Toyota Vios 2019 Philippines Review: Practical, frugal, and affordable

8.0 Price: ₱659,000 |Body type: Sedan
Why is the Toyota Vios a top-selling model in the Philippines? Read our expert Toyota Vios Philippines 2019 review to reveal the answer.

1. Toyota Vios 2019 Philippines Review: Introduction

It undeniable that whenever you look around the city and highway road you can spot hundreds of Toyota Vios units. Why is the Toyota Vios is the top-selling unit in the Philippines? Well, first on the list is that it’s a practical car - one that can be for either private or public use. It is a favorite of taxi and TNVS operators and is a sound go-to model for private use.

Secondly, the Vios is very fuel-efficient. Third and last, the car itself is proven to be reliable by consumers - that Toyota badge helps a lot, of course. And since it is a Toyota, it has good resale value.

So, let’s look through our Toyota Vios 2019 Philippines Review on to decide which are great options to learn more about its latest features and specifications.

Toyota Vios 2019

Toyota Vios is proven to be reliable by the consumers 

2. Toyota Vios 2019 Exterior

The styling of the 2019 Toyota Vios exterior has a certain charm and grace. Its various trim levels come with some minor exterior differences.

For XE and J there's a tear-shaped front side garnish. Of course, the new grill in all Vios variants is pretty much noticeable. The side skirts add character to the exterior. There are no fog lights and daytime running lights. It has four halogen headlamps, 14-inch steel wheels, the side turning lamps in the side body of Vios. The side mirrors are not power-adjusted. 

2019 Toyota Vios 1.3 E Prime (HONEST Car Review)

For E Prime exteriors you get matte front grills, four-beam halogen headlights, fog lamps, and a front bumper garnish that gives a different character to this higher trim. It has 15-inch alloy wheels, side skirts and side turning lamps in the body, and a rear bumper garnish and spoiler that add character

For the G prime, the shape and the size of the bumper, fog light housing, the mirror, as well as the rims and tires are different from other trim levels. We recommend the exterior color Red Mica and Aluminum Jade. You’ll appreciate the exterior more in these hues.

Toyota Vios 2019 front view

Toyota Vios looks friendly and charming

3. Toyota Vios 2019 Interior

The 2019 Toyota Vios interior still resembles its five-door sibling hatch, the Toyota Yaris. It is nicer than the old model and a redesign in the interior is noticeable. The XE is the newest addition to the trim levels for 2019. With the 1.3 J, you get a seven-inch touchscreen display

- the same one you get in higher trim levels. You get weblink, media compatibility, Bluetooth, and phone pairing.

Lower trim levels only get two audio speakers, although the USB port and Aux are standard. In the G Prime, you get six speakers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and push-start ignition. The dashboard controls are within easy reach of the driver. There’s no armrest for the driver.

The rear seating has pretty good head and legroom perfect for two adults; a third can squeeze in. However, there is no cup or bottle holder, no armrest, and no air vent. There is also no reverse camera included in the infotainment and it is quite lacking in storage spaces.

Toyota Vios 2019 Interior

The dashboard controls are within easy reach of the driver

4. Toyota Vios 2019 Philippines: Engine

Under the hood, nothing much has changed. The lower trims still use the familiar dual VVTi, 1.3-liter 1NR- FE that produces 98hp at 6,000rpm and 123Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The 1.5-liter 2NR-FE produces 106 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 140Nm at 4,200rpm. All trims are available in five-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission (CVT).

5. Toyota Vios 2019: Ride and Handling

The visibility is good, the steering wheel is a bit heavy in a good way as it feels as if you have much more control. Your ride feels much safer as Toyota equips the Vios with a lot of safety features such as seven airbags, anti-lock brakes, hill start assist, ABS with EBD, brake assist and rear ISOFIX child seat anchor. These are available across all trims.

The suspension set up is composed of the reliable independent MacPherson struts with coil spring in front and a semi-independent torsion beam with coil springs at the back. The 1.5-liter variants are equipped with disc brakes in all four tires. This suspension set up is great in handling bumpy and uneven roads. 

When driving the Vios, stay on everyday city roads. It’s not that great when it comes to the inclines. You would need to work on it much harder. The CVT needs a little improvement. It’s not the best and can prove not responsive enough when you’re looking for more torque. 

The Toyota Vios is not a fun car to drive but it is better than the older model.

Toyota Vios interior

Your ride feels much safer as Toyota made safety as standard on Toyota Vios

6. Toyota Vios 2019 Philippines Review: Summary

The 2019 Toyota Vios 2019 doesn't promote high technology or smart connectivity. What it does highlight is practicality, sound aesthetics, and safety. For the starting price of P662,000, it comes loaded with safety features. Although the Vios top trims have gotten a lot more expensive, the whole bunch certainly deserves a look.


Source: Hanna Miel Sanchez

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