Yaris makeover gives it universal appeal

The Stoke Sentinel’s John Swift was a fan of the old Toyota Yaris and reckons the latest model is even better than its predecessor.

The new car draws immediate praise with its “fresher styling” and “better road manners”, “but the biggest changes have been inside, in the cabin environment. Its core strengths of having a very spacious – and now even bigger – interior, excellent infotainment and connectivity and good spec remain but the car is now a nicer, more rounded prospect.”

“The most obvious changes are to the styling at the front which has now adopted the ‘X’ look seen on the recently launched Aygo. It certainly makes the Yaris stand out from the crowd and gives it a more youth-orientated look.

“Toyota has responded to criticism and improved the quality and look of the trim and fittings inside so there is a more ‘techy’ look to some of the bigger pieces and more of the very fashionable piano black elements too.”

“The 1.3 engine is a strong little puller and is bolted to a six-speed gearbox and I know from previous experience that it is good on fuel too. Toyota claims an average of almost 60mpg,” although Swift believes real world fuel economy is more likely to be “around 50mpg”.

Inside, the Yaris is “built for a modern consumer and has all the latest infotainment technology and a particularly easy to use and clear touchscreen. Its Touch 2 system is also MirrorLink-ready, allowing users to connect compatible smartphones and operate them entirely using the touchscreen”. Swift concludes: “I did not think there was much wrong with the Yaris before but the changes have made a difference and have given the Yaris even more appeal and to a wider audience.”