Contrary to popular belief, the 2019 Toyota Vios is not a new generation but a much needed major update that finally put the car back in contention as the top-selling B-segment sedan where the Honda City dominated. Out was the plain empty shell of a car, and in was a young futuristic design packed to the brim with 7 airbags, Blind-spot monitor and Panoramic View Monitor.
The facelifted 2021 Toyota Vios brings with a completely refreshed look, with redesigned LED head lights and DRLs to accompany a more aggressive front fascia. Three variants remain, the J, E and G and all are powered by the same 2NR-FE engine mated to a CVT - good for 107 PS and 140 Nm. This facelift also brings new safety features, most notably the inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) ADAS suite (for E & G variants).
Also, there is a new variant in the form of the Vios GR Sport. It looks a bit different, with a front bumper that now wears the GR family face, a bespoke bodykit and sporty 17-inch wheels. Alongside the exterior updates, there's been interior refinements too by way of red accents all around. Performance-wise, there's sports suspension now alongside a CVT with 10 virtual ratios.
With a price range of RM 74k (J), RM 82k (E), RM 87k (G) and RM 95k (GR-S), the Vios goes head-to-head with the similarly-priced Honda City and Nissan Almera.