Toyota Etios Liva Engine & Test Drive

Toyota Etios Liva Overview

It seems like Toyota had already broken the mould with the Etios LIVA even before the hatchback’s launch. How? Well, normal practice for most manufacturers at least in India has been to launch the hatchback first and then stick a boot on to it after a few months. So it did come as a bit of a surprise when the extremely spacious Etios sedan was launched first in India. Toyota opted to hold back the hatchback. It’s here now though and the Toyota Etios Liva promises to not only live up to its suffix but also to the ‘breaking the mould’ theme in many more aspects. While the Etios Liva may not seem overly revolutionary at first glance, over time it will truly prove to be just so. Check for low interest car loans on Toyota Etios Liva at Fincarz.


Toyota Etios Liva Look

Toyota Etios Liva is an insightfully designed and supremely attractive hatchback. It is neither too curvaceous nor too muscular – but strikes just the perfect balance! Its frontage is highlighted by a sleek yet bold grille that has a brilliant chrome finish to it. The front fog lamps and intermittent wiper adds to the appeal. Toyota has kept the bumpers, door handles and the Outside Rear-View Mirrors (ORVMs) of the same colour as the body and this underscores the visual delight that the car generates. The wing mirrors come with built-in turn indicators that pronounce the marriage of style and functionality.

The sleek, fin-patterned rear combination lamps add to the dynamic look of the automobile. The blacked-out B-pillar and the sturdy yet stylish 12-spoke alloys give it a dash of sportiness. Liva comes equipped with a foldable, roof-mounted antenna and the chrome garnish on its boot spices it even more. Dimensionally, Toyota Etios Liva measures 3.78 m in length, 1.7 m in width and is 1.51 m high.

Toyota Etios Liva 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.For Toyota Etios Liva  check iiitdm

Toyota Etios Liva Gearbox

The engine is a reworked version of the 88PS D-4D unit from the Corolla Altis. The variable geometry turbo from the Altis has been swapped for a fixed geometry unit to keep costs to a minimum. Resultant power output is 68PS at 3800rpm while there’s 170Nm of torque. Toyota is particularly proud of the flat torque curve of the engine with max torque available from 1800 to 2400rpm. But what they’re really kicked about is the mileage figure of 23.59. Which happens to be one of the highest in the segment. And more importantly 1kmpl more than the new Swift diesel.

The engine delivers its power in a very linear fashion and there’s neither much lag nor a strong kick from the turbo. The Liva isn’t much of a speed demon but she’s more than happy pottering around at slower speeds. The even spread of power and short travel clutch make the Liva diesel an easy car to drive in city. The engine does however struggle at higher revs and could’ve done with a bit more poke up top. NVH levels are surprisingly high as well and far too much engine noise filters into the cabin for our liking. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

The test route chalked out for us at the launch event was a smooth 13km stretch of winding road. Now 68PS doesn’t sound like much and we weren’t surprised to find the Liva has to be manhandled to things really moving. You have to work the 5 speed manual to extract the most from the engine. That’s when you realize the shift action while short is rather notchy, not as smooth as the petrol. There’s also significant body roll when hustled through the corners. The petrol Liva rolls around as well but the added 60kgs of engine weight hasn’t done any favours to the already soft front end. Ride quality though is still as comfy as the petrol.

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.Ventilated disc brakes at front axle and drum units at rear axle provide force to stop the vehicle. Suspension set up comprises McPherson Strut forks in front and torsion beams at the back.

Toyota Etios Liva 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 Price in Bangalore

Toyota Etios Liva On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 6,46,964 to 8,83,811 for variants Etios Liva G and Etios Liva VXD Dual Tone respectively. Toyota Etios Liva is available in 12 variants and 10 colours. Below are details of Toyota Etios Liva variants price in Bangalore. Check for Etios Liva price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Etios Liva Bottomline

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.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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