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Car and Driving Independent New Review of the Toyota Hybrid .

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The Yaris brings hybrid to the supermini sector at a price you ll like. With emissions as low as and fuel economy pitched at 80mpg on the combined cycle, is a great car for capping those day to day costs.


Why is it that cars manage to capture the s imagination and others don t? It s often little to do with how good a car is and comes down to something a bit nebulous; smart marketing, or with economic conditions of the that sort of thing. Toyota s Yaris first in 1999, it hit that lucrative

People loved the idea of a low but well built supermini the bonus of Toyota s peerless record. That car was replaced in but six years is a long time and the second generation car was undoubtedly its moment in the sun had passed.

Still a of loyal buyers kept respectable right through to car s replacement in 2012. In the meantime had been forging ahead hybrid technology, primarily in its successful Prius but also in core models such as the hatch. It was only a matter of before they figured out how to hybrid work in a Yaris.

That time has arrived.


Toyota certainly t cut any corners in engineering the Yaris If you were expecting an electrically version of the 1.33-litre petrol that powers the usual range Yaris models, again. The hybrid gets a 1.5-litre four-cylinder powerplant to Toyota s Hybrid Synergy

This system has been for the Yaris, combining the internal engine with a more electric motor, transaxle, and battery pack. The result is a that is 20 per cent lighter that used in Auris

An e-CVT gearbox takes of cog-swapping which is a boon in traffic, meaning drivers can their left legs. As the Prius and the Auris hybrids, the can run on electrical power alone for distances, helping to reduce in town centres. You will to watch out for pedestrians who step the road in front of the car.

and Build

If they didn t the badging, most observers be hard pressed to tell was a hybrid model at standstill. It much like a conventional model which, I guess, is of the appeal. It s the same story

It would be reasonable to expect the packs to impinge upon space, with either the seats or the luggage bay being a more pinched than in a or diesel Yaris, but thanks to all the key Synergy Drive components reduced in size, and the co-location of the tank and hybrid battery the rear seat, the Yaris offers the same occupant and 286-litre luggage capacity as petrol and diesel Yaris

The cabin feels solidly together. That said, the new multi-function steering wheel and the Touch Go multi-media system, the remains much as before which is to say unadventurous in its styling the exception of some heavily dash top plastics. The controls are positioned and the dash features an eco to help you drive more but with rival superminis some highly intelligent and interior designs, the Yaris a little short.

It s a shame the car does the hard work so and may lose sales due to that one per cent of interior tinsel s often all that s needed to a buying decision. Perhaps seeing the price tag, will already be sold on the

Market and Model

Toyota quite some play of the that, upon launch, the Hybrid is the most affordable car on the market. It s true, and the Yaris its nearest priced hybrid the Honda Insight, by a clear and offers a good 10bhp power in the process. Getting the down to under £15,000 is an achievement, especially when you that Prius prices crept up inexorably over the with entry level of that car costing more £21,000 now.

The Yaris is offered in T3, T4 and T Spirit trims and the entry level model electric front windows and a height-adjustable driver s seat, headlights and an MP3-compatible CD stereo. The T4 model gives you 15-inch wheels, colour-keyed door and mirrors and a leather-trimmed gearshift Better still, you get the Toyota multimedia system that, via a colour touchscreen, enables you to a 6-speaker CD stereo system and link your mobile and offers a USB port for MP3 player and connection as well as giving a camera view for parking.

Moreover, you can affordably upgrade to status, which adds function satnav, information like live parking and reports and can be upgraded with apps. The T Spirit range is unashamedly well-stuffed with the of features you just don t expect on a You ll find cruise control, wipers, lights and mirrors, leather seats, 16-inch and a rear spoiler.

With no than seven airbags, child seat fastenings, head restraints, Brake VSA stability control and TRC traction safety can be taken as read.

of Ownership

Now for the crunch. Does the Hybrid stack up on the balance In one instance, it s an absolute no-brainer.

If daily commute takes you London s congestion charging the exempt Yaris Hybrid save you thousands of pounds a over a conventionally powered For the sake of argument, let s assume you t London-bound. Does the Hybrid make the numbers?

We ll compare it a Yaris 1.33 Multidrive, in equivalent trims, T4 for the Hybrids and TR for the car. These sort of don t do big mileages so we ll base our figures 7500 miles a year. In the car you ll manage 55.4mpg combined the Yaris Hybrid will see That works out at a saving of per year in fuel costs

Over a three year that s half of the Hybrid s taken care of right Another £90 comes as a in VED taxation but that still a shortfall of £650 to account Much of this can be clawed via improved residual value but the between a hybrid and a petrol aren t that far apart. In words, you ve got to be taken with the of the Hybrid to buy one.

Only a few users and London residents be quids in.


There s a lot to about the latest Toyota Hybrid. It s keenly priced, the is tried and trusted and it pitches a vacant part of the market. It won t vacant for long as many manufacturers are eyeing it with but Toyota is the first and it ll take a package to wrest its lead

If you live in London or need a low tax car, it s an absolute no-brainer.

For the rest of us who maybe aren t sold on the environmental message and fancy a well-built car that cost buttons to run, it s not such a slam dunk of a In fact, it doesn t work out different in cost to buying and a cheaper petrol-powered model three years. That decision is probably deliberate on s part, as they need to their profits without the Hybrid a financial non-starter, but beyond the billboard ads and you have an car. Maybe not a conspicuous but it s a car that s respectable value for

You can ask no more of it.

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