Toyota has maintained its place in the top companies of the world by revenue in the past decades, and the company summarizes the success in one word – Quality. The story of Agya their new small hatchback which hit the roads in Indonesia is no different. Designed by the Japanese Daihatsu Motors, Agya shares the same badge as Daihatsu Ayla in Indonesia. Despite being a dedicated hatchback, but it is an able city performer. The LCGC (Low Cost Green Car) initiative for environmental conservation and indigenous growth by the Indonesian Government was to have a car on the roads that would confirm to three broad requirements. One, the car should be priced up to 95 million RP before taxes, secondly the car should be fuel efficient, returning at least 20 kmpl and finally should have 80% of its components sourced from the domestic market. Toyota has developed these cars keeping in mind these regulations.
Toyota Agya is available in three different variants in the Indonesian markets, Type E (Toyota Agya E Manual Transmission), Type G (Toyota Agya G Manual Transmission and Toyota Agya Automatic Transmission) and the Type TRD S (Toyota Agya TRD S Automatic Transmission and Toyota Agya TRD S Manual Transmission). Embedded with 4 speed automatic and a 5 speed manual transmission on offer, the kerb weight measuring 740 kg is powered by a 1KR 12 1-litre, 3-cylinder 12 Vavle DOHC petrol engine that draws a maximum power measuring meager 65 PS at 6000 rpm in line with a maximum torque measuring 88 kgm at 3600 rpm.
Adding to the aesthetics are the fresh new visuals. In its latest avatar, the Agya offers improved styling, more equipment and increased fuel efficiency. A multi-information display, a new audio system, SRS airbags and a spacious interior to round up the package. For the sports enthusiasts, this hatchback also comes in a sporty avatar. To set it apart from the rest of the crowd, the TRD version is fitted with side skirts, a stylish lower lip, exquisite rims and special badges.
One of the driving forces behind the development of Toyota Agya was to deliver efficient fuel economy. The LCGC test parameters need any dedicated hatchback to return at least 20 kmpl of effective mileage. According to Toyota's claims average mileage of Toyota Agya clocks 21 kmpl. With a 33 liter fuel tank, the car can travel an approximate distance of 693 km before it needs a refill, making it a highly efficient city commuter.
The small city commuter is powered by a 3-cylinder 12 valve DOHC petrol engine. This small 1-litre engine provides a maximum output power worth 65 PS at 6000 rpm. Toyota Agya’s engine produces a maximum starting torque measuring 88 kgm at 3600 rpm. The low weight develops an optimal power to weight ratio, and the car does not feel underpowered at all. In fact, it is the very opposite, for a car of its size, the ride seems very smooth and powerful.
Being a dedicated city commuter developed under LCGC norms and employing a tiny 1-litre engine. You wouldn't really expect muchan extraordinary acceleration from Toyota Agya, and rightly so. Toyota Agya reaches 0-100 km/hr from a halt in 16.7 seconds. These figures are not really boastful, but are decent for a LCGC norms-hatchback. The top speed attained stands at 155 km/hr.
One look at Toyota Agya would give you and idea that it is worth every penny spent. The hatchback is styled aggressively. The angular headlamps, taper into the wide curved grille. The sculpted front fender has a large air dam flanked by triangle shaped fog-lamp recesses. The side view is no different. The masculine tradition is carried on by a bold crease line that starts right above the front wheel arch and continues right through to the rear tail lamps. The Type G and the TRDS also come with an attractive chrome side protective molding and a rear spoiler with a high-mounted stop lamp. The stunning trapezoidal tail lamps complete the picture at the rear.
