New Toyota Yaris Review
Welcome to the world of the Toyota Yaris, a world where cars run on fumes and tootle along quite nicely at 80 - 90 mph, where the inside of the car seems to be bigger than the outside and the residual value is in keeping with all Toyota models. Face lifted in early 2006 Toyota didn't throw the baby out with the bath water, they made a good car better, in short the new Yaris grew up and got a little bit bigger, big enough for two adults to sit one behind the other and with split folding 60/40 rear seats that can slide 6 inches backwards or forwards you can maximise passenger or boot space depending on your needs, the seats can also fold totally flat and with an under floor storage area in the boot the Yaris has a class leading overall storage area. Add to this the five star Euro ncap safety rating and you have an outstanding small car. Who said good things come in small packages? Mr Toyota methinks.
The new Yaris has a choice of three engines, two petrol engines and one diesel, the smallest petrol engine is the 1.0 VVT-I, developing 68 bhp transmitted through a five speed manual gearbox. Next in the petrol line up is the 1.3 VVT-I transmitted through either a five speed manual or a five speed Multimode automatic gearbox, this engine develops 86 bhp. Finally the 1.4 D-4D common rail diesel engine, this engine is also available with either the automatic or the manual gear box and gives a power output of 89 bhp.
Alongside the three engines there are also three trim levels and entry level on the Yaris is the T2. The T2 is only available with the 1.0 litre petrol or the 1.4 D-4D diesel engines and has 15-inch steel wheels, electric power steering, anti lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist, colour-keyed bumpers, driver and passenger airbags with Passenger airbag switch off, driver`s side glovebox, easy flat 60:40 sliding reclining rear seat, electric front windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors, remote central door locking, 4-speaker radio and CD, space saver spare wheel and Auxerre cloth, dark grey upholstery all fitted as standard equipment.
Next up in the Yaris range is the T3, this trim level is also available with the 1.3 VVT-I engine and has colour keyed door handles and wing-mirrors, covered drivers and passengers vanity mirrors, manual air-conditioning, driver and passenger seat-back pockets, drivers seat height adjustment, front, Side, front and rear curtain airbags, knee airbag, leather steering wheel with audio-controls, leather Gear knob, radio / CD and MP3 player with 6 speakers, telescopic steering wheel and Picardie, Dark Grey cloth Upholstery all fitted in addition or replacement to the equipment that is standard on the T2.
Finally the T Spirit, equipment in addition or replacement to the specification of the T3 trim level on this vehicle includes 15-inch alloy wheels with locking wheel-nuts, climate controlled air-conditioning, keyless smart entry, keyless smart start and front fog lamps.
Like the looks of the Yaris, why not check out the Citroen C3, the Peugeot 307, the Ford Fiesta, the Renault Clio or the VW Polo.
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