The Toyota Yaris is a surprisingly spacious city car that is ideal for those looking for hassle-free but fun motoring. With low-emission engines and excellent consumption figures, the Yaris doesn’t cost the earth to run either. While being small in size, it manages to give passengers plenty of room, and there’s a decent boot too. However, with a range of trim levels, picking the right one can be tricky. That’s why we’ve picked three of the best, reflecting three different price points.
The smart choice for saving money – Yaris Active
The Active is the base-specification Yaris, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s low on equipment. It comes with heated door mirrors and daytime running lights, along with powered front windows. There’s a vast array of colours to choose from, meaning that it’s not hard to personalise your Yaris.
Inside, there’s a radio with a CD player and MP3 compatibility, as well as a USB connector for phones and music players. It also has six speakers, making sure that the sound quality in the cabin is the very best, even on this base model.
It comes with a 1.0-litre petrol engine producing 68hp. Although this may not sound like much, the Yaris is only light – meaning that the little motor is more than enough to propel the Yaris along purposefully. It also means that the Yaris has an incredibly low emissions figure of just 99g/km CO2, and returns a combined consumption figure of 65mpg.
The smart choice for those on a budget – Yaris Icon
The Icon builds on the equipment offered in the Active specification. It’s also the first model to be offered in a hybrid powertrain, meaning that running costs are reduced considerably. It means that the emission figures are brought down to 75g/km CO2, and economy shoots up to an incredible 85.6mpg combined.
On top of the excellent economy figures, there’s an impressive amount of technology on board. There’s a three-spoke leather steering wheel with electric power steering, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and a leather-style instrument panel surround.
On top of this, there’s a push button start, cruise control and a full multimedia system. Drivers can also see the battery’s power through a Hybrid energy display, and tell their friends about it through the Bluetooth hands-free system. All of this for a base price of £16,495 makes it ideal for those on a budget.
The smart choice for technophiles – Yaris Excel
The Yaris Excel sits at the very top of the range. You’ll now find LED daytime running lights and dusk sensing headlights. Not only that, but there’s rain sensing wipers and electric rear windows. You’ll also find remote locking, as well as a rear-view camera for easier reversing, and vehicle stability control.
Satin chrome surround on the front fog lamps give the Yaris Excel a more premium look, while a piano black upper front grille helps complete the impression.
This Yaris Excel can also be specified in hybrid configuration, and the 1.0-litre petrol. The hybrid Excel does command a premium over the rest of the range, sitting at £17,795, but the added technology on board makes it ideal for button pressers and fuel-savers alike.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
February 19, 2016