Exterior - Hey there, good lookin'
Like its recently-facelifted 2021 Toyota Yaris stablemate, the redesign makes the Vios look more mature.
Toyota has done away with the catfish-esque design of the pre-facelift model, this time employing sharper LED head lamps with integrated daytime running lights (DRLs) to accompany a rehashed front bumper.
Also, the front fog lamps are now LED units, replacing the pre-facelift's halogen bulbs.
The E & G variants still wear the same 16-inch wheels as the pre-facelift (the 15-inch units on the J are now like the Thai-spec cars). The rear on all variants are virtually unchanged from the pre-facelift.
Six colour choices are available: Platinum White Pearl, Dark Blue Metallic, Red Mica Metallic, Silver Metallic and this Orange Metallic that replaces Attitude Black.
Interior - two shades of grey
Changes are more than just skin deep in the cabin. Yes, there's dark grey trims now (replacing bright silver ones in the pre-facelift) and a new fabric seat design, but the main things are updates to the infotainment and instrument cluster.
For one, the Vios' 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system now gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, a welcome feature that replaces the fussy MirrorLink system.
The 1.5 E variant now gets an Optitron instrument cluster like the 1.5 G. In the process, the 1.5 E also benefits from a new steering wheel with controls for the MID.
Also like its hatchback stablemate, there's an optional wireless charger. This costs RM 550 and it'll be available on all variants.
Safety - a touch better with TSS
Note that the new Vios 1.5 G comes with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), comprising of these features:
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
Front collision warning (FCW)
Lane departure alert (LDA)
Other features include:
3D 360-degree camera (new, previously 2D)
Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (BSM, RCTA)
Front digital video recorder (DVR/dashcam)
Vehicle stability control (VSC)
Hill-start assist control (HAC)
Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (ABS, EBD)
Brake assist (BA)
Here's what stays the same:
Powering the Vios is still the same 2NR-FE, 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder engine making 107 PS and 140 Nm paired to a CVT with 7 virtual ratios.
Paddle shifters, electrochromic rear-view mirror and drive mode switches are also carried over from the pre-facelift car.
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Prices of the 2021 Toyota Vios
All these changes mean there's a small price increase across the board - around RM 1,000 to RM 3,100. Here's the new estimated prices:
|2021 Toyota Vios estimated price list|
|Variant||1.5 J (AT)||1.5E (AT)||1.5G (AT)|
|Price||RM 75,701||RM 85,674||RM 89,232|
The estimated price list shown above are SST-exempt (valid until 31-Dec 2020), on-the-road sans insurance and road tax. They may look enticing, but take a look at how much you should expect monthly instalments to be in this article.
Vehicle Telematics System (VTS) and Toyota premium security and solar film (tints) come standard on the E and G variants at this price.
How does it fare against its competitors?
We've pitted the new Vios against the all-new 2020 Honda City and the Almera. It's an interesting proposition - read more in this article.