Toyota Etios Liva Review

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  1. Dhillon

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    Toyota Etios Liva's 87 PS/ton power to weight ratio for a 1.2-litre engine therefore is by far the highest in the segment, the next best is the Swift at 77PS/ton and that’s a big difference. So, this all new 1.2-litre petrol, which shares its architecture with the Etios sedan’s 1.5-litre unit, kept all 4-cylinders (going against the current trend of lopping off one cylinder to deliver a smaller but less refined 3-cylinder unit) with a 4-valve per cylinder architecture and dual overhead camshafts. The torque from the petrol Liva only gets denser once the engine revs get past 2500rpm with a max 104Nm available at 4000rpm. That rating is comfortable for highway cruising where the Etios comfortably touches over a 140kmph and delivers good in-gear flexibility though at the top end you do sense the power tapering off rapidly once the rev needle goes past 5000rpm straining a bit to reach peak revs at 6500rpm. In urban areas the Etios however requires some amount of cajoling to get it moving, at the bottom end torque build up is slow and you have to slip into low gears to inspire the Liva with a strong cane to build momentum. That affects drivability because you will constantly find yourself downshifting, which is also a slightly tiresome exercise. The gearbox is same as the Etios but the ratios have changed especially top gear.
    According to the claimed ARAI-tested fuel efficiency the Liva returns a very respectable 18kmpl. That means the city figures should be upward of 15kmpl with highway efficiency above 20kmpl, those however will be verified by us during the course of our road test next month. On the NVH front the Etios feels a bit buzzy at lower revs. There are barely any sounds from any other quarter and given Toyota’s legendary build quality and reliability I don’t expect there to be any for a long time to come. The suspension is also similar to the Etios with fine tuning. The VX variant I drove had 15-inch wheels and tyres while lower variants will have 14-inchers. However those 15-inch wheels with 185/60 section rubber offer better grip and braking without compromising fuel efficiency.

    Specifications

    Engine 1.2L Petrol engine, 80bhp with 4 Cylinder
    Maximum Power 80 PS (59kW) @ 5600 rpm
    Maximum Torque 104 Nm (10.6 kg-m) @ 3100 rpm
    Mileage City/Highway 14.0 / 18.0 KMPL
    Price Rs 3,99,000 - 5,99,000
     

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