Etios XLS SedanMonday, February 17, 2014
Toyota’s first echelon in Argentina
The Toyota Etios was especially designed with the needs of Argentine consumers in mind, and the new Etios represents Toyota’s bid to enter the B segment (small cars), which has the greatest volume on the market. I drove the Etios XLS Sedan, which has the highest level of equipment out of the new Toyota’s range. The car surprised me from the get go.
Toyota’s new sedan includes a dynamic exterior design, with defined lines that command a solid finish. The grill’s design is marked by a smiling line that is integrated into the headlights on its extremes, which also highlights the hood’s lines and great frontal aerodynamics. The line that flows from the front toward the rear also defines its unique image: its design is agile and modern.
Furthermore, the XLS version includes chrome details on the grill and the trunk door, giving it a more sophisticated look. This version has 15-inch rims, and its headlights and taillights are noteworthy.
The Etios’ measurements are: 4,265m long, 1.695m wide and 1.51m high, while its distance between axles is of 2.55 meters.
The instrument panel is clearly divided into information and operations areas, which allows for more agile usage. The dashboard facilitates excellent visibility for the driver.
The interior colour, defined by dark tones, exudes an image of superior quality, as well as a sense of comfort and relaxation within the vehicle.
The steering wheel is upholstered in leather and has excellent grip, combining style with functionality. This XLS version also includes satellite audio control. The air conditioning and audio functions are easily accesible. The gear shift lever has feaux leather materials of excellent quality and texture.
The audio system is compatible with CD and MP3, and is equipped with a USB port that allows users to enjoy their favourite music.
The ample space inside the Etios allows five passengers to travel comfortably, while a remote control central locking system provides a further ergonomic touch. There are also four electric windows on the four doors.
The air conditioning system has an air cleaning filter that keeps the interior of the vehicle purified at all times.
There’s room to store almost anything. The front glove compartment has a capacity of 13 litres, and what is placed there stays fresh thanks to an internal air conditioning vent. In addition, seven coasters can be found throughout the cabin.
In this version sedan, the trunk space is among the best in the segment, with a 562-litre capacity.
The Etios has a 16-valve double overhead camshaft head 1.5 litre petrol engine that has been developed by Toyota, with optimized valve timing, and a multipoint injection system that delivers power of 90hp at 560rpm. The engine’s torque is of 132 Nm at 3,000 rpm, and has a top class performance and reduced consumption system. These features are paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and the ETCS-i electronic throttle system, which allows for a smooth and comfortable ride. The Etios has advantages in maintenance, because of its chained distribution system, hydraulic tensioners, and belts that do not require regular (and expensive) replacement.
The car accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 11.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 174 kmph. Its median average fuel consumption rate clocks in at 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres in the city, jumping to almost 11 litres in the city, and down to 7.2 on the highway.
The car responds swiftly without twitching, with a low-revolution performance.
It has a fuel tank capacity of 45 litres, which, combined with an efficient engine, provides excellent range.
All versions of the Etios are equipped with ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) to help ensure stable braking in slippery conditions or in emergency situations, guaranteeing you can maintain control of the vehicle. Front fog lights, provide added safety in low visibility conditions.
Like many cars in its segment, the Etios is made in the Mercosur region, meaning its suspension is sturdy and feels very comfortable. The suspension is designed to survive our rough roads, but its setup prevents awkward inclinations of the body, which is appreciated.
The electric power steering is soft at low speeds, which means a solid urban performance. At speed, it hardens, but not much.
The Toyota Etios is a very comfortable car to ride around town, with soundproofing and tuning that helps you cope with everyday traffic and noise. The car also responds adequately when driving at the speed limit on the highway.
Like all Toyota’s vehicles in Argentina, the Etios has a transferable warranty of 3 years or 100,000 km (whichever comes first) and the support of the Toyota Post-Sale Service (in our opinion the best), which is highly trained and ensures a permanent availability of spare parts.