2013 Toyota Axio Review

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  • Toyota, Toyota Axio
  • Petrol
  • 1,500 cc

The Toyota Axio is one of the most fuel efficient saloons to buy in Kenya and with the introduction of the new hybrid model in 2013, it’s now super efficient. Much as the hybrid technology is making inroads in this market, early signs indicate a slow adoption and it will take time before people fully embrace it. The good news is that the non hybrid models are still available and nothing significant has changed with them.

  • Body Type: Saloon
  • Extras: Rear Spoiler
  • Safety Features: ABS with EBD, Reverse Camera, SRS Airbags
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims(optional), Fog Lights
  • Interior Features: Automatic air conditioning, CD/Radio player, USB Charging Ports

Detailed Review

This is a minor update to the 2012 Toyota Axio Review. Changes include the introduction of the Hybrid Model.

The Toyota Axio is a 5 seater saloon that was introduced to the market in 2007. It is the saloon version of the Toyota Fielder and is marketed as a mid-sized family car. It’s a good option for people who prefer saloons and do not mind to sacrifice on the extra boot space that comes with station wagons. It is smaller than the Fielder, therefore more fuel efficient and nimbler.

2013 Toyota Axio in Nairobi

The Axio comes in 3 engine options:  these are the 1.5L 1NZ engine, the 1.8L 2ZR engine and the 1.5 Litre, 1NZ-FXE engine that is coupled to 45 kW electric motor( THS II ). It’s available in both automatic and manual transmissions and also 2WD and 4WD. The Hybrid system used in the Axio and Fielder is exactly the same as the Toyota Aqua

2013 Toyota Axio Grades
The 1.5L has two grades: Toyota Axio X which is a basic grade and the Toyota Axio G which is a luxury grade. The 1.8L has only one grade known as the Toyota Axio Luxel which comes with extras such as alloy wheels, a navigation system and fog lights. The hybrid version comes in two grades: The Hybrid and the Hybrid G

2013 Toyota Axio Interior
Legroom & Space
Similar to the Fielder, the Axio has a minimalistic and functional interior that keeps in line with Toyota’s frugal style of design. Surprisingly, we found the interior of the Axio to be roomier and spacious than the Fielder on both the first and second rows.

2013 Toyota Axio First Row

2013 Toyota Axio Second RowCabin Storage
Glove Box, Center Box, Front Door Side Pockets, Seat Pockets

2013 Toyota Axio Cupholders

2013 Toyota Axio Door Pockets2013 Toyota Axio Boot Space
The boot space for the Toyota Axio is typical of any medium sized saloon. It can basically carry small sized luggage and nothing more.

2013 Toyota Axio BootExtras: DVD Player, Push-to-Start

2013 Toyota Axio Dashboard2013 Toyota Axio Exterior
The exterior of the Toyota Axio is respectable and it closely resembles the Toyota Allion with some minor differences.2013 Toyota Axio exterior

2013 Toyota Axio Fuel Consumption
Toyota Axio 1.5L Fuel Consumption: 18.2km/L
Toyota Axio 1.8L Fuel Consumption: 15.0km/L
Toyota Axio 1.5L Hybrid Fuel Consumption: 35.4 Km/L

2013 Toyota Axio Acceleration
The Toyota Axio 1.5L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.2 secs.
The Toyota Axio 1.8L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.0 secs.
The Toyota Axio 1.5L Hybrid accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.2 secs.

2013 Toyota Axio Speedometer
 2013 Toyota Axio Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 Litres

2013 Toyota Axio Ground Clearance
The Toyota Axio has a ground clearance of 6.3 Inches when unmodified. This height may not be a problem if the vehicle is lightly loaded. However, when fully loaded the vehicle may not clear some speed bumps and other road obstacles. In this case, you many need to increase its ground clearance. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance

2013 Toyota Axio Ground Clearance2013 Toyota Axio Service Intervals
Minor Service – At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service – At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
The Toyota Axio spare parts are readily available in all major towns in Kenya. Service parts and suspension parts are easily available but body parts may require time to look. The cost is pocket friendly and with a minimal budget, you can maintain the car. In Nairobi, most spare shops in Industrial area and Kirinyaga road stock these spare parts. You can get listings for these shops here

2013 Toyota Axio Reliability
Below are the most commonly reported issues with the Toyota Axio
1. Gearbox Failure
2. Excessive oil consumption
3. Engine Vibrations
4. Engine Knock

Resale Value: Good

2013 Toyota Axio

Toyota Axio Competitors: Toyota Belta, Mitsubishi Galant, Nissan Sylphy

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: from Ksh. 950,000/-
Comprehensive Insurance: Ksh. 45,000/-
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 20,000/- for 4 Tyres
See Latest Toyota Axio Prices here

What we like about the 2013 Toyota Axio
1. Excellent fuel economy
2. Cheap to maintain

What we don’t like
Unstable at high speed

Conclusion
The Toyota Axio is a very popular car thanks to its good fuel economy and affordable maintenance costs. When buying locally avoid high mileage cars as they most likely have been used as taxis.

Where to Buy the 2013 Toyota Axio in Kenya
If you are looking to either import or buy the Toyota Axio locally, we can help you with this process. Over the years, we have developed a network of trusted dealers both in Kenya and Japan who supply us with exceptional cars. Simply call us or send us a message through our contacts below and we’ll get you the right car at the right price.
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