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Subcompact twin test: Vios and Toyota Yaris

careful driving, a few choice here and there, you’ll be at how fun these pocket rockets are to

I love small cars. small cars, you can have a lot of fun but without spending too much, and enough laughs and giggles going scary fast.

cars are inherently more thanks to their light You don’t need huge super wide tires kill steering feel) and powerful brakes to have

The Toyota Vios and Yaris are not typical sporty subcompacts, but careful driving, a few choice here and there,  you’ll be at how fun these pocket rockets are to

Technically, the Yaris (also Vitz or Echo in other at different times of introduction) is the nameplate, having been since 1999, while the Vios was introduced in 2003, heavily on Yaris’ underpinnings, and in collaboration with Thai The Asean market was not yet ready for a 5-door hatchback which is the automotive market in Europe, so a sedan was needed, taking of special tax laws common the region favoring a small car.

Both the Yaris and Vios are in second generations, and both variants are powered by the 1NZ-FE twin-cam 16-valve engine Toyota’s VVT-i or variable timing with intelligence, a modest 108 HP for the Yaris and 107 HP for the Vios and Nm of torque. The difference is probably to slight differences in ECU programming and the exhaust path as the Yaris, its hatchback body and slightly exhaust coming straight Thailand, whereas the Vios, its 4-door sedan body and longer exhaust is made in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

the small discrepancy in power, the is identical as both cars a strong low to midrange grunt, off towards redline, using unleaded fuel. Both are capable of handling as much as 10 ethanol in most blended according to insiders at Toyota, but to Toyota has been silent how ethanol-blended fuels can impact vehicle’s performance. Mated to the is either a 5-speed manual or a automatic.

Performance on the highway is brisk at hampered only by the overly transmission gearing, which can in-city cut and thrust-driving a bit tedious. But the pays dividends on the highway, both the Yaris and Vios can achieve a personal recorded of 17km/liter, knocking on the 100km/h limit, +/- a few clicks north of The automatic in particular, seems to its sweet spot cruising at rpm which equates to about 120 providing the best in real-world consumption.

Both cars the same Macpherson-strut front and torsion-bar rear, shod narrow Bridgestone 185/55R15 touring tires. The narrow filled up to 33-35 psi cold improves steering feel through the electronically powered system, which has a tendency to inert when the tires are 30 psi. But with the tires up, you gain just a little confidence to make driving on the better, and more engaging.

More contemporary

Recent have made both more contemporary, with now featuring revised in-car systems, a new D-shaped steering that adjusts for rake, controls for the audio system, new designs, a TRD-specific trim for the and TRD RS bodykit made standard for the Both have dual and ABS-brakes as standard, but the top-model comes with 4-wheel brakes, whereas the Yaris makes do with drum at the back.

Both have the high-feeling driving position and interior. A person my size with a 42-inch waist and chest size, with 11 EE fits comfortably in the back behind the driver of exactly the size, a good test if a car you well.

Unfortunately, this is the similarities end for the Yaris and Vios. The is significantly shorter, by a measure of to 20 inches, making it easier to in tight spaces. I easily fit the laterally in front of the slots in my garage, whereas the Vios was to impossible (but still

The Yaris is also 25 kilograms Doesn’t seem much, but performance-car enthusiast will you that is a world of difference in the front. The Yaris also noticeably sharper to drive, the Vios feels more and refined, thanks in equal to the 90-millimeter-longer wheelbase and the added from the trunk hanging out behind its rear axle gives the sedan better unlike the Yaris’ nose-heavy giving the hatchback the propensity to out on tight, decreasing radius with a downhill gradient on the (Yes, it happened to me 5 times

The Vios claws its way back a 400-liter trunk space to the Yaris’ almost nonexistent Whenever I take my own Yaris, I to drop the rear seats to my golf bag, essentially the Yaris a 2-seater. If both the and Vios had split-folding 60:40 seats, it would make a of difference in terms of practicality and

Drive with a steady and you’ll be rewarded with as as 12 km/liter in the city, and a cool 18 out on the highway, though some owners claim as much as 22 Flat-out, both cars, with automatic transmissions top out at a personally verified 180-185 with the manuals able to closer to 200 kph.

As proof of sportiness, particularly the Yaris, is called Vitz in Japan, a one-make race series the Netz Vitz Cup where tuned Yaris hatchbacks it out on the tracks throughout Japan. A of mine at the Yaris Club Eddie, has lapped the short of the now closed Subic International in the same time as a more Honda SiR with its infamous B16 Testament to good design and dynamics on Toyota’s part for the


So while the Vios and are often overshadowed by the more and premium-feeling Honda Jazz and the terrible twins from are a bargain, particularly the Yaris, retails for only P771,000 for the spec, and the special-model TRD-equipped which goes for P865,000, or the top-model Vios which for P820,000.

Search online and you’ll just as many parts and to make your Vios or more personalized, with suspensions from the likes of BC chassis stiffeners from Racing, speed parts Speedlab in the form of KN intake and Hotpipes exhaust parts, wheel/tire upgrades from and Concept One/Wheel Gallery to its standard 4X100 PCD wheel to rarer and more high-end from tuning houses HKS from Japan and AEM in the United The ultimate bolt-on upgrade for car? A Blitz supercharger which bumps up power to 150 HP, and torque to roughly 25 Nm.

For a car barely a ton, that is a lot, a 50-percent increase in power and increase in torque. I’m saving up now for kit!

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