Toyota Yaris SR
Toyota Yaris

Take one Yaris. Add highly desirable styling and exclusive equipment features. Price competitively and sell.

It is as simple as that. Toyota has comprehensively upgraded the specification of its 1.3 VVT-i and 1.4 D-4D Toyota Yaris SR models to create one of the most impressive supermini prospects on the market.

A unique standard feature of the new Toyota Yaris SR is the satellite navigation / audio system which is both built in and fully portable. The system offers handy touch screen operation, Bluetooth connectivity and USB connection for MP3 players.

Taking as its starting point the highly specified T3 model, the SR ramps up its owner-appeal with the addition of:

In spite of all these extra features, the on-the-road price of the SR models is just £350 greater than the equivalent T3 version and represents £1,100 extra value. And the price tag also covers nine airbags, electric front windows, remote central double locking, air conditioning, front fog lamps and the one-touch Easy Flat folding rear seat system.

In terms of specification, the new Toyota Yaris SR represents better value for money than its key rivals. Taking the three-door 1.3 VVT-i version as an example, customers benefit from up to £950 additional value compared to equivalent competitor models, as the table below illustrates.

MODEL TOYOTA YARIS SR 1.3 VVT-i  3dr VAUXHALL CORSA SXi 1.4 A/C 3dr FORD FIESTA 1.4 Zetec Climate 3dr PEUGEOT 207 1.4 SPORT 3dr
OTR price £10,995 £11,450 £10,695 £11,425
16in alloy wheels / / 15in 15in
Lowered sports suspension / / x x
Fully integrated satellite navigation / x x x
Rear roof spoiler / x / x
Knee airbags / x x x
Specification adjusted price £10,995 £11,835 £11,735 £11,945
Yaris additional value vs competitors - £840 £740 £950

The SR is available in both three and five-door body styles with a choice of 86bhp (87 DIN hp) 1.3-litre VVT-i petrol or 89bhp (90 DIN hp) 1.4-litre D-4D diesel power. A five-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, but customers can opt for the MultiMode transmission, which adds £500 to the price tag.

The 1.3 petrol unit produces 121Nm of torque at 4,200rpm for sporty but smooth performance. Acceleration from rest to 62mph can be accomplished in 11.5 seconds and top speed is 106mph. The engine emits 141g/km of carbon dioxide, placing it in band C for Vehicle Excise Duty.

The 1.4 D-4D engine delivers 190Nm of torque from 1,800 to 3,000rpm. This engine can return 62.8mpg in combined cycle driving, with further ownership cost benefits from CO2 emissions of 119g/km (band B for VED). Acceleration from nought to 62mph takes 10.7 seconds and top speed is 109mph.

Published : 21/02/08 Author : Melanie Carter

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