Toyota Yaris 2017 verdict and spec

The Toyota Yaris has undergone considerable updates for 2017, with improved performance, ride comfort, handling and interior quality all among the promises...

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Rory White
11 April 2016

Toyota Yaris 2017 verdict and spec

Should I buy one?

The Yaris is well equipped, with every model getting features such as Bluetooth and automatic headlights and wipers. We'd recommend going for second-rung Icon trim, which adds air conditioning, cruise control and the touchscreen infotainment, but still keeps the price sensible.

Standard safety kit including seven airbags, automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning at this price is also impressive, while Toyota's sterling reliability record and standard five-year warranty are difficult to ignore.

Furthermore, the Hybrid model is a unique proposition in this class, being extremely attractive to company car drivers with CO2 emissions of as low as 75g/km.

Ultimately, though, this isn't enough to counter the fact that most rivals are better to drive, while the Fabia is more spacious, classier inside and has a more advanced infotainment system. Added to that, the Yaris's list prices and finance quotes don't stand out in this competitive class, making the regular petrol-engined versions hard to recommend.

What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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Toyota Yaris 1.5 VVT-i e-CVT Hybrid Bi-tone

Engine size 1.5 petrol and electric motor

Price £19,845

Power 98bhp (system combined)

Torque 125lb ft (electric motor max) + 82lb ft (engine max)

0-62mph 11.8sec

Top speed 103mph

Gov't economy (official combined) 78.5mpg

CO2/BIK band 82g/km/17%

Insurance group  TBC

Airbags 7

Doors 5

Seats 5

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