Toyota Yaris Hybrid T Spirit review (2012 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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TOYOTA Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Hybrid T review (2012 onwards)

Toyota Yaris Hybrid T £16,995 (£18,295 as tested)

E-CVT automatic, front-wheel

Performance: 11.8 secs 103mph top speed

Efficiency: 85g/km CO2

What is it?


does it fit?

Ok, so the MX-5 is the point. But the Polo Blue GT is an comparison, because rather chase the heavyweight lead has with heavyweight petrol-electric the VW employs an advanced 1.4-litre petrol with Active Technology (ACT).

This it can shut down two cylinders to fuel while cruising, yet offers impressive performance on If you do a lot of motorway miles ACT could a significant advantage, since the heft of the hybrid system rather than helps the at these speeds.

there’s nothing to touch the Yaris petrol efficiency figures

the Yaris makes more is around town, since the Hybrid can zip along on electricity – meaning zero emissions – for large amounts of the time. makes a big difference to real-world centre fuel economy, and it achieve a stunning 85g/km CO2

Is it for you?

Such low CO2 means not only road tax exempt now but has of headroom should the government the 100g/km threshold at some in the future. So in terms of minimising costs, the Yaris Hybrid looks strong – especially Toyota’s legendary reputation for

Besides the Jazz and the Polo, alternative eco-centric choices at the same price point are – including the MINI Cooper D, Fiesta Econetic and Kia Rio. But you also consider the brand new TCe turbo petrol Renault and the forthcoming 1.0-litre Ecoboost

Assuming you don’t want old diesel, there’s still to touch the Yaris Hybrid’s efficiency figures, at least on But there is that slightly image problem to contend Something those awful rapper and puppet MC television haven’t really done about…


What it do well?

Put the image issue to one if you can, and just gaze at the car for a The Yaris is quite the sharp little character in its latest generation guise, and the Hybrid’s blue accents and silver-backed headlamps set this off rather A good start.

Climb aboard, and assuming juice in the battery pack and you wearing concrete boots, initial manoeuvres will take place under power. With a sparkly gearknob and “ice grey” fascia – both improvements the standard items – it immediately futuristic.

As with most that gearknob controls a Continuously Variable Transmission in this case, with the E for Electric). No proper gears to about means you simply it into drive, put your down, and go.

The resulting hum is a soothing of noise that’s somewhere a golf cart and those doors in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the (just us?), but more it’s immediately endearing.

it has an charm that makes for a driving experience

Perky – or yet, plucky – is the word springs to mind, and the Yaris carries right on in this Even when the petrol kicks in refinement is especially in urban situations you can also go some way before this

What doesn’t it do well?

So if just going to potter gently, and maybe throw in the motorway journey, the Yaris has an easy charm that for a stress-free driving experience. beyond this comfort however, and it quickly begins to get out of its

The gearbox and the powertrain just cope with fast driving very well – and if you it too hard, the way the E-CVT adjusts to the engine revving for maximum means the Yaris will start to sound like hurting it.

And though all the vital required by the hybrid system been shrunk down to its Auris and Prius big brothers – system weight including the 1.5-litre petrol engine is 20% less – it’s still carrying an extra adult around compared to a regular

Even with Toyota’s efforts at optimising the balance and the Hybrid is always going to more sluggish in the turns as a The T Spirit’s 16-inch alloys brilliant for the ride comfort, But keep within its limits and it just fine.


What is it like to with?

TOYOTA Yaris Hybrid

With the electric the simplicity of the automatic transmission and its fuss-free approach to motoring it’s tempting to describe the Hybrid as the automotive equivalent of a domestic appliance. But carmakers tend to like that of thing – even when well-meaning.

So let’s call it an transportation module instead. As an transportation module, the Hybrid every bit as well as the regular Which is to say it’s well if not exceptional, and all the extra techy are hidden away, meaning space and luggage room are

The Yaris is a reasonably spacious car for its so your full-grown mates fit into the back with few (at least over short and the 286-litre boot expands to 710 with the rear seats down. Plenty of capacity for the family shop, but a squeeze for a 2.4 weekend away.

The T-Spirit leather upholstery as standard. The touchscreen sat-nav is often but occasionally puzzling. In an effort to in the yoof, there are various available regardless – including search functions, a parking finder and a fuel price

How green is it?

Officially, the T Spirit Yaris Hybrid returns combined while emitting CO2 – this sounds amazing but is quite a downer compared to the and 79g/km claim of the smaller-wheeled T3 and T4 The price you pay for leather-trimmed luxury…

unlikely to achieve these in reality – but the fuel economy may not be as far off as you since this Hybrid is keen to function in electric-only Toyota reckons a third of urban journeys can be covered way in fact, a statistic our experience to match.

It is expensive compared to a technologically sophisticated supermini

it activates the electricity impressively on its own, you can prompt the kilowatts by pressing the EV button. It’s capable of higher electric than we’ve noticed in a of this type before. It hard, that’s for sure.


Would we buy it?

If you’re looking for a runabout that wears its savvy with pride the Toyota Yaris Hybrid almost all of the right boxes. It is compared to a less technologically supermini, but that technology now than ever seems to the extra cash.

What it isn’t – nor is it trying to be – is all to all people. Some of the interior is naff, it’s not much fun to once the novelty wears off and if you do of longer journeys you may never see the benefits.

But if you accept all that and think a small petrol-electric suit your lifestyle, choose one of these. We doubt have many complaints.

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