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

Hybrids are the cleaner, greener face of everyday motoring, giving some of the benefits of electric driving but without the angst. Until now most have been quite expensive to buy, but the price has dipped lower with the arrival of cars like this Toyota Yaris Hybrid, and the Honda Jazz Hybrid before it. Starting from around £15,000 you can enjoy dual-fuel motoring, electric for short distance town driving and high-economy petrol the rest of the time.

Toyota claims that 80 mpg economy is routinely possible with this car, and although that may be stretching it a bit for most drivers to achieve, it is certainly one of the most economical cars on the road. Under the bonnet is a 1.5 litre, four-cylinder, 16-valve petrol engine. It works in harness with an electric motor and a nickel metal-hydride battery storage pack located under the back seat. Canny packaging of the hybrid kit means that there is no compromise to be made in either passenger room or luggage space, as the cabin and boot dimensions are unchanged from a standard petrol-only Yaris.

How can you spot one of these on the road? Changes have been made to the front end of the Yaris body to improve aerodynamics, LED running lights have been added and the Toyota badge is blue. Those external differences distinguish the hybrid from the rest of the Yaris range.

There is just one body style, this practical little five-door hatchback. There is a choice of three trim levels: T3, T4 and T Spirit. Only one type of transmission is available, a CVT – continuously variable transmission – automatic. Prices for the Yaris Hybrid start from £14,995 and rise to £16,995 for the range-topping T Spirit version we test here.

Performance

The Yaris Hybrid is nobody’s idea of a pocket rocket, but it is not too bad a performer either. It takes just under 12 seconds to accelerate from zero to 62 mph, and the flat out top speed is just over 100 mph. The engine is a 1,497 cc petrol unit with a maximum power output of 73 bhp, and the electric motor has a 59 bhp output. The car’s CO2 output is 85 g/km, putting it in tax band A for a free tax disc and congestion charge exemption.


Published : 10/07/12 Author : Sue Baker

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