A couple weeks ago I took a brand new Toyota Vios for a test drive over the weekends. You might recall that I myself actually own a Toyota too, one that is manufactured some 18 years ago and still running fine, a testament of the longevity of this brand.
This Vios is not exactly just any Vios on the road, but top of the line TRD Sportivo version that comes with all the extras that are normally associated with after market upgrades.
TRD Sportivo with aerokit and 10 spoke alloy wheels
As some of you might aware, Toyota Vios comes in 5 different variants. There’s the entry level 1.5J with manual transmission and automatic transmission. 1.5E that has 14″ alloy rims instead of entry level’s steel rims, 2-DIN MP3 CD player instead of 1-DIN CD player and 1 air bag.
Optitron meter cluster, sports gear knob and TRD Sportivo seat fabric
Then there is 1.5G Auto with 15″ alloy rims, dashboard integrated audio, 4 disc brakes, leather gear knob, and dual airbags. The TRD Sportivo differentiate itself from the G variant with TRD Sportivo 10 spoke alloy wheels, special Sportivo sports paneling, TRD Sportivo scuff plate, TRD Sportivo carpet mat, Optitron amber cluster, as well as a more aggressive looking aerokit and optional suspension kit that is more suited for spirited driving.
The car also has a pretty nifty multi information display, there’s the odometer, trip meters (2), instantaneous and average fuel consumption (I was getting around 10.5km/liter with some aggressive driving), average speed, and driving range. The last feature will prevent me from repeating the whole out of fuel nonsense again.
seats 4 comfortably
Other features include a pretty smart power steering that is light during low speed and tightened up as you increase speed, handy for parking but safer on highways. The trunk can be opened with the remote control too (comes with immobiliser).
I took suanie, horng, and kerol out for a test drive and there isn’t really anything to complain about the car. Interior noise is minimal, the aircond works well, seats comfortable, and even the built in 6 speaker sound system was quite impressive. Check out the following short video.
Of course, I had to put a car with the TRD Sportivo badge to a more interesting test – DRIFT! (actually for a front wheel drive, it is called power slide)
I found an empty parking lot, put the pedal to the metal, and did a few hand brake turns. I must say the car passed with flying colors. check out the video below.
p/s: please don’t try this at home, and certainly not with your dad’s car.
The Toyota Vios TRD Sportivo goes for RM 90,900 on the road (including insurance) for private owner, I think you might even pay slightly less if you actually have NCB, something I don’t currently enjoy. The entry level 1.5J (M) is going for RM 69,825 on the road.
The full price list and specs can be found at Toyota’s website here.