Toyota Yaris 2018 Review: First-in-the-segment features and full-loaded safety package

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Toyota Yaris is a latecomer in the segment of mid-sized sedans, however, the new kid has plenty of new things to offer their customers. Let's find out what Toyota will give us with their latest sedan in the Indian market.

Toyota has been done a good job with their SUVs and MUV in the Indian market. Cars like the Fortuner and Innova are among the best-selling and most favored models in the segment. Even being quite successful in the larger vehicles market, Toyota doesn’t have much confidence with its smaller-sized cars, like the Etios Liva, Coralla, and Camry. These cars don’t receive the same warming response from the Indian customers. Which might be the reason for its late-coming in the compact sedan segment. Better late than never, Toyota has entered this specific market with its Toyota Yaris. 

After entering this segment, Toyota Yaris will take on other established names like Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Honda City, or the lesser-known like Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid. What would this car offer to level up their competitiveness in such a fierce race? Let’s find out the answer with IndianAuto with our comprehensive review of Toyota Yaris.

1. Toyota Yaris Exterior

Toyota Yaris front view red color

Toyota Yaris doesn't have the striking design, but still, charming enough to catch the eyes of bystanders

It seems that Toyota wants to keep the Yaris as clean and neat as possible. The Yaris’s design doesn’t include any Wow factor with minimal cuts and creases. But it doesn’t mean that the Yaris is not a good looking car. Indeed, Toyota has optimized the styling for an attention-grabbing effect. For example, it features an extra-wide cascading horizontal-slatted grille which resembles one from the Camry, and a long slim headlamp bridged by a thin grille with Toyota badge at the center, as well as a curvy fire-like fog-light unit, not to mention the sharp shoulder lines. It is also worth mentioning that the Yaris features a projector LED DRL headlamp.

Toyota Yaris rear look in showroom

The rear side of Toyota Yaris looks elegant and posh with a slim headlight and charming bumper

In terms of the dimension, on the paper, the Yaris is taller and wider than other cars of its class. However, in reality, it looks smaller than it actually is. 

2. Toyota Yaris Interior

2.1. Interior design 

Toyota Yaris dashboard

The dashboard design of Toyota Yaris is optimized for praticality

The bright beige interior theme bright up the cabin. It also provides high practicality with a well-thought layout and easy-to-follow function. 

The dashboard applies the beige-black dual-tone with some chrome accent contouring the central console and the air vents. The head unit with gloss black garnish enhances the premiumness. Besides, the leather upholstery coving the seats, armrest and steering is of high-quality and feels like the real leather.  

The passengers at the rear bench could enjoy the comfort from the highly-effective roof-mounted AC vent. This air vent is able to release cool air flow for either the rear or the front, which means that it could double the cooling effect for the front passenger in case, the rear seats are free. Rear passengers are given special treats like the manual sunshade, 12V sockets and individual reading lamps. 

Toyota Yaris rear roof-mounted air vent

The rear roof-mounted air vent is a great feature for the rear passenger

Another highlight of the rear seat is the modern-looking instrument cluster with a 4.2 inch MID which provides information about the temperature, fuel consumption, and distance-to-empty, for example.

2.2. Space

Toyota Yaris interior layout

The interior space of the Yaris is not a proper five-seater, but rather a four-seater

As mentioned above, the Yaris comes with a considerable width and height. But could it be translated into a good cabin room? The truth is, Toyota Yaris doesn’t feel as wide as the dimension figure suggests. In fact, it possesses a smaller shoulder room and knee room than most of its rivals like the City and Verna. Due to the sloping roof, headroom doesn’t feel ample enough for tall folks. It could provide a proper room for four rather than for five people.

The seat of Toyota Yaris offers an adequate support. The cushioning provides a good lateral assist. Moreover, the driver seat comes with 8-way electric adjustment.

2.3. Storage space

Toyota Yaris Boot space

Toyota Yaris has a large boot space of 476 litres

The Yaris offers many storage solutions throughout the interior, for example, 1-litre bottle holders on the two front doors and the central console, and 0.5-litre bottle holder at the rear door. And most importantly, it has a large boot space of 476 litres. Moreover, the cargo space could be extended with the foldable 60:40 split seat, and Yaris is the only in its class to have this feature. 

2.4. Features

The standard entertainment system will include a touchscreen infotainment system, 6-speaker sound system, Aux and USB input, Bluetooth activity as well as CD. Besides, the G and V variant will get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system while the top variants will have a Pioneer head unit with MirrorLink, WiFi connection, and navigation function. It is also the first one in its class to offer gesture control with its infotainment system. This feature will allow you to use the hand gesture to perform some task like turning up the volume or shuffling songs.

The Yaris offers other important features like auto AC, cruise control, auto headlamps, and wipers.

