Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines Review: Join the club

Oct 23, 2019
Editor's rating 4.5
User's rating 5.0
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines Review: Introduction
  • 2. Toyota Vios 2020 Exterior
  • 3. Toyota Vios 2020 Review: Interior
  • 4. Toyota Vios 2020 Review: Engine and Performance
  • 5. Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines Review: Safety
  • 6. Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines Price & Variant
  • 7. Toyota Vios 2020 Specs
  • 8. Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines Review: Conclusion
Toyota Vios is the Philippine Market's best selling vehicle. Let's take a look at the latest generation of this car in the Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines review. Keep reading!

1. Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines Review: Introduction

The word ubiquitous is defined as “present, appearing, or found everywhere”. If it were a dictionary entry, you'd probably find a picture of the Toyota Vios right next to it. The best-selling car in the Philippines is “present, appearing, or found everywhere” for a very good reason: it offers the best balance between practicality, performance, looks, and value.

Toyota Vios

The Toyota Vios is practically peerless in both sales figures and actual performance

Will the 2020 Toyota Vios carry that torch of ubiquity like its predecessors? Let's find out by reading the Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines review provided by Philkotse.com's car experts.

2. Toyota Vios 2020 Exterior

Every iteration of the Vios has been a car of its time, and you'll know it has made its mark in a particular culture when a car has earned a nickname. Although every generation of the car has one, the jury is still out on this car. The Toyota Vios 2020 exterior design has turned quite a few heads, though. For better or for worse, it sheds the older one’s sharp lines for more curves.

Toyota Vios 2020 exterior

Many were doubtful when the new Toyota Vios was first unveiled. Not anymore

The headlamps now sweep back toward the front fenders, and the pair of tail lamps do likewise at the rear. The front chin now has a larger air dam, eschewing the upside-down frown on the previous model for a grille that has a hint of a smile.

My gripe with this current design language is that it lacks the cohesiveness of the previous model; this time around, it's as if Toyota took design elements from the past model and stretched the lines on Photoshop just to make it look different.

I don't usually harp against a particular design, but this is the Vios we're talking about, and you can't expect the new face to meet with universal approval right away. As I'm typing this, there is an entire fleet of Toyota Vios 2020 units outside my window, and an increasing number of people are indicating their approval. You could say that the Toyota Vios is the iPhone of local cars. That Vios Prime body kit looks really tight, though.

3. Toyota Vios 2020 Review: Interior

Inside is where the magic is. I’ve always been a sucker for a car’s interior design, so much so that I feel it holds more weight than a car’s exterior. The 2020 Toyota Vios interior is where you spend most of your time after all, and for me, the 2020 Vios takes the proverbial cake.

The Vios takes the steering wheel and shifter from the previous generation Corolla Altis, which I happen to love. The leather-wrapped tiller has a rather compact diameter while being meaty, molding to my hands just right. Don't expect a lot of soft-touch plastics, as there isn’t much, if at all.

The old stitched look makes a comeback in the 2020 Toyota Vios, but it all feels very 2013;  I remember as it was the same time the Galaxy Note 3 was released. It looks good to look at, although it feels somewhat rough to the touch.

Toyota Vios interior dashboard

The redesigned interior offers a fresh take on what a small car should be

Space is quite adequate too, although the rear seats can barely fit three well-fed car journalists sitting abreast. Controls and switches are logically placed as well, and the nicely padded armrest is a welcome addition. The Vios had always delivered on this front, and the latest iteration doesn’t disappoint. The cabin's all-black motif is a nice touch, too.

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4. Toyota Vios 2020 Review: Engine and Performance

Motivating the Toyota Vios are carryover engines from the previous generation. One major change is in the 1.5-liter engine, as it now features multiple drive modes and plastic paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel for more control. With 106 HP and 140 Nm of torque on tap, the CVT utilizes every available ounce of power within the rev range efficiently.

While the set-up isn't exactly earth-shaking, it's still quite adequate to pull the Vios’ weight around. The electronic throttle body, controlled by the drive-by-wire computer sets the acceleration to the leisure mode by default, which means there's a split-second “delay” that most people mistake for a defect. The CVT and drive-by-wire combo was actually meant to behave this way, to encourage economical driving.

Toyota Vios at speed on the highway

With Dual VVT-i engine technology, the Toyota Vios offers the perfect balance of power and efficiency

Did I mention that the Toyota Vios 2020 now has an active drive mode selection? Toyota listens to its clients, knowing they want to power on demand, even on Econo cars. One way to compensate for the so-called acceleration lag is by switching between Normal, Eco and Sport modes; it doesn't add any power really, but simply changes the accelerator’s characteristics, yet you can feel the result by the seat of your pants.

Driving the car sensibly nets you 8-9 km/l in our terrible gridlock traffic, which isn’t too bad, all things considered.

5. Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines Review: Safety

Here comes the game-changer on the 2020 Toyota Vios. While most cars in this class are content with offering entry-level safety features, the manufacturer values its clients so much that it introduced a plethora of safety-related perks across the board of Toyota cars.

You heard that right; I actually had to do a double-take on the provided brochure from Toyota Philippines, but even the base model has, get this: seven airbags, Stability Control, and Hill Start Assist, apart from the standard antilock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and seatbelts with ISOFIX anchors. 

(Editor's note: At the time of the article's publication, the Vios offered seven airbags as a standard feature across the range. With the launch of the XLE variant last November 6 offering only three airbags, Toyota Philippines has announced that future units of the lower Vios variants such as the base and J will follow suit. All other safety features mentioned in this article will be retained for the 2020 model year.)   

Toyota Vios in a convoy

The Vios stands as the vanguard of subcompact car safety

Hill-start assist applies the foot brakes for a few seconds, preventing the car from rolling backward on an incline and giving you enough time to engage first gear with ease. Electronic stability control minimizes the loss of your car’s traction, especially when maneuvering in wet conditions.

These features are typically found in more premium car models, but Toyota has managed to equip the Vios with them, including the base trim! And here I was, wondering why the Vios is the Philippines’ best-selling car. After experiencing it…#IWantIt

6. Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines Price & Variant

Model
Price
Toyota Vios 1.3 Base MT price
P662,000
Toyota Vios 1.3 E CVT price
P881,000
Toyota Vios 1.3 E MT price
P831,000
Toyota Vios 1.3 E Prime CVT price
P936,000
Toyota Vios 1.3 E Prime MT price
P886,000
Toyota Vios 1.3 J MT price
P688,000
Toyota Vios 1.3 XE
P738,000
Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT price
P1,043,000
Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT White Pearl price
P1,058,000
Toyota Vios 1.5 G MT price
P984,000
Toyota Vios 1.5 G MT White Pearl price
P999,000
Toyota Vios 1.5 G Prime CVT price
P1,098,000
Toyota Vios 1.5 G Prime CVT White Pearl price
P1,113,000

>>> Refer to our Toyota Vios Philippines price list to get the details on monthly payments

7. Toyota Vios 2020 Specs

Engine & Performance
Engine
1.5 L Dual VVT-i Engine, In-Line 4-Cylinder 16 Valve
Displacement (liters)
1496 cc.
Horsepower
106 Hp
Torque
140 Nm
Power train
CVT
Drive train
Fuel
Gasoline
Suspension
Front
MacPherson Strut Type with Coil Spring
Back
Torsion Beam
Brake
Front
Ventilated Discs
Back
Disc
Tire size
R16
Dimensions
Length
4,425mm
Width
1,730mm
Height
1,475mm
Wheel base
2,550mm
Safety and security
Dual Airbags
Yes
Side Airbags
Yes
Curtain Airbags
Yes
Knee Airbags
Yes
3-pt. ELR Seatbelts
Yes
Vehicle Stability Control
Yes
Hill Start Assist
Yes
ABS
Yes
EBD
Yes
Interior and Comfort features
Automatic AC
Yes
Head unit
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Weblink
Yes
USB connectivity
Yes
Push Start
Yes
Smart Entry systems
Yes
Steering wheel controls
Yes
Paddle shifter
Yes
Audio controls
Yes
Wireless door lock
Yes
Speed-sensing locks
Yes
Exterior features
Headlamps
Halogen projector
Daylight running lights
LEDs
Fog lamp
Yes
Third brake light
Yes

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8. Toyota Vios 2020 Philippines Review: Conclusion

The Toyota Vios is an embarrassment of riches in the subcompact sedan segment, and I mean that in a good way; it offers more than its fair share of features than anyone can shake a stick at. It already is the best-selling car overall, so Toyota would still be forgiven even if they just simply rested on their laurels and banked on reputation alone, giving the Vios just a minor refresh every few years or so.

But that would have been a cop-out, at the very least. The tenets of Kaizen, or the philosophy of continuous improvement, has always been Toyota’s way. 2020 Toyota Vios neither keeps up with the pack nor leads it; it utterly dominates, leaving the rest to fight over scraps.

After this Toyota Vios 2020 review in the Philippines, you'll realize that the Vios serves as a lesson to the car industry that you can always strive for better and more, but the key is in the execution and how you value your clients.

toyota vios on display

There is no stopping the Vios, now that it has an all-new model

Do you now want a Vios as much as I do? We have more for you to choose so visit our best cars for sale for widening your choice. And remember to follow Philkotse.com for more news and reviews about the local car industry. Leave a comment down below to join in on the conversation!

 

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len diestro
len diestro 00:50 | Nov 10, 2019
The airbags were reduced to 3. The airbags were reduced to 3.
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