Toyota Vios 1.5 G Review
The new budget

Story and Photos by Lim Chun Kiat
15 Jul 2013
 

Introduction, Exterior

The Toyota Vios first made its debut back in 2002. Specially developed for China, Taiwan and South-east Asia, it took over the baton from the rather bland Soluna – a budget entry-level subcompact car positioned below the Corolla family saloon.

Since then, this assembled-in-Thailand car has already gone through two generations. Two months ago, the local Toyota dealer Borneo Motors launched the all-new Vios. We take the new car out for a road test. 

 

Exterior

This new car has a fresh, smart appearance that belies its utilitarian underpinnings, which has been retained from its predecessor. Compared to its predecessor, its dimensions have grown – it is now longer and taller, while the width has remained unchanged.

Its lines have become more angular, and when combined with new front and rear bumpers, this entry-level car actually looks distinctive and even somewhat upmarket. Its front grille and scowling headlights lend an air of sportiness to the car.

A noteworthy styling feature of the new Vios is its twin-domed roof – it not only enhances the looks but also reduces the aerodynamic drag of the car, resulting in better fuel efficiency.


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