Toyota Vios 1.5 E Review
Vaya con Vios*

Story and pictures by Jeremy R. Chua
21 Apr 2009
 

Most drivers will opt for the automatic version.  But for those who want a livelier drive...

Toyota Vios

If you're one of those motorists in search of a car to take you from point A to point B and not much else, chances are that you also happen to be the type of motorist who simply sees driving as a more convenient means of getting around.

It sure beats having to jostle with the rush-hour crowd just to squeeze yourself into that departing train or bus. And it sure beats queuing for a cab too. Having a car means enjoying the luxury of your own personal space, and not having to put up with the more-than-occasional whiff of the result of someone's poor hygiene.

At the same time, what if you want the practicality of four doors and a boot, fuel efficiency and just that bit of fun injected into your daily drive?

Well, here's a candidate with all those traits - it's the Toyota Vios, in manual guise.

Appearance

Due to their numbers running around our roads today, the Vios is by now a very familiar face. There are actually five variants - two "J" models, two "E" models and one top-of-the-line "G" model. The J and E variants can be had with either automatic or manual transmissions, while the range-topping G variant only comes in automatic guise. It's also the only variant equipped with front and rear disc brakes.

The "E" model tested here comes with the same 15-inch alloy rims and 185/60 series tyres that are found across the range. Yes, those are the same alloy rims found on all variants, even on the top-end 1.5 G Sports variant.

What separates this model from its range-topper sibling is the absence of the front fog lamps and rear disc brakes. Other than those features, it's nearly impossible to tell this variant apart from all of its other stable mates, as they all possess wing mirrors with integrated signal repeaters.

 

*"Go with Vios", in Spanish


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