Cars are tricky beasts because, the decision to own one is often not one of economics as public transportation is limited, in Kuala Lumpur at least. Earlier this year I got myself an upgrade from my 10-year old Kelisa to the new Vios. The compact car was a gift from my parents for me to maneuver my way through university days, which I then continue using in my working life.
So what do the fuel consumption of the new Vios look like? While I’ve tried searching for the fuel economy for the model, the effort has led to much disappointment. Okay, except for this guy who blog about his car services cost.
My 4-month old car has just passed the 5,000 km mark!
The main reasons I opted for the Vios are its reliability, maintenance and resale value. Few of my friends who own a Toyota tell me that I can never go wrong with a Toyota.
Okay, the fuel consumption part! Generally each fuel-up to full tank allows me to drive 355 – 430 km, depending on the traffic and road condition. Generally over the past four months, the fuel efficiency ranges from 7.60 l/100km to 8.56 l/100km. The high fuel consumption is because the car is due for its service. I’m using mineral oil at the moment, planning to change to synthetic oil the next round.
On average, each fuel-up cost me around RM67.00 with 32.0 litre of petrol and the distance I get is around 400km. This work out as fuel efficiency of 8.0 l/100km or 12.5 km/l. For every 100 km I travel, the cost of fuel is RM 2.10 x 8 litre = RM 16.10. As comparison, the new Honda City has a fuel efficiency of up to 17.5 km/l (I hope some Honda City driver can verify this claim).
What about the service cost? So far I’ve spent a total of RM172.38 for the 1,000km and 5,000km service. On top of free labour chargers and exclusion of the 6% service tax, Toyota offers free car wash for the first two service. The service was fast, took only less than 1.5 hours.
My only qualm with the Vios is the roof sound proofing, every time it rains it sounded like I am sitting under a roof made of zinc. I’ve filed a complain with Toyota Service Centre and they promise me the sound insulation parts will arrive in two to three months time. My service advisor told me it’s a known problem and the replacement is at no cost to the customers.
I’m in the midst of compiling the estimated service cost I obtained from Toyota for own budgetary and will post them up soon.
What do you think of the fuel consumption of the new Toyota Vios? Feel free to leave your comment.