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Power Horse that fits Middle Class Purse

By Vedanarayanan Sethuraman on 30 July 2011

Model: Toyota Etios - G SP
Booked on : 15 April 2011
Delivery taken on: 14th July 2011
Pros : Power packed engine married to butter smooth gearbox
Cons: No rear wipers, No remote with spare key
Look and Style:
Just average with Toyota Smiling Grille only added attraction
1)Ample rear leg space even after reclining the front seat fully.
2)595 litres of boot space - Highest in sedan category
3)13 litres cooled glove box
4)170 mm ground clearance. Second highest to Maruthi and Clears all pot holes and we don't feel the pinch inside.
Pick up :
1)0 -120 KM/Hr in 12 sec. and fast deceleration too. Hence best car for both city and highway ride without need for much gear shift.
Lowest Kerb weight of 930 Kg and highest power with 1499 CC engine. Definitely better fuel economy. Getting 12.5 in city ride before first service.
Best features:
1)1500 CC power packed engine. No other manufacturer offers so much power at this cost .As the power is so much will the vehicle bear at such low 930 Kg weight? Test drive cleared my doubt. No vibration even at 120 KMPH and you can feel steering steady.
2)Peak torque is 132 NM. Out of this 110 NM(almost 83 %) we get at 2500/ 3000 RPM which will be the normal road speed. So much power for normal driving.
3)Gear shift and throw. Perfect match with the engine and you don't feel the strain
4)Low Kerb weight? - Is safety compromised by reducing sheet metal thickness? No. Toyota has taken care of it by impact absorbing body structure and crash test .
5)4.9m turning radius. Lowest, providing good maneuverability.
6)Good road visibility for safe driving.
7)Above all from G to G -SP,you get ABS with EBD, Airbags and safety belt warning for approximately at an additional cost of Rs.50,000. All other manufacturer's charge Rs.1 lakh more for these add on.
Needs to improve:
1)No rear wiper. Finding difficult during driving in rain. Toyota should address this in safety angle.
2)Single front wiper. Adverse comments by everybody. Though it is a drawback I don't find it so bad since it wipes fully and gives the driver full vision.
3)Reverse indicator on right side only. Looks bad. Is it cost cutting? Public feel other side bulb fused.
4)Driver's seat - No height adjustment.
5)ORVM - Manual adjustment - Slightly feeling uncomfortable while adjusting.
6)J variant - No power steering. Hope there won't be any takers these days for manual steering and better stop this model.
7)Rear seat comfort lacking without armrest.
8)Spare key has no remote. Very bad.
Overall experience:
If you give least priority for aesthetics, moderate priority for comfort, high priority to performance and safety and runs less than 10000KM/year worth going for this. Recommend strongly for family but not for car freaks who changes cars for comfort and fancy.
As on date no comparable car with so much of power, fuel efficiency and safety features at this cost. You can buy closing your eyes betting on Toyota's reputation

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