Toyota Etios Liva

₹ 8.96 Lakhs

On-Road Price, MumbaiEx-Showroom Price, Mumbai

Overview of the car

Hatchback

Manual

Diesel

20.6 Mileage

45 Litres

2 AirBags

5 Seater

3 Years / 1,00,000 kms

Performance Metrics
0

N/A

Top Speed
15.86

seconds

0-100 kph
9.6

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
1364 cc
Max Power
68 bhp
Torque
17.3 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
4

Dimensions

Wheel Base
2460 mm
Ground Clearance
170 mm
Bootspace
251 ltrs
Turning Circle
9.6 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
Mc Pherson Strut
Rear Suspension
Torsion Beam
Steering Type
Electric Power Steering
Tyres
Front: 175/65 R14
Rear: 175/65 R14
Front Brakes
Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes
Drum
Reviews and Video
NARAIN IMG

Narain Says

The diesel sets new standards for efficiency, while the petrol motor packs a strong enough punch to appease enthusiasts too.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

The all-new, feature-packed interiors and shockingly spacious back seat havent just raised the bar, they have catapulted it out of reach of its competition.

TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Space, Easy to Drive, Responsive Engines

What you won’t like?

Not Exciting to Drive, Hard plastics

TorqueX Says

Practical Big Hatch but Not Terrribly Exciting

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Toyota Etios Liva Review, Road Test

Toyota Etios Liva

Toyota’s launch of the Etios saloon and Liva hatchback had marked a new beginning for the Japanese carmaker. They had never sold a car that was targeted at the budget end of the Indian market. And in true Toyota style, copious amounts of research went into knowing more about its intended customers. But, as it turned out, Toyota uncharacteristically miscalculated the high expectations buyers had for the cars that wore its badge.

Toyota simply assumed that Indian customers would be less fussy about a car if it was affordable, and hence used the knife liberally (and a bit too obviously) to strip out costs. But customers, even those buying an entry-level Toyota, have pretty high expectations, and the Etios and Liva’s cheap looking cabins and a lack of refinement left them feeling short-changed. And in the face of more earnest competition, the Etios and Liva both have had a tough time finding owners.

The company knew it had to do something to convince buyers that the Etios and Liva were worthy of their money and the two cars you see on these pages are Toyota’s attempt at addressing this issue, among others. As you can see from the pictures, the changes aren’t immediately apparent (there are tiny alterations to the grille, lamps and rear-view mirrors) and that’s because Toyota has worked on small but key tweaks to improve the overall feel of the cars. Do they make a tangible difference?

Open the doors of either car and you’ll notice the new two-tone dashboards on these top-end VSP-spec cars look a lot better than the dull grey that characterised the interiors of the earlier ones. In fact, the dashboard plastics used are the same as before and you’ll see this in the grain used, so it’s just the clever selection of colours that makes all the difference. Thankfully, Toyota has dropped that garish red gear knob with tasteful silver finish, which is more in keeping with the car’s conservative character.

The central instrument cluster gets icy blue backlighting which, along with the all-new 2-DIN audio system, seriously improves the dull looking, if functional, dashboard. The cheap-looking air-con controls on the previous model have been replaced by solid-looking knobs that have a nice tactile feel. However, automatic climate control, which cars like the Swift and the Micra have, is still not available.

The other area where Toyota has made huge improvements is the seating. The flat and thin seats, which felt quite downmarket in the previous car, have been completely replaced by ones that feel luxurious in comparison.

The front seats have height adjustment for the driver (on the G model upwards) generous cushioning, lots of under-thigh support and adjustable headrests. The fixed headrests were also perceived to be too downmarket.

Move to the rear and again, you are greeted by a plushness that was simply not present in the previous car. The rear seats on the Etios gets bigger fixed headrests, while the Liva gets adjustable ones. Toyota had saved costs in the previous Etios by not laminating the seats, but this has been changed in the new models, which helps them retain their shape for longer. Other bits that lift the ambience are plusher door pads and the faux wood trim, which actually looks pretty decent.

Customers complained that the previous Etios was a noisy car, which is something else Toyota took to heart. A special focus was given to lower in-cabin noise and what the new Etios gets is a proper noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) package. This includes a switch from rubber engine mounts to more refined, sound-absorbing hydraulic mounts. The silencer has been modified for better NVH as well, and the damper settings have been fine-tuned to take some of the clunkiness out of the suspension. The net result is that the new Toyotas, especially the diesel versions, are a lot quieter than before.

Subtle changes to the dampers have made the Etios nicer too. There’s less suspension noise and the ride has improved considerably. Sharp edges are rounded off well and the suspension is much quieter than before. Still, the damping isn’t as progressive as we would have liked – small but sharp vertical movements can be felt over uneven surfaces and it’s rather evident that the Etios’s suspension doesn’t have the long travel of the Mahindra Verito. Neither of these cars is particularly exciting to drive either, thanks to low-geared steering racks that have plenty of turns lock-to-lock (about four, to be precise). However, it’s the weirdly inconsistent steering feel that detracts from the driving experience. But, given the Etios and Liva’s brief of being practical, easy to live with cars, they are clearly not meant for enthusiasts.

What remains unchanged are the powertrains. This means the Liva’s 79bhp 1.2-litre engine and its light kerb weight make for one of the best power-to-weight ratios in the 1.2-litre segment. Still, it’s clear that this engine has been tuned for economy rather than outright power. Real progress starts after 2000rpm, it quickens and power builds decently till 4000rpm, and then it tapers off once again into a meek top end.

The low-end grunt isn’t that impressive either and the engine is quite vocal when it’s revved. As for the Etios’s diesel motor, it’s a great engine for a car like this. It’s responsive with very little turbo lag and there’s decent mid-range grunt, so it’s easy to drive in the city. It’s only on the highway or when travelling with a full load that its modest 68bhp comes to the fore. You will need to work the slick, light-action gearbox to keep the engine on the boil in these conditions.

So, both these cars get quantifiable improvements that inject a much needed dose of plushness. But have they come a bit too late?

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total (2)

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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