Toyota Etios Liva
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Customer Rating
: 3/5
Expert Rating
: 8/10
: 3 Yrs / 1,00,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
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5.34 Lakhs-7.45 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Cooled glove box
  • Spacious and roomy
  • Toyota reliability 
  • Available in petrol & diesel 
  • Effortless driving experience 

Weak Areas

  • Avg looks & Styling 
  • Not a Toyota build quality
  • Average performing engines
  • Cost cutting obvious in interiors
  • Central instrument cluster a ?mark 
Toyota Etios Liva

New Toyota Etios Liva Road Test Review

We get behind the wheels of new Etios Liva hatchback to find whether it has the substance to revive the fortunes company. Here’s the detailed road-test review.

New Toyota Etios Liva Road Test Review

Toyota Kirloskar Motors India Limited has been out of the action for some time now in the Hatchback and Sedan category of Indian automobile market however now the company has launched updated versions of both these cars at extremely competitive price.

           Toyota Etios Liva Front Head on


The new 2016 versions of these cars come with updated interiors and cosmetic exterior changes which make these vehicles more desirable than ever before. Especially the Toyota Etios Liva hatchback which has been struggling despite of being very competitive preposition is now ready to Slug it out with the market leaders like Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, and Volkswagen Polo among others. We have been waiting for the arrival of these cars in the market and recently got a chance to get behind the wheels of Etios Liva hatchback. So however journey panned out and weather now Etios Liva has become the car which has makings of the winner? We answer this and much more in this comprehensive road test review featuring all new Etios Liva hatchback.

Design, Style & Interiors

Toyota has made considerable changes both on the outside and inside in order to make cardboard desirable and upmarket. On the outside, there is a new v-shaped grill, a pair of striking headlamps and heavily revised bumper which now also holds housing for the fog lamps. This new style and design provides much needed aggression to the car and is sure to be liked by young and enthusiastic customers who are looking for some more substance and aggression in their medical. In the profile, nothing much has been changed as the card continues to feature same contour and lines as of the outgoing model. However at the back, company has put in enough flavour to once again zing up the emotions and we can safely assume that company has successfully accomplished this task. There are new tail lamps and protruding bumper feels much nicer than before. 


Inside the cabin, new fabric upholstery and use of the beige colour really brighten up the things. There is ample amount of space available and Toyota really access in the roominess aspect. However much to over disliking the company hasn't changed centrally mounted instrument cluster which creates a big wide in front of the driver. In fact we would have liked the schemes had the Toyota put this instrument cluster at its traditional place, i.e. Just in front of driver seat. The overall fit and finish is not up to the mark and Hyundai continues to be on the top if we make up comparison between quality and finishing.


There is new 2-Din audio system which is capable of playing variety of your music format and glove box comes with cooling capability. On the top most variant of the car the company is offering electrical is foldable outside mirror, fully foldable rear bench, and steering mounted controls. Toyota has gone big on the safety as dual standard airbags; Anti-lock braking System with electronic brake force distribution is now standard across the variants.


Engine, Transmission & Driving Dynamics

Under the hot the car continues to be Pa search petrol and diesel Motors and we have whatever hand on 1.2-litre, 4 cylinder double overhead cam powered gasoline engine capable of putting out 80 PS and 104 Nm of Max Power and max torque respectively. There is very slick shifting 5 speed manual transmission which continues to channelize power to the front wheels and the Kapil really very peppy. Although the power and performance figures are not the class leading still low kerb-eight of the car make sure that you will find enough of the power is respective of the gear and rpm. Where is modern electronic fuel injection technology is in place and the card Delivers claimed mileage of 18.16 kmpl. We feel no problem in finding the right gear and the right performance and Toyota is spot on the engine and performance parameters.


Similarly on the account of ride and handling, Etios Liva is a very good proposition. It's really very well and all the bumps as well as rude and relations are absorbed without any unnecessary fuss. Handling of the car is also very strong and although it is not as good as Swift still for most of the Indian consumers it will not be a point to complain about. 

Overall Verdict

Surprisingly Toyota has priced Etios Liva very competitively as its range starts from Rs 5.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). New Etios Liva comes with host of the quality features and company has done a good job by changing the experience of the car too. The design and style now he is contemporary and overall scheme of the interiors should also able to strike a chord with the customer.



Space and room continues to be strengths of this hatchback and we feel overall Toyota has done a good job in making livermore desirable for the prospective buyers. Still there are some loopholes that should have addressed in this facelift. For one, sentence finish is still lags behind the Toyota benchmark levels and some panels are very poorly jointed. Instrument cluster should have been brought back to its original position but sadly that feature hasn't been adopted by the company. Still before the festive season we think it is a great effort by the Toyota and company should see some buyers again coming back to the dealership in order to buy the new Etios Liva at a great price and good reliability that come standard with name of Toyota. 

Style & Substance                      3/5                                      Ride & Handling            3/5

Interiors & Ergonomics:            3/5                                   Safety & Equipment       4/5

Power-Plant &Transmission     3/5                                   Fuel Efficiency               3/5

Value for Money                           3.5/5

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