Toyota Yaris YR v Fiat Punto Review

16 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Toyota Yaris YR v Fiat Punto Review

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Price: $16,000 drive-away.

Toyota YR five-door

Price: from plus on-road costs.#160;

statistics: 1.3-litre 4-cyl; and 121Nm; 5-sp manual; and 134g/km CO2.

Value

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Entry-level model is priced at $16,000 drive-away as of an introductory offer that have an end date. Bluetooth and USB audio terminals are standard on the and Toyota, but neither have such as cruise control or sensors. The Punto has a five-star rating and six airbags, but no airbag for the back seat.

Fiat#8217;s three-year/150,000 kilometre is more generous than three-year/100,000km deal. Servicing is but no capped-price peace of mind.

Yaris YR

Toyota#8217;s online lists it for nearly $19,000 but dealers are selling the five-door YR at $15,990 drive-away as part of the sale that ends on 30. Toyota scores safety by having curtain airbag for the back seat as well as knee protection the Punto Yaris buyers can budget on capped at $130 every six for the first three years or

Inside

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Has obvious signs of cost-cutting, as a lack of grab handles and mirrors, and the back seats wind-up windows. Grey with red stitching look and Fiat#8217;s six-speaker stereo the Toyota#8217;s four. Punto#8217;s wheel has an excellent range of for height and reach, though with big feet may find its cramped.

Interior fit and finish is an and our test example had poor gaps, a glovebox that looked closed and an intermittent

Toyota Yaris YR

Doesn#8217;t as cheap. Contrasting grey and plastic meet across an dash and tan seat inserts cabin ambience. The steering lack of reach adjustment is while Bluetooth audio gives it an edge over the which only plays MP3 via

Toyota#8217;s hatch is wider and than the Punto, and has more headroom.

Under the bonnet

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Uses a fraction fuel than the Yaris to a stop-start system that the engine off while stopped in But Punto is down on power and compared with the Yaris. The five-speed manual is a better bet Fiat#8217;s clumsy five-speed gearbox which costs an $1500.

Toyota Yaris YR

Produces power and torque than the despite having a smaller It#8217;s more willing on the and an optional four-speed auto the job done without fuss for an $1600.

How it drives

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It’s slightly longer and than the Yaris, riding on wheels with larger that keep it composed bumps. Fiat#8217;s DualDrive power steering offers a between meaty or feather-light Hill-holding function helps drivers work with the transmission.

It feels bigger on the than the Yaris.

Toyota Yaris YR

Weighs in a tonne and can feel flighty at Its rear suspension skips over bumps. Quick feels at home in the city and cars feel like could use a sixth gear to motorways.

Practicality

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Longer and heavier than the with 1000 kilograms of capacity – 100kg than the Yaris. The Fiat is has a spare tyre which to its smaller 275 litres of luggage

Toyota Yaris YR

A space-saver wheel helps the Yaris slightly more storage at 286 A movable luggage deck can add to the boot or create a handy floor. Roof-mounted middle for the back seat eats rear vision when in

Verdict

A fine city car ticks plenty of boxes for buyers. But poor interior and a lack of rear curtain hurt it here.

Toyota YR

A safe, competent car backed by price servicing and an extremely dealer network. Toyota is a winner with prices at parity, but if you’re paying retail price, it could the result.

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