2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Dec 18, 2020

Which subcompact sedan can offer the most for your money?

In this article...

  1. 1. Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Introduction
  2. 2. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Exterior
  3. 3. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Interior
  4. 4. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Engine and Performance
  5. 5. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Safety
  6. 6. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Variants
  7. 7. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Conclusion

1. Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Introduction

To the price conscious Filipino car buyer, a subcompact sedan is an attractive option since it can offer the best price to features ratio. But there is more than just cost as a consideration. That’s because specifications must be commensurate with the price of the model.

However, each car model has its own worth, not just because of resale value but also due to some inherent traits like brand identity, brand loyalty, heritage, track-record, etc. Although, some argue that the availability of cheap spare parts is as important, or even more so. It is known after all that no matter what car it is, they wear out in time due to use.

A picture of the Toyota Vios vs Nissan Almera head to head

Which is better on paper? Is it the Nissan Almera or the Toyota Vios?

That said, we’ll be comparing two of the most popular compact cars in the Philippine market. These are cars that are sold in great numbers by each of their respective manufacturers.

Models that have made a name for themselves as being reliable, affordable, and have loads and loads of aftermarket support and availability of spare parts. We’re talking about the Toyota Vios and the Nissan Almera.

2. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Exterior

When it comes to dimensions, the Almera is 4,425 mm long, is 1,695 mm wide, and 1,505 mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,600 mm and a ground clearance of 150 mm.

Comparatively, the Toyota Vios is 4,425 mm long, 1,730 mm wide, and 1,475 mm in height. Its wheelbase is 2,550mm long, and it has a ground clearance of 133 mm.

Nissan ALmeraToyota Vios

Compare the Nissan Almera (left) with the Toyota Vios (right) using this slider

To sum it up, the Nissan Almera is wider, taller and it also has a bit more ground clearance. Its wheelbase is also longer by 50 mm. Both cars however do have the same overall length. This might translate to better elbow room and head-room for the Nissan made sedan.

When it comes to exterior amenities, the Vios G variant comes with LED for both taillights and headlamps whereas the Almera VL does not.

The top-spec variants of both models do come with side repeaters, front fog lamps, and alloy wheels. The one on the Vios G however is a larger 16-inch set, while the one on the top-spec Almera VL is a 15-inch set.

Almera sideVios side

For you, which car looks better from the side?

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3. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Interior

While we can’t expect much from the interiors of the Vios and the Almera in terms of fanciness, both however can comfortably fit up to five adults including the driver. Both also have sufficiently powerful air-conditioning systems, and comfortable fabric covered seats.

Nissan Almera interiorToyota Vios

Which interior tickles your fancy?

The Vios however, does have a better touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the top-spec G variants, and a smartphone mirroring app for its other variants. The base and the J Vios on the other hand come with a 2-DIN unit. 

Meanwhile, even the top-spec Nissan Almera VL is only equipped with a 2-DIN AM/FM radio. Both however do come with 12-volt accessory outlets, and USB charging ports.

And lastly, all of the Almera’s variants, save for the Almera 1.2 MT, come with a four-speaker set. Compare that to the Vios G, which has six speakers. Do note though that the Vios XLE has four, and the XE, J, and base variants only have two.

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4. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Engine and Performance

Both the Almera and the Vios come with two engine options each. Most of their engines are 16-valve inline-4 gasoline engines with double overhead cams (DOHC), save for the Almera 1.2 MT’s three-cylinder 1.2-liter mill.

Both models are front-wheel-drive, and both use the same MacPherson strut type front suspension and torsion beam type rear suspension.

For the Almera, its smaller engine is a 1.2-liter mill that can make up to 78 horsepower and 106 Nm of torque. The Almera’s larger 1.5-liter inline-4 engine can make 99 horsepower and 134 Nm of torque.

Available transmissions for the Nissan-made sedan include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.

A picture of the Nissan Almera's 1.2-liter engine

The Almera's 1.2-liter engine

For the Vios, all of its engines are inline-4 mills. The smaller one powering the J, XLE, and the base variants is a 1.3-liter that can produce up to 98 horsepower and 123 Nm of torque. The high-spec Vios G variant, on the other hand, uses a larger 1.5-liter that can churn out up to 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. The Vios either uses a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

A picture of the Vios' 1.3-liter engine

The Vios' 1.3-liter engine

To sum it up, the Toyota-made compact sedan produces more power than the Almera. That’s for both the tiers of engines. One might also argue that the Almera’s four-speed torque converter is a bit archaic, but then again, some people might prefer actual gears rather than a CVT.

Almera 1.2
Almera 1.5
Vios 1.3
Vios 1.5
Engine Layout
Five-speed MT or four-speed AT
Five-speed MT or CVT

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5. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Safety

For on-board safety technologies, the Vios apparently has the Almera beat. Both models however come standard with anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, and ISOFIX.

The Vios, even its lower-spec variants, presents the most bang for your buck in this category of comparison. That’s because, while the base, E and J only have two airbags, these already come with stability control, traction control, and hill-start assist. That’s something that the mid-spec Almera and even the top-of-the-line Almera VL lacks.

The ASEAN ANCAP test for the XP150 (current-gen) Toyota Vios

The top-spec Vios G on the other hand is currently one of the better equipped compact sedan models available in the Philippines today.

Not only does it have a hill-start assist, traction control, and stability control, but it also has a whopping seven airbags as well. Couple that with its engine immobilizer, security alarm, and speed-sensing door locks, then it's one safe sedan for sure.

On the other side of the coin, the Almera comes standard with speed-sensing door locks, as well as an engine immobilizer. All of its variants however only have two airbags, and it also lacks stability control, traction control, and hill-start assist.

6. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Variants

Nissan Almera Variants
Almera 1.2 MT
Php 657,000
Almera N-Sport 1.5 E MT
Php 735,000
Almera E 1.5 MT
Php 735,000
Almera E 1.5 AT
Php 824,000
Almera N-Sport 1.5 E AT
Php 890,000
Almera V 1.5 AT
Php 900,000
Almera VL 1.5 AT
Php 933,000

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Toyota Vios Variants
Toyota Vios Base 1.3 MT
Php 671,000
Toyota Vios J 1.3 MT
Php 697,000
Toyota Vios XE 1.3 CVT
Php 747,000
Toyota Vios XLE 1.3 MT
Php 791,000
Toyota Vios XLE 1.3 CVT
Php 841,000
Toyota Vios E 1.3 MT
Php 841,000
Toyota Vios E 1.3 CVT
Php 891,000
Toyota Vios G 1.5 MT
Php 997,000
Toyota Vios G 1.5 CVT
Php 1,056,000

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7. 2020 Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Conclusion

While the Almera’s variants are priced slightly lower than the Vios’ equivalent variants, the latter does offer more power and more on-board safety equipment. For some, being safer is well worth the slightly higher price tag.

A picture of the rear of the Toyota Vios

Do you like how the Vios' rear end looks?

Second, the Vios has a better spread of variants as well. That means it can provide more choices, as well as a better balance between features and price. 

One thing that can attract buyers to the Almera is the fact that it has the N-Sport variants. While this doesn’t add anything to its performance, it does make it stand out on the road. Now, if only Toyota would introduce a TRD kit for the current version of the Vios.

A picture of the rear of the Nissan Almera

Or do you prefer the Almera's rear end?

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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