Vios or Yaris Ativ.. Which One Should Replace XLi and GLi in Pakistan?

Rumors have been around for quite a while now regarding Indus Motors (IMC) planning to replace the popular 1.3 liter Xli & GLi variants of the Toyota Corolla sedan in Pakistan.

Pakistan currently is the only country where a 1300cc engine variant is offered with Corolla, and it remains a fact that this engine remains the most popular among all available Corolla variants.

Related: Opinion: The Legacy of Corolla XLi and GLi

Now however IMC is considering a smaller sedan to replace the 1.3 liter Corolla variants which may likely be the Vios or the all-new Yaris Ativ. Below is the brief comparison between the two similar Toyota subcompacts which takes on the likes of Honda City and Suzuki Ciaz alike.

Toyota Vios

The Vios is currently in its third generation which was introduced back in 2013, however earlier this year the Vios has received a facelift with a revised front and rear end.

Toyota Yaris Ativ

The new Yaris Ativ sedan was introduced most recently in August 2017 and quickly became one of the most successful cars in Thailand.

Comparison: Body Dimensions

Overall the Yaris Ativ is slightly bigger than the Vios. The Yaris Ativ is longer and wider than the Vios but has the same height and wheelbase. However the Ativ has a smaller turning radius than the Vios which is a plus point.

DescriptionToyota Yaris Ativ
Toyota Vios
Length (mm)4,4254,420
Width (mm)1,7301,700
Height (mm)1,4751,475
Wheelbase (mm)2,5502,550
Front Wheel Width (mm)1,4701,455
Rear Wheel Width (mm)1,4601,445
Lowest turn radius (m)5.15.7

Comparison: Suspension

Both the cars have exactly same suspension system so they are expected to give a similar driving experience.

DescriptionToyota Yaris Ativ
Toyota Vios
SuspensionMacPherson strut with steel stabilizer
Rear suspensionTungsten Beam and Coil Spring Steel stabilizer
wheel15 inch alloy16 inch alloy
rubber185/60 R15195/50 R16

Comparison: Interior

The interior apart from some minor differences remains very much the same.

DescriptionToyota Yaris Ativ
Toyota Vios
Interior colorblackblack
EPS Power Steering with

High-level adjustment

Power windowsYesYes
Keyless Keys and Push Start ButtonYesYes
MID display4.2 inch TFT color displayhave
Automatic air conditioningYesYes

AM / FM / CD / DVD / MP3 / WMA

7-inch touch screen

With connectors

USB / HDMI / Micro SD Card

7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and

USB connector

Audio control switch at the wreathYesYes

Comparison: Safety

Both the sedans are very much comparable in terms of safety equipment.

DescriptionToyota Yaris AtivToyota Vios
Seat belts, front and rearYesYes
3-point rear seat belts, 3 positionsYesYes
ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD and BA brakes.YesYes
VSC stability control systemYesYes
Whiplash Injury LesseningYesYes

Comparison: Engines

The Vios comes with different versions of 1.3 liter and 1.5 liter engines paired to either a 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic or a 7-speed Super CVT-i depending on the market whereas the Yaris Ativ comes with a 1.2 liter engine paired with a Super CVT-i transmission only.

Which one should make it to Pakistan?

Both the cars can be considered to be launched in Pakistan but obviously only one of them will make its way here. The Yaris Ativ has become a new sensation straight after its launch in Thailand, securing 19th position among best sellers with 1.7% market share within just 3 months while Toyota has indicated its plans to export the Ativ sub-compact to over 70 countries. Pakistan has a strong connection to Thailand when it comes to automobiles so chances of the Ativ to be launched in Pakistan are there.

Related: Can the New Yaris Ativ be a Replacement of Corolla 1.3?

The Vios on the other hand is around for quite some time now and more importantly comes with the same 1.3 liter engine that’s being offered with the XLi and GLi in Pakistan. And it might make sense for IMC to carry on with the same engine & same badges (XLi and GLi) placed on the Vios to cash in the success of this variant without experimenting the all-new Yaris Ativ.

Which among the two you think should be introduced in Pakistan, cast your vote blow and let us know with the comments.

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