Toyota Etios Liva Overview

The new generation Dual-Tone Etios Liva is a whole package with the best in class safety features, fuel efficiency, space, stylish looks, quality and performance. It sets a benchmark in safety with standardized dual air bags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) across all grades which is the first in the industry. New ISOFIX child seat locks for all models and all grades has been added to ensure safety of children. We are confident that Indian customers will appreciate the most trendiest hatchback in town. Book a test drive for Etios Liva in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Toyota Etios Liva Design & Style

The press release for the Toyota Etios Liva says that the car’s front was designed to look like a happy face. Now, everyone’s favourite angry birds may or may not have been around when the car was penned, but there’s no denying that the two do look similar. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. It means that the Etios Liva has a certain cuteness to it and despite the fact that it shares the same front end as the Etios sedan, the Liva looks more appealing owing to the rounded hatch at the back. That’s really where the magic of the Liva is. The rear end design is simply a delight to behold. It makes the front end look complete, something that the sedan could never manage. Two corner-mounted tail lights do the trick to give the Etios Liva not only a beautiful aura but also a very sporty stance. The car has a long wheelbase and pretty good ground clearance, but the overall design of the car camouflages both aspects extremely effectively from the outside so as not to appear jarring in any way.

Toyota Etios Liva Cabin & Comfort

On prima facie, the interior of Etios Liva makes two words pop up instantaneously – Space and Comfort! It provides abundant legroom, headroom and shoulder room to the passengers, and the comfortable seats make journeys seem like cakewalk. The bi-tonal premium interiors add volumes of sophistication inside. The dashboard is beautifully textured, the seat fabric is marvellously soothing, and the ash brown colours lend a dashing and swanky look. The tri-spoke steering wheel and the shift knob have silver accents on them, and the door trims have a wood finish that adds a chic touch to the interior of Liva.

The driver’s seat is height-adjustable and so are the headrests. The hatchback comes with power windows and the one on the driver’s side comes with auto-down function. Etios Liva is equipped with front cabin lights, a 12 V power outlet, cooled glove box, day/night inside rear-view mirror, and sun visors for the driver and the co-passenger. In-cabin entertainment is high in Liva, thanks to the refined audio system that comes with a remote and four speakers that boast an incredible sound quality. For easy access to the driver, audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel as well. The AC unit is pretty effective and so is the air filter.The boot has a capacity of 251 L and Liva also has storage spaces in the guise of seven bottle holders, and front and rear door pockets. For added convenience, the fuel lid and the tail gate are remote-operative.

Toyota Etios Liva Engine & Gearbox

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 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.

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 Dynamics

The Etios LIVA is pretty long, with a 2460mm wheelbase, Apart from liberating more room on the inside, this also makes the car more stable. The car sports a MacPherson strut set-up on the front and a torsion beam at the back that soaks in almost everything that Indian roads can throw at it. The Liva is certainly capable of handling more power from the engine when it comes to handling as well. Uphill drives prove this point but the Liva does delight on tight downhill runs, though not as much as some of its other more focused handling competitors. But the best part is that Toyota has not compromised when on the safety aspect. So all the four variants of the Liva feature ventilated discs up front and drums at the back, ensuring crisp and sure braking. The 170mm ground clearance spares the underbody any hits and scrapes on the tallest of ill-constructed speed-breakers. While the lower two variants, the J and the G, sport 14” tyres, the top spec V and VX features 15” ones which not only make them look good, but also greatly enhance the handling as well as ride comfort

Toyota Etios Liva Braking & Safety

Provisions on the new Liva for the safety of occupants include dual SRS airbags and ABS with EBD standard across variants. It also gets immobilizer, keyless entry, adjustable front headrest, child restraint system ISOFIX, fog lamps in front and reverse sensors. Redesigned grille, body coloured bumpers in front and rear and rear wiper washer are equipped outside. Dual tone interior gets a bunch of features such as 3D textured fabric seats, silver accent on steering wheel, day/night inside rear view mirror etc.

Toyota Etios Liva Cost in Chennai

Toyota Etios Liva Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,61,157/- (Etios Liva G) to 7,55,550/- (Etios Liva VXD Dual Tone). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Liva from Toyota Dealers in Chennai. Check for Etios Liva price in Chennai at carzprice

Toyota Etios Liva Conclusion

Derived from its sedan sibling and bearing conspicuous similarities to it, Etios Liva is a hatchback that packs performance and comfort without breaking your back! It is reasonably priced between 4.54 L and 7.12 L, and comes in seven colours to choose from – Classic Grey, White, Symphony Silver, Harmony Beige, Celestial Black, Vermilion Red and Ultramarine Blue. Toyota, after a delayed time frame, entered the budget car segment in 2010, and took a major risk to compete with the hatchback segment heavyweights like Maruti and Hyundai but the automaker was able to produce the cheapest Toyota model in the world in the form Toyota Etios Liva. After a few hiccups initially, the revised model helped Liva to achieve some success. After the launch of 2013 model, Toyota targets a 10% share in the segment by the end of 2015. Toyota changed and adapted the suspension system as per the requirements of the Indian roads. There is a whole plethora of mechanical changes that went along with the aesthetic improvements. These amendments, such as a thicker insulation, hydraulic engine mounts for reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) level, an updated exhaust system, slightly-increased ground clearance, strong bumper retainers, and an enhanced suspension make for a substantial change. The slight facelift in the new model is noticeable but the company still needs to work on the interior quality for the car to compete in this segment.

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