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WHO TOLD YOU THAT DIESEL CARS ARE COSTLY TO MAINTAIN

By Harsimran Singh on 30 November 2013

Car's Age: 1-3 years

Summary

Overall Rating 4
Exterior 4
Interior 2
Ride Quality 4
Maintenance 500/ month
Mileage (city) 19 KMPL
Mileage (highway) 23 KMPL

Detailed Toyota Etios Liva Review

What's Good?

IT SEEMS TOYOTA DESIGNED THIS CAR WITH DESIGN PHILOSOPHY "IF FAMILY HAS JUST ONE CAR". TOYOTA ETIOS LIVA IS VALUE FOR MONEY PROPOSITION. TOYOTA ETIOS LIVA HAS EFFICIENT & FRUGAL DIESEL ENGINE. IT RETURNS 23-24 KPL, IF YOU DRIVE SENSIBLY. DURING CITY DRIVING, ENGINE THRUST IS VERY MUCH NOTICEABLE. SINCE, SAME D-4D 1364 CC ENGINE HAS PROVED ITS CAPABILITIES IN TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS, AND WITH PROVEN D-4D TECHNOLOGY IN INNOVA / FORTUNER MODELS, ENGINE RELIABILITY IS NO ISSUE. VEHICLE IS VERY SPACIOUS, REAR SEATS OFFER FULL LEGROOM, EVEN 5TH PASSENGER HAS ENOUGH SHOULDER AND LEG ROOM. SPACIOUS INTERIORS OFFER COMFORTABLE JOURNEY, WHICH FEW CARS IN HIGHER PRICE BRACKET JUST DREAMT OF. HENCE, VEHICLE IS SUITED FOR LONG JOURNEYS AS WELL. APART FROM ABOVE, VEHICLE CAN BOAST OF LOWEST MAINTENANCE COSTS PER KM. ABS BRAKING IN BASE VERSION (GD) INSPIRES CONFIDENCE FOR HIGHWAY DRIVING. DESIGN OF BOOT AND 251 LTRS OF INTERNAL SPACE IS ENOUGH FOR SMALL FAMILY NEEDS, AND EVEN BIG SUITCASES OR STROLLLY BAGS CAN BE ACCOMMODATED EASILY. OVERALL, LIKE OTHER TOYOTA PRODUCTS, ETIOS LIVA DOES ALL THE DUTIES WITH DECENT STANDARDS.

What can improve?

AS GOES THE ADAGE "SCOPE OF IMPROVEMENT IS ALWAYS THERE", TOYOTA CAN WORK ON FEW AREAS VIZ., INTRODUCING HIGHER VERSIONS OF CAR WITH ADVANCED FEATURES NAMELY REAR DEFOGGER / WIPER, ELECTRIC ORVM, BETTER INSTRUMENTATION PANEL WITH RPM METER, DISTANCE TO EMPTY FUEL GAUGE INDICATIONS. TOYOTA SHOULD CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF DEAD PEDAL FOR DRIVER. MECHANICALLY, THERE IS NEED OF MINOR ENGINEERING AS ENGAGING REVERSE GEAR (DIESEL MODELS) MAKE SLIGHT NOISE OCCASIONALLY.

Exteriors (4/5)

4

Interiors (2/5)

2

Ride Quality (4/5)

4

Overall Comments

DESIGN OF CAR RESEMBLES TOYOTA'S SMILE GRILLE DESIGN. CAR HAS GOOD ROAD PRESENCE THANKS TO WIDTH AND LENGTH OF BODY SHELL.

SINCE ETIOS LIVA COMPETES IN PRICE BRACKET OF 6.5 LAKH PLUS CATEGORY, WHICH IS PREMIUM HATCHBACK CATEGORY. HENCE, INSTRUMENTATION PANEL OF VEHICLE NEEDS MORE ATTENTION OF TOYOTA DESIGNERS & ENGINEERS

RIDE QUALITY IS GOOD

TOYOTA HAS DELIVERED A WONDERFUL PRODUCT, WHICH OFFERS RELIABILITY, QUALITY AND DURABILITY. AT INR 2800/- PER SERVICE AT AN INTERVAL OF 10000 KMS, ETIOS LIVA HAS LOWEST RUNNING COSTS.

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