Review: Toyota Vios (2013)

Sensibly priced, decently built 5-seater saloon with Toyota's ultra reliable 1.5 litre chain cam 110PS engine, now with passenger airbag, 5 lap/diagonal belts and rear ISOFIX. Drives and handles well.

Cheaply finished inside the trunk with h=just a piece of hardboard over the spare tyre.

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1 March 2013

Third generation Vios launched at bangkok Motor Show. On sale in Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, Japan and the USA. Best selling 4-door subcompact saloon in South East Asia. Length: 4,410mm;... Read more

Toyota Vios (2013): At A Glance

Third generation Vios launched at bangkok Motor Show March 2013. On sale in Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, Japan and the USA. Best selling 4-door subcompact saloon in South East Asia.

It shares styling traits with the SE Asian Yaris (left), which is a completely different car from the European Yaris.

Road Test 2013 Toyota Vios III E automatic

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Toyota Vios (2013): What's It Like Inside?

Cabin room is a bit more generous in the Vios Mk III than in the Mk II or in the (smaller) Mk I.

Extra safety features include a passenger's as well as driver's airbag, three lap/diagonal rear seatbalts and three rear head restraints that fold wasy neatly into the rear seat backrests.

Pleasant nylon/cloth upholstery, long seat squabs, contoured steering wheel with fake stitching to make it look like leather from a distance.

Big dials in front of the driver. Speedo flanked by rev counter and fuel gauge.

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What's the Toyota Vios (2013) like to drive?

The 3rd generation Toyota Vios drives nicely with a good combination of ride quality, roadholding and positive steering feel.

The automatic inherits the 'slapshift' arrangement for selecting 3rd from the Mk II Vios auto, instead of the button on the gearknob of the Mk 1. Left in D, it is in 'Eco' mode and changes up early with the consequence that a sudden need for acceleration can be a bot frenetic if the pedal is prodded too hard.

Otherwise it feels smoother than than the Mk II. (The Mk III rental had 30,000 kilometres on it, v/s 60,000 - 100,000 on the Mk IIs previously hired.)