Toyota Etios Liva Diesel Model Review in Detail

The Toyota Etios Liva has been launched in the Indian market a few years ago and got good result. The interior is comes with all the latest features. The exterior is also very attractive. This premium hatchback competing with Honda Brio, Ford Figo, Maruti Swift and Nissan Micra. It comes in both petrol and diesel variants. Toyota offering warranty of 3 years or 100000 kilometers with it which can extended at some additional amount. You can also see Toyota Etios Cross Diesel Model Review in Detail. In this post we are going to share our experience with you about Toyota Etios Liva Diesel Model Review in Detail.


Toyota Etios Liva HD Photo of Interior

Toyota Etios Liva HD Photo of Interior

The interior is spacious, providing comfortable seating space for five passengers. The dashboard is distinguished by an updated instrument cluster including a multi info large LCD screen. Chrome has been used liberally to highlight the steering wheel, gear shaft and the air vent surround. This sedan also has safety features like engine immobilizer, an inside rear view mirror and headlight-on notification. The top end variants have been bestowed with features like a rear defogger, tachometer and an advanced 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. While the entry level variants have features like an air conditioning system, power windows and several storage spaces. Changes in the interior are also quite marked. The two tone refined fabric upholstery is the most important facelift imparted to the interior of this car.

In addition to this, the company is offering anti lock braking system including electronic brake force distribution. Performance is at par with the competition but the Liva doesn’t feel as quick as the acceleration figures suggest. There are several storage options, power windows and air conditioning with climate control in all the variants. Additional features in the top end variants include rear defogger, tachometer and 2DIN audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. Safety features include multiple air bags, seat belts; engine immobilizer, inside rear view mirror etc and anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution in the top models.

In addition to this, its air vents surround, steering wheel and the gearshift lever gets chrome inserts, which adds to the elegance. The Liva’s dashboard is carried over from the saloon, so it gets centrally mounted instruments that are easy to read despite their unconventional placement. Along with seven bottle and cupholders, there is the cavernous 13-litre glovebox that also comes with air-conditioning to keep those drinks cool. The ergonomics inside the cabin are good and everything has been well thought out. The quality of plastics is the same as in the Etios, which means they don’t look or feel great, except for the brushed finish on the top of the dash. The chunky flat-bottomed steering wheel has a good grip and comes with controls for the CD player in VX trim. The changes inside, refreshed Etios Liva sports a new premium fabric upholstery; updated instrumentation cluster with a larger multi-info LCD display; seatbelts, door ajar and headlamp buzzer.


Toyota Etios Liva HD Image

Toyota Etios Liva HD Image

A compact appearance arises from the black B pillars and stylishly designed chrome tailgate. The twelve spoke alloy wheels add the final touch of style. Liva comes with a new body colored grille, electrically adjustable ORVMs, chrome inserts on door handles. It looks identical to its Etios saloon sibling till just after the B-pillar and this means no radical lines and conservative styling. Though the Liva’s design lacks the dynamism of a modern Honda or Hyundai, there are lots of nice touches which add a bit of flair. Most of the changes in the new version of the Etios Liva can be seen in the exterior and the interior of the car, creating a completely new look. The radiator grille has been newly designed and chrome inserts have been incorporated here. The body colored grille lends a touch of class which is heightened by the chrome inserts at the door handles.

The headlight clusters, fog lamps and bumper remains the same while the electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors are a new innovation. The top-of-the-line VX variant comes with a chin spoiler, side skirts and a roof spoiler. We liked the up-swept crease on the lower portion of the doors and the way the waistline broadens as it approaches the stylish wraparound tail-lights. Other interesting details include the slight kink in the small headlights at the point they meet the large smiling grille and a ‘power’ bulge on the bonnet which is a sporty touch. Viewed from the side, the Liva looks a whole lot better than the Etios saloon. The massive boot of the saloon is replaced by a short rear overhang that gives the Liva a nice, well-proportioned silhouette.

