Yaris 1.33 VVTi TR 5-dr
supermini-sized three- and
five-door hatchback Yaris is Toyotas
best-selling model range in the UK.
And everything about the all-new one
adds up to a better car...
THE ALL-NEW THIRD GENERATION YARIS range is just appearing in showrooms and
the UK is the first country to receive the new French-built models. Prices start
from £11,170 and rise to £15,385 with all versions showing a slight price increase
(the best-selling version goes up by 2.3%) in line with it being an all-new
model range and taking into account improved levels of refinement and specification.
Broadening the appeal in 2012 is the HSD 1.5-litre petrol/electric hybrid version
but for the moment the new Yaris is available with uprated versions of the 68bhp
1.0-litre and 98bhp 1.33-litre petrol units and the 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel.
The new Yaris range is offered with four trim levels: T2, TR, SR and T Spirit,
with TR by far the most popular.
average Yaris customer age in the UK has, in the past, been sixty years
but potential younger buyers should read on because the new range has a more
youthful and sharper design and is also better equipped. For a start, the new
models are 3.94 inches (100mm) longer and this has significantly improved rear
good news is that, thanks to suspension changes, the ride is now far more comfortable.
The fuel economy, too, has been improved officially 52.3mpg in
the Combined Cycle, my five-door, 1.33-litre 98bhp TR model recorded an impressive
50.3mpg carrying two passengers and covering all types of roads and traffic
The 1.33-litre engine
copes happily with high
motorway speeds and
it remains flexible
and fuss-free in stop-
start town traffic.
Only going up steep
hills do you notice its
a third of a litre
short of a 1.6.
The big plus is the
excellent fuel economy:
50.3mpg on test...
This particular model costs £13,260 and is expected to be the best selling version.
Tailpipe emissions are 123g/km, so road tax for the First Year is £0 and £95
per annum thereafter. For the record, an 8E insurance group rating also contributes
to lower running costs. And company car drivers can expect to pay a low 15%
When it comes to sell, trade-in values are also going to be better which in
turn helps keep the monthly PCP repayments down and the minimum end-value up.
CAP Monitor, one of the industry's residual value guides, estimates that the
new Yaris models will retain between 39-42% of their value over three years
or 30,000 miles. Yaris models specified with the new Toyota 'Touch and Go' SatNav
and connected information and communications package will be quoted a residual
value two points higher. A £500 extra-cost item, the Touch and Go system is
being offered free of charge until the end of November 2011 a
valid incentive to buy early!
Standard equipment levels are generally good. For instance, the popular core
TR versions come equipped with power front windows and mirrors, AirCon, radio/CD
player, reversing camera, Bluetooth, trip computer, a full range of airbags,
vehicle stability control, remote control door locking and 15-inch alloy wheels.
And don't forget that the Touch and Go navigation and communication system is
included as standard for the next three months.
Essentially, the new model offers four fundamental and really good improvements
over the outgoing Yaris. For a start, it looks much better; no more bland
the sharper styling lines of the new models project a much more youthful appearance.
Inside, equipment levels have improved with a nice combination of different
texture plastics for the fascia and door mouldings.
at 3,885mm, the new model is longer yet still compact. This extra length has
permitted an extra 100mm of interior space, most of its given to improving the
rear seat leg space. Boot space, incidentally, is 286 litres.
suspension system changes have resulted in a far more compliant ride; it is
really very comfortable and composed, with only really deep potholes unsettling
The all-new Yaris offers
four fundamental and
the outgoing Yaris
not just the previous
one but the
competition as well...
The steering, too, is sharper and more responsive with reasonable feedback to
the driver. And parking this new Yaris is also easier, thanks to a smaller turning
Fourthly, the 1.33-litre petrol engine is lively enough: top speed is 109mph
and zero to 62mph takes 11.7 seconds. Okay, this isn't outstanding, but it's
all that the majority of Yaris drivers will want or need.
The engine copes happily with high motorway speeds and it remains flexible and
fuss-free in stop-start town traffic; only going up steep hills do you notice
it's a third of a litre short of a 1.6. But the big plus about this revised
engine is the excellent fuel economy: a genuine 50.3mpg on test, so this petrol
engine makes sound financial sense and there's really no point in even higher
mileage drivers spending the extra £1,500 on a 1.4-litre diesel.
Being a Toyota the Yaris will, of course, be reliable and durable and therefore
desirable, but I think it will not just appeal to its traditional 'older' loyal
buyers young singles, couples and families will all find benefits
in this notably improved model range.
Even allowing for the higher specification, it looks expensive against the current
offers available for competitor models but there's a lot to recommend the new
Yaris: sharp and youthful new styling, much improved rear legroom, better ride
comfort, better handling with sharper steering, first class fuel economy and
low running costs.
However, even though the running costs are low, the pricing seems not as competitive
as its mainstream rivals (Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo and some
MINI models). So for many potential owners the decision to buy a Yaris will
be a trade-off between a lower purchase price for some competitors versus the
Toyota's lower running costs. As a tie-breaker, reconsider the four points I've
noted; they're where I feel the new Yaris outscores not only the outgoing Yaris
but the competition as well.
Toyota Yaris 1.33
TR 5-dr | £13,260
Maximum speed: 109mph | 0-62mph: 11.7 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 98bhp | Torque: 92lb ft | CO2 123g/km