Toyota recently came up with its much anticipated new sedan car called the Etios. This car was launched in both petrol and diesel variants. Both made safe place in the hearts of many users and prospective buyers; thanks to its affordability. The diesel version of the Toyota Etios has become pretty much popular. There are many good as well as some bad points to look out for if you’re planning to buy one. So let’s go through the Toyota Etios diesel review to know everything you always wanted to know about this car.
Engine and the technical specifications
Powered by a 1364 cc 4 cylinders in-line diesel engine, the Toyota Etios generates 68 bhp power at 3800 rpm and 17.33 kgm torque at 1800-2400 rpm. It is given a front wheel drive transmission with 5 speed manual gearbox. The boot volume is 595 litres and the ground clearance comes to 170mm. the weight of this sedan is 1005 kgs and the wheels are 15inch with tyre size of 185/60. The front suspension is independent Mac Pherson strut, coil springs and the rear ones are non-independent torsion beam coil springs. The turning circle of the electric power assist steering wheel is 9.8m. The front brakes are ventilated disc whereas the rear ones are drum type with ABS technology. The dimensions of this car are 4265mm length, 1695mm width and 1510mm height. The wheelbase is 2550mm.
The much generously spacious looking design is eye catchy in Toyota Etios. Even on being a spacious car nowhere it gives an impression on being bulky or very ugly. Definitely the car isn’t the best looking in its segment but what we could expect from a sedan at as low price as this one, suits the needs well for a happy family. The exteriors are ordinary looking and nothing really will excite the buyer whereas the design is concerned. The crease along the door and the headlights look prominent and will catch your attention. The grille which is given a boomerang shape will definitely add spice to its otherwise not much interesting looks.
Coming on to the interiors of Toyota Etios they are much interesting than the exterior designing. The cabin is definitely very spacious which gives a big relief to many buyers. The front seats are very well designed to give comfort to you while sitting for long hours. It gives great back support too. You needn’t worry about the legroom and headroom too. They are again ample. The best part of the rear part of the cabin is its flat floor for the middle seated passenger. This is something really good and will ensure comfortable ride for the middle seated passenger. But don’t expect major comfort whereas the headrests for the rear seated passengers is concerned. The storage space inside the Etios is going to take you by surprise. It is ample and very impressive. Massive space in glovebox, up to seven bottle holders and the big door pockets are a pleasant surprise! The steering wheel looks beautiful and chunky giving a very elite feel to the driver. The tachometer and the speedometer have a great design too. When there are so many advantages you must start expecting little flaws too. The first one is the dashboard material. It is made up of not so good quality plastic which is definitely very disappointing in the Etios. The sun visors and carpets of the car are going to really disappoint you in terms of the quality. The red colour used inside the cabin may shout loud in its colour. If you like the subtle classy touch, the red colour used in the cabin will turn you off.
Speaking of the performance of Toyota Etios, it speeds up from 0 to 100 seconds in 15.88 seconds. Yes, it is not highly impressive, but wait till you form an opinion. The spread of torque is really good in the car which the driver will feel immediately after driving the car. The initial engine response you’ll get from it is quite good but expect a lag as you go on. Only the half throttle responses will make you happy. The linear power delivery of the engine is pretty good. Go on the highway and the Etios will stop thrilling you. Yes, it’s a city car. It cannot be compared to the Indigo Manza or the Swift Dzire in terms of its performance. They are far better. The interior will be rather noisy in the Etios while you start playing with the car. The gear shifts are easy and swift which makes the driver happy in heavy traffic. The fuel economy given by the car will be around 14.2 kmpl in the city and around 19 kmpl on the highway which is pretty impressive.
- Fuel economy
- Storage and cabin space
- Drab exteriors
- Average driving experience
- Low quality interiors
If you are looking to buy an affordable and spacious sedan for mostly the city drive, Toyota Etios is the car for you. Go for it!