Toyota Yaris- Exterior, Interior, Performance & Review
At first view, The Toyota Yaris looks like a safe approach from the designers of Toyota. At the front, it looks stunning because of the aggressive thin headlamps, the sporty nose element and a sharp two-tone bumper with the Toyota logo on it. Aside from the front-end, the Yaris seems balanced but that’s not what it is. The look of the car is simply plain and even the line that runs over the doors is a little flat and not too inspiring. The alloy wheels are also common and the moderate 15-inch rim size makes the look of Yaris under tired. The boot section is more attractive because of the well-detailed tail lamps which are wrapped over it and the bulging rear bumper.
Established on the platform of Toyota B which also supports the Yaris hatch in the evolving markets, the Yaris sedan has the same wheelbase of 2550mm, not just with the hatchback but also with the old Etios which proposes that the carmaker is utilizing it for keeping the costs down. The weight of Yaris is in between 1090-1135 kg over transmissions and variants.
The exterior feature of the Toyota Yaris is conveyed over on the interior of the car too. There is nothing to get eager about with the design of dash, as all the curves and shapes are as standard as they were. The waterfall design of the center console looks great and the certainty that they have positioned the screen high up on the dash makes it simple to utilize on the move. Ergonomics are nice too with the reasoned placement of significance controls and things like the buttons of air-con are positioned accordingly high and have chunky buttons which is yet reasonably thought, as you don’t have to look here and there for them. In the CVT VX variant, the touchscreen system of Pioneer is delicate and the managing speed is great too. But their screen quality is typical and the graphics are also not modern. The car also comes with a DVD player in this system, though the opening and closing mechanism are defective as to load a DVD, the screen opens quickly but to close it there is no physical button present and you have to look for the closing instruction to shut it on the tilted screen.
If we talk about the quality, Yaris is satisfactory but not too good and parts like the rear armrest cup holders and some of the dash plastics are not of the good quality. Also, the faux stitching present on the dash top panels seems fake and won’t be of everyone’s interest. On the basis of comfort, the Yaris gains the sweet spot. The seats are admirably contoured, the cushioning is sleek but not visibly so and under thigh support in both rows is sufficient too.
Though there is sufficient space at the back for adults, it isn’t nearly as spacious as its straight rivals. On our measuring tape, the Yaris was small by a huge 3cm as compared to the City and 7cm to the Ciaz in respect of knee room. For people who are looking at the Yaris as a five-seater car, they will be discouraged by the narrow cabin. On the basis of the cabin also it falls short of the Ciaz by 7cm and City by 2cm.
If we talk about the practicality of the Yaris, it goes really good with a plenty of cup holders, a deeply cooled glovebox and big door pockets also. The boot at 476 liters might sound short to you, but it is well-shaped, deep and the loading lip is good and low. The car also offers 60:40 split folding rear seats which are a part first and makes an addition to its practical nature.
As told earlier, the Yaris really outshines when it comes to common features. In the main J variant, the car provides features including projector headlamps, keyless entry, music system, driver seat height adjust, projector headlamps and 60:40 split folding rear seat. The greater G variant adds auto climate control, keyless go, touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking sensors, and roof mounted air vents with others. The greater V variant provides added features like auto headlamps, alloy wheels, cruise control, LED tail lamps, front parking sensors, rear disc brakes, and rain sensing wipers. The high VX variant comes with even more unique features such as daytime running lights, leather seat upholstery, powered driver seat, hill start assist, ESP, a higher grade touchscreen with gesture control and navigation, and rear sun blind. However, the main highlight is that Toyota is offering ABS, seven airbags and ISO fix seats as usual over the range. So it doesn’t matter which variant of Yaris you want to buy, it will come filled with features.
In the beginning, the Yaris will only offer a petrol engine choice while transmission choices are that of a 7-step CVT automatic gearbox and 6-speed manual. This clearly optimistic motor is built on the engine found in the Etios. Displacing 1496cc it even shares its stroke and bore with the aged engine, but now it has variable valve timing that assists it in generating a better result. As a conclusion, it produces the power of 105bhp (17bhp more than the Etios) and the torque figure has increased too. Like in the aged engine, the highest torque of 140Nm is conveyed at a low 4200rpm which should assist drivability.
Talking about the manual version, it has six cogs and the gearshifts on this gearbox are ultimately positive. This gearbox also allows the torque character of the engine to come to the front and be it in gear at any rpm, this 1.5-litre motor engages strongly and cleanly. Its ability to drive is adequately good because of it, you can simply pull in from as low as 50kmph in sixth.
The stress-free character of the engine is praised by its engrossing ride. In the starting, the Yaris seems like its stiff at low speeds but then it makes you shock with solid command and good suspension travel even over potholes which are worst. In the case of very sharp-edged ruts, the suspension works quietly too. Even at max speeds, the Yaris remains level over undulating, rippled or broken tarmac which makes it a great long-distance partner.
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Like most of the Toyota’s, the Yaris is as practical, capable, well equipped, reliable, but do not has much jazz which can be very valuable in this segment. Be it on the outside or the inside, it does not have the flair that the interests of the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna provide or also the space of the City or the Ciaz. But as a whole product, you will find the Yaris as a convenient model. It lacks in emotional appeal and quality and that’s why it seeks to make up with a well-developed petrol engine, a great automatic choice. The seats are comfortable, it is very well mechanized and the ride quality is great too. The Yaris will price better than the Etios.