Toyota Vitz prices in Kenya- Full specs | Buying guide | Vitz for sale

Toyota Vitz is one of the most popular low-budget cars in Kenya. In this article, we will cover everything about Vitz cars available for sale in the Kenyan market. This includes their full features, models, Vitz prices and buying tips.

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Toyota Vitz car

Vitz is made by Toyota, a Japanese automobile manufacturer. It was introduced in the market in the year 1999. Since then, there have been three generations with each generation having improvements in both size and features. In 2019, Toyota decided that the fourth generation will be Known as Yaris. This makes the 2019 model of Vitz the last with the name and the latest in the market.

Vitz Specs and Features

There are different models available for sale in Kenya, the features hence vary slightly depending on the model. However, we will cover most features you should find in the latest models (from 2010 onwards) below.

1. Exterior Appearance

Vitz maintains a simple exterior for all its models, this also helps in cost-cutting. Notably, even with the simple exterior, the car still looks classy.

vitz hatchback design

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Hatchback design of Vitz

Here is a look at the exterior of  Vitz models:

  • Vitz models have a Sporty exterior design
  • All are hatchback type
  • They are short in length but tall upwards
  • 5 number doors(including the boot)
  • Some models include fog lights
  • Vitz cars are available in different colors, from blue, black, silver, brown, yellow, red, etc

a pink color vitz

2. Interior appearance

The interior of the car is made to provide comfort but considering cost at the same time.

interior

Below is what you find inside the car:

  • 5 seats( two at the front and three in the second row)
  • The ground clearance is spacious and comfortable for passengers
  • The second row is good in terms of height, at the front, very tall people might find it uncomfortable
  • The boot is spacious and good considering the size of the car
  • There is more storage on the dashboard and on the door panels. They include cup holders, document storage and phone storage spaces.
  • The panels and dashboards are made of plastic
  • The car also comes with speakers just at the bottom of the doors
  • Up to 9 airbags for safety purposes
  • A navigation GPS is included on the dashboard

3. Vitz Engine specs

Considering that Vitz is meant to be a low-budget car, its engine is optimized for performance while still maintaining low cost.

  • You can choose from 1000cc, 1300cc and 1500 cc engine capacities
  • Both 2WD and 4WD are available
  • Both auto and manual transmission are available( 4-speed automatic, a CVT, or a 5-speed manual transmission)
  • Average fuel consumption is as follows; 1000cc- 20.8 Km/L, 1300cc- 20.6 Km/L and 1500cc- 18.8 Km/L.
  • Acceleration depends on the engine capacity, here is a highlight: 1000cc from 0 to 100 km/h in 15.3 sec. 1300cc from 0 to 100 Km/h in 11.7 sec and 1500cc from 0 to 100 Km/h in 9.5 sec
  • Allows for AWD(All Wheel Drive) and FF (Forward wheel drive)
  • Tank capacity is 42 Liters

the engine

Lastly, let us look at the explanation of some terms used above. The 4-speed automatic means that the vehicle does not require you to enter gears, it uses a hydraulic system to determine the speed and force then enters the gear automatically. A CVT(Continuous Variable Transmission) on the other hand uses pulleys and does not have gear, this makes it more efficient than the traditional automatic. The 5-speed manual means that you will have to enter the gears manually with regard to speed.

FF (Forward wheel drive) means that power is transmitted to the front wheels and they are the ones that push the vehicle, on the other hand, AWD(All Wheel Drive) transmits power to both fore and back wheels meaning they all push the vehicle. Vitz allows for use of any of this or both. Similarly, 2WD and 4WD mean two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive respectively. You can choose between either when buying your car.

It is important to note that the engine capacities are also divided into grades, this means the features might change slightly depending on the grade.

Price of Vitz in Kenya: Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Thika and other major towns

Here are the average prices of Vitz for sale in major towns in Kenya:

  •  2010 model: Ksh 550,000   2011 model: Ksh 600,000
  • 2012 Model: Ksh 650,000   2013 Model: Ksh 760,000
  • 2014 Model: Ksh 900,000   2015 Model: Ksh 980,000
  • 2016 Model: Ksh 1.2M      2017 Model: Ksh 1.5M
  • 2018 Model: Ksh 1.7M      2019 Model: Ksh 1.9M

It is important to understand that the above prices are average of the market price and will change depending on various factors. This includes whether the car is a second hand from Japan, a local second, a new from Japan or a brand new in local yards. Also, where or the dealer you get the car from will lead to cost variations. In addition, the grade and engine capacity of each model is a determinant. A brand new Vitz can go up to Ksh two million.

the 2019 model

Vitz 2019 model

Vitz buying guide in Kenya

To get the best value for your money, you will need to make the right decisions. Below are some tips you can use:

  • Decide all features that you need for your vehicle. From the exterior appearance, engine specs to interior appearance, just write them down
  • Check with various dealers and online for prices of the model with your specs requirements
  • If the model price is too high for your budget, check which latest model has close specs and go for it
  • Now decide where you want to get your car from(You can import a used car from Japan, buy a new one from Japan, buy a new one from local yards or even a used one locally)
  • Make sure you are keen to avoid losing money to cons, avoid online-only deals
  • If the car is second hand, hire a mechanic to check it for any malfunction before you decide to buy it
  • For second-hand cars, they should be accident-free, you should also ensure that the seller has all required ownership documents.

Each method of acquiring a vehicle has its ups and downs. For example, while acquiring a vehicle from local yards is simple and does not require a lot of waiting time, the price might be a bit higher. On the other hand, importing through a car dealer might be slightly cheaper but will require you to wait for a longer time. Buying from the owner might be cheaper, however, it means you risk getting a vehicle with problems and that might be the reason the owner is selling it.

More care reviews here

You should also check for various things before completing the purchase of your Vitz. Here are some of the problems to check for:

  • The general condition e.g are there dents on the body? are all parts such as doors functioning? etc
  • Is the car failing to start or starting only after so many attempts?
  • Engine noise, body vibrating, shaking and stalling
  • Problems in shifting gears

Maintenance cost of Vitz in Kenya

Vitz is generally a good car since it has a low maintenance cost, however, you will have to give good care from your side. Here are some maintenance tips to use:

  • Read the user manual to understand everything on how to use the vehicle
  • Take your car for regular service checks
  • Avoid dirty fuel and always ensure that the fuel filter is clean plus not worn out
  • Always ensure that your Vitz have required coolant and oil levels
  • Avoid bumpy and rough roads where possible
  • Use correct octane fuel as per Owner’s manual
  • Lastly, avoid careless driving, this might lead to accidents hence deteriorating of your vehicle

FAQS about Vitz in Kenya

The cost will depend on the model and whether it is used. The cost of a brand new Vitz in Kenya is up to Ksh 2 million while a Second hand Vitz starts from Ksh 500,000.

You can buy from car yards, from an owner who is selling or by importing from overseas(Japan) through a car imports dealer.

Yeah, Toyota Vitz is a good family car with a capacity of 5 people and a fairly spacious boot.

Taxi is the best business for this car, especially the online taxi business(Uber, Bolt, Taxify, etc)

In conclusion, above is a look at Toyota Vitz in Kenya. We hope you find this information helpful. We wish you are the best as you acquire your car. Cheers!!

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