The third generation of Toyota’s popular supermini, the Yaris, goes on sale today with customer deliveries starting in September.
Toyota says this new versions adds dynamic new styling and improved quality. No doubt, cars like the Ford Fiesta have upped the game in the supermini class and Toyota has had to mature the Yaris to keep up. Shame, as this new model has lost the cheeky charm of the first Yaris and become something just very generic. Both a three door and five door are available.
The Japanese giant is making a big song and dance about the Touch audio system that comes with the new Yaris and includes touchscreen controls, Bluetooth, a USB port and a rear parking camera. It comes on all but the base model and can be upgraded to the Toyota Touch and Go system which provides full map satellite navigation and access to a range of connected information services that can be accessed and downloaded via a dedicated Toyota customer portal. Likely to appeal to youngers buyers, for sure, but what about all the elderly folk you see driving Yarises?
Engines for the new model are carried over from the previous generation model: 1.0 and 1.33 litre petrol units and a 1.4 litre D-4D turbodiesel. However, all have been tweaked for greater economy and lower emissions under the Toyota Optimal Drive programme.
Toyota’s three cylinder 1.0-litre petrol kicks off the range. With a five speed manual ‘box, the latest version of the 998cc unit generates 68bhp and maximum torque of 93Nm. Fuel consumption has been improved by four per cent over the outgoing model to 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions are down by seven per cent to 111g/km.
The four cylinder 1.33 litre petrol engine generates 98bhp and 125Nm. When matched to the new Multidrive S seven speed CVT transmission, fuel economy is 56.5mpg and CO2 is 118g/km.
Finally, the four cylinder 1.4 litre D-4D engine is fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and is matched to a six-speed manual transmission. It produces 89bhp and maximum torque of 205Nm between 1,800 and 2,800rpm. The combined cycle has been improved by seven per cent to 72.4mpg and CO2 emissions are six per cent lower at 104g/km. Good, but below class best (the Citroen C2 e-HDi manages 93g/km) and not enough to qualify for TfL Congestion Charge exemption or free VED (car tax) beyond the first year.
The new Yaris range kicks off with a price of £11,170 for the 1.0 SR three door and rise all the way up to £15,385 for the 1.33 T Spirit five door.