Toyota Etios Test Drive in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Overview

The horse is quite a symbolic animal in the auto world. Ferrari and Porsche have it on their logo while the Mustang has a galloping badge of its own. The obvious connection here is the obsession with horsepower. However, at least in India, Toyota chooses to prioritize workhorses over animalistic performance. Case in point – everything from the Fortuner to the Innova Crysta and Corolla Altis comes with the promise of almost endless reliability. The brand’s range commands a premium price, even when there are better-equipped alternatives available at more competitive prices.

This reputation for reliability has developed a strong customer loyalty base for Toyota, but also comes with a little problem – it’s made the Etios in particular become a taxi market favourite, especially after the arrival of app-based cab services. That doesn’t go down well with private car owners who want something premium. So here we have the Platinum Etios, with which Toyota is hoping to get back into the white number plate game. Does the new formula work? Check for Toyota Etios price in Pune.

Toyota Etios Exterior & Style

The Etios in all its iterations had always been labelled as dull-looking and it looks like Toyota wants to shed that image once and for all. The manga inspired aggressive face and subtle changes to the back have certainly given the car a bit of drama.

The grille is now minimalistic while the bumper has been given a sporty appearance. To reduce the visual weight of the chrome on the front, it (the bumper) has been fitted with black inserts above the fog lamp housing while the overall shape has moved from rounded to in-your-face square. The side profile remains the same as before while the rear has had its chrome strip moved from the top of the boot lid to the middle below the Toyota logo. Also changed is the rear bumper which now gets some sporty curves that flow from the sides and into the number plate section.

Toyota Etios Interior & Space

Slightly different than its predecessor. Even if the overall layout remains the same, the fabric for the seats has changed and the dashboard is in dual tone – black and beige. Skimping on bells and whistles again can be understood considering it to be a budget sedan. However, some components still can’t hide the fact that the carmaker has cut corners. For example, the air-con vents look and feel very old. Overall plastic quality is average and doesn’t give a feel of a 10 lakh rupee car. The meaty steering wheel wrapped in high quality leather feels nice, but could have been set at a higher position. Unfortunately, the instrument cluster’s position remains the same, but the new meters look good and are functional. For more details on Toyota Etios check Pasear-w

The Etios always had a good all-round visibility even when sitting low, thanks to the large glasshouse. The Platinum Etios is no different. In fact, now the seat height can be also be adjusted. Seats are supportive due to the good side bolstering and have adequate thigh support as well. Like before, the cabin is ergonomical and there are plenty of storage places in the front and second row. The highlight remains the 13litre cooled glove box, which is fairly deep. The second row also offers generous amount of space. The door panels are nicely sculpted with comfortable arm rests. The foot room is generous, so accommodating even those with XL sized boots isn’t much of a task. Although the windows don’t completely go down, they are large enough to not make anyone feel claustrophobic. Even the fifth occupant won’t feel short changed due to the 595litre boot. Thanks to the light colour, airy cabin and comfortable seats, the Etios is a good long distance companion.

Also, where Toyota has taken the game up is on safety features. ABS and EBD are standard across all variants and the body structure has been strengthened in key places. Furthermore, every trim gets Isofix mounts for child seats as well. Then the second row gets a three-point seat belt with adjustable headrest. Both these features surely make the third occupant feel secure. For the infotainment needs you get a 2-din music system that looks after-market and feels basic. But the best part is that the much-needed features missing from the predecessor have been added. This includes the door auto-lock feature, electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs, one-touch-down function for the driver’s window, height-adjustable driver seat and adjustable head rests.

Toyota Etios Engine & Gearbox

Mechanically, the Etios remains the same in its updated avatar. You still get the same 1.5-litre petrol engine good for 90PS of power and 132Nm of torque that offers a claimed fuel economy of 16.78kmpl, and the variant we drove, the 1.4-litre diesel that makes 68PS and 170Nm, with a rated economy figure of 23.59kmpl. Toyota does however, claim that noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels have been improved. Does the on-paper claim translate into the real world? In fact, it does. Driving the Platinum is a quieter experience and the cabin insulation does its work well, even in the diesel. Given the private car buyer-centric approach of this update, the improved NVH levels are a welcome addition, but what’s missing is the option of an automatic transmission.

You still get a 5-speed manual gearbox with well-spaced ratios to match the torquey engine. The motor itself is well-refined and power delivery is linear. There’s very little turbo-lag and you can comfortably drive at 100kmph all day long, but it’s not rev-happy. Even when the turbo kicks in, the surge is easy to manage, but the revs take their time to build up. It’s not an engine that likes to be pushed and voices its protest as soon as you get close to 3,000rpm. Hard revving will make the engine sound strained without much gain on the speedometer. Like most low-displacement diesels, it prefers relaxed usage and cruising.

Throttle response is crisp, the clutch is light and since the peak torque is yours to use from just 1,800rpm, early upshifts are the best way to optimize drivability.

Toyota Etios Driving Dynamics

If there is one thing that Toyota has done right with the Etios and now the Platinum is the ride quality. It is slightly on the firm side but seems to work as it absorbs most pot holes and bumps without sending much back to the cabin. Consequently, the car has good high speed stability and feels quite planted even at 140kmph.The electrically assisted steering despite needing too many turns to go from lock to lock feels light, is easy to use and weighs up quite decently as you go faster.

Toyota Etios Braking & Safety

While dual airbags came as standard before, both, the Platinum and fleet versions of the Etios get ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts right from the base variant! Adjustable headrests and 3-point ELR seatbelts are now offered for all 5 passengers too. The safety tech isn’t exclusive to the Platinum, but that’s hardly a bad thing.

Toyota Etios Price in Pune

Toyota Etios On Road Price is 8,94,967/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,71,800/- in Pune. Toyota Etios comes in 7 colours, namely Vermillion Red,Celestial Black,Harmony Beige,New Pearl White,White,Classic Grey,Symphony Silver. Toyota Etios comes with FWD with 1364 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 67 bhp@3800 rpm and Peak Torque 170 Nm@1800-2400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Toyota Etios comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Toyota Etios Verdict

It is true that the Etios sedan still lacks that quirky or cool trait that many cars of today have. But that can be avoided to look at the practical side of the car. The Platinum Etios looks better than its earlier model, is spacious, has comfortable seats, has a frugal engine, drives well, is packed with necessary equipment and is priced well. And what makes it an even sweeter deal is that all trims are by default equipped with all the new safety features.

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