Continuity, consistency and momentum are essential to being on the bestseller chart according to Toyota. And you can’t really argue with them when you look at their monthly sales performance. To keep their ubiquitous Etios abreast of things, Toyota has rolled out a number of refinements. They hope it will strengthen its position, among the likes of the Renault Sandero, Ford Figo and Polo Vivo.
Not much has changed on the exterior – in fact nothing has, save for the availability of a new grey colour choice. Inside is where the tweaks have been made. You’ll find new décor and new seat upholstery.
In addition, the Xs model gets a new audio system, with Bluetooth. Under the skin, new engine mounts promise to do a better job of absorbing noise and vibration from intruding. The silencer was also modified for better insulation and the damper settings were adjusted too, enhancing ride quality. The carpet quality in the boot is also said to have improved.
Power still comes from a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder mill producing 66kW and 132Nm of torque, capable of pushing the Etios to 100km/h in under 11 seconds. Prices range between R134 500 for the Xi hatchback and R164 700 for the top-tier Etios Cross.