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Is the 2019 Toyota Vios fun or fail?

by Admin

Posted on 2019-03-06


We all know that the Toyota Vios is sort of like the “poor man’s sedan” in the Philippines. It’s cheap, offers a decent sized boot that you can’t have in a hatchback and still seats 5. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, mates of class and friends of old, the 2019 Vioses of the Toyotas.

 

Starting at just PHP 659,000 all the way up to the 1,095,000 mark, it’s got a range of Vios models that caters to just about every Pinoy out there in the streets today.

 

Classified as a Subcompact, it’s got 7 engine choices and 4 gearboxes to compliment the engines and if I were you, I’d go for an automatic or a CVT – they’re perfect for cruising round the block or getting you to and from work.

 

Photo credit to: http://toyota.com.ph

 

Also, it sits just high enough to avoid most potholes on the roads as well as most speed humps.

 

The CVT model (if you’re feeling a bit sporty), is the best one to go for because it’s armed with a 1.3L Straight-Four that provides a satisfactory 98 horsepower and a measly 90 pounds feet of torque. Yes, this isn’t much but it’s enough to get you past
most things on the road.

 

It only weighs as much as a Suzuki Jimny at 1,045 to 1,060 kilograms.

 

Of course, if you’re a purist, you’ll be happy to know that there are only 2 models, the 1.3 Base and 1.3J, are what you need. But most models are automatics. And yes, the price does go up with each notch; the manuals are the cheapest of the cheap.

 

The CVT I recommend, on the other hand, is in between the most expensive and cheapest models at PHP 740,000. And I have to admit, it’s not as fast as a GT86 nor is it faster than my 2006 Altis, but it gets the job done.

 

And it’s got 7 airbags and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display. I’m told the manuals don’t come with it but I’ve never actually seen that so I’m disinclined to believe it.

 

Oh, and it comes with Bluetooth.

 

Reference: Toyota PH releases more affordable CVT-equipped Vios variant