Covering all bases: Toyota Vios vs. Nissan Almera

Covering all bases: Toyota Vios vs. Nissan Almera

The Toyota Vios, as it's always been said, is a car that doesn't need an introduction. There's a good chance a friend, a relative, or yourself own an example of Toyota's subcompact sedan.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What special features can be found in the Toyota Vios?

    The Vios is equipped with Eco and Sport driving modes, extensive safety features, and a sporty Gazoo Racing-Sport variant.
  • What are the highlights of the Nissan Almera?

    The Almera is powered by a one-liter turbocharged engine, and advanced safety kit with Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
  • But for now, let's get reacquainted with the Vios and find out the reasons behind its popularity. 

    The Vios covers a wide range of budgets and customer preferences, being available in variants tailored for fleets, families, and even boy-racers. To reflect the variety, the Vios variants come equipped with features that each set of customer could appreciate. 

    Under the hood of the Vios resides either a 1.3- or 1.5-liter engine, which can be paired to a five-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

    For the thrifty driver, the Vios can come with an Eco drive mode that aims to lower fuel consumption. For the keen driver, a Sport drive mode and paddle shifters maximize the engine's power. 

    New Toyota Vios rear quarter

    Toyota Vios drive modes

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    Meanwhile, the safety-conscious will surely appreciate the safety equipment available in all Vios variants. Among these features in the kit are a driver's airbag, stability control, hill-start assist, and Isofix child seat mounts in the rear seats. Other Vios cars even add side curtain airbags and alarm with immobilizer for even safer journeys. 

    Inside, the Vios delivers the essential equipment in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-capable infotainment, automatic climate control, and fabric seats. 

    So, it's safe to say that the reasons behind the Vios' mass appeal its safety, fuel-efficiency, and slight degree of sportiness (perhaps influenced by motorsports).  

    But the Vios ought to watch its back. The Nissan Almera, a newcomer in the small sedan market, rivals the Vios in the performance, safety, and equipment stakes. 

    To begin with, Nissan's entry boasts the segment's only turbocharged mill. All Almera cars pack a small one-liter, three-cylinder mill, but don't dismiss it for being a weak motor. Thanks to turbocharging, the Almera's engine can produce 100ps and 160Nm from a lowly 2,400rpm.

    2022 Nissan Almera Rear Quarter

     

    2022 Nissan Almera Nissan ENgine Bay

    2022 Nissan Almera Dashboard

    A claimed fuel consumption of 23.3kpl can be achieved by the mill, which can be paired with Nissan's Xtronic CVT or five-speed manual. 

    Advanced safety technologies is another thing the Almera is pioneering in its segment. The Almera's Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) comes bundled with gadgets never before seen in subcompacts, such a 360-degree camera, intelligent emergency braking (IEB), and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA). 

    By providing a view of the Almera's surroundings to the driver, he or she can park in spaces made tight by people or objects. IEB stops the car when its senses a potential accident with the vehicle in front. When the car is reversing, the RCTA detects approaching cars from both sides when parking and provides this warning to the driver.

    Aside from a touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity, the Almera also provides six speakers three available USB ports where occupants can charge their mobile devices. 

    Toyota Vios

    2022 Nissan Almera left profile

    With everything out of the way, it appears that the Vios and Almera are evenly matched when it comes to tech. But how do these small sedans compare in other areas?

    Discover the answers in the spec sheets of the sportiest and spiffiest Vios and Almera cars — the Vios GR-S and Almera N-Sport. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Toyota Vios 1.5 GR-S 

    Nissan Almera 1.0 VL Turbo N-Sport CVT

    Overall Length (mm)

    4.467

    4,530

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,730

    1,740

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,475

    1,460

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,550

    2,620

    Ground Clearance (mm)

    140

    135

    Curb Weight (kg)

    1,060

    1,103

    Trunk Space (L)

    478

    474

    Seating Capacity

    Five Persons

    Five Persons

    Engine Type

    1.5 Naturally-Aspirated Inline Four-Cylinder (2NR-FE)

    1.0 Turbocharged, Inline Three-cylinder (HRA0)

    Maximum Power Output (ps/rpm)

    107/6,000

    100/5,000

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    140/4,200

    152/2,400-4,000

    Transmission Type

    10-Speed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

    Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

    Idling Stop System

    Without

    With

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    42

    35

    Recommended Fuel

    91 (RON)

    95 (RON)

    Emission Rating

    Euro 4

    Euro 4

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut 

    Rear: Torsion Beam 

    Front: Independent MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer

    Rear: Torsion Beam with Stabilizer

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Drum

    Wheels

    16-inch Gazoo Racing-Sport Alloy

    16-inch N-Sport Design Alloy

    Tires

    195/50 R16 

    205/55 R16

    Steering Type

     

    Rack and Pinion with Electric Power Steering (EPS)

     

    Rack and Pinion with Electric Power Steering (EPS)

