Toyota Axio Hybrid
Toyota Axio Hybrid (E160) was introduced in 2013, although the simpler gasoline version was introduced a year before in 2012. Toyota Axio Hybrid with its arrival in the Japanese Automotive market was clearly a good consideration while shopping for compact sedan car. Toyota Axio Hybrid is based on the Toyota’s B platform and it shares many of the engine and other mechanical functions with its siblings in the family. Toyota Axio Hybrid comes with the same engine and transmission as the Toyota Aqua and Fielder. Toyota Axio Hybrid henceforth is one of the considerable vehicles in the market when shopping in the budget range.
Trims and Packages:
Toyota Axio Hybrid comes in three different packages namely X, G and Luxel. While all three trims share the same engine and performance figures the difference lies in the features and options.
X trim is the most basic trim Toyota Axio Hybrid comes in. X variant comes with standard key and simple wheels and some other basic features such as non-leather seats. Seats may differ depending upon the later years of Axio Hybrid.
G trim stands as a decent trim in Toyota Axio Hybrid. G trim offers keyless entry and push button start along with Alloy wheels. In addition it comes with two-tone interior and some other added accessories to it. There is an optional feature of Heated Seats available in the G-Trim
As the name indicates, Luxel qualifies as the top of line trim for Toyota Axio Hybrid. Luxel comes with all options such as leather seats with heated functionality along with some more accessories and range of two tone interior. Overall the Luxel trim stands above both X and G and features can vary depending upon the year.
Engine Transmission & Performance:
When buying a compact sedan, engine and performance are rather not the necessary concern of the consumer but it sure does help to push in the process of car buying decision. Toyota Axio Hybrid comes with a Hybrid 1.5L 1NZ-FXE I4 engine. The engine is married to CVT transmission. To put it this way, the normal Corolla Sedan manufactured for Thailand and Asian market in general is 1.3L, thus criticized to be underpowered with all that heavy body and little engine. To put it in perspective, Toyota Axio Hybrid with its 1.5L engine gives a much greater throttle response as compared to its siblings such as E179 Sedan.
Toyota Axio Hybrid is powered at a maximum number of 99HP @ 5000 RPM. It runs petrol fuel setup combined with its Hybrid motors to achieve that target.
Facelift on Toyota Axio Hybrid:
During the year 2015, Toyota decided to announce an update for the Axio Hybrid by introducing the facelift versions in Japan. The facelift featured revised design of front headlights along with LED projection lights and updated front grille. In addition the Axio Hybrid received update on front fenders, front bumper and revision in the rear tail lamps. Toyota Safety Sense system was also installed in for collision avoidance system.
Features in Toyota Axio Hybrid:
Just like any other Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) vehicle, Axio has some features put up into its sleeve that makes it a decent vehicle for the price it comes in. Let’s take a look at some of these features.
Digital Climate Control:
Yes, finally you get rid of turning the infamous knobs like you still do in the E170 sedans, for changing the climate control inside the cabin.
Traction Control and Airbags:
Axio comes with standard traction control for better stability and control. The traction control can be turned ON/OFF depending upon the need. As for the safety measures Airbags are the most important factor that increases the chance of survival in case of an unfortunate incident such as accident or rollover. Therefore the Axio comes with standard 8 airbags fitted at the front and sides.
Stability and Control:
While it may not seem that Axio Hybrid is a stable vehicle when you take a first look, wheels and tyres look small. Contrary to this, Toyota Axio Hybrid feels very stable during the drive on low and high speeds. Along with that, Toyota’s Collision Avoidance System also works as a safety measure reducing the risks on the road.
Fuel Economy and Pricing:
Toyota Axio Hybrid in real world claims an average of 21-22 kmp/l in the city drive whereas it goes up to 25-27 kmp/l on the highway. According to Pakistan’s market the Axio Hybrid costs about 23-24 lac PKR for the X variant and 25-26 lac PKR for the G variant. This price range in the local market gets you an automatic GLI in E170 Sedan which clearly is the underpowered 1.3L version of Corolla therefore Axio combined with bigger engine better options and features is the clear winner.