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Toyota Etios Hatchback 1.5 XLS Reviews

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Published at Tuesday, October 25th 2016, 03:54:15 AM by Leonard J. Martinez. Toyota.

We were able to get on the Toyota Etios one of the latest releases we will have in 2014. We drove to the only version that is sold in our market Hatchback 1.5 liter 16-valve 90 horsepower. Brief contact with the smaller brand then.

The Toyota Etios is a low-cost segment B product developed in India which began production in Mercosur in 2012 in the Brazilian plant Sorocaba Sao Paulo in two body styles four and five doors.

Our country came almost surprised that this last September with one version called XLS solely impeller Toyota exported outside Brazil 1.5 16v 90 hp. In Uruguay it is marketed at a price of U $ S 22900 (price release then go up to U $ S 23900) with a warranty of 3 years or 100000 km which can be extended to 4 years or 120000 miles.


If we look on the outside the Etios is not exactly the most attractive segment car indeed could say that with products like the Chevrolet Onix or Fiat Palio Toyota is in the antipodes them and is on a much more rational and conservative style.

The Etios is said himself to be a low-cost product designed for emerging markets and this can be seen in materials such as savings instead of two wipers on has a generous well or in the trunk rather than be two buffers holding no one. Same with rope lifting tray trunk.

The interpretation of a B segment hatchback accounted for Japanese make a simple style and without fanfare to the point of monotony. It is not bad not confused. They are recipes reach other audiences who prioritize other virtues by about design. And that Toyota has always worked for him ie the most rational target clientele of each segment in which it participates.

The trunk of the Toyota Etios presented in this XLS version chrome applique on top of the grill simple optical and somewhat small and an air inlet and front fog lights on the sides. The side looks very simple almost nerveless marked. Door handles and mirrors with gyro light body color and a line of very low waist complete the picture.

Tires 15 "are alloy and the top version will Bridgestone Turanza tires mounted on 185/60 R15 measure. The rear of the Etios maintains a simple style with vertical lenses a small window a generous spoiler other chrome apply to balance the front and a handy little button to open the trunk electric.

The Toyota Etios Hatchback measures 3780 mm long 1690 mm wide and 1510 mm high. The wheelbase has 2460 millimeters. It is the smallest segment B alongside the Nissan March Hyundai Grand i10 and Mitsubishi Mirage .


While I am not a big critic of the exterior styling of-nor Etios me crazy vamos- if we look inside I can no longer sustain that argument either. While we found a cabin in a fairly acceptable for Mercosur with hard plastic but with an aspect of being durable over the years quality style is rather strange. Not ugly not cute just strange. As if they had craneado several designers from different continents and eras.

The drive position is correct if somewhat limited with regard to regulations. The seat can accommodate the length and height while the steering wheel does recorrido--little one up or down not in scope. Anyway you can handle relatively comfortably whereas some rivals do not allow height adjustment. In turn the visibility is emphasized to the front and sides. The seats are soft pretty flat and do not have much lateral support.

The outputs of air conditioning are very generous in size and invade the center console vertically while the team works well cooling instantly. Above the controls air is the audio that has AM / FM / CD / MP3 / Aux-In / USB / Bluetooth radio with four speakers plus commands to the steering wheel which borrows the new Corolla and is lined in leather.

Just now I speak of the most contentious point inside the Toyota Etios and that is what I personally never closed the cabin: the center dash. Ment closes me but under an explanation of costs and thinking as the development department of a brand.

We are facing a solution for an affordable car so in other markets can place the wheel either on one side or another without spending much money but in practice it is very uncomfortable to watch and prone to reflections from the light of day. The onboard computer and the fuel gauge go into such a small display which only could be with magnifier Inspector Clouseau. In turn lacks water temperature gauge using only a warning light.

The great charm of Etios comes not by the aesthetic as I said. Your best kept secret is the light in the car as well as its amplitude. This Toyota is designed for those seeking a small car without sacrificing that is broad and habitable. And that meets wonders. Personally it reminded me of the "small on the outside big on the inside" of one of its rivals the Nissan March recipe.

In the rear seats there is room for three adults both lengthwise and widthwise and high where only going to touch the heads of those who exceed 1.80 m long. In relation to security for these seats two head restraints and inertial belts being on the debit the three-point belt and head restraint for those traveling in the center. Nor has anchors for child seats but should have them.

That generous and ample space for those traveling back has a cost and is reflected in the trunk. 270 liters is everything the Etios will give your business which require more capacity will be forced to rebut the backseat in one piece and not 60:40 which corresponds to a product of 23 to 24 thousand dollars . The aid is under a carpet and thanks Toyota is the same size and brand that owners.


Mechanically the Toyota Etios uses a driver called 2NR-FE. It has 1496 cc engine four-cylinder double overhead camshaft at the head 16 valves multipoint fuel injection and distribution chain ie it is maintenance free in this sense.

It produces 90 horsepower at 5600 rpm and a maximum torque of 132 Nm at 3000 rpm. The performance of final velocity acceleration 0-100 km / h or consumption were not declared by the brand and we in the short time we could handle it nor could record figures of any kind.

