Toyota Etios Liva Performance & First Drive

Toyota Etios Liva Overview

Toyota has launched a limited edition variant of the Etios Liva, known as the Etios Liva Dual Tone Limited Edition. It is based on the top-of-the-line VX variant and costs Rs 6.51 lakh for the petrol and Rs 7.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the diesel version. Toyota states that the limited edition Liva will be available in select cities in the country.The Liva Dual Tone Limited Edition can only be had with the standard white shade of the Liva with red accents and a black roof. If you don’t want to go for the white exterior colour, you can opt for other regular dual-tone variants of the Etios Liva. However, the limited edition Liva gets contrasting inserts inside and out which are not a part of the standard dual-tone Liva. The standard dual-tone Liva comes with orange, red and white exterior colours with a black roof. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Toyota Etios Liva Exterior

Let’s first start with the looks as it is this department where most of the modifcations done with the update to the Etios Liva are majorly concentrated. Up-front you now get a much more cleaner grille which looks a tad sportier. Major modifications can be seen further down below, on the bumper, which has now been completely revamped.

Supporting a dual tone colour scheme, it gets sharp contours and augmented edges, giving it a much more contemporary look than what the car used to adorn before. There have been a similar change on the rear bumper as well. The rest of the design specifics remain exactly similar to the previous model, which is off course nothing to complain about; in addition to that, this update is a ‘facelift’ and not an altogether new generation update, so not much was expected nevertheless. Also with the makeover, the Etios gets multi-spoke alloy wheels on the top spec versions. These alloys are the same ones which were seen on Liva’s TRD Sport edition.

Toyota Etios Liva Interior

Interiors of Liva impressed me better than the exteriors, if you ask me to tell me best thing about the interiors, I would say space. The interiors feel very spacious considering it’s a small hatchback. The headroom, legroom at the front as well as rear is very comfortable. The driver does not have to be cramped to leave space for rear passengers, also the intelligent designing of front seats in slim form factor and foot space below front seats for rear passengers is very large as well.

The Air conditioning vents are fairly large and placed in an asymmetric manner with respect to the center of the dashboard to provide good airflow to the rear seats which is very useful in hot places of India. The steering wheel does not block the airflow of the AC. One thing which we though is missing is the Automatic climate control which would have been a good feature to have on premium hatchbacks.

Another good feature is the large cooled glove-box for keeping water and other drinks cool on the go. This feature is again very useful for hot summers in India. The quality of plastics, fabrics, and upholstery is good. The car feels nice from inside as well as outside and has no-nonsense elements. Check out more details in the video review below.

Toyota Etios Liva Performance

Now to the performance aspect of the 2017 Toyota Etios. This hatchback is offered with a choice of two engine options, one being petrol and the other diesel. The one which we had for this particular test was powered by a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder turbo engine with power output figures of 67bhp and 170Nm of peak torque. This engine, we must tell you, is such a that it covers up for all the other faults that this car has, so much so that you can choose to completely igbore them.

Paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, the engine is a breeze to drive. There is a bit of turbo lag, almost negligible and the car pulls effortlessly right from the first gear. Talking about gears, the transmission unit is very smooth to operate and comes with a nice mechanical feel to it. This, coupled with a light clutch makes the whole experience of changing gears an enjoyable one.The power delivery curve of the engine is quite linear and you will find yourself not needing to change gears that often as it never feels out of puff. What somewhat tints this experience its the car’s rather heavy steering which takes some time getting used to.

Toyota Etios Liva Rideing

Etios Liva’s front axle comes equipped with a MacPherson Strut type suspension system and its rear axle has a torsion beam type suspension. Liva’s small turning radius of 4.8 m makes it highly maneuverable and it offers a spectacular ground clearance of 170 mm.

Toyota Etios Liva Safety

Toyota Etios Liva has ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels and Drum brakes for its rear wheels.Vehicular safety is quite important for Toyota and hence, Etios Liva comes loaded with safety features like SRS airbags for the driver and the co-passenger, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS),Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), engine immobilizer, keyless entry, driver seatbelt warning and door ajar warning.

Toyota Etios Liva Cost in New Delhi

Toyota Etios Liva Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,54,246/- (Etios Liva G) to 7,45,087/- (Etios Liva VXD Dual Tone). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Liva from Toyota Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Etios Liva price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Liva Conclusion

Summing up the car, we would like to say that Toyota has somewhat missed an opportunity here with the 2017 Etios Liva. The automaker has done a significant bit with the exteriors of this vehicle which now look comparatively a lot better, but the same cannot be said about the cabin.However, that aside we are happy to report that on the mechanical front the Liva continues to remain as fun to drive as it used to be, so three cheers for that. So, should you buy one? Well, if you are one of those who is all about driving pleasure and can to a certain extent ignore the aesthetics of a car, then you should consider the 2017 Toyota Etios Liva. However, if you are the opposite, well then there are plenty of other fish in the water. v

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