Toyota Production System assembles 11 car models for India. Toyota in India started out in the late 90s with its successful Qualis SUV, which was succeeded by the extremely popular Innova.
The Camry and the Prius are available with a hybrid power plant in India. The range of vehicles is very broad starting from hatchback to a full-size SUV. In the year 2019/2020, Toyota is going to launch 2 new models in India.
Toyota has launched a new version of the Etios Liva for the Indian market, called the Eitos Liva Limited Edition. The new version is based on the top-of-the-line VX and VXD variants only. Prices for the VX start from Rs 6.5 lakh while the diesel variants’ prices start from Rs 7.65 lakh. The Limited Edition features a black front grille with red accents and a black roof. The two-tone dash looks good, but the quality of plastics could have been better.
Head room and leg room for all the passengers is adequate. Boot space though not the best in class, is decent. At a premium price point the addition of touch screen infotainment could have made sense. Ride quality inside the liva is good. Its very easy to drive in the city because of the super light steering wheel.
Though not the best in class, Toyota Etios is a wonderful option to think about below 10 lakhs. Toyota Platinum Etios prices start at Rs. 6.90 lakh for petrol and goes upto Rs. 8.03 lakh. The prices of Platinum Etios diesel variants start at Rs. 8.00 lakh and the top-end diesel is priced at Rs. 9.13 lakh. Toyota Platinum Etios is available in 8 variants and 7 colours. You get a full-size sedan at the price point of a compact sedan.
However, practicality and quality of materials could have been better. The engine refinement and drivability are absolutely superb with this car. There is no diesel clutter inside. Leg Room and head room are adequate to pamper any passenger. If road presence, drivability and quality assurance are your concerns then look no where other than the Etios.
The Toyota Yaris secured an impressive 4-star rating in Latin NCAP crash tests. It is worth mentioning that the Yaris that was tested was a Brazil-spec version with fewer safety features than the one sold in India. It must be noted that the Yaris in India has 7 airbags and ABS as standard on all variants.
Toyota also offers vehicle stability control on the top-spec variant. It looks decent in front of its rivals. The beige and black interiors look superb.
The quality of plastics inside the cabin is good. Gesture control is a great addition. The central arm rest may make things uncomfortable for the third passenger. The rear A/C and the ambient lighting system are phenomenal additions. The engine is well refined, and cabin is perfectly insulated. But the engine starts to roar after the 3500rpm mark. Paddle shifters in the automatic version are very handy for rounding the corners.
Toyota Innova looks mighty on the outside. The grille makes the look even more bold. Sliding the captain seat forward and getting into the third row is very easy. The comfort in the third row is even better the previous model which was very much loved.
The quality levels inside the cabin are premium. The touch screen infotainment system is clearly visible from any angle and is quick to respond. The cabin can house almost 20 bottles in various holders. The positioning of the A/C control is angled and its very easy for the driver to access. The engine responds very well to the throttle inputs. And at no point of time would you feel the weight of the car. There is now an Automatic Gearbox on offer.
This transmission responds to even the slightest of taps on the paddle. Extensive attention is given to the middle row seat comfort. From a small meal table to the electronic A/C controls everything is assembled to pamper the passengers. Overall, it’s the best drivable MPV at a very affordable price point.
This is the most popular SUV loved by the premium audience across the country. It looks imposing from the front. The design is more up to date with the latest facelift and the car looks very different from its predecessor. However, sun roof is a huge miss on this one.
The cabin is spacious, Leg room Head room and under thigh support are adequate. Unfortunately, there in only one USB port inside the cabin. There is an automatic option on offer. The torque convertor along with the paddle shifters makes driving fun. The manual option is the best pick. It’s very responsive and power delivery is always there at any given circumstance. The major improvement in the new fortuner is of the selectable 4-wheel drive. The prices of this SUV are on a bit higher side.
Toyota Camry is a premium executive sedan offering from this brand. It looks more appealing, yet it retains its family DNA. There is an exhaustive feature list available on offer with this car. However, the infotainment does not feature apple car play and android auto which is really very sad.
This being a hybrid, the company claims the fuel efficiency to be above 23 kmpl. Driving is not a great experience but still it is a very well rounded package as its low on price compared to the Audi BMW and Merc.
The other models from the same car brand on offer are Corolla Altis, Prius, Land Cruiser Prado, Land Cruiser. Prius is an all-electric vehicle and is a bit high on price, but it offers great comfort with very low cost of maintenance.
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