Type G and Type TRD S variants also have a lot of other nick knacks to spruce up their exterior over the Type E. Both these variants have a blacked out central pillar and electric outer mirrors. There is chrome package with chrome trims on the fog lamps, Lower grille, and outer door handles. The Sporty TRD S comes fitted with a complete Aerokit. This top-end variant of Toyota Agya looks like a real mean machine. It has a front skirting that runs right across the front fender under the fog lamps and the air dam. The car also has an asymmetric side skirt that runs along for the length of the car, with a narrower face on the front door and widening up at the rear door. The rear skirt completes the lower, aggressive stance. There is also a TRD S moniker just below the side protective molding on the rear door. The TRD S emblem on the tail gate completes the package.
The cars are available in 7 colors: solid white, silver metallic, solid black, gray metallic, light blue, metallic blue and red.
The compact Agya Type E measures 3600 mm in length and 1600 mm in width. All the variants stand 1520 mm tall and have a wheelbase of 2450 mm for comfortable legroom for all passengers.
Across all the variants, you get hold of many standard features. All the variants come equipped with central locking, power windows with auto-down feature for the driver, large comfortable seats with fabric trim and adjustable headrests for both front and rear passengers. The rear seat can be folded down to increase loading space. Even with the rear seat up, there is enough space for three large sized bags. All variants also come with a CD/MP3 audio system. While the base variant Type E sports a single DIN unit Type G and the TRD S pack a Double DIN one. Both audio systems have USB and Auxiliary inputs to play your favorite music.
The Type G and the TRD S employ a tachometer and a multi-information display (MID) built into the instrument cluster. The Multi-information display provides real-time information on fuel consumption. The display provides 5 alarm settings and also has a cruising range meter. Along with an intermittent front wiper, the ORVM’s in the Type G and TRD S are also electrically controlled. The interior package on the top two trims is completed with a silver ornament package on the Steering wheel, Instrument Panel cluster, door trim and on the transmission floor.
Toyota Agya may be a small, even for a hatchback, but there is no want of additional space. It just does not feel like a small car on the inside. It can seat five adults comfortably on account of its functional interior design. The leg room and head room is also large and more than adequate. All variants come with 7 cup holders to hold your favorite drinks.
Despite being so small in size, still by appointing a decent wheelbase, there is enough legroom for front and rear passengers, headroom may be an issue though. The boot-space of Toyota Agya is also decent for a dedicated hatchback measuring 260-litres in volumetric terms.
There is only one engine variant available on the Agya. It is the 1KR DOHC 12 valve petrol engine. The three-cylinder in-line, electronically fuel injected engine is smooth and responsive. This 998 cc engine drives a maximum power output measuring 65 PS at 6000 RPM. The torque that this little engine puts out is also impressive driving a big 88 kgm of torque at 3600 RPM. Available in both Automatic and Manual transmission variants, performance from the car is very pleasing and can be used comfortably both in the city and on the highways.
While the Type E Toyota Agya runs on 13 inch steel wheels, the Type G and the TRD S come with 14 inch six-spoke alloys. Tyre size for Toyota Agya E measures 155/80 R13 while with 14 inch alloy rims, the tyre size of Agya measures 175/65 R14.
There is nothing out of the ordinary with the stereo system appointed on Toyota Agya, but the integrated sound system fits the bill. Base Type E variant comes embedded with a 1 DIN Integrated Audio with CD-player, can play .mp3 files and has USB and AUX connectivity. A better 2 DIN Integrated Audio player is appointed in Type G and Type TRD S variants.
There is not much that separates the Agya from the rest of the breed in the braking department. The standard front disc and rear drum combination is used. The Automatic transmission variants come with ventilated discs. Sadly, there is no ABS or EBD available even as an optional feature. Electronic power steering is standard in all the variants. The Agya wears MacPherson struts with coil springs up front in the chassis, while the rear suspension setup is a semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs. The suspension is quite soft and may wallow around a little if thrown around hard on corners.
Even for a car built to this cost, safety seems a little compromised. Dual front SRS airbags are standard across all variants. The front seat belts are equipped with Pre-Tensioners and Force Limiters, and the second-row seats are also fitted with seatbelts for enhanced passenger safety.