Toyota Yaris Review (2006)

Toyota Yaris
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Toyota Yaris Review

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Bigsmall (big-small), adj. The theme for Toyota's TV adverts for the all-new Yaris is spot on.

Bigsmall (big-small), adj. The theme for Toyota's TV adverts for the all-new Yaris is spot on. The ‘Big Car Thinking’ approach has resulted in more interior space and better use of it, whilst maintaining the essence of the original Yaris that has proved so popular.

Toyota is big on catch phrases - the present design philosophy is known as ‘Vibrant Clarity’, which endeavours to combine dynamism and energy with simplicity and logic. In the case of the Yaris, it works both inside and out, despite having to take account of the constraints of current safety practices and rules.

For sure, that’s no bad thing but a case in point is the front end of the new car - it has the appearance of being a tad snub-nosed and perhaps there’s a little too much of the heavily curved bonnet. The reason for the shape is that the bonnet hides part of the Minimal Intrusion Cabin System or MICS that first appeared in the Avensis. The idea is to disperse the energy in a frontal or side impact through the body structure around the cabin, in order to protect the bodies inside. In employing the MICS, Toyota have improved the resistance to frontal and side impacts by 20 and 30 per cent, respectively and earned a Euro NCAP 5-star rating for passenger crash protection, in the process.

As well as protection for the passengers, plastic energy absorbers behind the front grille and spoiler together with an energy-absorbing front bumper helps to reduce pedestrian leg injuries, should the unthinkable happen. Other safety features include a collapsible steering column, a retractable brake pedal and Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats.

The Yaris comes as a 3 or 5-door hatchback and while both versions have a more dynamic appearance compared to the outgoing model, the simplicity and logic ethos shows through and extends into the interior.

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Toyota Yaris Road Test Data
Model ReviewedToyota Yaris 1.0 VVT-i T3
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourVivid Blue
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph15.7 Seconds
Top Speed 96 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded - Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban44.1 mpg
Extra Urban57.6 mpg
Combined52 mpg
  
Insurance Group2
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 13/04/06)£10,495

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