Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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34 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 TEST DRIVE COMPACT CAR, BIG IMPACT Toyota Yaris Dynamic 1.3-litre hybrid DAVE WARD BY conn And mor s imm In sma d di with help instr forw D chos e upm und cont connectivi­ty with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In terms of outside looks it has a more muscular style front end with new LED lights but basically it retains the smart body lines from its immediate predecesso­r – as they say why change a winning formula? Interiorwi­se there has been a smartening up which is the best way to describe it with the driver particular­ly benefittin­g from a better layout of displays and controls, all now within reach of the driver’s hands, helped by a lower position of the instrument panel and the A-pillar has been slightly pushed back for better forward vision. Depending on which model is chosen the touchscree­n varies with the eight-inch in the likes of the Icon and a better 10-inch in the more upmarket, both efficient and easy to us. As for the car’s battery, buried under the rear passenger seats, again continued developmen­t now sees this smaller, lighter by 12kg and of course with no faffing around with plug-in devices and having to find a power point en route to recharge it remains the really big advantage over non self-charging cars. In terms of pricing the new Yaris is certainly competitiv­e with the Icon coming in at £19,910 and sitting on 16-inch wheels, the Design at £20,970 and the Dynamic (driven here) at £21,920 both sit on 17-inch wheels as does the top grade Excel (£23,220). There are a couple of option packs, called the Tech Pack and the City Pack, available on the dearer models, and the only trivial niggle for me is that the excellent panoramic sunroof (£495) is only offered on the Design and Excel and not the Dynamic as driven here. As usual today with Toyota all new Yaris models come with the full five years/100,000 miles warranty which is another big advantage over its main rivals. It’s easy to see why the compact Yaris has been a success, particular­ly for young families, because it looks nice, remains versatile and practical and now with these latest improvemen­ts is easier and economical to drive, smart enough interior and has more standard safety kit on board. W HEN it comes to car makers pushing their new models toward electric/ hybrid power for the future Toyota have been one of the leading proponents whilst also making them affordable for the family motorist. As hybrid technology moves on with batteries now smaller, more lightweigh­t with longer ranges again Toyota’s latest incarnatio­n of their small Yaris, which has been their most successful selling car across the UK and mainland Europe since its 1999 debut, appears to have come up trumps. Now sitting on a new compact company platform this latest and fourth generation Yaris has a new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder self-charging hybrid petrol/electric engine which offers more joint power of 114bhp (up 16%) with improved performanc­e and economy of an average of 68.9mpg. Importantl­y too the new car’s CO2 clocks in at 92g/km, well below that crucial tax breaking 100g/km, and all versions have far more safety gear on board. Unlike its rivals this new Yaris is shorter in length (5mm) but with a longer wheelbase, sits lower so there’s a lower centre of gravity making it more manoeuvrab­le (turning circle is now just 5.2m) and far more nimble and easier to drive. It feels more rigid too when driving c/ en hilst he ain r s e AT A GLANCE ging ch p Model: Toyota Yaris Dynamic 1.3-litre hybrid £21,920 1.3-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors ■ while the driver will appreciate the lower driving position in a seat that’s been moved backwards 60mm with a lower hip point while the CVT automatic gearbox is more responsive than on its predecesso­r, quieter too and without any hint of a slight lag in pick-up when accelerati­ng. Toyota’s engineers now claim that this Yaris hybrid will reach speeds of up to 80mph on all electric power but the most important aspect as driver in my view is its better mid range accelerati­on, say from 50 to 70mph, which is a vast improvemen­t over the old model. The car certainly feels more rigid with a ride more on the firm side, no doubt due to a new suspension set up which is stiffer at the back end, but it’s comfortabl­e enough and also from inside the cabin generally much quieter than before. Again there are four different trim levels offered – starting with the Icon, then Design, Dynamic and the Excel – and all come with an impressive list of standard safety features with even the entry-level Icon having anti-lock brakes, hill start assist, reversing camera, automatic headlights and wipers, electric windows and full Price: Engine: e side ■ ■ Transmissi­on: Performanc­e: CVT automatic 0 to 62mph 9.7 seconds, top speed 109mph (WLTP): ■ ■ Fuel consumptio­n ■ 68.9 combined 92g/km CO2: Insurance group Warranty: ■ ■ ■ 14E Five years/100,000 miles On Sale: Now – first deliveries ■ September PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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