The original Toyota Yaris was one of a new breed of superminis, combining city-friendly dimensions and economy with the refinement to take on longer journeys too. Times move on and the expectations of customers are higher than ever, demanding connectivity, entertainment, versatility and pace too. With the new 2017 Yaris Toyota has created a potential class-leader; sharp looks, a wider choice of powertrains (including hybrid) and up-to-the-moment technology. All models are now five-door.
The new Yaris is a smart looker; at the front you’ll see an evolved, sharper face with new headlights and grille and a smoother, simpler front bumper. At the rear, there’s a new tailgate design, horizontal taillights and rear bumper. The effect is to make the Yaris look wider, lower and sportier, without affecting its real-world ability to nip through traffic and park in small spaces. Inside, the interior is clean, uncluttered and appealing with all the controls close to hand, including Toyota’s Touch2 infotainment system and clear TFT instrument display. At the top of the Yaris range you can choose a Bi-tone model with contrast roof that really highlights the contemporary, chic lines.
Toyota’s Touch2 multimedia infotainment system is available on all models from the Icon upwards; it includes a reversing camera and 7” touchscreen while the driver instrument display is a 4.2” TFT screen. Icon Tech, Design, Excel and Bi-tone models also enjoy the integral Go navigation system.
The Yaris engine range includes a 1.0-litre 69hp petrol engine with five-speed manual transmission that delivers 65.6mpg combined and CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. Top of the economy charts however is the 1.5 petrol hybrid with auto transmission that delivers 85.6mpg combined with CO2 emissions of 75g/km. Though it costs a little more, hybrid will be the preferred choice of many company car users and private buyers thanks to its low tax, BIK, running costs and environmental impact. New for the 2017 range is a 1.5 petrol engine, available with both manual and auto transmissions. It’s the fastest model in the range and still delivers a highly respectable 60.1mpg and 105 g/km, so if your commute involves motorways you may find the extra power makes for more relaxed journey.
The Yaris has a grown-up feel thanks to its air of refinement, and the new look is chunky, dynamic and distinctive. Top of the range models like the Excel and Bi-tone offer an extra touch of luxury, but all models offer a well-judged blend of efficiency, features and quality
|Vehicle length||3945 mm / 155 in|
|Vehicle width||1695 mm / 66.7 in|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1510 mm / 59.5 in|
|Wheelbase||2510 mm / 99 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1025 kg / 2260 lb|
|Engine Capacity||998 cc|
|Max Torque||93 nm @ 3600 rpm|
|Max Power||51 kW @ 6000 rpm|
|Top Speed||96 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 15.3 sec|
|Combined cycle||58.9 mpg|