The Toyota Yaris has been launched and is drawing huge number of inquiries from the public. The sedan is being received well by the market and so we focus on the Yaris exteriors to give you an in-depth report.
The Toyota Yaris is a popular sedan in the ASEAN countries and is sold under the name Vios and ATIV. The car is in its third generation now and Toyota has launched it in the Indian market in a bid to gain some volumes after the Etios and Liva not particularly faring well.
Going by the looks, the Yaris looks like a strong and sturdy sedan but the front end does seem a little over done. Having said that, the overall styling is good and it is clear that Toyota wants to tap into the mass market and wants to sell the Yaris in volumes.
We look at the exteriors in detail below.
The Toyota Yaris measures 4425 mm in length, 1730 mm in width and stands at a height of 1495 mm thus making it a wider and taller but a shorter car as compared to most others in the same segment. The car feels sturdy and the build quality is excellent, something you expect from Toyota. The styling on the car is rather functional and aside from the front end, it can be safely said that not much experimentation has been done.
The side profile of the Yaris is clean and coupe-like feature lines dominate much of the space. the car does look heavy from this angle, especially with the 15-inch wheels that seem rather small. The extended headlamps and the wrap around tail lamps break the monotony of an otherwise sheet metal dominated canvas.
The wrap around tail lamps comprise of a mix of LED and halogens. The parking lights and stop lights are LED’s while the turn indicators and reverse lights are halogens. The overall design of the tail lamps is functional, yet pleasing to the eye with an almost sober tone.
The rear end of the Yaris features minimalistic styling cues with the highlight being the prominent upturned lip on the boot lid and a chrome insert running across the width of the rear fascia, connecting the two tail lamps. The car also gets a reverse parking camera.
The front end is where the bulk of styling has been done and for some, it may be too much. For us though, the front end is what gives the Yaris its character and the sharpness in looks that perhaps the Etios lacked. The front grille features a number of horizontal slats flanked by LED DRL’s that are not a part of the headlamp cluster. The fog lamps on the sides of the front bumper are housed in tall, upturned inserts that another dimension to the front fascia, making it a little too crowded. The headlamps are sleek and sharp and come ever so close at the center, where they are separated by the Toyota badge and two small, horizontal chrome inserts. The hood features two strong creases that complement an aggressive looking front end.
The LED DRL’s are present in the top end variants but not in the lower end G variant.
A closer look at the tail lamp housing
The turn indicator on the ORVM is also a halogen bulb. The fin on the body side is present for aerodynamic purposes. The ORVM’s are electronically adjusting but not auto folding.
The shark-fin on the edge of the roof is present for aerodynamic purposes again.
The 185/60 section, Goodyear tyres wrap the 15-inch wheels but look rather small on a big sized car. The top end V and VX variants get disc brakes at the rear and front both.
The Yaris is a fine product coming out of the Japanese carmaker’s stable and what makes it desirable is the improvement that Toyota has made after the Etios. That being said, the car is still not a cheap option and buyers can be confused with the likes of the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna on offer. There are some unique features about the Yaris and those definitely make one consider buying it.
The Toyota Yaris driving is what will ultimately be the USP as it always has been for Toyota cars and this one doesn’t disappoint. The 1.5-liter petrol engine mated to a CVT is what we drove and its the same engine that also powers the Etios but performance figures are bumped up to 107 BHP and 140NM of torque. The CVT gives a smooth and relaxed performance but won’t give you much if you give it full throttle and expect too much out if it because of the rubber band effect. The gear shift is mostly seamless and the car would be a joy to drive if you’re the relaxed sort of driver who likes to cruise around.
Check out our Interior review of the Toyota Yaris here.