We wanted another SUV to replace our 2004 Dodge Durango, which we sold 3 years ago. We were looking at either the Ford Explorer or the Toyota Prado. Later on, we were thinking of buying a cheaper MPV like the Toyota Innova. Then, we just wanted a small car since we're buying a Fortuner this year, so we thought of this, the Altis, the Honda Civic RS and the Volkswagen Polo. In the end, we chose this and we bought it July 30 last year.
Performance of this car is good, but it's still nothing compared to other cars out there. The one we have has the latest 1.5 dual VVTi engine, but still struggles uphill in the condo, the mall, on flyovers and in going up the Skyway. Although this car can easily pick up speed, you can feel that the engine is already being strained when it reaches 80-100 kph on the expressway. We also have a 2013 Camry and the difference is truly obvious. Without any doubt, the Camry performs much better with performance. On a positive side, the Vios is fuel-efficient and filling up gasoline is much, much cheaper.
Comfort is surprisingly good for a subcompact car like this one. Legroom at the back is pretty roomy even if 3 adults are sitting in the back. I never heard friends and other relatives who have ridden this car complain when they rode in this. Although those who have also ridden in our Camry said that one is more comfortable of course. The front part is also pretty roomy. I believe that the comfort and legroom of this car is much better than our 1999 Mitsubishi Galant before (1999-2012). Although my feet can get weary while driving this car not in a traffic jam.
One of the features that I appreciate the most in this car is that it has a touch screen audio system. I always play my own music when I drive, and having a touch screen truly helps you from not being distracted when driving. It also has Bluetooth and you can call without having to touch your phone.
Aesthetics-wise, it's actually a nice looking cute car. There are times when I would look and stare at it for a long time which I pretty enjoy.
It's a very reliable car, but this is one that I don't really enjoy driving. It's meant as a simple city commuter that will get you from Point A to B. I used it more often when it was very new, but later on, there were just days when I would rather take Uber or take public transportation when the Camry is not available or when I feel lazy driving. Although as much as possible, I maximise the use of this car whenever it's possible. This car has been out of town 3 times already in the past 10 months although only near Metro Manila such as Tagaytay (December 2016), Pampanga (August 2017), and just yesterday to Nuvali. We use this car to go to places where parking is tight and pretty difficult. Even though I don't really enjoy driving this car, it's very reliable, dependable, and fuel-efficient.
The Vios is very popular here in the Philippines. In fact, the Vios is the #1 selling car here in this country. People here have no escape from this car, especially this particular model, although this G Variant is not as common as the 1.3 E or J model (one of my relatives owns an E model). Every road you pass here, you always see this car either as a private car, a taxicab, an Uber/Grab car or a police car. Perhaps this particular model alongside its rivals in its class can be considered the car symbols of the booming economy of this country.