Recently, ASEAN NCAP released the crash safety rating of the all-new Perodua Myvi which was awarded full 5-Star safety rating based on the new protocol for 2017-2020. Another popular model which was subjected to the same assessment and fared equally well is the Toyota Vios.

But it’s not quite the Vios we all know and love. The 5-Star safety rating applies only to Thailand (known as Yaris Ativ locally), Singapore, Laos and Cambodia only where all variants of the Vios comes equipped with seven-airbags, Electronically Stability Control (ESC), ABS and ISOFIX mounting points as standard.

The 5-Star Vios scored an impressive overall score of 81.63 with the breakdown as below:

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 44.70 points (of 50 points)
  • Child Occupant Protection: 21.66 points (of 25 points)
  • Safety Assist: 15.28 points (of 25 points)

The 5-Star safety rating is also applicable to the Yaris Ativ which is exclusive to the Thai-market. The only difference between the Vios and Yaris Ativ is the smaller 1.2-litre engine fitted to the latter in order to comply with Thailand’s eco-car policy.

Unfortunately, Malaysian-spec Toyota Vios does not share the same high-flying rating as our Vios comes with mere dual-airbags. Fortunately thanks to the update introduced earlier in the year, UMW Toyota has fitted ESC as standard across the range.


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.