren’t really perfect but nevertheless don't become intrusive enough to be of a bother. In typical city usage where the engine spends most of its life between 1500 to 3000rpm, the Liva petrol turns out be a good companion. It also has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 18.3kmpl which translates into around 13-14 kmpl in city world conditions.

The diesel Liva comes with the same D-4D motor as found on the Altis though in the Liva, 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 Liva, this one too begs to be driven to experience how good an engine this is. Typical of the D-4D engine family, the Liva 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 Liva petrol reaches a 100kmph mark in just 14 seconds while diesel version reaches the 100 Kmph mark in 18 seconds.

  • Top Speed

    The top speed of the vehicle is 154kmph.

  • In Gear Acceleration

    the in-gear acceleration for Spark for 40-60kmph in 5th gear is 15.10seconds

  • Gearbox

    It has been loaded with 5 speed manual transmission gearbox

  • Power

    The car can smoke out a maximum power of 80 PS at 5600 rpm in petrol and 68 PS of power at 3800 rpm in the diesel variant.

  • Torque

    The maximum torque churned out is 104 Nm at 3100 rpm in petrol and 170 Nm of torque at 1800 - 2400 rpm

  • NVH Levels

    NVH level are low for spark as a noise insulating mat is used between the engine and the cabin to isolate its noise and the chassis to body joints are so designed that there is no transfer of road noise to the cabin.

Braking Safety

 Out on the highway at high speeds, the Liva due to its light weight, doesn’t really feel rock solid. However, that said, it is easy to change lanes at three digit speeds without any drama whatsoever. The diesel Liva is heavier by 80kg as compared to the corresponding petrol version and it shows in the way it drives. Push it hard around corners and the front end doesn’t hold its line as easy the petrol version does.  On safety front it has dual SRS airbags and ABS with EBD. 

Brakes and Wheels

  • Handling

    Handling of the car has got four and half stars as the disc brakes and the ABS have added to its handling

  • Braking Performance

    Braking performance has earned it four star as the car can come to stop from 80km/hr in just 2.44 seconds

  • Safety Features

    Safety of the car is also good as the bumpers are equipped to handle impact and with ABS, Airbags, adjustable steering.

  • Abs

    ABS comes as an option and only in the high end model

  • Traction Control

    Traction control is absent from all the models

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