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Old 2nd April 2013, 16:09   #61
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Yes, this makes me even more interested in the Etios. In fact, I mentioned in an earlier post in another thread, IMHO Amaze interior looks a little bland when compared with the new Etios interiors.

Sidenote: Looks can be subjective, but Liva is not a bad looker (definitely not in the fluidic zone), but definitely not bad.
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Liva looks much better than the Etios sedan. My mother who owns a Liva GDSP teases me all the time that her car looks better than mine.
Agreed. Liva looks cool, specially in the blue avatar. They can add a bright red (the color that Figo and Beat have) and the car will go miles!
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But, I would not blame honda for it because they have done a fantastic job in freeing up so much of space within the 4m constraint.
That is typical Honda... theyhave freed up a lot of space on the inside and it looks quite premium from outside. Personally I don't like Amaze's front though, the rear is very good. (I think we are digressing from the topic of this thread)

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Agreed. Liva looks cool, specially in the blue avatar. They can add a bright red (the color that Figo and Beat have) and the car will go miles!
Yeah, especially on the TRD with the 1.5L Engine.... slurp... slurp

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Liva looks much better than the Etios sedan. My mother who owns a Liva GDSP teases me all the time that her car looks better than mine.
It's a white Liva right? Have seen it so many times in the TRIDA parking lot. I even took a pic with mine parked alongside your Liva .

I'm of the opinion that the Etios looks much better than the new Dzire and the Amaze. The Etios's design looks more complete and doesn't feel like a last minute makeover.

Prospective Etios owners take note. Decide on the colour only after seeing Black and Red coloured ones. I've said this before and I repeat, the car looks good (or better) in black or red only. Of course, this is my personal opinion but I don't think many would disagree on this.
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Prospective Etios owners take note. Decide on the colour only after seeing Black and Red coloured ones. I've said this before and I repeat, the car looks good (or better) in black or red only. Of course, this is my personal opinion but I don't think many would disagree on this.
Black looks majestic on Etios. On Liva too. Though I would prefer a brighter red on Etios and Liva.

I was hooked on to the black Liva, but I know the maintenance formalities and finally settled for a white one.
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Hi fast&furious,

I was thinking of buying black Etios. Are there any inputs you can kindly share on something one needs to bear in mind because of the 'black' color? Anything like park in shade or else it heats up too much? (bad for both passengers and the car)?

Also, since it's been a while since last update on this thread, can you please share any updates on how your 'Black Ghost' is faring after over 3.5 years?

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Hello SSD2122! I'm not saying that the AC kills the fun completely but it steals a considerable amount of torque at lower rpms. The engine produces plenty of HP so reaching high speeds wont be a problem at all. It can leave most/all of the other cars at or below its price range in dust with ease. That I can assure you but with the AC on you will have to really make the engine work hard to get that initial push that you get otherwise. It's tough to get that raw power, that torque advantage that puts it ahead of the other petrols. My friend's petrol Vento doesn't show this kinda variation with the a/c on. Of course he has more torque and power but with the a/c off (on both cars) the cars are almost evenly matched (in terms of performance) and the Etios outperformed it on many occasions too!

But if you wanna teach that diesel hatch guy who drives as if he owns the road(I tell ya, many do drive like that), all you gotta do is turn the a/c off, roll the windows up, and just floor the throttle. He'll be on your ORVM before you blink (Note: I'm not promoting road rage but just telling the OP about the car's capability). Once you have reached decent speeds and with the engine at 2500+ rpm you wont feel the a/c issue at all.
Sorry to bump upon an old thread but even I'm facing similar problem with my Etios Petrol (2011). As soon as the A.C. is switched on, there's a dearth of power in the bottom end and the engine feels just too strained. But as soon as it is switched off, everything stays in the ORVM. There's too much of a difference in performance and so, my passengers occasionally end up sweating in the hot summer days of Rajasthan.

Is there any way to overcome this particular issue? Also, I've noticed that if I rev the engine all the way to the redline, thereafter, the engine settles down at around 1100 rpm. Is that normal? I've never faced such issue with my Octavia vRS or even with my Duster. Moreover, I'm really sick of Etios' sheet metal thickness. Just a little force and the sheet metal bends with all its glory. Prospective owners, take note. The built quality isn't really upto the mark.
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Sorry to bump upon an old thread but even I'm facing similar problem with my Etios Petrol (2011). As soon as the A.C. is switched on, there's a dearth of power in the bottom end and the engine feels just too strained. But as soon as it is switched off, everything stays in the ORVM. There's too much of a difference in performance and so, my passengers occasionally end up sweating in the hot summer days of Rajasthan.

Is there any way to overcome this particular issue? Also, I've noticed that if I rev the engine all the way to the red line, thereafter, the engine settles down at around 1100 rpm. Is that normal? I've never faced such issue with my Octavia vRS or even with my Duster. Moreover, I'm really sick of Etios' sheet metal thickness. Just a little force and the sheet metal bends with all its glory. Prospective owners, take note. The built quality isn't really up to the mark.
I have a 2011 Liva V, I have had to switch off the a/c almost always, while overtaking on 2 Lane highways. Yes the A/C steals the power and Torque by a huge margin! In my new Punto, I can barely tell the difference, not a fair comparison as its a Diesel, but still. I am not sure if there is much you can do about it, thats the nature of the engine, the Sedan is much better the 1.2L is a bummer with hardly any torque at the low end.

Like most Japs Etios has flimsy sheet metal and build, but its a well screwed together car. My 40K odd kms old Liva hardly rattles whereas a 10K kms old Test Drive Swift sounded like a tin can. I have found the Liva to be immensely practical, sensible, spacious and cheap to maintain car.
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Oh yeah it looks fab. Not an eyesore absolutely, it is much better looking than the competition atleast and no comparison to Logan/Verito as such.

Frankly, I feel your driving habits may have improved or your driving got tuned to how to better drive Etios, that is mostly why you must be seeing increase in FE. The FEs I quote are since before the time of replacement of the hoses in our Etios and till now.

Haven's seen any effect like that as you mention with both a/c on/off. It just pulls away seemlessly without throttle asa clutch is engaged and off the brake.
Thank you Parsh, for the detailed review. Did you notice lack of power at say 100+ speeds due to AC being on? And, is the AC powerful enough to cool the cabin? How silent is it? Thank you.
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