Toyota Yaris Road Test (2008)

Toyota Yaris SR

Toyota Yaris Review

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Toyota conducts its own crash tests but in the yardstick, Euro NCAP safety tests the Yaris scored a maximum

The narrow, vertical, centre console, on the other hand, is very stylish and uncomplicated. The silver colouring breaks up the darkness of the dashboard and leads the eye naturally to the central instrument panel with 3D, digital display.

If driving the SR 1.8 isn’t entertainment enough, more can be found in the use of the new audio system, which can play MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) files on a CD and has a new digital tuner - all but the T2 grade have six speakers. Only the SR 1.3 and 1.4 models have an integrated TomTom satellite navigation system but it is available as an option on the others.

In all, there are five trims for the Yaris; T2, TR, T3, T-Spirit and the SR, with prices ranging from £8,935 for the 1.0 VVT-I T2, three door to £14,105 for the SR 1.8 Dual VVT-I, 5-door. The test car was just behind this at £13,605.

Although the SR is at the top of the trim tree, the specification varies between the smaller engined versions and the 1.8. The TomTom system is one example of this and others include 17-inch alloys on the 1.8 rather than the 16-inch alloys on the others. The 1.3 VVT-I and 1.4 D4-D have lowered sports suspension as opposed to tuned suspension and steering and the 1.8 also benefits from Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and TRC traction control, as well as climate control air-conditioning, not manual and the keyless Smart Start & Entry system.

All Yaris’s have ABS with EBD and all but the T2 come with a full set of airbags, including one for the driver’s knees. Other safety measures include a collapsible steering column, a retractable brake pedal and second generation Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats.

Toyota conducts its own crash tests but in the yardstick, Euro NCAP safety tests the Yaris scored a maximum, 5-star rating for passenger protection. Plastic energy absorbers, hidden behind the front grilles and bumper, lessen the injury to pedestrians, while the bonnet has been reshaped to allow more space between it and the engine, for the same reason.

Talk of ‘pedestrian’ brings us back to the beginning but it is certainly not an epithet that can be attributed to the Toyota Yaris SR 1.8 and many will be very pleasantly surprised.

27 May 2008 Melanie Carter
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Toyota Yaris Road Test Data
Model ReviewedToyota Yaris SR
Body Type3-Door Hatchback
ColourEclipse Black Mica
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph9.3 Seconds
Top Speed 121 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban30.7 mpg
Extra Urban47.1 mpg
Combined39.2 mpg
Insurance Group7
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 27/05/08)£13,595

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