Compact car comparo: Kia Soluto vs. Toyota Vios

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Compact cars have been the popular choice for many Filipino car buyers. They’re not too big like full-size sedans and they’re not too small like their subcompact siblings. Compact cars also make for ideal daily drivers as they tend to offer the perfect blend of power and efficiency.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How many variants does the Kia Soluto have?

    Kia currently offers the Soluto in four variants.
  • What is the price range of the Kia Soluto?

    The Kia Soluto is priced from P740,000 to P830,000.
  • How many variants does the Toyota Vios have?

    The Toyota Vios has nine variants.
  • What is the price range of the Toyota Vios?

    The Toyota Vios is priced from P681,000 to P970,000.
  • Two of today’s most desired models are the Kia Soluto and the Toyota Vios. Want to know which of these compact sedans make for a better choice? Join us to find out.

    Exterior

     

    Kia Soluto

    Toyota Vios

    Dimensions (L x W x H mm)

    4,300 x 1,700 x 1,460

    4,425 x 1,730 x 1,475

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,570

    2,550

    Ground clearance (mm)

    150

    140

    The Toyota Vios offers a slightly larger body (even larger with the dressed-up Gazoo model) which translates to moderately better interior space. However, the Kia Soluto offers a slightly longer wheelbase which, on the other hand, means you get marginally better ride quality.

    kia-soluto

    With both cars standing neck and neck, we’ll call this round a tie.

    Interior

    Inside, the Kia Soluto comes with a standard instrument cluster with a digital trip meter and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto compatibility across the board. Depending on the variant though, you can have it with either a three-spoke leather steering wheel and leatherette seats or with a three-spoke polyurethane steering wheel with cloth seats.

    It’s pretty much the same with the Toyota Vios. Depending on the variant, you can have a urethane steering wheel and a urethane shift knob or a leather steering wheel and a leather shift knob. Seats are fabric across the board with the exception of the range-topping GR-S variant. Depending on the variant still is its infotainment system which can either be a 2-DIN audio unit or a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

    With both cars offering similar interior options, this round will be a tie.

    Engine

    All of the Kia Soluto’s variants are powered by a 1.4-liter engine which can be mated to a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Kia’s powertrain setup gives the Soluto 94 horses and 132Nm of torque.

    Toyota offers more engine options by fitting either a 1.3-liter engine or a beefier 1.5-liter powerplant in the Vios. Available transmission options include a five-speed manual and a CVT. The 1.3-liter variants make a respectable 98hp while the larger 1.5-liter engines make 105hp.

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    With more powerful engines under the hood, this round is a clear win for the Toyota Vios.

    Safety

    The range-topping models of the Kia Soluto come with driving nannies such as a rear camera with static guidelines and rear parking distance warning sensors. It also comes with a set of airbags at the front, an array of seatbelts front and back, ABS, and an immobilizer.

    Not to be outdone, Toyota equips the top-of-the-line Vios with a back monitor, clearance sonars, seven airbags (driver/passenger, side, curtain shield, and knee), vehicle stability control, hill-start assist, ABS with EBD, and a slew of seatbelts front and back.

    Thanks to better safety features, we’re giving this round to the Toyota Vios.

    Pricing and variants

    Kia Soluto

    Soluto LX MT – P740,000
    Soluto LX AT – P785,000
    Soluto EX MT – P785,000
    Soluto EX AT – P830,000

    Toyota Vios

    Vios 1.3 Base MT – P681,000
    Vios 1.3 J MT – P707,000
    Vios 1.3 XE CVT – P753,000
    Vios 1.3 XLE MT – P801,000
    Vios 1.3 XLE CVT – P851,000
    Vios 1.3 E MT – P851,000
    Vios 1.3 E CVT – P901,000
    Vios 1.5 G MT – P911,000
    Vios 1.5 G CVT – P970,000

    Verdict

    The Toyota Vios emerges as the victor among the two compact cars. With better engine options and — of course — safety features, there’s no denying that the Vios makes for an appealing option for many car buyers.

    Photos from Kia and Toyota

    Also read: 

    Surveying the interior of the Kia Soluto 

    Toyota makes GR parts and accessories available for Vios and Yaris in Malaysia

    Your guide to the different variants of the Kia Soluto

    KIA Soluto vs Toyota Vios Comparison

    KIA Soluto
    • ₱740,000 - ₱830,000
    Toyota Vios
    • ₱681,000 - ₱1.02 Million
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