Same same, but different
For the first time, the Toyota Veloz is being sold as a separate model and not as a variant of the Avanza. In addition, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is calling the Veloz a subcompact SUV, while the Avanza remains an MPV, which means TMP is targeting different audiences with their all-new 7-seater twins.
Both models now ride on the Daihatsu front-wheel-drive unibody platform, and the two are sporting a more upscale look both inside and out. It's bigger, more spacious, and most importantly, more feature-packed than its predecessors.
Many people are curious when it comes to the differences between the two models. To find out, we compared the top-of-the-line variants of the Avanza and the Veloz.
As mentioned earlier, the all-new Avanza has grown in size. It's 205mm longer, 70mm wider, and 5mm taller, while the wheelbase has been extended from 2655mm to 2750mm. As a result, both the all-new Avanza and Veloz have more room inside compared to the previous model.
The all-new Avanza measures 4395mm long, 1730mm wide, and 1690mm tall, with 190mm of ground clearance.
On the other hand, the all-new Veloz is 4475mm long, 1775mm wide, and 1700mm tall. Like the Avanza, it also has 190mm of ground clearance.
In terms of size, the Veloz is 80mm longer, 45mm wider and 10mm taller than the Avanza. If you look at our comparison slider, you would see that the increase in size for the Veloz was achieved by having a different bumper design together with the over-fenders.
Like the exterior, the Avanza and Veloz have a more stylish interior design and get up-to-date in-car entertainment features. Both models get the innovative Sofa mode layout that fully folds both the second and third-row seats. But since both models are designed for different customers, there are also some clear differences between the two models.
The top-of-the-line Avanza 1.5 G has a predominantly black dashboard with silver accents on the side aircon vents. The seats are finished in black and brown fabric upholstery, while the three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in urethane.
In addition, the center stack gets a new digital air-conditioning system, together with an 8-inch touchscreen display that's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay ready. Lastly, the instrument cluster has analog dials with a digital information display.
Moving to the top-spec 1.5 V variant of the Veloz, the SUV has a two-tone black and white interior finish on the dashboard, door cards, and its leather-fabric seats. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and gets additional silver trims.
Unlike the Avanza, the Veloz has dials for its climate control system, has a fully-digital instrument cluster, plus an electronic parking brake system instead of a mechanical one. For in-car entertainment features, there's a bigger 9-inch touchscreen display that's also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capable, plus a wireless charging pad at the center console.
Both the Avanza and the Veloz are powered by the naturally aspirated 1.5-liter 2NR-VE engine that puts out 106 PS at 6000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm and is paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Driver assistance and Safety Features
In terms of safety features, both top-of-the-line variants get the following: anti-lock brakes, brake assist, hill-start assist, vehicle stability control, traction control, and ISOFIX anchors for child seats. In addition, both have six airbags including intelligent features like blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert.
The only advantage the all-new Veloz has over the Avanza is the Toyota Safety Sense, which adds driver aids such as a pre-collision system, auto high-beam, and lane departure alert. Basically, the Veloz has an extra pair of eyes to give the driver and its occupants better peace of mind.
As expected, the range-topping Avanza 1.5 G is cheaper at PHP 1,039,000. The top-spec Veloz 1.5 V is priced at PHP 1,225,000, giving a PHP 186,000 difference between the two models.
What do you get for the additional PHP 186,000? Well, among others, there's the SUV styling, bigger 17-inch wheels, wireless charging pad, leather-fabric seats, the electronic parking brake, and extra safety features from the Toyota Safety Sense.
Do you think the price difference justifies the added features? Let us know in the comments.