Review: Toyota Vios 1.3E (2nd Generation) – Pinoy Auto Blog

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Review: Toyota Vios (2nd Generation)

In this day and age of difficulty, you can#8217;t help but be with just about You try to minimize costs, and you try to stretch and every Peso as much as you The same idea trickles to just about anything grocery shopping, eating buying clothes, and even cars.

If you#8217;re on a tight going for a second hand might be one option, with a lot of to ten year old cars going for PhP 200 to PhP 350 thousand and so forth. But when you of maintenance costs, nothing a brand new car. You might be off putting that money the down payment.

Paying the dues would probably be (and sometimes cheaper) monthly repair and maintenance you would be shelling out regularly an older car.

In terms of there are three things you usually look for: ease of maintenance and fuel In the local market, there are two main competitors, which are the City and the Toyota Vios . are in the same price range the City retails a bit higher), similar fuel consumption and similar carrying capacity.

are offered in 1.3 and 1.5 liter displacement VTEC engine for the City and engine for the Vios. What#8217;s is that both brands high resale value in the market.

The past few weeks, been able to review the E Toyota Vios. Featured in photos is the #8220;Azure#8221; Blue The E variant in the Philippine market is similar to the entry-level J variant in they both run on a 2NZ-FE 1.3 engine, but unlike its spartan the E variant has the following features:


central door

14#8243; alloy wheels,

braking system,

protective mouldings,

driver#8217;s-side airbag,

Vehicle Security System,

a stereo head-unit.

The higher-end G gives you 15#8243; alloy foglamps, side-mirror turn lamps, rear disc and leather-bound steering-wheel with remote-control. And of course, the G variant in manual and automatic transmission. You have a choice of leather vs. seats in the A/T variant.

The Vios also comes in the S which comes stock sporty body kits spoilers, ten-spoke 17#8243; and HID headlamps.

Now as with most here, I won#8217;t focus too on the technical aspects of the car. I can leave that to the more auto reviewers (such as review on Big Big Car ). But let#8217;s focus on the from an everyday driver#8217;s of view.

Ride comfort

someone used to a bigger the Vios might at first be a experience. With a shorter than most compact you tend to feel road and humps more.

Furthermore, the suspension is a bit stiffer, compared to, the Corolla Altis, especially to the non-independent torsion beam suspension. I hear, though, the Vios#8217; suspension is built for and so I have no qualms against Also, the 2nd generation suspension is to be softer than the 1st generation.

So if it doesn#8217;t have the dampening of bigger vehicles (such as the test-driven Ford Everest or the Grand Livina. for instance), good enough for a subcompact in my opinion.

If you#8217;re used to the 1st generation (and also the 1.5 generation) Vios, you would the added comfort level of the 2nd Vios, which is said to been upgraded in terms of comfort. While the 1st gen Vios was for handling, the 2nd gen is better at comfort. The 2nd gen is by about 100 kilograms, so you won#8217;t win at races against the 1st gen, but you have a more comfortable


Judging from experience and from comments other Toyota users, the 2nd Vios offers ample of space, which is good for a small family. The Vios is to have bigger cabin than the previous-generation Corolla and the 1st and 1.5th generation Vios, and the same space as the current Altis. This is achieved a cab-forward design, and the flat floor, which is really a for anyone sitting at the middle at the

My wife and I have two elementary aged kids and a new baby, and we fit in the car. The trunk space is than our Corolla, but this stop us from fitting in our Techno XLR stroller (umbrella-type) in the plus the kids#8217; bags and accessories. The trunk is shorter and (as compared to a Corolla#8217;s, for instance) but a bit

It#8217;s not as big as the latest generation City #8216;s trunk, (which is, to say, very

Being used to a bigger I noticed, though, that the are a bit smaller than what been used to. They the seats #8220;body hugging#8221; but only now that I realized meant #8220;smaller!#8221; It needs a bit used to, but once you do get used to the seat dimensions, you would be enough with it. Driver#8217;s seating position is good height is adjustable, but I doubt would want to increase height, as this might driving comfort (a higher of gravity might increase the of carsickness).

Build quality and comforts

The solid thud closing doors seems to be of good build quality. quite a feat from a in the Philippines#8221; car (as printed out in a label the trunk). One thing I notice, which is also evident in other Asian-market vehicles the IMV Innova, Fortuner and Hi-Lux is the of hard, cheap-feeling plastic.

My old had some luxury feel to least the plastic is soft and

Still, I don#8217;t think one can given the affordability of the car. not totally a utilitarian affair. The 2nd Vios does offer a of creature comforts.

First is the of a handful of cup holders and bottle The front cup holders are situated under the air conditioning vents, is obviously meant to help drinks cool (if you#8217;re hot coffee, then perhaps you can close the vents). Each door pocket also has a holder. Even the pockets at the of the gearshift on both driver and side has bottle holders.

The rear only has one cup holder, and this has sometimes proved to be when my two older kids are at the back.

Under the steering I was surprised to find another cubby hole, which is meant for sunglasses, ID cards, and the And what#8217;s a car without a ticket for those gas receipts, toll coupons and bills for paying the Only one of the sunvisors has a mirror, and it#8217;s situated at the driver#8217;s Hmm.

Maybe the car is designed for the after all!