For reference Toyota Brazil declares 8.06 liters per 100 kilometers in city driving and 7.46 l / 100 km route although we face figures obtained with the 1.5 engine but with configuration to run on either gasoline or ethanol. The fuel tank 45 liters load and Kerb weight is 945 kg.

It is a flexible and elastic propellant in its reply floor ideal for driving in everyday traffic pretty quiet in idle and a little freshly rumoroso above 4500 rpm. En route travels at 3000 rpm at 110 km / h in fifth following a short box related changes and that just gives you that agility in town that feature before.

It is the first engine of the modern era of Toyota lacking variable valve timing (VVT-i) but otherwise presents some curious mechanical solutions such as exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head to reduce emissions pollutant gases and fuel consumption.

Another thing that stands out in the Toyota Etios is its low maintenance cost and that is reflected in that for example the distribution system is chain with hydraulic tensioners which avoids periodic replacement as does happen with straps distribution.

dynamic behavior

As with almost all Toyota's Etios is a product aimed at customers seeking practicality and rationality of use. "Quítame a multimedia center and give me a mechanical suspension to last for years" could mean the classic consumer brand in a free adaptation of the classic phrase "colinchapmanesca" on the weight and power.

In urban walk the Etios is defended with a progressive and responsive engine thanks to a box with a very soft step changes in your touch being precise and being quite arrimados each other resulting in a transmission that takes out all the juice possible 90 horsepower 1.5.

The direction is another great success of Toyota. While it has an electrical system with a somewhat artificial and geared down excessively low speed touch the maneuverability of the Toyota Etios is to take your hat.

By having good attendance and have wheels at the ends of the body almost without overhangs parking is easy and to make turns in "U" or changes fronts greatly facilitates these tasks. The turning radius of 4.9 meters along with the length of 3.77 m are a winning formula for small spaces.

The suspension system prioritizes skateboarding city being noble and gentle to the wells and humps. The chassis goes hand in hand with an energetic drive and the result is a vehicle while it is not fun to drive it's the most comfortable of its class for urban transit.

It moves like a fish in water and light enough notice product of its low weight in running order below 1000 kg. At 1.5 it can be used below the 2500 laps without the motor running out strength and torque although it is not generous just allows us to bend with the third connected.

If we have to face higher speed curves as in route for example the softness of the suspensions take their toll and the body leans pretty supporting the front end but without being an unstable product because it presents fairly predictable reactions and frank.


The Toyota Etios comes in one equipment version called XLS with the following items as standard: leather steering wheel adjustable in height with audio commands air conditioning adjustable driver seat height EPS electro-assisted steering front electric windows and rear onboard computer light mirrors electrically adjustable rotation remote controlled central locking alarm front fog lights folding rear seat AM / FM / CD / MP3 / Aux-In / USB / Bluetooth with four speakers with steering wheel audio controls rear spoiler alloy wheels and 15-inch pneumatic tires 185/60 R15.

Whereas the product is touching the $ 24000 and that this level XLS is the top model in our region has missing equipment and clear and the market value of the Etios little understandable such as the backseat 60:40 commands telephone at the wheel "one-touch" system in all levantavidrios (has to lose only the driver) the steering column with sliding a modern audio system with a multimedia center for example.


However the weak point of the Etios in relation to its price is the security it offers. Beyond the fact of having achieved four stars for adult protection in Latin NCAP tests and that is something that its rivals would be envying with all your soul. However with regard to the protection of children only had to settle for two out of five among other things basically for lack of anchors for child seats.

The provision of this Etios XLS includes: dual airbags ABS + EBD Brake Assist BA and four three-point inertia seat belts and four headrests. In this price range although they are not direct competitors market products like Peugeot 208 or Renault Clio IV 1.2 that already have among their safety equipment offer price equal to the Toyota Etios side airbags ISOFIX five belts and head restraints plus traction control and stability all elements that are alien to Toyota.

Price warranty and competitors

As I said at the beginning the Toyota Etios Hatchback 1.5 XLS is available in Uruguay at a price launch of U $ S 22900 which in a few months will become of U $ S 23900. It has an excellent warranty of 3 years or 100000 km which can be extended to 4 years or 120000 miles.

It would be interesting to Toyota expanded the range with more affordable versions that could leave the product closer to their real rivals since the value of this level XLS is approaching models of B + extrazone segment but being a traditional and B Mercosur origin. While the difference with your direct competitors is not large it is above all in price.

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As you know does not lack rivals at Toyota quite the contrary. It's the list: Chevrolet Onix 1.4 LTZ (U $ S 22990) Citroen C3 1.5 Origine Pack Zenith (U $ S 22690) Fiat Palio Attractive Full 1.4 (U $ S 20990) Hyundai Grand i10 1.25 GLS Full (U $ S 20490) Hyundai Grand i10 GLS 1.25 Super Full (U $ S 22490). Nissan March MY2014 1.6 16v Extra Full (U $ S 19990) Mitsubishi Mirage 1.2 GLS Extra Full (U $ S 20990) Renault Sandero 1.6 8v Expression (U $ S 20990) Suzuki Swift 1.2 16v VVT GL (U $ S 20990 ) and Hatch Volkswagen Gol 1.6 Trendline (U $ S 22690).for the other reviews about the newest cars visit here. 

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