Saying that the Toyota Vios is a very important car for Toyota is an understatement. Not only is it the brand’s top selling vehicle, but it’s also the country’s top selling vehicle, though for 2017, it was dethroned by the Toyota Fortuner due to many buyers rushing to beat the TRAIN. Nevertheless, the Vios represents a huge chunk of the automotive market. It’s so huge, in fact, that if the Vios were to be a brand of its own, it would be the 3rd most popular car brand in the Philippines.
Well, the long wait is over. The comprehensively refreshed Toyota Vios is now here in the Philippines, bringing with it an excellent list of standard safety features, even if it means buying the 1.3 Base variant aimed at fleet buyers and taxi operators. We highly commend Toyota for this move.
But first, let’s start from the outside. The Vios features a comprehensive refresh that now bears the same face as the refreshed Toyota Yaris, which brings with it slim projector headlights, a large grille which is an evolution of Toyota’s Keen Look design language, as well as projector halogen headlamps and LED daytime running lights mounted just above the large lower grille exclusive to the G variants. This all makes the Vios have a unique and dynamic design that bodes well with Toyota’s newfound focus on sporty and dynamic looking cars. Finishing the look are a fresh set of alloy wheel designs, with the G variants receiving 16-inch ones in a two-tone finish. G Prime and E Prime variants feature a subtle bodykit that ephasizes the Vios’ sporty character.
The inside has also been comprehensively refreshed, featuring an almost completely new interior design that is also similar to the one in the Yaris. As such, interior tactile quality has been elevated through the use of better graining in the plastic panels, satin silver finishes, and shiny piano black trims. The instrument cluster is also new, featuring a more cohesive design, which are lit up in blue. A touch screen infotainment system comes as standard on the E and G variants, while a smart key with push button start is standard on the G variants.
Safety is Toyota’s name of the game here, which is a move we highly commend here at Go Flat Out. Regardless of which variant you choose, the Vios comes with seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knee, as well as hill start assist and stability control. We at Go Flat Out believe any form of stability or traction control should be standard on all cars regardless of price and class. Being the country’s best selling vehicle, it would be a shame if other car manufacturers do not follow suit, as many customers will be considering this as a feature they expect to be fitted in other cars.
Powering the Vios are a pair of carry-over 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter Dual VVT-i engines, mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT, with the added benefit of paddle shifters for the G variants that utilize a CVT. The 1.3 liter produces 99 Ps and 123 Nm, while the 1.5 produces 108 Ps and 140 Nm of torque.
Being loaded with safety features on all variants, the Toyota Vios on paper is already looking to be one of our most highly recommended B-segment sedans to buy. If you’re already sold on this new Toyota Vios, here are the prices of the country’s best selling car.
1.5 G Prime CVT: P1,095,000
1.5 G CVT: P1,040,000
1.5 G MT: P981,000
1.3 E Prime CVT: P933,000
1.3 E Prime MT: P883,000
1.3 E CVT: P878,000
1.3 E MT: P828,000
1.3 J MT: P685,000
1.3 Base MT: P659,000