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Toyota Yaris and BMW 130i

By David Thomson on Sat, 25 Nov


has avoided the ugly-duckling looks of the sedan with its conservatively-styled the Yaris 1.5-litre saloon.

The four-door is only 65mm and 10cm lower than a sedan and this along clever design has delivered a interior by class standards. is, for example, sufficient legroom in the sedan to allow 1.83m to travel one behind the other in The boot, meantime, will a staggering 475 litres of kit.

The is also neatly styled and in typical Toyota fashion. Air power windows, a factory CD-sound system, remote power mirrors, dual and antilock brakes are all standard. features such as decent-sized drink holders on either of the dash also impressed.

Thus specified, the Yaris lists at $24,170.

There is a automatic for $26,080, and a further six can also be added to either as a $1200 option.

Most sedans are likely to be bought by folk, and perhaps used as round-town transport, and the test car no cause for complaint in this It also showed well pressed into service for a 600km highway journey.

While no performance king, the 1.5-litre VVTi engine adequate pep for everyday motoring as as good use is made of the gearbox for and on medium to steep gradients. on 185/60 rubber, the car also to keep the driver in touch the road through the steering to an that many larger and vehicles cannot match. is crisp and predictable, with body roll and an inbuilt to understeer.

Equally importantly, ride quality is very and noise levels quite low for a of this type.

Well done Toyota, for consigning the awful looks of the old sedan to the past, and for providing a spacious and capable successor.


Knocking the BMW 1-series is a sport in some quarters: proportioned, and excessively cramped in the back seats and the boot, the naysayers.

They have a but in making it they also one: the 1-series brings to design traditional BMW dynamic associated with rear and a straight-six engine mounted (lengthways) in the engine bay.

the flagship 130i Sport, by an electronically-controlled six cylinder 3-litre and using either a six-speed or, as tested, a six-speed steptronic gearbox.

The 130i driving experience is around the raw performance unleashed by a engine in a small car, and its with rear-drive dynamics.

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shifts on the steering column the driver to control gear even on the automatic, and with a time of 6.3sec and regulated top of 250kmh, the 130i Sport is quick.

Its traction and stability keep the 130i Sport on a without feeling overly but the car is even more fun with the aids off.

Excellent turn-in throttle and the ability to balance the car precisely on the come into their own on roads.

The 205/50 front and rear tyres provide grip, and when the limits of grip are breached under acceleration the shift to oversteer is

At speed, the suspension also a far finer job of sponging away the bumps than one might given the car’s unyeilding rather noisy) low-speed

The experience of driving a powerful, car hard is crowned by a nice touch thanks to a special that activates under acceleration to give an extra to the exhaust note.

Amid a stack of interior – leather trim, climate control, a multi-stack system, cruise control, and so on snug front seats manually-adjustable under-thigh support especially appreciated.

The 130i is both a worthy flagship, and a car good enough to justify somewhat controversial approach to the 1-series range.

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