Let’s face it South African consumers have taken a pummelling of late. Economic stress is at an all-time high and the general cost of living is really beginning to take its toll.

Toyota has answered that call with the all-new Etios. A vehicle that has it all – space (biggest in class), pace (largest capacity engine in its price segment), kit (everything you need) and cost.

When it comes to people- and luggage-carrying capacity, the Etios plays its strongest trump card. Both the hatch and the sedan are paragons of roominess, capable of transporting five adults in sublime comfort. Generous dimensions play their part, but so does intelligent seat design.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the Etios’s spatial attractions: 13-litre glove box – big enough to swallow a handbag or even a laptop. Seven 1-litre-sized cup holders. Driver and front passenger door pockets. The sedan has a ridiculously cavernous 595-litre boot – by far the biggest of any of the compact saloons currently on sale.

At a glance, here are some of the comfort and convenience features that are sure to put a smile on your dial: Electric power steering. Remote central locking (XS only). Tilt-adjustable steering column. Air conditioning with clean air filter. Glove box with cooling function. Electric front and rear windows (XS only). Accessory socket. Manual headlamp levelling system. Rear window demister (XS only). Tachometer (XS only).

Powering the Etios range is a 66kW/132Nm 1.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve (2NR-FE) petrol engine featuring all-aluminium cylinder blocks has been developed from scratch and adapted to meet the specific needs of the South African market.


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