Toyota Etios Liva • Price, Variants & Specifications
India is one of the largest auto industries in the world and the hatchback is one such segment that has seen tremendous growth in recent years in India.
The premium hatchback segment is also evolving and witnessing increasing activity, offering a plethora of options to the customers. The feature-rich and performance oriented premium hatchbacks are fastly becoming the preferred choice for
first-time car buyers as they choose a premium hatchback instead of buying an entry level hatchback.
Toyota has jumped into the fray with a new premium hatchback 'Liva' to compete against the segment leader, Maruti Swift. Etios Liva, launched in the year 2011, has gone a long way to get the sales moving. Toyota has even benefited from the loyal
list of buyers who swear by the sedan or the hatch with the Toyota's assurance of peace of mind reliability.
Exterior - Main features
Etios Liva, a B-segment hatchback, is one of the most conventional looking hatchbacks in the segment. The front face of the car highlights two strong creases on the bonnet. The front grille has three sections with the Toyota logo neatly placed in the middle section of the front grille. The stubby front nose looks far better in the Liva edition than the Etios sedan. The round fog lamps housed in the bumper is well complimented by a pair of angular headlamps.
There is a thin line that flows from the headlights all the way to the taillamps in the rear that defines the side profile of the car and makes for an interesting central point. ORVMS with blinkers and wheel arches also makes up the side profile.
Etios Liva sports 14-inch steel wheel in the base and mid variants while the top end models come with 15-inch alloy wheels.
The rear gets a uniquely designed taillight that enhances the look of the car.
Toyota also tried the new edition, Platinum Edition or the dual tone variant that was launched in Feb 2017 with the roof and the A, B, C pillars painted in black. The window line and the electrically folding outside mirrors and the front grille also painted in company's glossy black makes the car look rather upmarket.
Overall, Liva is quite a stunner but still lacks the elegant appeal of Swift.
Maruti Swift also houses much bigger headlamps, stylish LED DRLs around fog lamps, and 20mm taller than the Etios Liva.
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Interior - Cabin Features
The Toyota Etios now features a very stylish and modern cabin, the roomiest in its segment. The cabin is airy and the dual-tone interiors make the cabin look plush and upmarket. The dashboard is nicely placed with the air-vents and instrument cluster unconventionally placed in the centre. The plastics used are of high quality and features wooden inserts for that chic look.
The seats got nice cushioning and the rear can easily seat three people. The biggest disappointment is that the top end variant comes with fabric seats.
The infotainment system features CD player, Bluetooth, USB and AUX-IN connectivity without the touchscreen mode. Steering is flat bottom and is well responsive.
The car has smartly used the cabin space providing almost 7 bottle holders and there is a coolant glove box offered in the top-end variant to keep the drinks cool when traveling long distances. Liva also offers generous boot space of 251 liters compared to 204 liters in the Swift hatchback.
The Swift, however, come loaded with a lot of goodies like push start/stop button, LCD display, six speakers to name a few. Also, the seats in the Swift hatchback are one of the best in the segment and the all black interiors looks sportier than the Etios Liva.
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The Etios comes with two engine options- a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel. The 4 cylinder 1364cc diesel engine produces a maximum power of 67.06bhp at 3800rpm and a maximum torque of 170 Nm between 1800-2400rpm. The diesel engine uses common rail direct injection technology. While the 1197cc petrol engine delivers a maximum power of 78.9bhp at 5600rpm and yields a maximum torque of 104 Nm at 3100rpm.
The petrol engine is an efficient one mated to a 5 manual gearbox while the diesel engine is a bit noisy but provides enough punch to rev faster and overtake the vehicle in the fast lane.
The Etios Liva petrol delivers a close to 15.1kmpl in the city and 17.71kmpl on highways. while the diesel variant of the car promises to deliver 20.32kmpl in city and 23.59kmpl on highways. Swift gives a better figure with petrol variants delivering 15.6 kmpl in city and 20.4kmpl on highways while Swift diesel delivers 20.9kmpl in the city and around 25.2kmpl on highways.
Ride and Handling
Etios offers a good ride in low-speed comfort and the softly sprung nature of Etios really shines here. Liva handles well in all conditions and absorbs potholes with a muffled thump and isolates most of the impact from the occupants. But Etios Liva gets slightly unstable on continuous bad roads.
Toyota Etios Liva is equipped with ventilated disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes at rear wheels. All the variants of the Etios Liva come with SRS airbags for the driver and the co-passenger, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), ISOFIX child seat restraints and engine immobilizer.
Swift offers driver airbags as standard but passenger airbags is offered only in the higher variant. Also, ABS with EBD is offered as optional in the lower end variants and becomes available in the top end variant.
Etios is a reliable, roomy and a no- nonsense family hatch and perhaps the only hatch in its segment to offer safety features like dual airbags, ABS as standard. The biggest advantage of Liva is the comfort in the low-speed ride quality and the plusher spacious cabin. The performance of the engines, however, lags behind the Swift's powerful engine, dynamics, and overall driving experience. But, Liva definitely makes a good option if a reliable, spacious family hatch and a good after-sales service is in your list.