Toyota Yaris Hybrid first UK drive Review Autocar

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid

is it?

Only the cheapest hybrid car you can buy. At £14,995, the new Toyota Hybrid is more than cheaper than the previous of that crown, the £16,300 – and sophisticated – Honda Jazz

The Yaris also boasts the CO2 rating of any new car on sale that an electric car or extended-range electric Its 79g/km puts it 5g/km the recently revised Hyundai i20 in department.

As well as appealing to the Toyota also hopes the will appeal to the heart in the way no hybrid – or third-generation Yaris, – has managed. For starters, it looks a sight better than the Yaris on which it’s with a much bolder look.

Toyota also more natural acceleration thanks to its retuned CVT gearbox, that has blighted the performance of Toyota’s previous hybrid

What is it like?

Anyone who has driven a Prius or an Auris will feel instantly at in the Yaris Hybrid. The Yaris is a smaller than those, but the hybrid hallmarks carry So look closely on the outside and spot the blue Toyota and the ‘Hybrid Synergy Drive’

Inside, there is the EV mode and on the go there’s myriad whirring as the petrol-electric drivetrain does its work.

The Yaris uses a petrol engine based on the Prius’s instead of the 1.8 found in the Prius and Auris fuel-sippers. The system – electric motor, inverter and batteries – has been from the larger models to fit the Yaris without compromising on its interior or 286-litre boot.

The system offers three driving modes: Normal, Eco and EV. EV the Yaris to run on electric power for short bursts (something the Hybrid can’t manage). mode is good while it the Yaris is silent apart a slight whirr from the motor, but inject anything than a big toe’s worth of on the throttle and the engine kicks in.

Trying Eco mode once is it saps power too much and acceleration either a painfully or painfully noisy experience both), as the hybrid system like to be revved.

So it’s to leave the Yaris Hybrid in mode, which is where its work is done. Drive at a pace and the Yaris Hybrid a decent amount of performance, and it has a surprisingly good turn of off the line. But all this is undermined by the CVT you’re not likely to be able to a burst of acceleration as there’s a drone from the transmission.


And whereas the Prius’s hybrid almost effortlessly and silently all the components that go into the drivetrain (save for the CVT), in the Hybrid you’re continually audibly aware that the bonnet is not your average turbodiesel engine.

The Yaris is therefore a car to which you need to your driving style in to get the best out of it. Gentle throttle are the best way to enjoy driving it, you’ll be rewarded for at the pumps. also fun to watch the graphics on the screen plotting how efficiently driving and whether it’s the or electric motor/battery pack power to the front wheels.

And in driving conditions you’re to spend at least 40 per cent of the driving on electric power as usual, it’s a case of it in Normal mode and letting the electronics decide when to run on power, rather than it in EV mode yourself.

As for the all-important economy figure, a test route that in a decent range of everyday conditions returned a figure of versus the official claimed of 76.3mpg for the T Spirit we tested base T3 and T4 models boast an more impressive 80.7mpg). It was a commendable performance, but it’s noting that the flat around Amsterdam didn’t for a test replicating the UK’s hilly road conditions to be into the overall figure.

The Hybrid rides, handles and in much the same way as its conventionally siblings, even given its weight, 20mm increase in and the 16in alloys of our T Spirit car. The mature ride is a particular highlight that, with steering that is but not completely devoid of feel, the Yaris Hybrid a fine around its natural habitat of centres.

Should I buy one?

Clearly, the Hybrid is aimed at a very type of buyer, one who cares about economy, comfort and than performance and driver And Toyota has absolutely nailed the Hybrid for the type of buyer going to buy it, a type that’s on the in these increasingly eco-conscious

It looks funky enough on the if a little dowdy inside the amount of space helps for this). It also rides and is comfortable and well equipped.

the fuel economy is impressive, as is a price that is not only than the Jazz Hybrid’s but undercuts super-frugal turbodiesel specials including the Ford Econetic and Volkswagen Polo

But would you, the enthusiast, go for the Hybrid over its more peers? Like the Prius and Hybrid before it, the Yaris will certainly appeal to the but the heart may not thank you for buying

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

from £14,995; 0-62mph: Top speed: 103mph; Economy: (T Spirit 76.3mpg); CO2: (T Spirit 85g/km); Kerb 1085kg; Engine: 4 cyls, petrol, plus electric Combined power: 98bhp: 82lb ft (petrol engine), 125 lb ft motor); Gearbox: CVT

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