Toyota Ractis Prices in Kenya- Specs | Buying guide | Full review

Toyota Ractis stands out as a mini multi-purpose vehicle in the Kenyan Market. In this article, we will look at the car in detail. This includes models available, prices of Toyota Ractis for sale in Kenya, specs of the car and a buying guide at the end for anyone who wants to purchase this car.

Toyota Ractis

The car was introduced in 2015 by Toyota, the Japanese automobile manufacturer. There have been two generations of Ractis until its production was stopped in 2016. The car is modeled from the Toyota Vitz series, which means they share a lot of specs with only slight variations. Ractis is fuel economical and has low maintenance costs, it can also be used for business and family purposes.

Prices of Toyota Ractis for sale in Kenya

Here are the prices of different Toyota Ractis models for sale in different parts of the country including Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kakamega, Nairobi and other major towns in Kenya.

Model Year

Price range

2013

Ksh 900,000

2014

Ksh 980,000

2015

Ksh 1.1M

2016

Ksh 1.2M

The production of Ractis was stopped with the 2016 model, this means that you will only get models from 2016 and below in the market. The above prices might vary depending on the seller and the conditions of the Vehicle. However, with Ksh 500,000 and above, you will get yourself a Ractis vehicle in good condition in Kenya.

Video: Toyota Ractis 2014 model

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Toyota Ractis Specs

Even though the car is borrowed from Vitz, it has its own unique features that make it unique even from its competitors. Let us look at them below.

1. Toyota Ractis exterior

Ractis is a hatchback car with a basic exterior design, the front and back have some curves making it more appealing.

Toyota Ractis hatchback

Here is what the exterior of this vehicle is like:

  • The car is a 5 doors hatchback(two front doors, two rear and the tailgate)
  • The ground clearance for Ractis is 5.7 inches which is below the required 6.5 inches on Kenyan roads
  • Comes with LED headlights and taillights
  • The rims for higher grades are alloy, the standard ones come with steel rims
  • Higher grades also do come with fog lights
  • There is a wide range of colors to choose from, the common ones are black, white and grey

2. Toyota Ractis interior

The interior of this car is still basic but comfortable even when traveling long distances.

Toyota Ractis interiorHere is what the interior of this vehicle comes with:

  • Ractis is a 5 seater car
  • The legroom for this car is spacious in both the first and the second rows, this makes the car comfortable even for tall people
  • When it comes to the boot, Ractis has a spacious one that can carry sizeable luggage, the back seats can also be folded flat to give even more space
  • The cabin also contains more storage spaces, this includes cup holders, door panels compartments and seat jacket pockets
  • For safety, Toyota Ractis is fitted with airbags

3. Toyota Ractis engine specs

Different models of Ractis cars come with their own engine specs. Let’s see what the engine specifications are in this section.

engine

Below is a list of Ractis cars engine specifications:

  • The engine capacity is either 1300cc or 1500cc
  • The average fuel consumption for the 1300cc is 21.8Km/l while that of 1500cc is about 15.6Km/l
  • The 1300cc capacity engine accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in about 12. 3 seconds, on the other hand, the 1500cc accelerates from0 to 100km/h in 11.2 seconds
  • Additionally, you can choose between a Front Wheel Drive(FF) or All Wheel Drive Ractis engine
  • The engine power ranges between 87 to 110ps
  • Most models of the Ractis cars are fitted with Super CVT-i transmission gear type
  • Lastly, the tank capacity is 42 liters

boot space

Toyota Ractis Buying guide in Kenya

When buying your Ractis car, there are dos and don’ts that can help you. First, you will need to come up with a clear budget, your intended spend should cover all costs, this includes the buying cost and other additional costs such as insurance payment. If you are going to involve professionals such as lawyers, include this in the budget too.

Next, decide whether you want a new Ractis or a secondhand, more so, choose between importing or buying your car locally. Next, you will need to choose the model and grade of car you will buy, to achieve this easily, have a list of features/specs that you want. Go ahead and pick the one with these specs.

The above choices will definitely influence the cost of the car, for example, an imported car might at times cost less than those in local yards, this is because there are no additional costs such as carwash and security costs that the seller might push to the buyer. A higher grade will also cost more, the same case applies to models. The next thing hence will be to look at cars with specifications that you chose, if the prices are above your budget, see what you can forego to fit your budget.

While Toyota Ractis can be considered as fuel economical, the 1300cc tends to use less fuel than the 1500cc. Also, A Front Wheel Drive consumes less but is more suited to towns and paved roads compared to the All-Wheel Drive that can be used even in rural areas.

Some of the problems reported by users of this car include overconsumption of oil and fuel, engine noise problems and gear shift problems. There are however no major issues and with proper maintenance, the car is good.

Purchase stage

Here are things to do during and before completing the purchase:

  • Check for the general condition of the vehicle
  • Use a mechanic to do the inspection for you especially if the car is a secondhand
  • Do thorough verification of the documents including verifying that the engine and chassis number are what is in the logbook
  • Check for the current owner of the car on the NTSA portal
  • Pay through the bank, never pay cash
  • We recommend you use a lawyer when transferring ownership
  • Be wary of cons and fraudsters

Toyota Ractis maintenance in Kenya

The car spare parts are easily available in Kenya, this makes the maintenance cost low. However, there are tips you can use to avoid many problems, here are some of them:

  • Read the owner’s manual for a clear understanding of the use of the vehicle parts
  • You can increase the ground clearance to allow for smooth driving even on speed bumps
  • Take the car for service after 5,000 kilometers
  • Use the recommended transmission fluid to avoid gear problems
  • The use of clean fuel ensures you avoid dirt in the engine which can be problematic
  • Check for coolant and oil level regularly and top up if low
  • Drive carefully

Above is a look at Toyota Ractis in Kenya. We hope that you found the article helpful. Cheer!!

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