A few years ago, Toyota ventured into the C-segment sedan space with the Etios. The Etios, initially, brought respectable sales numbers for the Japanese automaker. However, over the course of time, the lack of features and character resulted in dwindling sales.
The Yaris, then, took over as the company’s take for this segment. This time around, Toyota officials were keen on venturing into this space with a sedan that can easily take on the likes of the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. Therefore, the Yaris was a size bigger than the Etios, and better in almost every aspect.
Competing in this space, however, the Yaris only came with a petrol engine and somewhat subdued styling. The lack of features – in comparison to its mainstream rivals, that is – and exuberance didn’t work well for the Yaris. To give credit where it’s due, the Yaris was, however, the first car in the segment to feature seven airbags.
Last year, Toyota added a bit of oomph to its sedan by updating the design of the alloy wheels to dual-tone and giving it a black roof treatment with some variants. Now, Toyota has ensured the Yaris meets the cleaner BS-VI emission standards. Here’s how it fares along the segment.
The Toyota Yaris is, as discussed above, a size bigger than the Etios. Therefore, it easily fits amongst other cars in the segment. If we go by the number, dimensionally, the Yaris is 4,425mm in length, 1,730mm in width, and 1,495mm in height. The kerb weight for the base-spec J MT OPT variant is 1,090kg. The ground clearance is 152mm. Moreover, it has a boot-space capacity of 476-litres and a fuel tank capacity of 42-litres.
In a segment where there’s a respectable demand for diesel, the Yaris only comes with a petrol engine under the hood. The 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine is capable of churning out 106bhp and 140Nm of torque. It comes mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed CVT automatic gearbox. This engine is compliant with the latest BS-VI emission standards.
Since it is only available with a petrol powertrain, the Yaris’ fuel efficiency numbers are not as healthy as its competition. However, look beyond the diesel, and the Yaris is adequately efficient for a C-segment sedan. While the petrol-CVT delivers 17.8km/l mileage, the petrol-manual is somewhat lower at 17.1lm/l.
In terms of interior design, the Toyota you see here is a no-fuss sedan, with all the basics and fundamentals ticked. The cabin is finished in dual-tone, as the upper half of the dashboard is finished in black, while the lower half and the seats are in beige. There’s ample space inside the cabin, which is further complemented with well-cushioned seats.
On the features front, the top-end variant of the Yaris gets a push-button start with keyless entry, climate control, roof-mounted air-con vents for the rear passengers, electronically foldable and adjustable ORVMs, steering-mounted audio controls and cruise control. The only grouse with the Yaris is the 7.0-inch touchscreen, which looks aftermarket and misses out on both Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
The Yaris, as of early-2020, comes in ten shades, out of which, the single-tone shades are Wildfire Red, Phantom Brown, Grey Metallic, Super White, Pearl White, and Silver Metallic. As for the dual-tone shades, the Wildfire Red, Grey Metallic, Silver Metallic, and Super White shades get an Attitude Black painted roof.
All the details regarding the Toyota Yaris, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Toyota Yaris is available in fourteen variants, with seven variants for the petrol-manual and seven variants for the petrol-CVT. The prices start at Rs. 8.77 lakhs for the J MT OPT variant going all the way up to Rs. 14.19 lakhs for the VX CVT variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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