Toyota Yaris Hybrid Road Test (2012)

Toyota Yaris Hybrid (Interior) (2012)
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Toyota Yaris Review

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Refinement is excellent in electric mode, and pretty good at average speeds with the petrol engine operating, although it becomes somewhat noisier if you hussle is along a motorway.

Comfort and Refinement

The joy of driving any hybrid car is how quiet it is in urban running. Refinement is excellent in electric mode, and pretty good at average speeds with the petrol engine operating, although it becomes somewhat noisier if you hussle is along a motorway. Seat comfort is good for the modestly-sized, urban-orientated hatchback that this car is. Interior comfort features include dual-zone climate control, a two-way adjustable leather-covered steering wheel, ventilated glovebox and electric front windows. Ease of reversing is helped by a standard rear-view camera that switches on as soon as you engage reverse gear.

Safety and Security

The Yaris is a Euro NCAP 5-star car, and that includes this hybrid version. Seven airbags are standard, including one to protect the driver’s knees.  Remote central locking and an immobilizer are included in the standard specification. Electronic equipment on the car includes ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, vehicle stability control and traction control. There are Isofix child seat mounting points.

Infotainment

The six-speaker audio system includes a digital tuner and CD player. As part of the Toyota Touch and Go package, a £650 option on our test car, there is a touch-screen sat nav viewed via a six-inch monitor, with Google local search connectivity, Bluetooth, USB port and an Aux socket.

Rivals
  • Honda Jazz Hybrid
  • Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
  • Kia Rio CRDi ISG
  • Skoda Fabia GreenLine
What We Liked
  • Quiet town driving
  • Neat size for easy parking
  • Hybrid driving display
  • Seamless switch from electric motor to engine
  • Excellent turning circle
  • No loss of luggage space
  • Handy reversing camera
  • Five year warranty on car, eight years on battery pack
What We Disliked
  • Pricey for a car this size
  • Not quite as economical as Toyota claims
  • Risk to pedestrians who don’t hear it coming
What We Would Like To See
  • It cost a bit less
Conclusion

Toyota has made a very neat job of its little hybrid. Its engineers have contrived to shoehorn the battery pack under the back seat, with no compromise to either passenger room or boot space. Seamless switching between power sources and smooth operation make this a very agreeable car to drive, with very good mpg and low running costs. If you really want a hybrid, this one is well worth a look. But it is worth bearing in mind that some of the newest high-economy small petrol and diesel models are just as frugal, and for a cheaper outlay.

10 July 2012 Sue Baker
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Toyota Yaris Road Test Data
Model ReviewedToyota Yaris Hybrid T Spirit 1.5 CVT 5-door
  
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourGlacier Pearl
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11.8 Seconds
Top Speed 103 mph
  
TransmissionCVT Automatic
  
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban76.3 mpg
Extra Urban83.1 mpg
Combined76.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group8
Euro NCAP Rating5-Stars
Warranty5 years / 100,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 10/07/12)£16,995

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