Toyota Yaris Hybrid

The new for 2020 Toyota Yaris is based on a completely new platform to its predecessor and bucks industry trends by being slightly shorter than the outgoing model at 3940mm in length, 5mm shorter. The roofline is 40mm lower but the new car is 50mm wider and the the wheelbase has increased by 50mm to boost passenger space. The Yaris is built in France and has been redesigned with a more modern front and rear but the Yaris DNA remains as does the well mannered driving credentials, perfect for nipping around town and capable of making longer trips in comfort when required.  Key rivals for this Yaris Hybrid include the Renault Clio E-TECH and Honda Jazz which boast similar hybrid offerings.

 

Entry level Icon trim has 16 inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reversing camera, auto headlights and wipers, air conditioning, electrically adjustable side mirrors and electric front windows. Design trim adds a different design of 16 inch alloys, an eight-inch infotainment display, LED headlights and tail-lights and electric rear windows. Dynamic trim adds 17 inch alloys, dual-zone air-con, JBL eight-speaker audio system, keyless entry, push-button start and sports seats. The Excel trim has auto-folding side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors with auto-braking. The limited Launch Edition includes a two-tone paint finish in red and black plus a 10-inch colour head-up display and auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and blue ambient lighting in the cabin. Dynamic trim level can add ‘City Pack’ (£750 at retail) that adds front and rear parking sensors with auto braking, auto-folding side mirrors, and blind-spot monitoring. Excel versions can add Tech Pack (£825 at retail) that adds the eight-speaker JBL sound system, a 10-inch full-colour head-up display and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

 

The single engine option is a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine working in tandem with a 79bhp, 103lb ft electric motor and an air-cooled lithium ion battery 27% lighter than the nickel metal hydride pack it replaces yet is capable of delivering more power at a faster rate than the old item. Together the total power output is 114bhp and the car takes 9.7 seconds to reach 62mph, and has a top speed of 109mph. Fuel consumption is 65.7mpg to 68.9mpg, and CO2 emissions between 92g/km and 98g/km, depending on model spec and wheel size.

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Winter Best Buy – Toyota Yaris Hybrid ‘Icon ’ Automatic   –  Nil Advance Payment  (£63.55 wpms)