Goodbye Toyota Tazz! Hello, Toyota Etios
At first take of this Indian-made vehicle, one can deduce that this is the replacement of the once popularly affordable Toyota Tazz Hatchback, while it also, no doubt, has the task to secure Toyota enough volume to challenge Volkswagen’s long-standing leadership in Namibia’s passenger car market.
Launched in May this year, the long awaited vehicle made it as the fastest selling car in Namibia last month as soon as it hit the market.
A balance between the start-up price, maintenance cost, performance and specification, which are all essential to a quality, affordable, value-for-money vehicle, makes it the kind of car the average Namibian people can buy.
Etios Sedan and Hatchback have the carrying capacity of up to five people with enough comfort, which is perfect for an average family, while the 13-litre glove box, with a built-in cooling function, can swallow a handbag or laptop or any other children’s toys.
There are also seven one-litre-sized cup holders, while the Sedan has a 595-litre boot big enough to fit things for a wonderful weekend at the coast. This signifies that it is for the family-type driver and not for those with high octane inflated heads who have need for speed.
On the comfort aspect of the Etios, it features a wide range of comfortable selection of seat covers and stereo systems, as well as a Bluetooth kit for your phone to avoid road accidents that occur when drivers take calls while driving, which are usually the order of the day on the Namibian roads.
The basic model features electric power steering, a tilt-adjustable steering column and air-conditioning as standard. Also standard is the ABS (antilock brake system), with electronic brake-force distribution, as well as driver and front passenger airbags. Remote central locking as well as electric windows is available only on the more expensive XS model, for the Hatchback.
The Etios uses a 66kW 1.5 l petrol engine, paired with a five-speed manual transmission, with a combined fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100km and 6 l/100km for the Sedan and Hatchback, respectively. In this respect, it does not take a toll on your fuel money, especially here in Namibia where fuel at the beginning of this year went up three times before it went down mid last month.
Etios vs. Environment
The Etios is more less an environmentally friendly car as carbon dioxide emissions are set at 140g/km for the Hatch and 138g/km for the Sedan, so preferably, the Sedan is more of an environmentally friendly car than the rest, which makes it a better choice as Toyota Namibia does its best to manage the effects of global warming.
One is expected to fork out on entrance level for a hatchback N$115,000 whilst top of the range will fetch it at N$120,000. The sedan Etios on entrance level will cost N$120,000 and top of the range it will be N$127,000. PF