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Toyota Vios Facelift 2010 Malaysia Review – Vios Desirable

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Toyota Vios facelift Malaysia refreshed for the new 2010 edition to take on the competitors in the market. This is the second generation of Toyota Vios in Malaysia and a facelifted version. UMW Toyota Malaysia markets the new face-lifted Vios as “Vios Desirable“. The auto-maker expects to sell more than 32,400 units of the Toyota Vios this year prior with the launch of this facelift model.

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The car we are talking here will be the Toyota Vios G-spec. While most of the facelift will at least have a new bumper design. Toyota Vios facelift for 2010 retain the same bumper. However, from the front view we can easily notice a New Radiator Grille fixed to the face-lifted Vios. The new design it said to be a more sporty appearance. However we think that it’s more of the “elegance” theme as it reminds us the resemblance of the Camry styled front grille.

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Another point that easily noticeable to differentiate between facelift and pre-facelift from the rear of the Vios, would be the rear lamps. The new enhanced rear lamps give a more dimensional layer of each lamp. I think its better design compare to the old one as it has some wing effect.

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The new Vios also comes with a new 15″ six twin-spoke new alloy rims. Since we are looking at the Vios Facelift G-spec, a new set of wheels limited to the 1.5 G variant of Vios as above. On top of that, only the G-spec of Vios and the TRD Sportivo has front-back disc brake while the J-spec and E-spec variant of Vios gets Front disc brake and rear drum brakes.

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Moving on to the interior, we can see the new steering wheel being attached to the new Vios. Personally I quite like the design of this steering wheel, the older one reminds me of some old 90’s car every time I sat in a Vios. The new steering is wrapped with leather and has a slight sporty grip feel.


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For the G-spec of the facelift Vios, the interior has been enhanced to have a more elegant appearance. Notice the parking brake knob, centre register knob has been added with chrome trim. The integrated audio system it’s available only in Vios G-spec.

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The door handle and shift lever housing it’s also enhanced with chrome finish.

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To further enhance the Toyota Vios Facelift G-spec, a sleek leather seat is designed to fit into the Vios G-spec for a more “sporty luxury stylish” feel.

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There will be a set of door visors if you choose the 1.5 TRD Sportivo Vios or the 1.5 G-spec Vios. The door visor to me it’s just a personal flavour, some say that it might lead to louder wind noise (usually on aftermarket door visor). However, Toyota claims the door visor enhanced the aerodynamics and a clearer vision during rain – which I agree.

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The new Toyota Vios second generation in Malaysia face-lifted edition, is powered by a 1.5 litre engine that produces 108 bhp and 141 Nm of torque. The same 1NZ-FE with VVT-i technology found in the 1st generation of Toyota Vios many years ago. The entire Vios variant comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission, except the lowest spec which is the J-Spec Vios it’s available in 5-Speed Manual Transmission.

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Safety wise, other than Vios J-spec that gets only 1 air bag, the rest gets two air bags (one of the driver and one of the passenger). All Vios variant now comes with ABS with EBD and also Brake assist.

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As for the side mirror, now all variant of Vios has electronically retractable side mirror. The pre-facelift version of J-Spec Vios does not have this feature.


A quick note, the TRD Sportivo Vios can be further enhanced with a sport suspension as optional.


The new Toyota Vios facelift price has been adjust to pay off the enhancement that’s has been added. The new on-the-road Vios price comparing with the previous prices are as below.


Model Old Vios Price New Vios Price Price Difference
Toyota Vios 1.5 TRD Sportivo (AT) RM90,900 RM92,000 RM1,100
Toyota Vios 1.5G (AT) RM85,025 RM87,300 RM2,275
Toyota Vios 1.5E (AT) RM79,425 RM81,500 RM2,075
Toyota Vios 1.5J (AT) RM73,525 RM76,090 RM2,565
Toyota Vios 1.5J (MT) RM69,825 RM71,990 RM2,165


Check out our Gallery of All-new Toyota Vios Facelift 2010 Malaysia edition (or rather known as Vios Desirable) as well as a video of commercial from UMW Toyota on the new Vios Desirable.



A very special Thanks to Raymund Chan as well as the branch manager, Parasnath of UMW Toyota Motor, Subang Jaya.


Raymund Chan is a well-experienced Sales Advisor for Toyota. For more queries please contact him at 019-3326823.


Toyota Vios Facelift 2010 G-Spec – Gallery

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Toyota Vios Facelift 2010 E-Spec – Gallery

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