Which 2021 Toyota Vios variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide]

Updated Oct 20, 2020 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?
Ever wondered how each Toyota Vios is different from each other? Let’s find out.

Released for the Asia-Pacific region way back in 2002, the Toyota Vios, throughout the years has become one of the most ubiquitous sedan models here in the Philippines.

Everywhere you look, from the Northern tip of Luzon to Sulu, there’s a Toyota Vios functioning as a family vehicle or as a taxi. This is due to its reliability and the sheer number of aftermarket parts it has for its older generation models.

Now, like most models with very high market demand, the Philippine-spec Toyota Vios has a lot of variants. This is because Toyota aims to cover a wide range of budgets, and/or consumers who have varying degrees of needs.

For the 2020 model year, the facelifted Vios trimmed down its variants to nine, dropping the Prime variants in the process to give the range a unified look. How different are the nine Vios variants from each other? Let’s find out through this Philkotse buyer’s guide. 

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Toyota Vios Variant: Differences in exteriors

When it comes to dimensions, or how large the Vios’ variants are, there aren’t any variances. From the entry-level 1.3 Base to the top-of-the-line 1.5 G, all trims measure 4,425mm long, 1,730mm wide, and 1,475mm high. The wheelbase is the same across the range at 2,550mm.

toyota vios color choices

The latest Vios brings a more flexible range of options for consumers

What differentiates these variants from each other, however, is by way of exterior features. The 1.5 G comes with 3-tier LED headlamps with daytime running lights, turn signal repeaters mounted on the exterior mirrors, chrome-plated door handles, and LED rear combination lamps.

The rest have 4-beam halogen lamps with no daytime running lights. Standard wheels are 16-inch alloys for the 1.5 G, 15 inches on the 1.3 E and 1.3 XLE, and 14-inch steel wheels for the 1.3 XE, 1.3 J, and the 1.3 Base.

2020 toyota vios rear quarter

Its rear end mimics the pre-facelift model

Other variances in exterior features include a fin-type antenna from the 1.5 G down to the 1.3 XLE, and a pole-type antenna from the 1.3 XE to the 1.3 Base variant.  

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Toyota Vios Variants: Interior

The 1.5 G stands out in terms of interior amenities, equipped with automatic air-conditioning, six speakers, and a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. The rest of the range makes do with manual airconditioning and a three-spoke urethane steering wheel, with integrated audio controls on the 1.3 XLE and 1.3 E trims.

The Toyota Vios G shares a seven-inch touchscreen featuring Weblink (iOS/Android capable) with the 1.3 E, 1.3 XLE, and the 1.3 XE. The lower-tier 1.3 Base, 1.3 J, and 1.3 XE come with a 2-DIN entertainment system with CD/MP3 functionality, accompanied by Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity. Lastly, the 1.3 Base, 1.3 J, and 1.3 XE have two speakers, while the 1.3 XLE and 1.3 E have four. 

2020 toyota vios steering wheel

The layout inside the Vios is simple enough...

For driving amenities, the top-spec 1.5 G comes with a Sport Drive and Eco Drive modes, complete with leather trim on the shift lever and knob. An engine start button and “Follow Me Home” light control system round up the convenience features on the range-topping variant. The other variants in the range use rotary ignition for the engine.     

 2020 toyota vios rear legroom

...but it's also spacious and comfortable

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Toyota Vios Variants: Engine and Performance

The 2020 Toyota Vios offers a selection of two engines: the 1.5- liter 2NR-FE and 1.3-liter 1NR-FE. The former is exclusive to the 1.5 G, capable of 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. The rest of the variants from the 1.3 E Prime down to the 1.3 Base come with the latter engine option, which makes up to 98 horsepower and 123 Nm of torque.

A picture of the Toyota Vios' engine

The reliable and economical 1.5 2NR-FE and the 1.3 1NR-FE won't win you races...or will they?

All Vios variants are front-wheel-drive, with the 1.5 G, 1.3 E, and 1.3 XLE all available either as a 5-speed manual or CVT. The 1.3 XE only offers a CVT, while the 1.3 J and Base variants are only available with a 5-speed manual.

Toyota Vios Variants: Safety

When it comes to safety, the Vios’ variants also offer a very varied spread. A stability control system is standard across the range, as well as hill start assist, child protection locks, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, and a high mount stop lamp.

All variants of the Vios come with dual front airbags and a driver knee airbag. These are supplemented with side and curtain shield airbags on the 1.5 G, 1.3 E, and 1.3 XLE variants. Adding the side and curtain shield airbags to the Base, J, and XE variants would warrant an additional premium.

Security features exclusive to the 1.5 G are a Toyota Vehicle Security System (TVSS) security alarm with immobilizer and a smart entry system with speed-sensing door locks. The 1.3 E and XLE variants offer a basic alarm system without the immobilizer and smart entry functions.

Vios Variants: Pricing

Vios Variant
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 Base MT
Php 671,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 Base MT (7 Airbags) Php 681,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 J MT
Php 697,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 J MT (7 Airbags)
Php 707,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 XE CVT Php 747,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 XE CVT (7 Airbags) Php 753,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 XLE MT
Php 791,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 XLE CVT
Php 841,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 E MT
Php 841,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.3 E CVT
Php 891,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.5 G MT
Php 997,000
2020 Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT
Php 1,056,000

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The White Pearl color option, which is exclusively available for the Vios G variant, needs an additional Php 15,000 to be availed.

Vios Variants: Conclusion

As you can see from the Vios variants’ price table above, this model has one of the widest price ranges for any model available here in the Philippines.

This is of course reflected in the wide array of variants each with a different set of features, and in the case of the 1.5 G, aesthetics.

2020 toyota vios green

The Toyota Vios, like the Corolla of old is an affordable yet reliable sedan for the masses

To this end, it goes to show that the ever-popular Toyota Vios has a variant for everyone, bet it for a family person whose concern is safety, a young professional who needs a “not so bare” sedan that’s practical for daily driving, or a person operating a fleet transport business that needs a robust yet affordable vehicle. So yes, it goes without saying that there’s a Vios for everyone.

For more buyer’s guides like this one, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.


Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.