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Expert Review - Toyota Vios NCP150 (2013-Present)

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Date Reviewed
20 May 2014
Ride & Handling
Overall Rating

Still the default choice by many, and rightly so. The latest Vios is a much-improved car than before, finally offering likeable creature comforts (full keyless entry and start, GPS, etc.) in Toyota's entry-level model. Others may be more powerful (Honda City) and better to drive (Ford Fiesta), but the Vios remains a great comfort-oriented option.

  • Improved in every way, especially looks
  • Comfortable, spacious and quiet interior
  • Option for keyless entry and in-dash GPS
  • Still only two airbags and no stability control
  • Ageing engine and four-speed auto
  • Mediocre handling

Despite its age, Toyota's trusty old 1.5 litre VVTi engine provides a decent pull, even with the slow-shifting but smooth four-speed automatic transmission (base model gets a five-speed manual). It's more than adequate as a daily driver, but high-speed cruisers may want to look elsewhere.

Ride & Handling

Handling has never been one of the Vios' fortes, and it still isn't. Grip is fine, but the steering is dull and over-light at times. Soft suspension also introduces significant body roll when the roads get twisty. It's clear to see that this one puts comfort way ahead of fun in its list of priorities.


This is where the Vios stars. Revised dampers make it the best-riding vehicle in its class, bettering the Nissan Almera. Refinement is top notch too, and you'll be better shielded from wind and road noise compared to others. The new seats, up front, especially, are very comfortable and supportive.


No matter the variant, the Vios has a total of just two airbags. In comparison, the Honda City (in top-spec form) and Kia Rio both offer as much as six airbags, plus the added safety net of ESP (electronic stability programme) that's missing in the Toyota. At least three-point seatbelts and rear ISOFIX anchors are standard.


Both the Honda City and Nissan Almera offer more rear legroom, but that's not to say that the Vios is tight inside. It's bigger than it has ever been (still much wider than the Almera inside), and the boot is just a little short of the City's class-leading measurements. The rear seats fold down, but not flat.


The base J variant now gets alloy wheels like the rest of the range, while more expensive models get leather seats and the neat keyless system. In-dash GPS is a cost option. Worth noting, other than its inflated price and an ungainly set of bodykit, the TRD Sportivo package adds little to the car and is best avoided.