Toyota Yaris Review
It looks odd to think of traditional compacts like the Corolla and Civic taking part in huge brother to a assortment of even thriftier super-compacts, but with operating costs continuing to crunch difficult on auto owners, the era of the city auto commences to make a total lot of sense.
It’s not like you need to go with no any of the usual mod cons just because you’re downsizing. The days when air conditioning and in-auto sound systems have been costly optional extras are extended gone.
Take our best-spec Toyota Yaris YRX hatch. It fees $ 21,390, but its amazing roll call of common functions consist of automated transmission, climate control air-conditioning, satellite navigation with a six.1-inch touch screen, a premium sound program, full smartphone connectivity with Bluetooth streaming and automatic headlamps.
And that is just the highlights – the comprehensive inventory of creature comforts and safety kit on board the Yaris is as comprehensive as these located in numerous of the bigger, more costly players.
But it’s not like Toyota has sewn up the light vehicle game with Yaris. There are much more than a couple of all-stars competing in this ever-growing section. Designs such as the Mazda 2, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio and Suzuki Swift all offer exceptionally good packages at the budget end of the spectrum.
To give the Toyota its credit, Yaris sales even now trump the competition, with March product sales benefits showed it to be the clear favourite with a marketplace share of 13.five per cent, properly ahead of 2nd position Mazda 2 with eleven.seven per cent.
The Yaris selection provides two four-cylinder petrol engines – a one.3-litre and one.five-litre – and either a five-speed manual or 4-speed automated transmission.
Whilst there is no fuel-saving direct injection technologies, the 1.5-litre engine under the bonnet of the YRX is good for 80kW and 141Nm. That is a lot more than the Mazda 2 and Hyundai’s i20. As the best-spec, automatic model in the Yaris selection, it’s also the heaviest fuel user, rated at six.3L/100km – but that is nonetheless fairly excellent by today’s petrol city car requirements.
Regardless of the relatively modest output engine, progress is more than sufficient and is assisted by the car’s fairly light, 1025kg excess weight. Acceleration from a standing start off undoubtedly won’t have you lagging behind the rest of the traffic, and freeway travel at 110km/h is effortless for the Yaris.
It’s quiet, too – especially for a four-speed automobile, which have a tendency to turn into rowdy at mid to large revs. Even when accelerating tough up a steep incline, the cabin stays comparatively noise-totally free.
Unfortunately, 4-speed automatic transmissions are nonetheless very considerably favoured by the majority of producers in this section, including Toyota. And even though Yaris does not suffer unduly from the all round driving knowledge, Toyota would do well to adhere to the lead taken by Volkswagen, which delivers a seven-speed DSG transmission on many of its Polo variants. Ford is another exception to the practice, also providing a dual-clutch gearbox (with 6 speeds) with its Fiesta designs.
Proper from the outset, Toyota was keen to improve the driveability of the third-generation Yaris, with particular interest paid to Australian roads and circumstances. That meant enhanced entire body rigidity, a larger footprint, far more responsive steering and locally tuned suspension settings. The outcome is a vehicle that is confident-footed enough in the handling department without tough the most entertaining city autos to drive, the Fiesta, Polo and Mazda2.
The ride is also an improvement above the prior-generation auto, with the Yaris capable to comfortably absorb the worst of our nearby roads.
Previous generations of Yaris had been constantly high on ‘cute appeal’ and had been thus heavily skewed towards female consumers. Not so with the most recent edition, which falls in line with Toyota’s recent corporate face and provides a bolder on-street presence.
The highlights are the deep front and rear bumpers that efficiently give Yaris a nice, reduced stance.
You’ll also notice the tough single-blade windscreen wiper – (like Mercedes-Benz once employed).
Climb aboard and you’ll instantly discover the fresh style and design with unique consideration paid to the appear and really feel of the plastics. Nevertheless, there are no soft-touch components utilized on the dash, but the combine of textures and colours is nonetheless interesting.
We don’t thoughts the fabric seats, both they’re effectively bolstered and at ease. The total driving place has also enhanced with a reduce steering column mount and a three-spoke, thick-rimmed leather steering wheel producing for a decidedly sporty really feel behind the wheel of the Yaris.
The instrument cluster and switchgear is well laid out (unlike on the earlier model Yaris) and really clean thanks to integrated touch display, which controls a variety of functions such as satellite navigation and an superb sound program with what must certainly be the quickest responding Bluetooth system we’ve however to encounter on any model we have tested this year.
Both the YZR and ZR Yaris get reside targeted traffic updates by means of SUNA visitors channel, split display with 3D graphics and DivX player via USB port.
It may well be a member of the light vehicle class, but rear seat leg and headroom is enough for adult passengers and there is area for large feet to slide underneath the front pews.
The longer wheelbase (up 50mm) has meant an enhance in rear cargo room to 286 litres – larger boot room than that supplied by the Fiesta, Mazda2 and Polo. That consists of a clever compartment beneath the cargo floor, aided, nonetheless, by the inclusion of a room-saver rather than full-dimension spare wheel.
Whilst the Yaris misses out on a centre console bin, there are 24 person storage compartments in the cabin.
There is no compromise on security characteristics on board either, with a full suite of active and passive functions including seven airbags, automobile stability control, traction management and anti-lock brakes with brake assist.
Dynamically, the Toyoya Yaris is still not rather at the exact same level as it is primary rivals, but as an all round package deal, with the extra benefit of Toyota’s brand strength in reliability, the Yaris presents a strong situation in the light car segment.