Toyota Vitz vs Toyota Ractis Comparison

Both Vitz and Ractis are known as reliable models from Toyota and we are going to review them today. Both help as town trip cars that are suitable for people looking for a fuel economy car. From exterior and interior to finalizing which one you should go for, we are going to make the review smooth and easy. 

N.B: Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricing as of March 2021.

 Toyota VitzToyota Ractis
Capacity/Doors3-5 doors/5 seating5 seats/4 doors
Torque121 Nm / 89 ft.lb / 12.3 kgm @ 4000 rpm 116 Nm – 141 Nm @ 6000 rpm.
Top Speed180 km/h 180 km/h
0-100 km/h 14.5 secs 11.5sec – 12.5sec
Max Power95 PS / 94 bhp / 70 kW @ 6000 rpm 87- 110ps
Engine1.0L – 1.5L1.2L -1.5L
Fuel Tank Capacity 42L42L
Key FeaturesDual airbags, ABS, power steering, central locking

system, front fog light, steering adjustment,

USB connection, AC, power door locks
Navigation. Push to Start, Wickle side mirror, 2 Cup

holder at the center, Auto – Manual gear for some

variants, Cigarette lighter, A/C, 2 Airbags
GearboxCVTCVT
Fuel Consumption 20.6 Km/L 16-20km/L
Length x Width x Height 3.88×1.69×1.51 m 3.955m x 1.585m – 1.66m x 1.695m
BE FORWARD PRICE USD 610 – 36,700USD 680 – 12,030

Interior & Exterior Comparison

Toyota Vitz

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The Toyota Vitz is reasonably alike to the Toyota Ractis in size. In the first row, the cabin is sufficient for people of normal height but a tall driver will find the space a bit small. In the second row, the legroom is practical and ideal for short urban travels.

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On the outside, style is certainly part of it. Inside shows the true direction with nice materials and descriptions plus an upfront new instrument-panel design with the gauges directly in front of the driver.

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(a) Cabin Storage

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There are storage booths in the cabin that are valuable for keeping items such as documents, beverages, and smartphones. In the driver cockpit, there is a door panel storage, glovebox, 4 cupholders, and a center tray that extends to the back. 

For the second row cabin, the storage is on the front seat jacket pockets and the door pockets. For the seat outline, thanks to the flat floor because the second-row seat can be folded down when more space is needed for more luggage space.

(b) Cargo Space

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For sub-compact, the cargo space is actually large and can accommodate good-sized luggage. If more space is needed, the rear seats must be folded flat. The boot space is enough for a family of 5 people. 

Toyota Ractis

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The production of the Toyota Ractis started in 2005 and instantly became a hit in African countries such as Tanzania. The Ractis is better, bigger, more efficient, and more luxurious. The Ractis have big space thanks to the high roof and the ability to flat-fold the back seats to create more cargo space, all of which have proven to be unbeatable.

(a) Cabin Storage

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The Toyota Ractis has an excessive cabin storage booth that is useful for storing items such as documents, smartphones, handbags, beverages, etc. In the driver, the cabin comes with 4 bottle holders for some variants, the center-box, door panel storage, storage space below the dashboard, and a glove-box for some variants while the second row comes with a storage section on the door pockets.

(b) Cargo Space

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The Toyota Ractis marks highly in this group of hatchbacks and perhaps the largest boot space we have seen on hatchbacks. You can fold the back seats flat to create a large boot space when more space is needed. In this configuration, the Ractis is changed into a minivan car.

Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

Toyota Vitz

(a) Engine & Performance

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The Vitz is powered by 3 engine options. These are the (990cc) 1KR 1.0L engine, the (1290cc) 1NR 1.3L engine, and the (1490cc) 1NZ 1.5L engine. These are mated to a 4-speed automatic, or a CVT, or a 5-Speed manual transmission. It is available in both 2WD and 4WD.

Toyota Vitz has a maximum speed of 180kph and gains in acceleration from 0-100kph in 11.7 sec for Toyota Vitz linked with 1.5L engine while the Toyota Vitz for 1.0L gains 15.3 sec.

(b) Fuel Consumption

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Toyota Vitz’s fuel consumption is approximately 21.8km/L for the Toyota Vitz linked with a 1.0L (990cc) engine while the Vitz with 1.5L (1490cc) is around 18km/L.

Toyota Ractis

(a) Engine & Performance

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Toyota Ractis is powered by 2 engine options – either a 1.3L (2SZ-FE) I4 petrol engine or a 1.5L (1NZ-FE) I4 petrol engine linked with 4 speeds automatic with the CVT gearbox. Toyota Ractis with 1.3L (2SZ-FE) engine has an output of 87PS/64 kW (86 bhp) of power at 6000 rpm while the maximum torque of 86 lb. ft/11.8 km (116 N.m) at 4000 rpm. The power pushed from the engine to the wheels through a CVT (continuously variable transmission). 

Toyota Ractis, linked with (1490 cc) 1.5L 1NZ-FE engine has an output of 109 PS/80 kW (107.5 bhp) of power at 6000 rpm and its maximum torque of 100 lb. ft/13.9 km (136 N.m) at 4000 rpm. The power produced from this engine pushed the same as Toyota Ractis mated with 1.3L through a CVT (continuously variable transmission) gearbox.

(b) Fuel Consumption

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Toyota Ractis powered by a 1.3L (1290cc) engine consumes 18.2km/L on average while the consumption of Toyota Ractis with a 1.5L (1490cc) engine is expected to be 15.2Km/L average.

The Verdict

The Toyota Vitz and Ractis were planned to take you places but each one has an advantage over the other in certain circumstances. These two cars’ wheelbase dimensions and exterior are almost the same, but the Toyota Ractis has a greater interior space with a cargo space that is more than that of the Vitz. Both are good cars but Toyota Vitz remains top at the markets with no hesitation in the Tanzanian market, while the Toyota Ractis is a simple car with advanced technology changes that came at a reasonable price. If you’re planning to import either of the two, be sure to visit BE FORWARD.

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Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya

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