The large 15-inch wheels on the higher V and VX variants (lower J and G versions get 14-inchers) add to the car’s balanced stance.Roving eyes will also lock on to the ribbed roof which, like on the Etios, is one of the Liva’s many rigidity-enhancing and weight-saving measures. Its exteriors gets a newly designed radiator grille with chrome treatment. This hatchback has an attractive body structure featuring several styling features like 12-spoke alloy wheels, black B pillars and an expressive tailgate with chrome garnish. Although, it looks compact from outside, it has ample seating space for at least five passengers. This hatchback also gets a few updates in the form of refined fabric upholstery.


Toyota Etios Liva Picture of Power Steering

Toyota Etios Liva Picture of Power Steering

The ride quality in general is good and it’s on the broken patch that the Liva feels impressive. It simply coasts over potholes though you can hear the suspension working hard,especially at the rear. The one thing that the Liva has over any apparent competition is the way it deals with bad roads. It features Macpherson struts and a torsion beam at front and rear axles respectively and the overall suspension setup is very well suited to Indian roads. The Liva is sprung on the firm side, so it does get a bit jiggly at low speeds on an uneven stretch. However, the stiff suspension and generous ground clearance (170mm) allow you to confidently tackle speed-breakers or drop two wheels off the road.

The Liva is a city car first which is why buyers will really take to its light electrically assisted steering. As on the Etios sibling, there are more turns lock-to-lock than usual but this doesn’t take much time getting used to. It is only when cornering hard that you really wish the steering was faster. Like its predecessor, the facelifted Liva continues to ride impressively over rough surfaces. The softly sprung suspension irons out even the harshest of jolts without much effort. What comes as a surprise though is how well the Etios handles despite the damping biased towards the softer side.


Toyota Etios Liva HD Pic of Engine

Toyota Etios Liva HD Pic of Engine

The engine in the uplifted version of the Toyota Etios Liva remains unchanged. The diesel version is powered by a 1.4 engine that churns out a power of 68 PS and delivers a peak torque of 170 Nm. The petrol version is powered by a 1.2 petrol engine that delivers a power of 80 PS and a peak torque of 104 Nm. Both the engines are mated to a five speed manual transmission. Built from the same block as the Etios’ 1.5-litre motor, the Liva’s smaller 1.2 engine shares the same 72.5mm bore and hence the reduction in capacity is achieved by considerably shortening the stroke (which is also 72.5mm). The Liva’s part-throttle response is pretty good and with small throttle inputs, the hatch feels lively.

Adding to the Liva’s user-friendly appeal are the smooth-shifting gearbox, light clutch and effortless steering. There is some whine from the transmission and a fair amount of road noise that filters through the cabin as well. On the other hand, it retains the same petrol and diesel engines, which are mated with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. Mechanically, facelifted Etios Liva is unchanged; under the hood is a 1.4 liter diesel and 1.2 liter diesel. The 1.4 liter D-4D oil burner chucks out 67.1bhp and 170Nm of torque mated to a five speed unit. The 1.2 liter petrol in Liva belts out 78.9bhp and 104Nm of torque mated to a five-speed unit.

Efficiency & Mileage Review

Toyota Etios Liva Mileage Test Drive

Toyota Etios Liva Mileage Test Drive

The new Toyota Etios Liva performed well on the road and deliver excellent fuel economy. The patrol version gives a mileage of around 17.71 kmpl while the diesel version gives a mileage of 23.59 kmpl.

Toyota Etios Liva JD (1364 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 23.59 kmpl on highway and 20.32 kmpl in city.

Toyota Etios Liva GD (1364 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 23.59 kmpl on highway and 20.32 kmpl in city.

Toyota Etios Liva VD (1364 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 23.59 kmpl on highway and 20.32 kmpl in city.

Toyota Etios Liva D TRD Sportivo (1364 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 23.59 kmpl on highway and 20.32 kmpl in city.

Toyota Etios Liva VXD (1364 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 23.59 kmpl on highway and 20.32 kmpl in city.

Pricing – Toyota Etios Liva

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Toyota Etios Price List

Toyota Etios Liva JD ₹ 6.2 Lac
Toyota Etios Liva GD ₹ 6.5 Lac
Toyota Etios Liva VD ₹ 6.8 Lac
Toyota Etios Liva D TRD Sportivo ₹ 7.2 Lac
Toyota Etios Liva VXD ₹ 7.3 Lac

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