One of the most celebrated automakers in the world, Toyota launched its Entry Family Car (EFC) Etios for the Indian market in 2010 during the Auto Expo in Delhi. The name Etios has been inspired by the Greek word ‘Ethos’ which signifies spirit, character and ideas. By 2012, the company sold more than 100000 units of this sedan, and finally, in September 2016 it became facelifted for the third time and came to be known in India as Toyota Platinum Etios. The car gets assembled at the Bidadi based Toyota Kirloskar Motor Plant in Karnataka, and the manufacturer has kept the pricing in the comfortable range by using only domestic parts in it.
The facelifted Platinum Etios has got many cosmetic tweaks on its exterior as well as the interior face. The company has done substantial research and taken into consideration the customer’s feedback before coming up with the unique design of the upgraded Platinum Etios. The compact sedan now has a redesigned V-shaped grille with chrome surrounds and black inserts. The fog lamps too have a conspicuous boomerang-shaped chrome accent adding character to the front fascia. In the rear end, the revamped bumper and the chrome slat under the Etios badging makes the car look upmarket and sophisticated. You can find the Platinum Etios in seven attractive colours- White, Pearl White with Crystal Shine, Classic Grey, Symphony Silver, Harmony Beige, Vermilion Red, and Celestial Black.
The cabin of the upgraded Platinum Etios now bears refined touch. The dashboard comes in dual tone- black and beige, charming the occupants with its leather wrap steering wheel and new instrument cluster. However, the plastic quality in the interiors is average and cannot hide the fact that you are riding a budget sedan. The seats have good cushioning and adequate thigh support for the comfort of the passengers. A 6.8-inch touchscreen takes care of the infotainment of Platinum Etios Limited Edition, and it has integrated voice recognition function. However, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are missing here. One exciting feature of this sedan is its 13litre cooled glove box which can hold a multitude of things.
Platinum Etios has two engine options- 1.5-liter petrol and a 1.4-liter diesel mill, same as its predecessor. The petrol motor generates a maximum power of 89 bhp@5600 rpm and a peak torque of 132 Nm@3000 rpm. The values in case of diesel oil burner are slightly low at 67 bhp@3800 rpm and 170 Nm@1800-2400 rpm. In both the configuration, the engine remains mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, supplying power to the front wheels. The diesel model has become increasingly popular due to its excellent mileage of 23.59 Kmpl.
Being an Entry Family Car, the pricing of Platinum Etios remains within the comfort zone of the auto enthusiasts. It ranges between INR 6.8 lakh to INR 8.94 lakh (Ex-showroom Price in New Delhi). The car takes on the likes of Fiat Linea, Ford Figo Aspire, Honda Amaze, Mahindra Verito, and Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire.
It is a spacious sedan with enough space for five passengers for weekend trips.
The safety features including dual front airbags, seatbelts for all the riders, and ABS with EBD are present as a standard in all the variants.
The boot space of 592-litre is one of the best in the segment.
The engine and the cabin feels dated, and you do not get a pleasurable riding experience.
The materials used in the dashboard and central console are of average quality and does not offer any refined upmarket feel.
There is no rear AC vent for the comfort of the back passengers.
In the end, we can say that at INR 6.8 lakh Toyota Platinum Etios is a worthy compact sedan to watch for.