Toyota Yaris Review
by- Nitin Sharma
Now the brand Toyota is not very well known for its mid size sedans, in fact all the sedens that the manufacturer had were either way too expensive to be termed as mid size or they were just too small for the label. But now after so much wait it is finally here, Toyota Bharat has launched their latest offering the Yaris and it directly takes the fight to the likes of Hyundai Verna and Honda City which essentially ae the king of the segment. So how does it fair against them is exactly what we are here to find.
The front of the car looks very Toyotaish is the manner that is feels quite bulky and heavy to look at. There is plenty of chrome garnishing pretty much everywhere you see and it seems like Toyota has taken the “Indians love chrome” philosophy quite too seriously. There are huge wrap around head kamps which quite a bit stretch to the back and then are connected by front grill with the Toyota brand logo in between. Below then the front bumper is largely dominated by the massive air dams and there also are LED daytime running lights. Fog lamps are situated to the extreme corners of the front bumper with some chrome garnishing around them. The headlamps are projector units and feels a bit outdated in front of Honda City’s all LED headlamps.
Come to the side and you’ll notice that these 15” alloy rims looks quite small in the wheel arches. What though we really liked about it is the way the waistline flows through the entire length of the car. Also the roof swoops quite nicely into the boot and the wraparound tail lamps and headlamps make the car look longer than it actually is.
Back of the car is maybe the most pleasing angle to look at. These leaf like tail lamps looks quite mesmerising and also are all LED unit. Another thing we really liked is the low set rear reflectors in the bumper. There are tiny touches like these that makes this car quite different than the lot.
Hop inside the car and the very first thing that catches your attention is that the dash is quite huge and you don’t get a good visibility of outside if the seats are set low. Another thing worth noticing is that you got a nice 4.2 inch coloured TFT MID inside the instrument cluster which is quite a new thing to see in the segment. The top has soft textured plastic and feels quite nice to touch. The central console is designed like a waterfall and is dominated by a 7 inch touchscreen and also has gesture based control which is a first in the segment thing and also comes with inbuilt navigation app. The driver seat is also power adjusted and the cushioning is quite perfect and long drives won’t be uncomfortable here.
Rear seat comfort is also quite very generous but what we feel is that the space inside is not as much as that you’ll find in Honda City or Hyundai Verna. Though the seats are quite wide and three people can sit abreast without much of a problem. What we really liked is the positioning of the rear AC vents. We have roof mounted rear AC vents which looks like a UFO and the best part is you can direct the airflow also and there is ambient lighting here too.
Toyota Yaris comes with all the creature comforts which includes 8 way adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry and go, Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, cruise control with paddle shifters, rain sensing wipers, 60:40 rear split seats, rear sunshade, dual power outlets for the rear passengers, steering mounted controls and many more.
Now what is really really special about this car is the safety tech it comes with. We have ABS with EBD and traction control, hill start assist, front and rear parking sensors and while the other cars in the segment comes with a maximum of 6 airbags for the top level trim, the Yaris comes with 7 airbags as standard.
Get behind the wheel and the high set dash will intrude in the visibility outside and that is not a very good thing. Now this car only comes in petrol for now and is powered by Toyota’s 1.5L mill producing 107hp of power and 140 Nm of torque which is quite less considering 117hp of Honda City and 125hp of Hyundai Verna. This engine is paired by either a 6-speed manual transmission and the automatic one is a 7 speed CVT unit. Now this motor is not the one you can say is the most refined and neither this is extremely vocal. It just does its job if you drive it in a relaxed manner. Put your foot hard down and the engine clatter starts annoying you. And this is even more of an issue with the CVT unit where the motor continuously revs on higher RPMs and that is quite very irritating. Now one more thing worth noticing is that this engine is not as such underpowered but it does feel a bit small for a car this big. Now this is a heavy car at nearly 1.6 tonnes which is nearly 300 kgs more than both the Honda City and Hyundai Verna and some might say that this is because the Yaris is a solid built car but the matter of fact is this car slower to 100 than both of its prime competitors at nearly 12.5 secs. Also the steering has a certain heft to it and also is not the most precise of the lot but does its job decently well.
The ride quality is also in the typical Toyota fashion a bit firm and you get to thrash around a bit when cruising at slow speeds. But once get going at higher speeds, the vehicle is extremely composed and pliant. The rear seat comfort is also quite decent and you don’t get thrown around a lot.
Toyota Yaris prices starts from 8.75 lacs ex-showroom delhi and for this price point Yaris is the safest car that you can but. So is safety and build is your first priority and for that can compromise with performance and refinement that Toyota Yaris is the absolute choice for you.