Exterior Design and Features
of the new Toyota Yaris
The Toyota Yaris is a good looker. It has a split grille with
the thin one above in which are embedded the projector headlamps, and the bigger,
almost spindle like grille influenced by its luxury brand Lexus which is at the
The headlamps also sport a LED line guide, while on the lower
grille we have the LED DRLs. Not to be missed are turn indicator in the outside
rear view mirror. At the rear are the LED combination lamps with the non-LED
line guide. There is an LED high mount stop light at the rear. Incidentally
features like the LED DRL and the chrome door handles only come in the top
variant of the car i.e. the VX model and not on the J, G and V variants. We
took turns driving the Manual V variant and the automatic VX model.
Fog lamps are there in front as well as the rear. Auto
headlamps, follow-me headlamps and rear defoggers are available in the top
variants. A shark fin antenna on the
roof gives the car a sporty look. Interestingly, there are also a lot of tiny
design elements on the car which enhance the aerodynamic character of the car,
like the fins on the sides of the tail lamp, near the ORVMs and even on the mud
flaps and above it. Again, at the bottom
of the wheel arches, facing the mud flaps are the air spats, that help in
better road grip and helps prevent turbulence because of excess air inside the
wheel arch while driving. The car sits on 185/60 R15 tyres wrapped around smart
Interior Design and Features
of the new Toyota Yaris
The interiors are two-tone with the seats in the top end
variant being leather. The beige coloured seats bring a lot of brightness
within the cabin and a sense of roominess. The dash is made of good quality
plastic and is designed as though it has been stitched on the edges. It gives a
sophisticated leather look. The car also comes with a cooled glove box. The
waterfall design instrument panel comes with a piano black finish. The 7 inch
LED touch screen audio system comes with gesture control with features like
USB, aux-in, Bluetooth, remote control, SD card, Mirror Link, Miracast, HDMI
and wi-fi. There are 12V power sockets at the rear and front too.
The optitron combo meter is a combination of analog and
digital information in four separate sections which are displayed through a
tachometer, a speedometer a multi information display or MID and a warning
cluster. The optitron meter is basically an electroluminescent gauge that glows
brightly. The seats come with three point seatbelts with the front ones having
both a pre tensioner and a force limiter.
One of the highlights of the cabin is the roof mounted air
vents with ambient illumination. Do not
mistake it for an AC duct, rather it is a blower with fine nozzles at the air
vents which when switched on create a negative pressure and cools air faster
and better. Thus it draws its coolness from the AC vents on the dash in front.
It also has a louvre with which one can adjust the air flow for the rear
Seating is comfortable within the cabin. In the top end, the
driver seat has power adjustment. The rear seat gets a flat floor but that does
not mean the person sitting in the middle sits comfortably. His or her knees
are bound to get obstructed by the front arm rest module which protrudes quite
a bit into the rear. Otherwise headroom and leg room are more than adequate for
the rear passengers. The rear seats are 60:40 splits so bringing down the seats
would mean increasing the storage space from 476 litres in the boot which is
huge by itself to a lot more. The Yaris is also fitted with acoustic and
vibration control glass which ensures a quiet cabin and a great output from the
6 speaker audio system. The car comes
with high solar energy absorbing front windshield with infra red cut off.
Then there are rain sensing wipers, rear sunshade; audio,
phone and MID controls on steering wheel, electrically adjustable and foldable
ORVMs, a rear armrest with cupholder and a steering that can be adjusted for
tilt but not for reach. The boot release and fuel lid release buttons are not
on the dash, rather they are on the floor near the driver seat, slightly
surprising for a car which boats of so many modern features.
Performance of the new Toyota Yaris
The Toyota Yaris will definitely create a benchmark in its
segment when it comes to safety. Right from the base model, the company is
offering seven SRS airbags. Also available across the variants are ABS, EBD and
Brake Assist. Other safety features include tyre pressure monitoring system,
parking sensors, both in front and rear, reverse camera, speed sensing auto
door lock and impact sensing door unlock
in the top variants. Central locking and immobilizer are also available across
The car has a keyless entry and has a push start stop button.
cc, 4 cylinder, in-line 16 valve dual VVT-I petrol engine comes with an option
of either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7 speed super CVT-I transmission.
While peak power is 105hp at around 6000 rpm, peak torque is 140 Nm @4200rpm.
In the case of the manual transmission, the joy of driving is quite evident.
The engine revs up smoothly and reaching speeds beyond 160kmph comes
effortlessly. The car remains planted to the road and even cornering comes
without any major hiccups. But I felt the electric power steering did not give
adequate feedback at high speeds. A little more tweaking would do it good. The manual transmission variant was a treat
to drive. The top variants come with hill start assist control and vehicle
stability control. Disc brakes are available on all four wheels.
Coming to the automatic one, it was responsive, no doubt, but
like all CVTs, it groaned like hell. Fuel average is better delivered in a CVT,
though. But if you want to sacrifice the automatic mode and shift to paddle
shifters, then the dynamics of your drive is bound to change. It’s a lot of
fun, to say the least. But there is a hiccup here with the CVT model, I
noticed. The foot well does not have a dead pedal and the place where your left
foot is to rest is uneven, which in short means that driving the automatic may
not be very comfortable for the driver.
The new Toyota Yaris will surely redefine modern luxury and
instill confidence among its users when it comes to performance and safety.
From the makers of such fine and practical cars like the Fortuner, Innova,
Camry and the Corolla, the Yaris too would be another jewel in the crown of