In car entertainment

The E comes with a 2DIN stereo system, which it#8217;s built-into the instrument The Vios E#8217;s stereo can MP3 files (unlike the J, which has a CD player), which means you can your compilation playlists, is what I did. What#8217;s with MP3 playback is that you see the ID3 tag right on the stereo#8217;s screen#8211;perfect for that right song.

starting this review, I used my iPod much, as I play our favorite iTunes burned onto CD-R.

and Safety

The Vios 1.3 E comes Toyota Vehicle Security (TVSS), which is basically your keyless entry It#8217;s not as sophisticated as third systems, because it will sound the alarm when the and trunk are opened, and not when is broken, or cut, or when the is tapped or hit. Other market Vioses comes immobilizer keys (meaning the car only start if the key inserted has the transmitter chip), but our local don#8217;t.

TVSS will be if you#8217;re not too security conscious. But if you I suggest you upgrade your system (having an upgrade at the casa will not void electrical warranty as long as you them note this in the booklet). It#8217;s also not a idea to leave valuables in the car parking in public places.

And do buy steering wheel locks can discourage theft.

The alarm are situated on the key itself, which is a touch. You feel like the is one of those more expensive with key-integrated alarm

Another note about key#8211;the Vios features buzzer for various scenarios:

key is inserted, the engine is off, and the side door is open

The car is at greater than 25 Kph and the driver#8217;s seatbelt is not engaged.

Also, the side door will not from the outside without the This would help who are forgetful about their by minimizing the possibility of your the keys inside the car or in the ignition. A few safety features include the lamp staying on a few seconds doors have closed.

So you turn on the ignition or lock the car TVSS, the light will be on.

The car will also not start the clutch fully depressed. will help avoid in which you start the car in gear, could be dangerous. One problem though#8211;if you forget you#8217;re in you might suddenly release the after starting, thus the car forward (or backward).

It happened to me


The E variant comes a 1300 cc VVT-i engine, provides just 85 horses the hood. This is hardly material, but if you consider the power-to-weight you would be amazed at what the car can do. The 1.3 Vios has been known to 190 Kph at clear NLEX, SCTEX and stretches.

I haven#8217;t personally this, but I can say I can personally attest to the seconds zero to 100 acceleration.

The E variant does have a short 1st and 2nd gears, though, to the 1.5 G variant. This would aid in steep inclines while heavy loads. This can get you stop-go acceleration, but might not be as for those who want quick offs when the stoplight green.

The new Vios is also with a Drive-by-Wire (DBW) so those used to cable-type will need getting to this system. Whenever you on the gas, you don#8217;t actually a lever on the engine. Wires a signal to the computer box (ECU), then adjusts the throttle on the electronically. This is a boon, in of fuel consumption (and the ECU adapts to your driving but some users might that dreaded acceleration lag .


The car#8217;s small makes it easy to drive in streets. It#8217;s unbelievably to park, too, with a turning radius (4.9 m). The power steering (EPS) makes turning very but with adequate feedback.

is great when parking in spots. But when you#8217;re at 120 Kph, the EPS loses its feather-lightedness, for safety.

Driver seating is also good enough for me, but taller (I#8217;m 5#8217;3#8243;) have issues, especially legroom. The cab-forward design shorter legroom at the front. So used to longer cars find issue with Also, the steering wheel is only, and not telescoping (unlike the new Corolla Altis and even the new City), which limits a bit, if you#8217;re particular driving position.

I like my wheel at the lowest position the Vios. My only complaint is the rear visibiltiy, owing to the trunk.

As with the 1st generation, the instrument panel is situated to the This will take used to. But the advantage here is positioning the instrument cluster at level reduces the need for eye movement.

Therefore, you can focus on the Yes, it will require eye movement, but at least your of vision is still mostly on the

The E variant doesn#8217;t have the gauges, which mostly means your tachometer and are brighter. Still, with the E with the J variant), you can adjust the of the instrument panel at night, your headlamps or parking are turned on. The instrument cluster includes a digital fuel which is right beside the

This is excellent for hypermilers out looks like a cellphone meter. Each bar is equivalent to 5 liters of gasoline. The Vios E have a real-time fuel meter, though, like on the City.

Probably the best Vios is its fuel consumption. Reviews at Club Philippines peg it at about Km/L city driving and up to Km/L highway. Now when it to 1.3 vs.

1.5 L, it#8217;s a mixed bag. If mostly driving alone or just one passenger, then you get the combination of power and fuel with the 1.3 L. But when you#8217;re fully loaded, you might to consider the more powerful G

Also, all new Vios owners probably be appalled at the puny-sounding It#8217;s more like rather than #8220;beep Heck, my old car has a stronger horn the Vios. I read that new have puny horns brands and dealers are trying to to reducing noise pollution.

not as spirited as other sportier out there, but I can say the Vios is a fun ride#8211;especially the high power-to-weight ratio!


The Toyota Vios 1.3 E is a practical as a daily commuter. It#8217;s enough for a bachelor, bachelorette, or a family just starting out in Sure, it#8217;s not as high and sophisticated as higher-end vehicles out but you get a solid, reliable car from a reliable brand.

It#8217;s a great vehicle for the green-minded because of its fuel efficiency.

at PhP 664,000, you won#8217;t go wrong the Vios. Toyota Philippines has an ongoing low-downpayment and easy promo (up to September 30th) for the (and Innova). You can get the Vios E for 15% or 10% downpayment#8211;that#8217;s about PhP 80k++ payment, and at PhP 13k++ monthly for the five-year plan.

Most would even give you discounts, free registration insurance, and free chattel for lease-to-own plans (which to about PhP 30k).

If you#8217;re for a great deal, I would Toyota Makati. Look for Ms. Generoso at +632 897-3333. to Toyota Makati for this Blue Vios 1.3E.

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