UMW Toyota Motor launched the all-new Toyota Vios a few days back with retail prices slightly below the earlier projected prices. There are only 2 variants for sale this time i.e. Vios 1.5E priced at RM89,600 and Vios 1.5G at RM95,500 (before insurance).
With about a RM6,000 difference between price tags, one would be curious what is missing from one, or added in the other. Depending on what sort of features you value in a car, this would also help determine if you should save the RM6k or if it’s well justified spending the extra. We’ll start off with features that differ between the 2 variants.
- 95/60 R16 tyres
- Rear drum brake
- LED combination tail lamp
- Black front grille, door belt moulding and quarter window moulding
- Urethane steering wheel with tilt function only
- Urethane gear knob
- Optitron meter cluster
- 4.2″ TFT multi-info display
- Illumination entry system
- Fabric seats
- Manual air-conditioning controls
- Incandescent cabin lighting
- 2-tone door armrest
- 4 speakers
- Centre console box with brown pigmentation
- 205/50 R17 tyres
- Rear disc brakes
- LED combination tail lamp with sequential turn signal
- Piano black front grille
- Chrome door belt moulding and quarter window moulding
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Leather steering wheel with tilt & telescoping function
- Leather gear knob
- Paddle shifters
- Digital meter cluster
- 7″ TFT multi-info display
- Illumination entry system with 64-colour ambient lighting
- Leather seats
- Climate control
- LED cabin lighting
- 2-tone door armrest with soft padding
- Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold
- 6 speakers
- Centre console box with soft padding
As for active safety, both variants come with Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control. However, the 1.5G adds Lane Keeping Control, Auto High Beam and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The differences between the 2 variants also affect kerb weight, with the 1.5E coming in slightly lighter at 1,015 kg compared to 1,035 kg for the 1.5G. The wheel size also affects turning radius with the smaller 16″ wheels allowing the 1.5E to have a 4.8 meter radius (vs 5.2 m for 1.5G).
Notable common features in both are acoustic windscreen, auto LED headlights with Follow Me Home function, aerokit, powered side mirrors with auto fold, smart entry and push start system, wireless charger, 9″ infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, illuminated scuff plate, surround view monitor, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, front digital video recorder, front and rear parking sensors, 6 airbags, premium solar and security film, and 3-year free subscription for Vehicle Telematics System.
One key change to both variants is the tyre repair kit in exchange for the spare tyre. The Vios isn’t the first model without run-flats to do that nor will it be the last as car makers continue to find ways to shave weight while adding features. Is the spare important? Well, it depends on how unlucky you are on the road. Nonetheless, nearly all (if not all) auto insurance providers offer 24-hour support services which would also address punctures.
“We are excited to kick off the year with the launch of the All-New Toyota Vios, which represents our commitment to providing our customers with the best quality vehicles and services. We look forward to a promising year ahead, full of opportunities to drive Malaysia’s economic growth and development,” said Datuk Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.
“The use of advanced technology in the assembly of the all-new Toyota Vios not only enhances the quality and efficiency of production but also promotes the upskilling of our workforce, fosters knowledge expansion within the industry, and contributes positively to the local economy. We are proud to be driving growth in the nation through our commitment to quality standards and innovative manufacturing processes,” he added.
According to UMWT, it has already received about 5,000 bookings for the locally assembled Vios since it began taking orders at the end of February. The all-new Toyota Vios comes with a choice of 5 exterior colours i.e. Platinum White Pearl, Attitude Black, Nebula Blue Metallic, Silver Metallic and Spicy Scarlet. It also comes a 5-year, unlimited mileage warranty and owners will also enjoy 24SEVEN Road Assist service.
You can read about the driving impressions here.