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the just launched toyota vios looks like a good buy

The just-launched Toyota Vios looks like a good buy

Excellent features, decently priced… is this how Toyota claws its way back to the top?

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Christopher Ng

24 Jan 2019

The list of features that are available in the just-launched, all-new Toyota Vios raises the eyebrows in a good way. The sedan now has all the bells and whistles that keep it in sync with modern needs, but it is the safety features that should take the centre-stage.

Seven airbags, traction control and stability control – must-have safety features in our books apart from ABS, EBD and BA – comes standard for all trim levels. So yes, even the base model has all three. Climbing up the ladder, the mid-spec E and high-spec G is equipped with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RTCA). Only the G-spec comes with rear disc brakes.

Also, not too shabby is the comfort and convenience features. All trim levels will get smart entry & push start system, flat rear floor, rear USB ports and full-size spare tyre. The E-spec gets everything as well as Panoramic View Monitor, Front Digital Video Recorder, Acoustic Windshield, Vibration Control front side glass, rear 60:40 split seats, premium security & solar film and auto fold mirror.

The G-spec has everything from the J and E with the addition of steering switches (audio, MID and BT) and the EC Mirror that automatically reduces glare from the rear vehicle’s headlamps.

Staying on the interior, the G-spec comes with leather seat & trim and a 4.2-inch Optitron MID with TFT. The E-spec does not get the equipment as mentioned above but does share the 6.8-inch DVD-AVX with USB Mirroring with the high-spec Vios.

As for the exterior, the 16-inch alloy wheels set the G apart from the E and J, while the LED rear combi lamp is not available for the J.

The new Vios comes with a very familiar 1.5-litre engine that produces 106hp and 140Nm of torque. Paired with the powerplant is a seven-speed CVT with sequential shift; paddle shifters are only available for the G-spec Vios.

And, the all-new Vios is priced decently, considering the features that come with it. At its lowest, the J-spec will cost you RM77,200, the E-spec goes for RM81,200, and the G-spec sets you back RM87,300. However, it needs to be said that the price is listed without the sleek aero kit. You only need to top up another RM2,800 to have the new Vios look sharp and sleek.