2014 Toyota Zelas | new car review

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 by
2014 Toyota Zelas
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  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 78,000
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  • Interior
    Editor: 55%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 75%

Review Summary:

If you're looking for a on a budget, look no further than the 2014 .


Safety features




Prior to the Toyota 86, the Zelas was Toyota’s sub AED 100k sports coupe. Whether it was due to its price tag, front wheel drive platform, or slightly strange design, the Zelas never quite caught on. However, it’s been brought back for 2014 and proudly flaunts some minor improvements. Only available in Sport trim, the 2014 model showcases revised headlights and taillights, a slim upper grille, a colossal hexagonal lower grille and artificial plastic inserts in its bumpers to add to its ‘sporty’ personality. The bodywork on the Zelas is composed of numerous sharp lines, curves, and bulges in all the right places; yet it isn’t something you’d glance twice at.

2014 Toyota Zelas side


The Zelas is the cheapest Toyota coupe on sale, and quite frankly, it feels it too. With hard plastics across the door panels, centre console and dashboard, along with dated A/C controls and an extremely simplistic radio system, it’s hard to describe the Zelas as anything apart from economical. The silver lining to this otherwise rather grey cloud, is the fact that the Zelas is equipped with rear seats that can actually accommodate average sized adults, unlike its 86 sibling.

2014 Toyota Zelas Sport interior


Though nothing revolutionary in terms of equipment, the Zelas is equipped with Push Start, indicators integrated into the side mirrors, cruise control and paddle shifters. Just like other Toyota’s, safety hasn’t been ignored on the Zelas. Driver and passenger airbags along with knee, side and curtain airbags are all present to protect those within the cabin should there be an accident.

What’s on offer?

The 2014 Toyota Zelas packs in a 2.5 litre engine that is good for 178 horsepower and 233 Nm of torque. Mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission, the Zelas arrives at a 100 km/h from a standstill in a mildly impressive 7.6 seconds.

2014 Toyota Zelas rear

Summing it…

The Zelas is as sporty as Chess is dangerous. Just like one of its biggest competitors the Hyundai Veloster, the Zelas is likely to be found interesting by those who place vehicle appearance significantly higher than vehicle performance. Personally, I’d rather save AED 17,000 more and drive away in a Toyota 86.

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