Toyota Vios 2018 Philippines - A great hit of Toyota to the local market
Making its first footprint in the auto market in 2002 when car enthusiasts were expecting a far-reaching change in the sedan segment, the Toyota Vios immediately became the center of attention. The Vios was born as a replacement of the Toyota Tercel and successfully brought up sales numbers of the Japanese car giant.
Since then, as its name evokes – “Move Forward”, the Toyota Vios has been one of the best-selling models of the auto manufacturer and also a fierce rival in the sedan segment.
2018 Toyota Vios In Depth Review
It might be interesting to notice that the number of Toyota Vios lover has been drastically increased along with the the launch of its 3 most recent generations. This is one of the main reasons encouraging us to find out what makes the Vios become a great hit of Toyota to the local market.
While we are still unsure when the next-gen Vios which was spotted testing in Thailand a few months ago will come to our shores, let's look through our Toyota Vios 2018 review on Philkotse.com for the current generation to gain a full insight into this iconic vehicle. This is a particular review for the Toyota Vios 1.3 E AT variant.
The Toyota Vios has been one of the best-selling models of the Japanese manufacturer
1. Toyota Vios 2018 Exterior
Similar to other Toyota cars, the all new Toyota Vios 2018 also received a great thoroughness from its manufacturer. At first glance, the sedan gets a sleek but sporty exterior. In detail, the front fascia features a glossy radiator grille cleverly connected to the front air intakes. Additionally, the terrifically styled halogen headlights connect closely to the chrome-plated bars, highlighting the Toyota logo at the center of the front. Meanwhile, the bumper is surrounded by black fog lamps, making it more outstanding and delight as well.
The front fascia features a glossy radiator grille cleverly connected to the front air intakes
The sides feature beautiful black B and C pillars, colored door handles and glace indicator mounted wing mirrors. Another refinement of the side is 14-inch/15-inch 8-spoke alloy wheels.
The rear is adorned with civilized taillights with wide chrome plate set on the boot lid and a roof equipped with a sporty antenna, keeping a dynamic style for the Vios.
The rear is adorned with civilized taillights with wide chrome plate set on the boot lid
The rear bumper has a reflector, along with rear windscreen window and rear combined lamps to enhance safety of drivers and passengers. Although Vios is considered a compact sedan, the overall dimension of the sedan is 4410mm x 1700mm x 1475mm (L x W x H) and its wheelbase hits the 2550 mm mark, which is a pretty impressive figure in comparison with other vehicles in the same segment.
The rear bumper has a reflector, along with rear windscreen window and rear combined lamps to enhance safety of drivers and passengers
2. Toyota Vios 2018 Interior
2.1. Seating capacity
Stepping inside, thanks to a bump in height and length, the Toyota Vios 2018 interior offers a more spacious cabin compared to previous models. The Vios can carry up to 5 people including a driver and 4 passengers. Adjustable driver seat ensures flexible sitting posture, while the rear row is highly appreciated as it can accommodate tall occupants comfortably.
The Toyota Vios 2018 offers a more spacious cabin compared to previous models
However, the seats seem to be more appropriate for urban driving than off-road driving. In detail, the Vios seats fail to comfort drivers’ lower back as it provides no lumbar support, which might cause backache during long off-road trips.
The Vios can carry up to 5 people including a driver and 4 passengers
2.2. Infotainment system
The sporty theme of the Toyota Vios is mostly highlighted in the center console and the dashboard which is wrapped by high-qualified plastic. The dashboard is also impressive with a large tachometer display and an analog speedometer.
The dashboard is also impressive with a large tachometer display and an analog speedometer
The infotainment system is equipped with a three-spoke steering wheel which is made of polyurethane with an impressively sporty flat bottom and a triple-gauge display. This gauge is decorated with beautifully-designed dials, providing the Vios interior a youthful and sophisticated look.
The highlight of the infotainment system lies in the modern audiophiles and a great adjustability for audio centralization, which promises to comfort and relax ears of driver and occupants.
The sporty theme of the Toyota Vios is mostly highlighted in the center console and the dashboard which is wrapped by high-qualified plastic
3. Toyota Vios 2018 Philippines: Safety features
The all newToyota Vios 2018 features a kit of safety features including:
Electronic Brake Distribution
ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist
Electronic Door Locks
The Vios 2018 is equipped with driver's airbag
4. Toyota Vios 2018 Review: Engine &Performance
The Toyota Vios 1.3 E AT is powered by a 1.3-liter dual VVTi engine which is capable of cranking out 98 hp and 123 Nm of torque, works in a conjunction with a 7-speed CVT. Running with this engine, the car offers better driving experience than expected.
The Toyota Vios 1.3 E AT is powered by a 1.3-liter dual VVTi engine
However, when running on highways, it is a bit unsure about the Vios’s performance. If this is something you concern the most and is considering between Honda City vs Toyota Vios, the former seems to be a more proper choice. Read our review for the Honda City here to have a better comparison.
In terms of riding comfort, it is unavoidable that the car causes shaking while running on rough or harsh roads. Road noise is another disadvantage for the Vios, even when it runs at low speeds.
5. Toyota Vios 2018 Specs in the Philippines
Toyota Vios 2018 Specs in the Philippines
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
CVT with Sequential Shift
Max Output (HP)
98 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque (nm)
123 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
Economy & Environment
Number of Doors
Number of Seats
Wheels Metal Type
Manual Dial Cooler
7-inch Touch Screen display audio with CD/MP3/Bluetooth/Voice Control/Mirror Link
Aux and USB
3 Years (100,000 km)
6. Toyota Vios 2018 Price in the Philippines
As mentioned earlier, Toyota Vios is a best-seller of the Japanese carmaker in the local market. Not only being a popular choice for sedan car buyers, the vehicle is also preferred by those who are looking for affordable cars to be used as a taxi in the Philippines. ₱617,000 is definitely a bargain price for such a great car.
Through this Toyota Vios 2018 review, we believe that you have already had your own thought about this popular vehicle. And to give you a deeper insight into this Toyota model, we've put together the pros and cons of Toyota Vios 2018 as follows:
Toyota Vios 2018 Review: Pros and Cons
Seatings are not comfortable enough
Low fuel efficiency
It’s time to draw a conclusion. All things considered, it is undoubted that the all newToyota Vios 2018 is a good choice for car buyers with a spacious cabin, great features and especially, an affordable price tag.
Hopefully, our article has added one more reason for you to drive home this famous Toyota vehicle.