2.5. Safety feature

Toyota goes miles with its standard safety feature package which includes seven airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, central locking, and ISOFIX child seat. Hill-hold assist, vehicle stability control, parking sensors at two ends, and rear camera are offered at the higher variants. 

3. Toyota Yaris Performance

Toyota only comes with only one engine option which is the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine brought from Etios. The engine could make 107PS of power and 140 Nm of torque. It is paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed CVT transmission. The CTV comes with paddle shift.

Toyota Yaris engine boot

Toyota Yaris comes with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine

The limited engine offer comes with a higher level of refinement. The Yaris goes smoothly across the rev range. The engine could get quite loud when going beyond 400 rpm. At high revs, you have to work the gearbox quite hard to get enough power, and overtaking at high speed might require downshifting. 

The CTV version allows easy gear shifting. The shift is done in a smooth and effortless way, however, it might feel underpowered at speeding up. On the other hand, the manual version with a six-speed gearbox comes with light and direct shifter.

Riding and handling

Toyota Yaris brings out a stable ride quality regardless of the speed. It irons out most broken roads, potholes, speed bumps with a composed manner. 

4. Toyota Yaris Specifications

 Engine 

Engine Type

 1.5-litre 105.5bhp 16V Dual VVT-i Petrol Engine

Displacement 

 1496cc

Cylinder 

 4

Torque 

 140Nm

Power 

 105.5bhp

Transmission

 6-speed Manual

 7-speed CVT Automatic

Mileage

 17.8kmpl

Turbo Charger

 Yes

 Dimension

Length x Width x Height

 4425x 1730 x 1495

Wheelbase

 2550mm

Cargo Volume 

 476-litres 

Seating Capacity

 5

Suspension and Brake

Suspension

 Front: McPherson Strut With Stabilizer

 Rear: Torsion Beam With Stabilizer

Brake

 Front and Disc: Disc

Steering and Tyres

Steering

 Power 

Tyres  

 215/55 R17Tubeless Radial

Safety Features

  • Anti-Locking Brake System

  • EBD

  • Parking Sensor

  • Central Locking

  • Brake Assist

  • Power Door Lock

  • Child Safety Locks

  • ISOFIX Child Sear Mounts

  • Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

  • Hill Assist

  • Power Door Locks

  • Seat Belt Warning

  • Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

  • Driver and Passenger Airbags

  • Side Airbags (Front) and knee airbags

  • Passenger Side Rear View Mirror

  • Day and Night Rear View Mirror

  • Keyless Entry 

  • Engine Immobilizer 

  • Crash Sensor

  • Rear Camera

  • Vehicle Stability Control System

  • Follow me home headlamps

Comfort and Convenience

  • Power Steering

  • Power Windows - Front and Rear

  • Automatic Climate Control

  • Air Quality Control

  • Remote Trunk Opener

  • Low Fuel Warning Light

  • Accessory Power Outlet

  • Trunk Light

  • Vanity Mirror

  • Rear Reading Lamp

  • Rear Seat Headrest + Centre Arm Rest

  • Rear AC Vent

  • Seat Lumbar Support

  • Multi-function Steering Wheel

  • Cruise Control

  • Parking Sensors - Front & Rear

  • Navigation System

  • Foldable Rear Seat

  • Engine Start/Stop Button

  • Glove Box Cooling

  • Bottle Holder Front & Rear Door

  • Central Console Armrest

  • Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts

Interior

  • Air conditioner/Heater

  • Adjustable Steering Column

  • Leather Seats

  • Height Adjustable Driving Seat

Exterior

  • Fog Light - Front and Rear

  • Rear Window Wiper and Defogger

  • Rain Sensing Wiper

  • Electric Folding Rear View Mirror

  • Outside Rear View Mirror Indicator

  • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror

Entertainment

  • Radio

  • 6 Speakers (Front and Rear)

  • Bluetooth Connectivity

  • USB and Auxiliary 

  • Touch Screen

  • Integrated 2DIN Audio

5. Toyota Yaris Price

Toyota Yaris’s price ranges from 8.75 lakh and goes up to 14.07 lakh. With this price bracket, Toyota Yaris will be positioned between the Etios and Corolla at Toyota’s productions line-up.

Variants Price 
 Yaris J  Rs. 8.75 lakh
 Yaris J CVT  Rs. 9.95 lakh
 Yaris G  Rs. 10.56 lakh
 Yaris V  Rs. 11.7 lakh
 Yaris G CVT  Rs. 11.76 lakh
 Yaris VX  Rs. 12.85 lakh
 Yaris VX CVT  Rs. 12.9 lakh
 Yaris VX CVT  Rs. 14.07 lakh

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