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Driven December 2010
At first glance, the Etios reminds me too much of the Mahindra Logan. Not to say that it's ugly, it’s just bland. On the inside, things are slightly different. In the top-end VX, you get red and black upholstery. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is finished well, but unfortunately a lot of the plastics feel cheap. The cabin and the backseat are nice and comfortable.
Weighing in at 930kg, the Etios is one of the lightest sedans around. Build quality is decent, but the doors do feel tinny. The 1.5-litre petrol unit puts out 89bhp and 132Nm of torque. This means the Etios responds well to the throttle and can easily pull past gaps in traffic.
With a 0-100kph time of 11.02 seconds, it is right up there in Ford Fiesta territory. The Etios also wins top marks for fuel efficiency, with an overall 12.9kpl.
It scores high on ride quality at slow-to-medium speeds. Handling is safe and unexciting. The steering feels light and doesn’t provide much feedback. At high speeds, the car feels too light and tends to get unsettled over bumps.
For anyone looking for no-nonsense motoring, the Etios makes a good case for itself provided you can do without the excitement.