The Toyota Vitz is a very popular car in Tanzania thanks to its fuel economy, affordability, reliability, and utility. It competes with the Nissan March, Mazda Demio, Honda Fit, and Suzuki Swift.
Manufactured since 1999, Toyota Vitz is sold exclusively in the Japanese market while in other markets, it is known as the Toyota Yaris. Toyota Vitz comes in three generations, whereby the first generation known as the XP10 was produced from 1999 – 2005, the second generation XP90 was produced from 2005 – 2010 and currently in its third generation known as the XP130 which has been in production since 2011 to present.
Toyota Vitz is a 3 and 5 door subcompact hatchbacks manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota from 1999 to 2019. In 2019, the production of Toyota Vitz was discontinued in Japan for the “Yaris” nameplate based on the XP210 model. The nameplate change is due to a sharp drop in sales.
Vitz is offered with 3 engine options, namely, the 1.0-liter (990cc) 1KR engine, the 1.3-liter (1290cc) 1NR engine, and the 1.5-liter (1490cc) 1NZ engine. Available in 2WD and 4WD, Toyota Vitz engines are equipped with either a 4-speed automatic, a CVT, or a 5-speed manual transmission.
Toyota Vitz Grades
This is the base grade equipped with either a 1.0-liter or 1.3-liter engine in 2WD or 4WD, 14-inch steel rims, a plain steering wheel, halogen headlights, key start, and a manual AC. The F Grade has two sub-grades, namely, the M Package and SMART STOP. The SMART STOP is equipped with the 1.3-liter engine, 2 wheel drive, and Toyota’s Start & Stop System that switches off the engine when the car is not moving to conserve fuel. The M Package comes with the 1.0-liter engine, 2 wheel drive, and a bi-color interior trim.
Toyota Vitz Jewela
This grade installed the same features as grade F but with more exotic colors such as maroon, pink, purple, and red. It’s targeted at a more ladies clientele.
Toyota Vitz U
This is the luxury grade that comes with either the 1.3-liter engine or the 1.5-liter engine, 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive, chrome trim, steering audio controls, xenon headlights, keyless/smart start, turn signal on side mirrors, luggage cover, padded seats, automatic AC and 15-inch steel rims.
Toyota Vitz RS
This is the sports model that is equipped with a supercharged 1.5-liter 1NZ engine (1490cc), 2 wheel drive, steering audio controls, fog lights, xenon headlights, chrome trim, keyless/smart start, turn signal on side mirrors, luggage cover, padded seats, an automatic AC and 16-inch alloy rims. A sub-grade of the RS known as the C Package is a basic RS that is equipped with manual AC, halogen headlights, and key start.
Space & Legroom
The Toyota Vitz is comparatively similar and spacious to the Mazda Demio in size. In the first row, the space is sufficient for people of average height but a tall driver will find the legroom a bit tight. In the second row, the space is practical and ideal for short urban commutes.
There are several storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as beverages, documents, and smartphones. In the first row, there are 4 cup holders, a glovebox, door panel storage, and a center tray that stretches to the back. For the second row, the storage is on the front seat jacket pockets and the door pockets (Only on the U and RS grades).
Smart Stop, DVD/Navigation, adjustable steering
Curtain Airbags, SRS Airbags, ABS, EBD, VSC, TRC
The third-generation of Toyota Vitz is longer and wider than previous generations. The body styling is angular giving the Vitz a much more needed sporty and fresh look. The RS and U grades come with more extras such as fog lights, alloy rims, and blinkers on side mirrors.
Toyota Vitz Fuel Consumption
The Toyota Vitz that comes with a 1.0-liter engine consumes 20.8 Km/L (on average) while the Toyota Vitz SMART STOP with a 1.3L engine consumes 23.5 Km/L, the Toyota Vitz with a 1.3L engine consumes 20.6 Km/L (on average), and the Toyota Vitz with a 1.5L engine consumes 18.8 Km/L.
Toyota Vitz Acceleration
The Toyota Vitz with a 1.0L engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 15.3 sec while the Toyota Vitz with a 1.3L engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.7 sec, the Toyota Vitz with a 1.5L engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.5 sec, and the Toyota Vitz RS with a 1.5L engine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 sec.
Most Toyota Vitz from the 2013 model has a ground clearance of 5.5 inches (140mm) which is below the minimum recommended clearance of 6.5 inches for Tanzanian roads. It is necessary to modify the ground clearance to adjust the car to Tanzanian roads.
Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where To Buy
Spare parts for the Toyota Vitz are widely available in Tanzania. Service parts are shared across many other Toyotas such as the Platz and Ractis, so availability is good. Also, the body parts are not too expensive since the car is still new in the market especially for the model starting in 2010 but they will definitely drop with time. You can get listings for these spare parts and body parts by following BE FORWARD Auto Parts.