By Udaya Simha
Excellent Middle class sedan
Pros : Everything
Cons : Fuel Economy should have been more, missing EPDM gaskets on doors.Exterior The car in black looks big and awesome, the front grill is a beauty. Beauty in the back side might improve if the name plate
ExteriorThe car in black looks big and awesome, the front grill is a beauty. Beauty in the back side might improve if the name plate is shifted to the centre of the boot. Otherwise it is fantastic.
Interior (Features, Space & Comfort)Variant 'G' comes with black seat covers, i have put beige and red seat covers on the same which has enhanced the beauty of this car 3 folds. Also, I have added beige floor mat which gives a fantastic appearance when u enter inside the car.
I have read lot of review regarding the quality of plastics used but i don't agree entirely with this since we are looking for VFM.
I have read lot of reviews regarding cabin noise, please note these are rubbish and no where near truth. Some detractors strategically are writing reviews in all websites which is no way near truth. You have to own the car to believe it. It is a fantastic car to drive with minimum 5 people in it. The space it provides at the back side is no way comparable even to higher end sedans in the market.
Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and GearboxThis is where Etios scores 150 upon 100. Excellent engine, very peppy, you will be running number one in the highway. Excellent responsive engine. Fuel economy i am getting about 12-13 in city driving with a/c. I am getting 18-19 in highways. Might have been better for a middle class sedan but the pleasure the car gives, i can forego 1 or 2 kms on fuel economy.
Ride Quality & HandlingExcellent ride quality and handling, steering is a beauty. I used to struggle to park M800 but Etios is a cake walk. The steering while driving will give u a fantastic feel you will not feel the tiredness even if you drive 200-300 kms in a stretch. Very stable in high speeds like 120-130, actually you will not feel you have touched this speed until you see the speedo.
Final WordsEvery day i drive my car in Chennai traffic to my office or when i take my family on a weekend, i have started loving the car more and more. I am not a sales man for Toyota, this is my ownership experience and on hand experience.
Final wordA car every middle class family should own. You will never be disappointed. Now a days in Chennai, even high class families have started using this car. Great breakthrough, thanks to toyota for giving this excellent product.
Areas of improvementMileage has to be a bit more than what it is giving but not at the cost of current engine performance.