Well, it could have been written about this, the all new yaris. This new version is bigger, better, more technologically advanced and far safer than the aging city car it replaces, all of which is good news. The not so good news you will be paying for those changes. In fact, this yaris ends the era of the sub 20 000 toyota in australia, and it ends it by some margin. The question now, of course, is: does the value proposition still stack up, or would you be better off upsizing to a corolla or something like it, let's go find out, but before we do that make sure you hit subscribe to stay on top of all of our Latest videos, and if you want the full skinny on this car and hundreds more dislike it jump on over to thecarsguide.comwebsite. Now, when i say the end of the sub 20 grand toyota, i mean it, the new yaris is available in three grades and with two powertrain options, starting with the cheapest model, the ascent sport now costing a nudge over 22 grand with a manual gearbox. That marks an entry point increase of almost seven thousand dollars with the former model's cheapest, offering being the fifteen thousand three hundred ninety dollar ascent manual. So what do you get for the money for one? A lot of safety equipment with toyota, boldly declaring the yaris, the world's, safest city car. The story begins with eight airbags, including two front center, airbags, the only car in the segment to get them and the usual suite of braking and traction aids.
You also get toyota's pre collision safety system, which has aeb with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as active crews, intersection turn assistance, lane trace, assist with active steering roadside recognition and a reversing camera you'll also get drl leds, a touchscreen with smartphone mirroring another screen in The driver's bicycle and dab plus radio. What don't you get well alloy wheels for one with the cheaper sierra's making do with 15 inch steel numbers along with manual air con. You also don't get an automatic gearbox for that you'll have to find around 23 grand the range then steps up to the sx which can be had with a petrol or hybrid powertrain, the latter adding a lithium ion battery and electric motor, as well as a pure Ev drive mode, the sx also gets you 15 inch. Alloys navigation with live traffic, auto aircon, keyless entry and push button start a digital speedo, as well as a leather, accented, wheel and better cabin materials. Finally, you can opt for the topspec zr available as a petrol or hybrid, which brings 16 inch alloys and a rear spoiler. You also get sport seats up front and nicer interior design elements and some extra tech like a head up, display blind spot monitoring and an intelligent parking system. Now, just a reminder that the corolla range starts at just under 24 grand and stretches to just over 34.5 grand meaning the gap between toyota's smallest cars has never been so slim Music.
So let me start by pointing out some of the things that i really like in the cabin this digital screen, with apple carplay and android, auto that's, a great addition, so is the digital driver display and the digital aircon controls in the top spec models. I also like the layout effect of the dash and the fact that, due to some clever packaging, it actually feels pretty spacious. In here. I even like all these buttons on the steering wheel, which do look a bit busy, but do lend the car a sort of semi premium feel, but the biggest drawback, i suppose, is that all the really expensive really important stuff in the new yaris things like the Platform, the safety tech, the engine, tech, all of that's, invisible when you're sitting in the car but what's more visible, are the reminders that this really is a city, car and specification. So there's no shortage of hard and scratchy plastics there's, a really simple center console setup and a general lack of creature, comforts now it's worth pointing out that this is the top spec zr model and even without a hybrid engine, you're going to be spending north of 30 000 to get into one. The problem, in my opinion, is that at times, it just doesn't feel like a 30 000 car, the new yaris, which rides on toyota's very good tnga platform measures just over 3.9 meters in length, just under 1.7 meters in width and just over 1.
5 meters in height And rides on a roughly 2.5 meter wheelbase, making it a bigger car than the vehicle it replaces. It will also serve up some 270 litres of luggage, space with 60 40 folding rear seats. Happily, toyota know a thing or two about creating space and climbing into the back seat of the yaris you'll find an area that's surprisingly comfortable, even for adults, so i'm 175 centimeters tall i'm sitting behind my own driving position and, as you can see plenty of knee Room plenty of headroom – and i can honestly say, i'm pretty comfy back here and i would be even with another adult next to me, although maybe not three across the back that's, probably a no. No, the only downside back here then, is just a general lack of stuff there's, no usb ports, no power outlets, no air vents, no pull down divider! No, nothing! Really! You can have your yaris in two flavors, a 1.5 litre, three cylinder petrol model which will produce 88 kilowatts and 145 newton meters pairing with a six speed manual, transmission or a cvt auto or you can have the hybrid, which adds a lithium ion battery and electric Motor for a combined power output of 85 kilowatts, the hybrid, is thus far only available in the top two trim levels like most toyota's of late it's, a fun perky little vehicle, but for mine it does lack some driving refinement, meaning you can feel a little loud And at times a little harsh when you consider its new price point so i'm going to be honest with you, there was once a time – and it really wasn't that long ago, when the thought of driving a new toyota didn't really fill me with excitement sort of They were bad per se, they just weren't the final word in things like driver engagement or driver fun, but that all started to change a few years ago with the introduction of the tnga platform, which showed it basically designed to inject a little bit more enthusiasm into The driving and that same philosophy continues here in the yaris which rides on that same platform, albeit a city car sized version of it now don't get me wrong.
The idea here isn't to create a sports car, the little engine up front, pretty much guarantees that it's more to create a connection between you and the car and the road below and i've got to say. Toyota'S really achieved that here. So the downsides there's, no escaping the fact that this is a little engine, even in a little car and to squeeze the maximum performance out of it. You really need to ring its neck, and when you do that it does impact the cabin ambience ever so slowly. It gets very rough, very gruff in the cabin, but when you're cruising around at city speeds, it is relatively quiet relatively smooth, just to put your foot down too often so i'm going to take you behind the scenes here a little bit. This is something we would probably normally cut out, but it does show one of the perks of yaris ownership. I'Ve driven down this tiny little dead, end alley and there's no way out than but to do an austin power style. 75. Point turn now anything bigger than this. It would be an absolute nightmare, but in something this size it's, actually not that difficult, it's not easy, but it's, not that difficult. If i was in an suv i'd be here for a month and a half, but in a little yaris or something this sized you straight out again, they call these cars city size for a reason: they're, not the size of a city, of course, but they are The perfect size for people who live in one, so there you have it.
The new yaris actually does fulfill toyota's promise of building ever better cars and, if you're willing to pay a little bit more for the new one, you'll find the changes really do. Make a difference to the way you live and interact with the car short answer. The errors is pretty good. The only problem is the corolla's pretty good, too, and really not that much more expensive anyway, to read the full review head on over to the carsguard.com.