Which 2020 Toyota Vios should you buy? [Philkotse Guide]

Apr 07, 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 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.

So, how different are the eight Vios variants from each other? Let’s find out through this Philkotse buyer’s guide.

Toyota Vios Variants: Differences in exteriors

When it comes to dimensions, or rather, how large the Vios’ variants are, well, there aren’t actually any variances. From the humble 1.3 Base, to the top of the line 1.5 G Prime, all of the variants are 4,425mm long, 1,730mm wide, and 1,475mm in height. The same goes for the entire variant lineup’s wheelbase that measures 2,550mm long.

A picture of a Vios in the city at night

The latest one is a facelift of the third-generation model

What differences between the Vios’ variants, however, come in the way of exterior features, especially with the 1.5 G Prime, which is equipped with a front and rear bumper skirts, a rear spoiler, and a side skirt. It is the “sporty” variant after all, which replaced the Vios TRD.

Only the 1.5 G Prime and the 1.5 G are the only variants that come with daytime running lights, a pair of halogen projector headlight, a side mirror turn signal lamp, chrome-plated door handles, LED rear combination lamps, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The rest have 4-beam halogen lamps, no daytime running lights, 15-inch alloy wheels for the 1.3 E Prime, 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.

A picture of the rear of a red Toyota Vios

It's rear end is sleeker than the one before

Other variances in exterior features include a fin-type antenna from the 1.5 G Prime 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

Again, the 1.5 G Prime, and the 1.5 G are the standout variants in terms of interior amenities. Both are equipped with automatic air-conditioning, six speakers, and a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel.

Both of the aforementioned variants, however, share the same seven-inch touchscreen with Weblink (iOS/Android capable) with the 1.3 E Prime, 1.3 E, 1.3 XLE, and the 1.3 XE.

Other variants are instead equipped with a humble, but still very effective 2DIN entertainment system with CD/MP3 with Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity. And lastly, the 1.3 J and the 1.3 Base only have 2 speakers, while the 1.3 E Prime, the 1.3 E, and the 1.3 XLE has four.

A picture of the dashboard of the Toyota Vios

The layout inside the Vios is simple enough but it's also...

For driving amenities, one the 1.5 G Prime and the 1.5 G CVT variants come with a sport drive mode, an eco-drive mode, a leather-clad shift lever and knob, a push to start system, a paddle shifter, and a “Follow me Home” light control system.  

A picture of the Toyota Vios' dark colored seats

...spacious and comfortable

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Toyota Vios Variants: Engine and Performance

For engine options, the 2020 Toyota Vios comes with two choices: the 1.5- liter 2NR-FE and 1.3-liter 1NR-FE.

The 1.5L, which is only available on the 1.5 G Prime and the 1.5 G, makes 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. Other variants from the 1.3 E Prime down to the 1.3 Base come with the 1.3L which can make 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 it?

All Vios variants are front-wheel-drive, with the 1.5 G Prime, 1.3 XE, and the 1.3 E Prime exclusively available with a CVT. The 1.3 J and the Base variant are only available with a 5-speed manual, while the 1.3 E, 1.3 XLE, and the 1.5 G can either have a CVT or a 5-speed manual transmission.

Toyota Vios Variants: Safety

When it comes to safety, the Vios’ variants also offer a very varied spread. What’s standard all across the lineup however is a stability control system, a hill start assist system, a child protection lock, anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, and a high mount stop lamp.

As for airbags though, the 1.5 G Prime, 1.3 E Prime, 1.3 E, and the 1.5 G comes with more in the form of a curtain shield airbag, side airbag. All variants of the Vios come with dual front airbags and a driver knee airbag.

Other safety equipment that’s only available on the 1.5 G Prime and the 1.5 G is a security alarm with immobilizer, and a smart entry system with speed-sensing door locks. The other variants excluding the 1.3 XE, 1.3 J, and the 1.3 Base, also has a security alarm and a wireless door lock but without the immobilizer and the smart entry system with speed-sensing locks.

Vios Variants: Pricing

Vios Variant
Vios 1.3 Base MT
Php 662,000
Vios 1.3 J MT
Php 688,000
Php 738,000
Vios 1.3 XLE MT
Php 791,000
Vios 1.3 E MT
Php 831,000
Vios 1.3 XLE CVT
Php 841,000
Vios 1.3 E CVT
Php 881,000
Vios 1.3 E Prime MT
Php 886,000
Vios 1.3 E Prime CVT
Php 936,000
Vios 1.5 G MT
Php 984,000
Vios 1.5 G CVT
Php 1,043,000
Vios 1.5 G Prime CVT
Php 1,098,000

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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 Prime, aesthetics.

A picture of a white Toyota Vios doing some aggressive driving

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 in the public 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.