Toyota Vios 2018 Review: Not For Taxis

In the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), the Toyota Vios came to the surface with a new look. Sedans that have stepped on this third generation experience a major facelift. Not only the exterior, interior and engine supplies behind the hood also undergo changes and updates.

The Toyota Vios has now been embedded with the same engine with Yaris and Sienta, the 2NR-FE type engine, 1,500 cc Dual VVT-i. This engine is claimed to be able to produce power of 105 HP aka 107 PS and torque of 140 Nm. Not only that, the transmission is equipped with a 5-speed configuration for manual and 7-speed for CVT.

Even so, Toyota is unwilling to make the Vios 2018 a taxi car again. Toyota claims to still accept the taxi fleet offer, but with the old version of Vios. It seems that this attitude is also in response to taxi companies that began to switch to MPV as their fleet.

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Front Face

It is undeniable, the front look of the Toytoa Vios 2018 is very similar to the latest Yaris. Not without reason, the Toyota Vios and Yaris have the same base.

Opinion began to emerge. The Vios fascia with a new face is judged like the look of the Joker thanks to a large blend of grille. Headlights, bonnet, bumpers and fenders have changed from the previous Vios.

Speaking of lights, the variant ‘G’ has already used a DRL that blends in the radiator grille. While the specifications of the small lights use small strip LEDs. Large lights use the projector halogen, the halogen lamp is ordinary, and the fog lamp is also halogen. It’s a bit strange, considering that the second generation Vios has adopted the HID alias Xenon lamp on its headlamp. There is a new rumor for Toyota Tundra. This model will comeout at year of 2020. 2020 Toyota Tundra price is good. Not too expensive.


Extending to the side of the body, the Toyota Vios 2018 has a body line that changes. The front line is no longer pulled from the lamp but is pulled from the front fender. The variant G can handle chrome doors and 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, while the E variant is only 15-inch alloy wheels.

To the gasoline hood section, changes also occur. The previous output is rounded, while now the box is.
Changes are clearly visible at the stern. The Toyota Vios 2018 has a flat shape that extends exactly like the Yaris. The shape is more elegant especially with the addition of shark fin antenna.

Specifications of the G variant taillights consist of elongated LEDs for night lights, brake lights, LEDs with high mount stop halogen lamps. For turn signal and reverse lights still use halogen. But again, the rear fog is removed, not like the second generation Vios.


Although similar to the Toyota Yaris, the interior of the 2018 Toyota Vios is considered quite impressive.
Not different from the outside, the interior of the 2018 Vios Toyota has undergone a change and again, similar to Yaris. Compared to the older version, the Vios interior uses a two-layer dashboard layout separated by a horizontal line, here the layout is like being separated vertically which extends to the center console.

The dashboard design and door trim changed. But the dual color beige black tone is still maintained as a differentiator with Yaris. The material on the dashboard is all plastic, but many silver trims and piano black panels make it look boring.

Unfortunately, there is no large piano black panel on the door like it used to be. Instead, fabric material is embedded in it. In the G wheel variant the leather has been coated and the design has also changed.

Safety Features

The 2018 Toyota Vios was awarded a feature that could be said to be abundant. For its safety features, Vios has 7 airbags in all variants.

In the braking system already equipped with ABS, EBD and BA are also available in all variants. Typical features of automatic transmission also exist. Hill Start Assist will hold the brake pedal on the incline for a few seconds when our feet move to the gas pedal. Not only that, Vehicle Stability Control is also available on all types of Toyota Vios 2018.

But rear disc brakes are only available in the G variant, because the rear brake variant E is still drum.
Armed with these safety features and test results, the Toyota Vios 2018 is reportedly rewarded with a 5 star rating in ASEAN NCAP.

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