    Minimum Turning Radius (m)

    5.3

    5.2

    Steering Adjustment

    Tilt

    Tilt and Telescopic

    Steering Wheel Material

    Leather with Red Stitching

    Leather-wrapped

    Steering Switches

    Audio and Bluetooth 

    Audio, Hands-free Phone, TFT Meter and Drive-Assist Display, and Voice Recognition

    Headlamps

    3-Tier LED

    LED Reflector

    Daytime Running Lamps

    LED Line Guide

    LED Signature

    Front Fog Lamps

    LED

    LED

    Tail Lamps

    LED with Line Guide

    LED

    Bumper

    Gazoo Racing-Sport

    N-Sport Design

    Front Grille

    Piano Black, Mesh Type

    N-Sport Design Dark Chrome V-Motion

    Door Handle

    Piano Black with Smart Entry

    Body Color with i-Key Switch

    Outside Door Mirror

    Piano Black

    Silver Finish, Power Adjustable, and Power Folding with AVM Camera

    Turn Signal

     

    Door Mirror Mounted

     

    Door Mirror Mounted

    Wiper

     

    Variable Intermittent

     

    Variable Intermittent

    Rear Window Defroster with Timer

    Variable Intermittent

     

    Variable Intermittent

     

    Seats

     

    Driver: Manual Slide, Recline, and Height Adjust

    Front Passenger: Manual Slide and Recline with Seatback Pocket

    Rear: Fixed Bench

     

    Driver: Manual Slide, Recline, and Height Adjust

    Front Passenger: Manual Slide and Recline with Seatback Pocket

    Rear: 60:40 Split Folding with Center Armrest and Cup Holder

    Seat Material

    Front: Suede and Synthetic Leather with Red Stitching

    Rear: Synthetic Leather with Red Stitching 

    Black Leather with Contrast Stitching

    Meter

    4.2-inch TFT Meter

    Seven-inch TFT Meter with Integrated Drive-Assist Display

    Drive Computer Display in Meter

     

    TFT Meter Integrated

     

    TFT Meter Integrated

    Power Outlet

     

    12V (x1) and USB (x1)

     

    12V (x1) and USB (x3)

    Door Trim

     

    With Stitching

     

    With Stitching

    Rear View Mirror

     

    Manual Day and Night

     

    Manual Day and Night

    Sun Visor

    Driver: With Mirror and Ticket Holder

    Front Passenger: With Mirror

    Driver: With Mirror and Ticket Holder

    Front Passenger: With Mirror

    Interior Color

     

    Black

     

    Black

    Lamps

     

    Map Lamp, Room Lamp, and Trunk Lamp

     

    Map Lamp, Room Lamp, and Trunk Lamp

    Keyless Entry System

    Smart Key

    Intelligent Key

    Engine Push Start-Stop System

    With

    With

    Power Windows

     

    One-Touch Auto-Up/Down for Driver Side

     

    One-Touch Auto-Up/Down for Driver Side

    Power Door Locks

     

    Driver Side Lock/Unlock Switch

     

    Driver Side Lock/Unlock Switch

    Air-Conditioning System

     

    Single Zone Automatic Type

     

    Single Zone Automatic Type

    Audio Type

    6.75-inch Display Audio

    Nissan 8-inch Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio

    Connectivity

    Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth (Hands-free Call and Audio Streaming), USB, Aux, and Tuner

    Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth (Hands-free Call and Audio Streaming), USB, Aux, and Tuner

    Speakers

    Six

    Six

    Antenna

    Fin-Type

    In-Glass Type

    Intelligent Around View Monitor (AVM)

    Without

    With Moving Object Detection (MOD)

    Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (IFCW)

    Without

    With

    Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB)

    Without

    With

    Blind Spot Warning (BSW)

    Without

    With

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

    Without 

    With

    Hill Start Assist (HSA)

     With

    With

    Vehicle Stability Control

    With

    With

    Back Monitor

    With

    With (360-degree)

    Clearance Sonar With

     

    With

     

    SRS Airbags

     

    Driver, Driver's Knee, Front Passenger, Side, and Side Curtain Airbags

     

    Driver, Front Passenger, Side, and Side Curtain Airbags

    Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS)

     

    With Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

     

    With Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

    High Mount Stop Lamp

    LED

    LED

    Seatbelts

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner, Load Limited, and Height Adjustment (x2)

    Rear: Three-point ELR

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner, Load Limited, and Height Adjustment (x2)

    Rear: Three-point ELR

    Isofix and Tether Anchors

    With

    With

    Alarm and Immobilizer

    With

    With

     

    White Pearl Crystal Shine, Black 1, Super Red V

    Cayenne Red, Premium Corona Orange, Pearl White, Gun Metallic, and Galaxy Black

    PRICE

    P1,020,000

    P1,035,000 (White Pearl Crystal Shine) 

    P1,098,000

     

    Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines, Nissan Philippines, and Roy Robles

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