RIDE & HANDLING
Traditionally, Toyota have been known for their failsafe — if slightly underwhelming — handling and decent-to-good ride quality. The Etios’ light weight means it can change direction quickly and more deftly than any other Toyota sold in India. The steering feels nice to hold on the VX, but could do with more feedback even though it is easy to place the front wheels wherever you feel like. The Dzire, like the Etios, has an electrically controlled power steering, but the precise nature of the Swift means there is more feel here. Body roll is a bit more in the Dzire than the Etios, while it is easy to push both cars fast enough to make the rear tyres lose grip.
Both cars also have a slightly different take in terms of ride quality. The Dzire feels a bit more plush, but the Etios has a more settled feel. Neither car can lay claim to having the best ride quality in its class — that is reserved for the Logan. The Etios is the slightly stiffer of the two and has better high speed ride over potholed roads.
TOYOTA ETIOS: ****
SUZUKI DZIRE: ***