Otago Daily Times

What’s it look like?

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The new Yaris is shorter and lower than its pre­de­ces­sor, but wider and longer in the wheel­base. With these quite dif­fer­ent pro­por­tions, the lat­est model has a much more planted look com­pared to the some­what up­right ve­hi­cle it has re­placed.

Aptly chris­tened ‘‘the aphid’’ by a vis­it­ing friend, the GX test car stood out from the crowd in part due to its vivid lime green paint scheme. A largely un­adorned aphid too, sit­ting on 15­inch steel wheels and sen­si­ble 185/60 tyres, but an at­trac­tive base­model com­pact hatch­back even so.

Flanked by bi­beam halo­gen head­lights, the broad, ex­pres­sive nose is the most distinc­tive as­pect of the GX’s styling. Lightly bulged wheel arches are prom­i­nent, and a scal­loped sculpt­ing line run­ning for­ward from the lead­ing edge of the tail­lights adds fur­ther dy­namism to the ve­hi­cle’s flanks. The in­te­gra­tion of those rear lights into a sin­gle styling strip that runs across the base of the hatch­back glass is an­other nice touch. in­ter­est­ing curves to the dash and a distinc­tive duel dial setup within the main in­stru­ment clus­ter.

A pre­pon­der­ance of hard plas­tic sur­fac­ing is not un­ex­pected at en­try level, but the GX would ben­e­fit from rub­berised sur­faces for its var­i­ous stor­age cub­bies to pre­vent loose items slid­ing about when on the move. The seven­inch cen­tre touch­screen is prom­i­nent on the cen­tre of the dash, while the GX’s in­stru­ment clus­ter takes an ad­di­tional dig­i­tal dis­play

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