Sue Cooke Tests out the New Toyota Yaris Hybrid…
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
New research from comparison website MoneySuperMarket has found that nearly 30% of people don’t buy electric or hybrid cars due to lack of knowledge of how they work. Fifty one per cent of people surveyed said that price is also the biggest barrier to buying an electric or hybrid car.
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is unique as a full hybrid model in the supermini segment and is powered by combining a petrol combustion engine and a battery. Together they propel the car which is driven in exactly the same way as any other car. Only it’s a lot more economical to run and much quieter!
There are now ten million hybrids across the world that have Toyota’s unique hybrid motor.
Owners of the five door Yaris hybrid can choose bi-tone exterior paintwork, so the road test car arrived with a black bonnet and white lower chassis and sporty looking 16” wheels. The interior has the most comfortable seats, ideal for long distance journeys and I clocked up quite a few miles during my road test week. There is a long list of standard ‘smart’ equipment and safety technology such as dusk sensing headlights and rain sensing wipers and an auto dimming rear view mirror, which all make driving much more pleasant.
An optional feature costing £650 is the Toyota Touch 2 with Go, a full colour touchscreen with a very clear rear parking view, an audio system with a quality bass sound and telephone and Bluetooth controls. The satellite navigation has access to a connected/online service. So, if you were going to visit a relative and got lost, your relative, using the driver’s mobile phone with internet access as a modem, could send navigation instructions. You can then download the route onto the screen in the car!
Other than the cooled glovebox there is no covered storage area in the cabin, which I always find useful for hiding house keys.
The boot is surprisingly large for a supermini at 286 litres and so is the space behind the front seats for long legged rear passengers. The floor is flat so will accommodate three people quite happily.
Visibility all round is excellent with small side windows by the A pillars.
Power and performance of the Yaris hybrid with the new 1.5 litre VVT-iE petrol engine is 98bhp which is ample for such a small light car. Unlike conventional batteries for cars, which need to be replaced, Toyota hybrids never need to have the battery changed. The motor runs on a special lithium ion battery that will last for as long as the vehicle – reducing long-term costs and creating a much smaller impact on the environment.
And with green features in mind, the new engine and combined battery have CO2 emissions of 82g/km so road tax will be zilch. Combined fuel consumption is a fantastic 78.5mpg and information on the dash will let you know if your manner of driving is eco friendly and if the battery is recharging.
There is a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota is one of the most innovative companies and is supporting the development of a flying car that, it is planned, will be used to help light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!
To find out more, or to book your test drive, visit the Toyota website.
Facts at a Glance
Model: Toyota Yaris Hybrid Bi-Tone
Price: £17,900 otr
Engine: 1.5 litre VVT-iE petrol 4-cylinder engine with electric motor
Performance: 0-62mph in 11.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 103mph
CO2 emissions: 82g/km
Combined fuel consumption: 78.5mpg