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Old 8th February 2011, 10:10   #31
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Superb report on a superb sedan. Congratulations, Upgrade.

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Handling & cornering - The car handles really well.
Between the Etios / Dzire / Manza brigade, the Etios accelerates the fastest, has the best low end torque, is the best handler and also has the best brakes. The Manza is overall more comfortable though, especially in the city, thanks to a better rear seat (sofa).

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Noise: The engine noise is pretty high and it is even higher that the diesel dzire when you start the car. Till 70 kmph it would be engine noise and after that it was tyre noise (Good Year in my case)
True. Even I made a note of this in my test report. All down to the naked wheel arches and poor insulation.

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Some pictures below. I am trying to post pictures that are not already posted elsewhere in the forum.

Carpet material used in the boot. It is the same in every part of the car. In some places in the boot, it is nothing.
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Levers to open boot and fuel lid. They have given lot of space that makes it easy to operate them. But there is also a deep well formed that will result is easy dust (& coin) collection.
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Seat colour combination, design and fabric quality are good for V variant.
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The "unintended acceleration" effect: The driver side mat has 2 "safety hooks" to prevent the mat moving. Note the huge gap between where mat ends and the accelerator. Expect this space to become very dirty.
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Steering wheel: Looks good, feels good
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Single Wiper: It stays slightly higher on top of the windshield affecting visibility. You can view even below the wiper.
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How deep is the boot? Very deep, 37 inches to be precise

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I deeply respect this kind of attention to detail. Respect, man!

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Looks like the V steering wheel does not have that cut at the bottom and is round. I know the audio controls are missing but it looks like a different wheel altogether. The horn also extends out more and looks easier to press with thumb.
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I test drove etios couple of days back and my observations are also similar to you regarding the NVH level. Infact as I turned on the ignition, I initially got the impression that it is a diesel car. Throughout the drive also I could hear the engine. Is there any method to reduce the infiltration of engine noise ??
Do you mean to say that engine noise and vibrations inside the cabin are deal breakers for anyone looking out for a decent sedan.
Wondering why have Toyota gone ahead and remove insulation material resulting in high Noise and vibrations .
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Hey buddy, Congratulations on your Upgrade .

Yours is the first Etios ownership thread in tbhp. So a lot of folks will be eagerly watching this. Please provide frequent updates possibly with more photos too.
This is not the first ownership review. RegularIndian already has a car since January and has posted a detailed review.
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Some pictures below. I am trying to post pictures that are not already posted elsewhere in the forum.


Steering wheel: Looks good, feels good
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Is that where they 'hang' the USB/AUX attachment ? I see a USB drive connected behind the gear.

The silver parts of the steering press for the horn on the V, right ?
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@Upgrade - thanks for the input! Wifey is insisting that we go for the cheaper quote from Reliance, while I felt biased towards Tata AIG based on the forum member's experiences. I'll show her your post as an additional point in my favour

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Do you mean to say that engine noise and vibrations inside the cabin are deal breakers for anyone looking out for a decent sedan
I've TD-ed the Etios twice in two different showrooms in Mumbai - once on the smooth Worli Seaface stretch and once on a somewhat rougher Marine Drive stretch. My experience was that the engine is silent enough up to 2500 rpm, starts getting noisy at around 3,000 rpm and is the loudest at between 3,500 to 4500 rpm. However, even at the loudest, did not feel it was loud enough to be intolerable. As a reference point - If you've experienced the Manza Petrol at high rpms, I felt that the Etios was relatively on the lower slide (less noisy by a factor of maybe 10%).

At Marine Drive, there was occasional slight vibration and harshness in the rear seat, which I felt was due to road conditions and maybe overinflated tyres rather than the engine. In both my TDs, the engine noise was nowhere near a level were it would be a deal-breaker for me. Of course. in such things everyone has different preferences and benchmarks, so my views may not hold true for others.
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Good one...yes I have an Etios delivered on 17th Jan, TBHP review posted on 18th Jan.

I agree with the observations in this review, however after having driven around 500kms the characteristics change, the engine becomes smoother and silent. Im sure it will further improve as it further 'breaks in'.

There is an update on the first 300 kms drive as well. Search for 'Etios in 45 days' on TBHP search for read through more.
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Levers to open boot and fuel lid. They have given lot of space that makes it easy to operate them. But there is also a deep well formed that will result is easy dust (& coin) collection.
Man, what nifty observations. You are really gelling well with your car in short time.

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Single Wiper: It stays slightly higher on top of the windshield affecting visibility. You can view even below the wiper.
Could it be set in invisible black area (as they call invisible wipers) with proper adjustment and alignment of the fitting?
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The Etios looks very neat in those pictures. Congrats on the purchase.

What is the service interval for Etios? Is it the same as petrol Altis, i.e. 1 mo/1K, 12 mo/10K? I'm curious to know if Toyota recommends an oil change during the 1st free service at the 1K mark.
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Is that where they 'hang' the USB/AUX attachment ? I see a USB drive connected behind the gear.

The silver parts of the steering press for the horn on the V, right ?
Yes, the silver part is for honking.
Here is a closer picture of aux/usb-in location.
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Man, what nifty observations. You are really gelling well with your car in short time.



Could it be set in invisible black area (as they call invisible wipers) with proper adjustment and alignment of the fitting?
I will check that in my first service.

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The Etios looks very neat in those pictures. Congrats on the purchase.

What is the service interval for Etios? Is it the same as petrol Altis, i.e. 1 mo/1K, 12 mo/10K? I'm curious to know if Toyota recommends an oil change during the 1st free service at the 1K mark.
Yes, the first free service is in 1 month and the 2nd free service is 10K/12 months and the 3rd free service is 20K/24 months. But the maintenance schedules also talks about certain inspection to be done at 6 months interval. I will get more details when I take the car for first service.

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Yes, the first free service is in 1 month and the 2nd free service is 10K/12 months and the 3rd free service is 20K/24 months. But the maintenance schedules also talks about certain inspection to be done at 6 months interval. I will get more details when I take the car for first service.

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Thanks for putting up the schedule. I see that only brake pads/brake fluid need inspection/topping up after 6 months.
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Yes, the silver part is for honking.
Here is a closer picture of aux/usb-in location.
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Thank you for the close up image, so its not exactly hanging but it is fixed at the lower end.

Its good that the service interval is once every 10,000kms / 12 months.
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I happened to visit Toyota dealership with a friend who wanted to book and do a TD.
Incidentally there was a accessories training schedule going on ..it was nice to see the security system which works on existing remote key of vehicle and it has many functions like shock sensors etc..
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Its good that the service interval is once every 10,000kms / 12 months.
It's 10,000 kms/6 months, rt ?

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Incidentally there was a accessories training schedule going on ..it was nice to see the security system which works on existing remote key of vehicle and it has many functions like shock sensors etc..
That's cool. We can use the original remote for the upgraded security kit.
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Congrats on your new Buy.
How much is the On road price? Any offeres from dealer? which dealer?
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