Toyota Etios Liva Highlights
In June 2011, Toyota introduced a mid-size hatchback of the already popular Etios series and named it Liva. It remains based on the EFC platform and has gained acclamation of being a benchmark in reliability. The facelifted version of the hatchback is the only car in its segment offering dual-front airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and ISOFIX child seat locks in the standard version. You also get a completely revamped front and rear bumpers with chrome surround on fog lamp housings in the re-incarnated version. Internally the layout remains almost unchanged. Liva now sports a dual colour treatment on the dashboard and gets some additional features including centre armrest, removable headrests and a revised part-digital instrument panel.
The hatchback is available in four variants- G, GX, V and VX. Beating at its heart is a 1197cc petrol engine or 1364cc diesel motor. The former generates 79 bhp@5600 rpm maximum power, and 104 Nm@3100 rpm peak torque. The diesel configuration churns out 67 bhp@3800 rpm at 170 Nm@1800-2400 rpm peak torque. In both the fuel versions, a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox helps in slicing through the gears with minimal effort. The engine is decently smooth and offers a comfortable ride even in heavy traffic. Overall, we can say, Etios Liva is worth purchasing if you are looking for a reliable mid-size hatchback.