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India Etios Liva Review

The made-for-India Etios Liva marks Toyota’s much-looked forward to foray in to the hotly contested Indian small vehicle segment where cost and cost are very important. The least expensive Toyota yet is going to be facing some very capable rivals and hot retailers such as the Ford Figo, Hyundai i20 and also the reigning king from the segment - the Maruti Quick.

The Liva has already been a familiar face before it hits the street sometime later this month. It appears just like its Etios saloon brother or sister till soon after the B-pillar which means no radical lines and conservative styling. Although the Liva’s design lacks the dynamism of the modern Honda or Hyundai, you will find plenty of nice touches which add a little of flair. The very best-of-the-line VX variant has a face spoiler, side skirts along with a roof spoiler. We loved the upswept crease around the lower area of the doorways and exactly how the waistline increases because it approaches the fashionable wraparound tail-lights. Other interesting particulars range from the slight kink within the small car headlights in the point they satisfy the large smiling grille along with a ‘power’ bulge around the bonnet that is a sporty touch.

There’s without doubt the Liva looks best when seen in the rear three-quarter position in which the wel- defined shoulders and chunky C-support beams add considerable muscle towards the design.

Seen in the side, the Liva looks a great deal much better than the Etios saloon. The huge boot from the saloon is changed with a short rear overhang that provides the Liva a pleasant, well-proportioned silhouette. The big 15-inch wheels around the greater V and VX variants (lower J and G versions get 14-inchers) increase the car’s balanced stance. Roving eyes will even lock onto the ribbed roof which, like around the Etios, is among the Liva’s many rigidity-improving and weight-saving measures.

As with every Toyotas, fit and finished is nice and also the fresh paint quality is fairly good roo. However, you cannot escape the sensation to be inside a vehicle that's very light and created to strict cost targets, the hollow seem from the door-shut causeing this to be biggest. However, having a kerb weight of just 920kg, the Liva may be the least heavy hatch in the class - a positive thing.

Enter into the Liva and you're simply welcomed by midsize vehicle-rivalling usable interior space. Getting out and in is simple, because of the big and wide-opening doorways, and there's genuine space for five grown ups within the cabin. The leading seats, that are just like individuals within the saloon, have decent padding and superb back support. However, they're only mildly contoured so lateral support isn’t everything great. The trunk chair is generous with decent under-leg support along with a near-perfect backrest position however the flat design, the small, fixed headrests and insufficient generous curves cause you to seem like you're located on a bench.

Open the hatch and you receive a decent 251 litres of space. You have the choice to fold lower the trunk bench but there's no split.

The Liva’s dashboard is transported over in the saloon, therefore it will get centrally mounted instruments that are simple to read despite their unconventional positioning. Together with seven bottle and cupholders, there's the cavernous 13-litre glovebox which includes air-conditioning to help keep individuals drinks awesome. The ergonomics within the cabin are great and all things have been well considered. The standard of plastics is identical as with the Etios, meaning it normally won't look or feel happy, aside from the blown finish on top of the dash. The chunky flat-bottomed controls includes a good grip and includes controls for that Compact disc player in VX trim.

Liva’s light kerb weight plays its part within the performance department. Its 920kg kerb weight and 79bhp of energy associate to some energy-to-weight ratio of 85.8bhp per tonne, that is really the very best one of the 1.2-litre hatchback brigade. Performance reaches componen using the competition however the Liva doesn’t feel as quick because the acceleration figures suggest. That’s because Toyota has updated the Liva’s twin-cam, 1197cc engine for gas mileage instead of pep. The hatch is slow from the line and it is only after 2000rpm that progress quickens. The engine will get more vocal at this time but don’t expect fireworks after that either. Energy develops half way decent till 4000rpm after which tapers off once more right into a meek top finish. The reduced-finish grunt is that not impressive either.

Constructed from exactly the same block because the Etios’ 1.5-litre motor, the Liva’s more compact 1.2 engine shares exactly the same 72.5mm bore and therefore the decrease in capacity is accomplished by substantially shortening the stroke (also is 72.5mm). The Liva’s part-throttle fact is very good with small throttle inputs, the hatch feels lively. Contributing to the Liva’s user-friendly appeal would be the smooth-shifting gearbox, light clutch and easy steering. There's some whine in the transmission along with a fair quantity of road noise that filters with the cabin too.

The quality of ride generally is nice and it is around the damaged patch the Liva feels impressive. It really shorelines over potholes though frequency higher the suspension spending so much time, especially in the rear. The Liva is sprung around the firm side, therefore it does get a little jiggly at low speeds with an uneven stretch. However, the stiff suspension and generous ground clearance (170mm) permit you to with confidence tackle speedbreakers or drop two wheels off course.

The Liva is really a city vehicle first and that's why purchasers will truly decide to try its light electric aided steering. As around the Etios brother or sister, you will find more turns lock-to-lock than normal however this doesn’t take enough time becoming accustomed to. It is just when cornering hard that you will wish the steering was faster.

Overall, the street behavior from the Liva, though not exciting, is protected and foreseeable. Save for that base J variant, ABS with EBD can be purchased around the G version and comes standard around the greater V and VX variants.

The Liva is an extremely competent city runabout that provides everything an average small vehicle buyer wants - superb space inside, light controls, good quality of ride and decent equipment levels. But in which the lightweight Liva will definitely shine is within gas mileage which, possibly, is going to be among its greatest talents. The ARAI-examined mileage of 18.3kpl is the greatest at school.

The vehicle is going to be formally released later this month and that we expect the costs to stay in the plethora of Rs 4-5 lakh, which places it in the middle of the little vehicle segment.



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