2023 Toyota Vios Old vs New: Spot the differences 

Updated Aug 19, 2022 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

Is this a worthy successor? 

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest automotive news, then you’ll know that the all-new Ativ sedan was already revealed in Thailand. This model previews the next-generation Toyota Vios which will eventually reach other markets including the Philippines.

Aside from the new exterior and interior styling, the next-gen Vios is underpinned by a new platform. So, this brings us to the question, how does it differ from the current model sold in the Philippines? Let’s find out.  

A picture of the old and new Toyota Vios

How does the old Vios compare to the new one that was released in Thailand?

2023 Toyota Vios Old vs New: Exterior 

For the front, the old Vios, which was given a facelift in 2020, comes with a pair of swept-back headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lamps. It also sports a grille that mirrors the look of the Lexus spindle-style grilles, as well as front fog lamp houses similar to those found on the Corolla Altis. 

A picture of the Toyota Vios G

The currently available Toyota Vios G

The new one, on the other hand, is fitted with a larger grille that comes in an isosceles trapezoid shape. Its headlamps are still seamlessly fused together with the LED daytime running lamps, though these are shorter and more angular compared to the current Toyota Vios sold in the Philippines.  

A picture of the Thai-spec 2023 Toyota Ativ (Vios)

The 2023 Toyota Ativ which previews the future Philippine-spec Vios

Towards the sides, one can see that the old model comes with the typical sedan silhouette. The new one meanwhile, assumes a fastback shape.  

The new model also gets a pair of boxier-shaped LED taillights, which are a bit more angular compared to the tear-shaped ones on the old Toyota Vios for sale in the Philippines.  

The old Vios from the rear

The old Vios from the rear

For wheels, the old Vios G variant rides on a set of 16-inch alloy wheels. The new one meanwhile still retains a 16-inch set, though these come with a more contemporary two-tone design. 

Size-wise, the old or the current Toyota Vios in the Philippines is 4,425mm long, 1,730mm wide, and 1,475mm in height. In turn, the new Ativ (Vios) is 4,425mm in length, 1,740mm wide, and 1,480mm in height.  

The new Ativ's (Vios) rear end

The new Ativ's (Vios) rear end

2023 Toyota Vios Old vs New: Interior 

Inside, the new Vios (Ativ) now sports a revamped interior design. It is significantly sleeker-looking compared to the old Vios’s interior, and it appears roomier as well. 

The old Toyota Vios' cockpit

The old Toyota Vios' cockpit

Like the old model though, the new one still has fabric seats for the lower-spec models, and leather-wrapped seats for the higher-spec trims. On the top-spec trims though, the Ativ (Vios) does look a bit more premium compared to the old Vios since it looks like it has more soft-touch surfaces.  

Unlike the old model, the new one gets 60:40 split folding rear seats. This means easier cargo loading and better utilization of space.

A picture of the interior of the 2023 Toyota Ativ (Vios)

The new one's front cabin exhibits plenty of straight lines and contemporary design cues  

2023 Toyota Vios Old vs New: Tech & Safety 

For entertainment, the old higher-spec Vios trims are kitted out with a 6.75-inch display headunit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity. It is then linked to six speakers. 

Compare that to the new 2023 Toyota Vios model, which now comes with a larger 9-inch headunit. It also offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity.  

The 6.75-inch headunit on the old Vios G

The 6.75-inch headunit on the old Vios G

Like the headunit on the older model, the larger headunit on the newer Vios is also linked to a six-piece speaker system. It is, however, a floating-type touchscreen positioned on top of the dash. This might mean that it can provide easier reach and visibility compared to the old headunit that was situated a bit farther down. 

The old Vios also came with an optitron analog gauge cluster. The new Thai-spec model meanwhile, sports a seven-inch TFT digital gauge cluster.  

The new 9-inch floating-type touchscreen on the new model

The new 9-inch floating-type touchscreen on the new model

For safety, both the old and new Vios get seven airbags, anti-lock braking, hill-start assist, stability control, ISOFIX child seat anchors, etc. 

The new model though, does add on to those with several driver assist features. These include a pre-collision alert system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, among others.  

2023 Toyota Vios Old vs New: Engine 

Under the hood, the old Vios either used a 1.5-liter or 1.3-liter engine. Both are gasoline-powered, and both are four-cylinders.  

For the 1.5-liter mill, it can make up to 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. The 1.3-liter version meanwhile could churn out 98 horsepower and 123 Nm of torque. Both were then paired to a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) sending power to its front wheels.  

The old model's gear shifter

The old model's gear shifter

Likewise, the Ativ (Vios) is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive model. At least for the Thai-spec model though, it seems that Toyota did away with either of the two engines mentioned above, and instead opted for a smaller 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. 

At the most, this can produce 94 horsepower and 110 Nm of torque. This means that it is less powerful than either of the old Vios’ powertrains.  

Also not present on the new Vios is a manual tranny. Instead, it exclusively uses the new “Super CVT-I" that comes with a sequential shift manual mode.  

The new model's gear shifter

The new model's gear shifter

As mentioned in the premier article of the 2023 Toyota Ativ, there’s no word yet as to when Toyota Motor Philippines will launch it as the Vios in the market. But if you want to catch more updates on this upcoming model, keep it here on Philkotse

Know more about Toyota Vios 2024

Toyota Vios

Competing in the subcompact sedan segment, the Toyota Vios 2023 is the top sales contributor for the Japanese automaker. The price for the Toyota Vios in the Philippines ranges from PHP 732,000 to PHP 1,055,000. A total of 7 Toyota Vios variants are offered, with the top-of-the-line Vios GR-S variant coming with a tag of PHP 1,055,000. Two engine options are available in the range, which can be connected to either a 5-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Dimensions-wise, the subcompact sedan spans 4,425 mm in length, 1,730 mm in width, and 1,475 mm in height. The main rivals of the Toyota vehicle include the Honda City, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, and Nissan Almera.

The Toyota Vios is not only the best-selling model in the Japanese automaker's lineup, but the entire Philippine market. It serves as a reliable subcompact sedan for those who are looking for a daily driver. Also, the Vios is proudly Philippine-assembled which supports Filipino automotive workers. Now, the vehicle is competing in its respective class head high using the refreshed body released by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) in the country last 2020.

₱ 732,000 - ₱ 1,055,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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