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Road Test - Toyota Vios 1.5 G (A)
14 Jun 2013  |  Toyota Reviews
The ever popular Toyota Vios is back in its third generation to contest in the highly competitive compact sedan segment. Read More
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Comparison Tests:
Toyota Vios 1.5 G (A) vs Nissan Almera 1.5 Premium (A) vs Honda City 1.5 (A)
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   Consumer Reviews of Toyota Vios
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OVERALL RATING
 
3 Reviewers
3.5 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
4/5
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Handling
3.5/5 Features
3/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
3.5/5
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Value for money
3/5 Engine Performance
3/5
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3 out of 3 (100%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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Easy to drive and easy to maintain
Premium UserJamesc 
 |  NOS-ed |
 27 Aug 2014
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
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Comfort 3/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 3/5 Features 3/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 3/5

Review
Practical A to B car with good looks in the budget class.

Easy to drive and park and routine maintenance parts are easy to find.

Body kits available for those that want to dress up their cars.

Reliability is good and pick up and economy are very good.

What I like
A lot of body kits are available.

Easy to drive and economy give and pick up are good.

What I do not like
Plasticky interior as expected in its class.

Overall Rating  
Perfect All Rounder
 |  Neutral Newbie |
 02 Dec 2013
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 3/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 3/5

Review
I had a 2003 Toyota Vios and a 2013 Toyota Vios. Toyota Vios is well known for it's reliability. So far I had no problem with my 2013 Toyota Vios except that you need to exert a little bit more force to close the door, which is one of the let down when the doors of other cars can be closed easily with a simple push.

Comfort wise, it is much better than other B-segment that I had tested, and the legroom is far more superior than it's competitor but if there are 3 passengers at the rear seats, they will feel uncomfortable. The glovebox is useful to rest your arm on long journey and to store your GPS in it. Handling is acceptable and steering is responsive but it is a bit light on high speed.

The exterior design looks more aggressive compared to previous models but I don't like the placing of the antenna on top of the roof. They should had made printed antenna on the rear window like 2008 Toyota Vios. Interior is disappointing with hard plastics on dashboard and door panel. However Toyota managed to give the consumer visual appearance of faux leather stitches. Meter position is now situated behind the steering but sometimes it will be glaring on bright days. I would prefer black interior instead of beige as it is more sporty and easier to maintain.

The feature in Toyota Vios is far behind compared to its competitors. Most of the competitors now come with more advanced features such as cruise control, electronic stability control and 6 airbags etc. However I don't really mind because I only take my Vios out for short distance. Although the VVT-i engine is 10 years old technology but the engine performance is quite good. However, the fuel consumption is slightly higher than my 2003 Toyota Vios and 2010 Toyota Corolla Altis which I found to be surprising.

The price you pay may be a little bit higher compared to its competitors but the reliability that you will get justifies everything. My Vios is flawless and low maintenance. The reliability, looks and performance make it a perfect all rounder for this category.

What I like
-Comfort
-Reliability
-Low Maintenance

What I do not like
-Average fuel consumption

Overall Rating  
Toyota has set the benchmark for what is an entry level sedan!
 |  6th Gear |
 24 May 2013
Would you recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 3/5

Review
Managed to be an early riser and went down to their showroom early morning. Didn't have to wait for testdrive. It was a non fussy experience. The exterior of this 4th Gen Vios is staggering. From the chrome strip on the front grille to the other strip across the boot door, great curve details on the side door, Toyota designers have done a great deal in increasing the road presence for the 4th Gen Vios!

You do get interior upper dash and doors stitched albeit PVC effect as found on the latest XV50 Camry. This is quite something for an entry level sedan. The rear seat legroom has improved leaps and bounds and is capable of taking 4, full sized 1.8m adults with ease! The interior build quality can put the Hyundai Elantra to shame (I'm currently driving one), despite it having a "Made-In-Thailand" badge.

The test drive showed a composed chassis, kudos to the engineers. Going over the 'irregularly paved' roads along Alexandra Rd, the Vios wasn't unsettled or 'figedty'. It just glides over bumps without a fuss, which is a plus for those looking for comfort. The engine is decently quiet under gentle throttle driving conditions.

2 models are available;
E-Grade (Basic spec)

G-Grade (Higher spec@$4k extra)
- Buttons on steering wheel
- Rear 60:40 split fold seats
- Rear seat centre armrest
- Front ventilated 15" disc brakes, Rear 14" disc brakes (VS drum on the E-grade)
- Chrome details on the front grille
- Projector headlamp
- Acoustically treated glass
- Touch screen radio
- Leather steering+gear knob
- Climate control air-condition controls

What I like
- Exterior styling
- Interior styling
- Only $4k differentiates the E-grade (basic) and G-grade (higher spec) model.
- Smooth and refined engine (as long as you don't floor the accelerator)
- Smooth suspension that glides over rough roads
- Settled chassis; Doesn't flop about when going over uneven roads
- Camry refined characteristics now available on the Vios entry level car

What I do not like
- Engine when revved
- E-grade model still gets rear drum brakes... I mean really...???
- High COE prices
- New Altis coming end of the year with 7CVT

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Toyota Vios
3.5 stars - based on 3 reviews