The Yaris hatchback has been here for many years now, and it has always been a small, practical and economical hatch that felt at ease doing the city runs. The 2018 Yaris that is on sale today is no different either. When Toyota brought this new model in two years ago, they did attempt to give it a youthful design and spruced up the looks a bit. The Yaris has some strong and quirky elements in its design that could make or break its design, like the long, saber-toothed front bumper and those unconventionally shaped tail lamps. On the sides too, Toyota definitely could have chosen smarter looking alloy wheels. But thankfully Toyota offers a TRD sports kit that transforms the car’s look, making it far more appealing.
The 5 door Yaris hatch can seat 5 people comfortably, as space is one of the strong points of the car. The interiors though spacious and comfortable, have hard plastics all around, and the fake ‘stitched-effect’ plastics on the dashboard do nothing to improve the quality impression.
The Yaris is available in two trims – SE, which comes with a 1.3L VTT-i engine that has a power output of 98HP, and a torque output of 123.6NM, and the SE+ variant that is available with the 1.5L VTT-i engine which has a slightly more powerful 105HP and 140NM. What is impressive about the larger 1.5L engine is that, it is the more efficient of the two engines, offering 19.9km/L against 19.6km/L by the 1.3L engine. Both the engines are paired to a 7-speed CVT transmission – which is quite smooth and quite reliable too.
Toyota has not skimped on safety, and both the variants are equipped with ABS (with EBD & Brake Assist) ESP and Dual front airbags. However in terms of convenience features, the SE+ variant is much better equipped, and gets Cruise control, steering mounted audio controls, leather wrapped steering, fog lamps, 15 inch alloys (with slightly wider tyres too), smart keyless entry with push start button, Automatic climate control and many other cosmetic features over the SE variant.
|Engine||I4 1.3L FWD|
|No. Of Gears||7A|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Drum (ABS)|
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