The Axio combines reliability, fuel economy and comfort
I’ve driven several Toyota brands, but none offer the ride comfort and fuel economy of the Axio. I imported it a year and a half ago and it’s one of the few cars that will give you the best fuel economy. I chose the one that runs on a 1500cc gas engine instead of 1800cc because of the greater mileage per liter it gives. I live in Kyanja and work in the city center but spend 130,000 Shs on fuel per week.
Before the fuel prices went up, I used to spend between 80,000 and 100,000 Shs depending on the movements I made. I drove to Mbarara in western Uganda and it cost me Shs 160,000. On the way back to Kampala I filled up with Shs 120,000 and that was enough for the next day of trips around town.
The Toyota Axio is not a fast performance car, so you cannot race and compete with other motorists as you wish. It has enough legroom for the driver and four other passengers.
One of the features that I love about the Toyota Axio is its fuel efficiency and reliability, especially in today’s times when fuel prices are rising daily. My particular model runs on an 1800cc engine which I fill up with on as little as 20,000 Shs on a day when I’m broke. In urban driving, depending on the intensity of traffic jams, I travel eight to 10 km per liter of fuel, and up to 16 km per liter on the highway.
It’s a car I would recommend to any first-time motorist because its maintenance is as affordable as its fuel consumption. It’s my everyday car and I service it once every four months.
Every time I visit the garage, I spend Shs150,000 replacing the oil filter, brake pads, fuel filter, automatic transmission fluid and engine coolant top-ups and a few other basic parts and lubricants. I replace the spark plugs on the recommendation of the mechanic.
Because the Axio is built with the latest technology such as a push-to-start engine, if you want to take advantage of it, you must follow its service manual and have it serviced during service.
Be prepared to read and interpret the lights it reports on the dashboard as this is where most mechanical issues are identified before they become complex. The care you give this car determines how often you will visit the garage.
I acquired the Toyota Axio because it is not only easy and cheap to maintain in terms of fuel and daily maintenance, but it is also a suitable family car that you can have. I recently owned a Spacio but the Axio offers more space especially in the trunk compared to the Spacio. It (Axio) is also more comfortable and has better riding legroom compared to the Spacio.
It is also easy to maneuver on the narrow roads of Kampala due to its short length. It also makes it easier to park on the side of the road. If you’re unfamiliar with reverse parking, it has a rear-view camera that shows what’s behind on the dashboard. When I need to replace spare parts, my mechanic picks them up from downtown at Kisekka Market or Wandegeya.
I didn’t replace any major parts except the tires when I had just purchased the car two years ago. On average, I spend 200,000 Shs each time I do service.
The Axio is more like a city car due to its relative ground clearance. Like some cars, you also need to be careful when driving on roads with potholes or raised bumps.