Toyota Etios Liva Overview

The Etios sedan has quite literally turned around Toyota’s fortunes in India. From what used to be a small segment in the Indian automotive market, Toyota has become one of the major players in the country. The Liva, is the hatchback that is based on the Etios and it shares majority of its parts with the sedan. Toyota launched the sedan in December 2010, followed by the launch of the Liva hatchback in June 2011 for the Indian market. Toyota Etios Liva On road price starts from 5,48,196/-. Check for price details of Toyota Etios Liva in CarzPrice.

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Toyota Etios Liva Design

The dimensions of the Etios Liva are similar to those of the Etios in terms of width, height, ground clearance, and fuel tank capacity. The variations are obviously is with respect of the length and wheel base, due to its hatchback shape. The car’s exterior design is on par with other cars like Hyundai i20, Skoda Fabia, VW Polo and yet to be launched Maruti new Swift, Though there have not been many impressive changes or innovations in styling, the boosting factor for the Etios Liva are the colour options, brand and quality image of Toyota.

At the front of the Liva, the head lights on the wide front bumper and the chrome lined Toyota emblem give the confidence of Toyota brand. However, the head light size seems on the large size, and though positioned well, it certainly feels that it could have been improved. The positioning of the windshield is in par with aerodynamics and adds to the aesthetics of the front portion. Black radiator grill and fog lamp add to a good impression of the car.

Toyota has used a good quality of body panels which is indicated by the sturdy feel of the front fender, front door, rear door and quarter panel.Compared to sedan version Etios, a lot of curves have been introduced in the Etios Liva to make it impressive in styling. The rear side of the Etios Liva is also quite attractive. It looks quite big and the newly designed Tail lamps help in boosting the image of rear side of car,

Toyota Etios Liva Cabin

Let’s be honest about the fact that not many of us like the interior styling of the instrument panel. The circular air-con vents might be highly effective, but they miss out on the appeal bit and even the central instrument cluster isn’t something one will appreciate. The quality of the Etios Liva for the price is acceptable, however not its design. The central instrument cluster has always been no-no for all recently launched cars. In terms of features, the Liva is a well-loaded product.

The Liva’s recent upgrade to adjustable headrest was a very good option. This makes the car feel a lot more premium on the inside. The Japanese car maker has changed a lot of things in the Etios family after a delayed customer feedback. The space in the front row is good and even the seats are large enough, however the second row is a bit tight for knee room. There is a lot of stowage space. One can store seven litres of bottles in the Liva alone, which is humongous. Then there is a decent size boot as well. Seating comfort, driving position, access to controls, these are some elements that Toyota well has taken care of.

When you sit in the driving position, it is easy to get comfortable and adjust the steering wheel and the seat. There is height adjustable in the top-of-the-line VX trim. The A-pillars (side pillar) are thin and the visibility is good. However, the mirrors could have been bigger for better visibility of the rear. The large headrests at the rear, somewhat block the rear visibility.

Toyota Etios Liva Performance

There was a lot of talk of the Liva getting the big 1.5-litre engine from the sedan, but anyone who knows the Indian market would know that the hatch would be looking to exploit the maximum benefits of the excise duty concessions that the Indian government has on offer for small cars. That means that under the Etios Liva hood is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine (Read :Engine & Transmission). On paper, it isn’t all that bad, 80PS @ 5600rpm and 104Nm @ 3100rpm. In fact the figures are pretty close to most of the competition and better than some as well. Coupled with the Liva’s approximately 900 kg kerb weight, it should also make for a great power-to-weight ratio to score high on performance. But somehow, that’s not the case because the Etios LIVA’s brief seems to be rather straight forward – better efficiency. With the gear ratios matched to make life in the city easier, the car does feel peppy enough at low revs and accelerates cleanly off the line, but the excitement tapers off much too soon and you really need to work the engine to get past 120km/h.

Our instrumented tests did see the car cross the 150km/h mark but it took a lot of patience and even more stretches of empty roads to get there. The 5-speed manual gearbox may be the culprit here with gear ratios more conducive for city driving rather than highway cruising. But that does have a rather positive effect on its fuel efficiency. The ARAI certified stat reads 18.3kmpl cumulative but real world conditions should see you get about 14.3kmpl in the city and 16.1kmpl on the highway. Considering the prices of petrol today, that’s a welcome proposition indeed! All through the test, the Liva’s gearbox provided positive feel and slick shifts all the way to fifth. Predictably, the Liva didn’t scorch the acceleration runs, taking over 17 seconds to cross the 100km/h mark.

Toyota Etios Liva Driving

The ride comfort of the Etios Liva is very good. It doesn’t feel stiff on bad roads. The suspension absorbs most of the road shocks to give a comfortable ride. However at high speeds, it does feel a bit bouncy if your tyre pressures are incorrect. The handling is good enough. It doesn’t have the alacrity like its European competition, but it does a good job. The steering wheel too is light in weight and convenient to drive and park. The driving dynamics are how you get in a Toyota, there is absolutely no compromise

Toyota Etios Liva Safety

The list of protective aspects include seat belts for all occupants along with driver seat belt reminder notification, keyless entry, a defogger, fog lamps, a central locking system and high mounted stop lamp. For enhancing the safety quotient in case of any collision, the company has given it driver along with passenger side airbag too. The advanced engine immobilizer safeguards the vehicle from any theft and unauthorized entry. Apart from these, it also has door ajar and headlamps on warning notifications on instrument panel with buzzer. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Toyota Etios Liva Price

Toyota Etios Liva Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,48,196/- (Etios Liva G) to 7,39,342/- (Etios Liva VXD Dual Tone). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Liva from Toyota Dealers in India

Toyota Etios Liva Verdict

It’s an open secret that the Liva’s appeal is fairly limited, especially in the wake of much newer rivals. That being said, the little Toyota is hard to fault when it comes to ride quality and reliability. What’s more, Toyota has made constant improvements towards the safety aspect as well. As a result, the updated Etios Liva gets ABS with EBD and dual airbags as standard across all variants, meaning even the no-frills entry-level variants benefit from these essential safety aids.

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