The Toyota Yaris gets several major changes for its midlife face-lift, with the interior, front and rear styling and engine offering all upgraded.
What is it?
The 2014 Toyota Yaris has undergone a face-lift that gives it a significant new look and a thoroughly revamped interior.
Perhaps most crucial, however, are tweaks to the Hybrid model that bring emissions down to 75g/km – the lowest of any non-plug-in car. This means the Yaris Hybrid is now the first car that doesn't need to be plugged in to be exempt from the new sub-75g/km congestion-charge barrier.
The updated styling brings the Yaris more into line with that of the new Aygo city car, and features a large cross design that dominates the front of the car. It also gets three new styles of headlight, which are LED lights on the higher trim levels. The rear lights have also been restyled.
Inside, Toyota has changed almost every surface, with new materials on the dashboard, seats and centre console. The new panels are softer to the touch, and are designed to be less shiny than the outgoing car's.
Underneath, the Yaris gets a more rigid structure, with an increased amount of welding and new materials around the windscreen. The rear suspension has been redesigned, and has a stiffer torsion beam and softer coil springs. The front suspension also gets softer springs to improve the ride comfort. The power steering has also been modified to improve responsiveness.
Finally, Toyota has also done significant work on the car's insulation to reduce engine and road noise, and added a small spoiler to the front of the windscreen to reduce the wind noise that was caused by air hitting the windscreen wipers.
What engines can I choose from?
The Toyota Yaris comes with a choice of two petrol engines, one diesel and a petrol-electric hybrid model.
The 1.33-litre petrol and the 1.4-litre diesel remain unchanged, but the 1.0-litre petrol is the new three-cylinder engine that will also be offered in the new Aygo. Emissions have been reduced from 110g/km to 99g/km, and the engine has been comprehensively revamped to reduce noise and vibration levels.
The hybrid model is the same unit as before, but it has been tweaked to reduce CO2 emissions. It now emits 75g/km – down from 79g/km – when the car wears the smaller, 15-inch alloy wheels. The 16-inch alloy wheels raise emissions to 82g/km.
The diesel also emits just 99g/km of CO2, while the 1.33-litre petrol emits 109g/km when the car has engine stop-start fitted.
How much equipment does it come with?
Toyota is also tweaking the Yaris's trim line-up. Final equipment levels will be confirmed when the pricing is announced, which is set to be within the next few weeks. The line-up is expected to consist of four trim levels, although these have yet to be confirmed.
There are two new colours – a blue and a bronze. A Red Pack or a Black Pack will be optional, and will bring more colourful interiors. These will be offered with all exterior body colours except the new bronze.
How much will it cost?
Prices are yet to be finalised for the UK, although Toyota has said that they will remain 'competitive' with its rivals. They are not expected to rise significantly over the outgoing car's, which start at £10,995.
Although the trim levels are set to change slightly, the top-of-the-range hybrid model is expected to remain much the same price-wise, starting at about £17,600.
Can I get a discount?
Our Target Price team have managed to find discounts on the current model of the Toyota Yaris, with savings of between £700 and £1300 available. Given that prices have not yet been announced for the new car, it is not yet possible to say whether this discounting is set to continue unchanged on the new car.
Toyota's intention to keep pricing competitive, and the high cost of this comprehensive face-lift, might tighten margins slightly, but discounts might still be possible.
How good are its rivals?
The supermini class is the most competitive in Europe. The Yaris's rivals are fantastic, with our reigning supermini of the year, the Ford Fiesta, the pick of the bunch.
The Yaris's interior has been redesigned to compete with the likes of the Fiesta and the recently revised Volkswagen Polo. Buyers will face even more choice before long, with the Skoda Fabia and Vauxhall Corsa to be replaced before long.