Drive – Toyota Yaris YR Review

16 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Toyota Yaris YR Review

Bruce Newton

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Down at the bottom of the Australian market live what are known as light cars. To you and me, are simply minis. It’s where the Koreans, Japanese and manufacturers fight and scrap for based almost entirely on

There’s precious little and a lot of blood-letting.

It’s Toyota has been selling the most in recent years with the funky looking Echo, a battalion of rivals has been in, led by Hyundai’s worthy Getz.

But after six years, the Echo has way to the Yaris. It is an all-new car but there are Echo-tones in the looks, which is no because they were styled by Toyota’s European studio.

And in Europe, the Echo was known as Yaris anyway, so gets the badge as well as the this time around. We up a few other things, too, as extra model grades, now graduate from YR to YRS and YRX. All get the choice of three- and five-door bodies but the YR is the only one with the 1.3-litre, four-cylinder engine the Echo.

The other two share the updated, unit.

The 1.3 YR three-door, five-speed kicks off pricing at $14,990, the five-door is $16,190. Add another for the four-speed auto being here.

For your $17,690 you get dual front airbags, braking with electronic distribution and brake assist, CD audio, remote central manual height adjustment of the seat and a full-sized spare While up $200 over the Echo equivalent, the addition of a airbag and ABS more than for that.

Less tangible but obvious once you get on the road is the that Toyota has made in quality. It’s most in the ride and handling.

The Yaris isn’t particularly but it is capable of ironing out most of the and corrugations our roads can throw at it also keeping bodyroll in pretty well contained. would be better if the YR got 15-inch like the YRS and YRX rather than but it is feels quite stable and

The use of fuel-saving electronic power is entirely understandable in a car of this but it has the unfortunate side effect of feel to almost nothing. no problem with accuracy, and with a 9.4-metre turning (down from the Echo’s 9.8 m) it is a city car.

Being a the engine isn’t going to be a of fire, even if it does Toyota’s intelligent variable valve timing (VVTi), overhead cams, 16 valves and a new throttle. In fact, the power and figures are lineball with at 63 kW and 121 Nm, but weight is up from just one tonne to 1045 kg, which in part explain the climb in consumption from 5.8 to 6.5 L/100 km in form. Nevertheless, the engine and work hard together to fuel, particularly in the mid-range acceleration is restrained.

The auto resists the urge to gears at every subtle input. It will change to provide engine braking needed, and the staggered gate an entirely acceptable substitute for a mode.

The engine gets buzzy nor vibrant in the higher where it also starts to more life and zest. does become a factor, but it’s not as intrusive as tyre suspension bump-thump and the machine-gun of stones under the guards on any surfaces. Despite Toyota’s of improvements over Echo, noise intrusions is still not a strongpoint.

Further evidence of a strict is found in the cabin, where the of plastic are meant to provide a and youthful persona. It misfires of the brick-hard feel and intermediate of fit. The shapes are interesting, not the upward swoop of the door

The undersized seats front and are another paean to price along with a shoddy blind and industrial-quality boot The rear bench design is though – it slides, rakes and folds flat on giving up as much as 737 litres of space. It means you can create rear-seat space for adults.

There is a plethora of storage – up to 25.

Of course, the interior point – again is the digital speedo mounted in the of the dash. It’s bigger and legible than the Echo, but it’s better than a instrument pod in front of the driver is to debate.

Despite a couple of quibbles, the obvious budget and a rise in fuel consumption, the is going to be a maxi-performing mini for

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