We all learned that the 2019 Toyota Vios can only do so much in terms of engine performance, more so, when the car is full. After all, it’s powered by a 1.3-liter engine, a carry-over from the previous generation subcompact sedan.
But what it lacks in providing spirited driving, it makes up with its commendable ride comfort and roomy cabin. Not to mention, the reliability of the brand that has constantly been proven over the years. It’s no wonder that this car has been the favorite choice among taxis, fleet vehicles, and even ride-sharing companies. Well, aside from the fact that it’s a Toyota – a brand known for its ease of maintenance and reliability.
Open and Roomy Cabin
Just like the outgoing Vios, you’ll instantly notice the unimpeded wiggle room for you and the front occupant the moment you sit on the driver’s seat. It feels really spacious and makes driving the car as easy as pie. The fabric used on the seats are also soft to the touch, almost felt-like, but it too has its downside as it’s a dirt- and lint-magnet.
One of my major qualm with the Vios is its non-telescopic steering wheel. Even with the height adjuster of the driver’s seat, it’s challenging to find a comfortable driving position in the car. I tried driving the Vios for 3 straight hours with the best position I can find – my feet hurt after that drive.
As with most Japanese cars, it’s easy to familiarize with the Vios controls and they’re all within arms reach. The front cabin is also blessed with four cup and bottle holders, but the one at the center console is a bit deep; it could easily drown your typical P50 cup of joe. The console box is also small, just enough to fit a wallet and a smartphone. It’s also awkwardly positioned to the rear, so you won’t be able to use it as an elbow rest.
It’s pretty basic for the rear passengers inside the Vios. Even with the ample leg- and head-room, there are no foldable center armrest, no air vents, and not even a single USB port or 12V power socket. All you have are bottle holders by the doors. Good thing there are headrests for three and there’s no transmission tunnel on the floor so filling the car with five people won’t be a problem at all. Air conditioning also works flawlessly at any time of the day.
The trunk of the Vios is unchanged from the previous-generation model, so yes, it has the capacity of bigger sedans. It could easily accommodate a standard-sized child stroller while still having ample space for groceries. The only problem with it is that the rear backrests don’t fold in a 60:40 manner, which means you can’t really maximize the amount of cargo that you can carry.
The 2019 Toyota Vios 1.3 is indeed a safe choice. It isn’t a car that would wow your peers or impress an innocent bystander. Rather, it’s one vehicle that could last for years under your ownership. With its overall interior and cargo space offering, you’re assured that your car isn’t just for ferrying four people from point A to point B; it can even be an extension of your room. Just make sure these things aren’t left inside the car.