Toyota Yaris (Interior View) (2014)
Toyota Yaris (Interior View) (2014)

Comfort and Refinement

Toyota paid particular attention to its existing customers and as a result, the interior is far more refined than the outgoing model.

There is a soft-touch dashboard and door panels which help to create an air of quality, but sadly if you look closely enough there is still a lot of hard plastic to be found.

The seats have also been upgraded with a different fabric pattern and colour for each grade and there have been some new colour options added to give buyers the opportunity to personalise their car.

And although they were not present on the test car, there are a number of optional packs that can be added and these introduce the likes of a rear spoiler, privacy glass, a panoramic roof, chrome tailpipes, auto-folding mirrors, aluminium scuff plates and plenty more besides.

Thanks to the improved suspension, the ride quality has been improved for all occupants who also benefit from a quieter journey due to the increased insulation to block out any noise.

Safety and Security

Most accidents occur at less than 30mph and they take place in built-up traffic. As that is where the Yaris is likely to spend most of its life, safety is a vital aspect of the car.

The outgoing Yaris was awarded a maximum five starts in the Euro NCAP ratings. None of the revisions to the 2014 model affect this rating so it will not need to be re-tested.

Features across the entire line-up include anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, a collapsible steering column, ISOFIX child seat fixings on the outer rear seats, numerous airbags and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Infotainment

From the second you take your seat behind the wheel, it's difficult not to be impressed with the level of technology that greets you in a user-friendly system called Toyota Touch 2.

This is the most up-to-date version of the company's seven-inch touchscreen multimedia technology and includes Bluetooth, vehicle information, climate control profiles, a rear-view camera and settings for door locking and lighting.

The test car was also fitted with the optional Toyota Touch 2 with Go (£650) which introduces full map navigation, Google Street View, real-time traffic updates, speed limit details and, in the case of an accident, access to the emergency services and the AA.

This system is perfect for city centre driving as it seems to bring sat nav information and directions to life with the use of clear road signs, junctions and lane guidance which makes manoeuvring around unfamiliar routes all the simpler.

Rivals What We Liked What We Disliked What We Would Like To See Conclusion

The supermini segment is fiercely competitive and manufacturers face a constant uphill battle to compete at the highest level. Only the sales figures will prove whether Toyota has done enough with this mid-grade revamp.


Published : 31/07/14 Author : Maxine Ashford

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