Toyota Yaris
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 7/10
: 3 Years/100,000Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
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8.65 Lakhs-14.18 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • Enhanced equipment 
  • Smart interiors
  • Good ride quality 

Weak Areas

  • Pricey top-end
  • No diesel
  • Mediocre rear space 
  • Average Performance 
Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris Review,The First Drive in Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris gets a 1.5 litre petrol engine mated to 6 speed manual transmission and 7 speed CVT. It produces 106 BHP and 140 Nm torque. A well equipped cabin and good ride quality are its hallmarks. 



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Toyota’s new sedan enters the same segment as the Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and VW Vento. It was a long due offering by the Japanese carmaker. The premium sedan was revealed at the Auto Expo 2018 and the bookings commenced later in April. 

The production unit will be Toyota’s Bidadi plant in Karnataka. Like the Corolla, the Yaris is also an internationally marketed car by Toyota and has 6 production locations around the world. It is sold across 120 markets. 

         Toyota Yaris Review

In India, the Yaris has been launched only in the petrol version. It is powered by 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder engine that generates 106 BHP and 140 Nm of peak torque. There is a choice of gearbox between 6-speed manual and 7-speed CVT.

        Yaris 7 Speed Super CVT

Here’s our report on its design, features, performance and road manners.

The External Impression 

At first glance the Yaris looks like a smaller version of Corolla and its design will not offend anyone. The sheet metal quality is also better than that of Ciaz and City. The finishing is good and the panel gaps are even. The sleek silhouette and the subtleness in design are quite typical to Toyota.
        Toyota Yaris Auto Folding Mirror

The front grille has an eccentric design and the headlamps are prominent. The broad lower grille on the bumper is even more prominent. The actual air inlet is towards the bottom only. There are LED daytime running lights (DRLs) on the bumper and the Yaris also gets a couple of front parking sensors. The round fog lamps also have a nice black housing.  There are creases on the edges of the bonnet giving it a muscular look. 

On the sides there are nice character lines and give more elegance to the car’s design. The outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) have integrated blinkers and on the black housing of these indicator lights you can see what Toyota terms Aero stabilizing fins. Yaris has keyless entry system with request sensor only on the driver side door. The chrome door handles look good on bright body colours like red. 

          Toyota Yaris Auto Headlamps

Toyota Yaris uses 15 inch wheels with 185/60 R15 tyres. These however look rather small for the sedan and 16 inch wheel size would have been better. The rear wheels also have disc brakes. 

At the rear the engine badge 1.5 VX can be seen on the right and the Yaris logo on the left side of the car. The split tail lamps come with LEDs and get a line guide in between them. The tail lamps too get ‘aero stabilizing fins’. 

         Toyota Yaris LED Line Guide in Rear Combination Lamps

The rear windshield is large and there is a shark fin radio antenna above it. 

Inside the Cabin  

The cabin of this sedan is tad smaller than what its competitors have and the initial impression suggests that the rear space particularly is restricted. However, the cabin feels bright and airy thanks to adequate glass area and beige upholstery. The dashboard has a combination of beige and black with chrome and piano black inserts.
          Toyota Yaris Waterfall Design Dashboard

Centre console has a cascading ‘waterfall’ pattern as Toyota’s designers term it. You can operate the touchscreen infotainment system with air gestures. This system comes with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Its touch sensitivity is also fine but response is slow. 

The central AC vents have a simple design. While its chrome buttons have a premium look, they are not very tactile. That said, the Yaris gets automatic climate control. There are two cup holders in front of the gear lever stick. A small opening to slide in the mobile phone is provided near the handbrake and the 12V power socket is also provided here. 

            Yaris Rear Armrest with Cup Holder

Steering wheel design is similar to that of Altis. It can be adjusted for rake but not reach. The wiper and headlamp stalks are thick and sturdy. Toyota Yaris has auto wipers as also auto headlamps. Down in the footwell the pedals are well spaced out. 

The front seats of Yaris have supportive bolstering and it is better than Corolla. The headrests are also broad and a small centre armrest is provided. The driver seat can be 8-way electrically adjusted. The glovebox has adequate space for knick knacks and it is cooled. 

At the rear the bench seat can accommodate three occupants. Seats are supportive with ergonomic back angle. The middle seat passenger also gets a headrest. And yes there is no floor hump here too. While the legroom is less than that of Honda City and the front centre armrest takes some space at the back. Rear seat passengers get two charging points. The rear centre armrest is also broad and has two cup holders. 

The Yaris has wide opening for its boot albeit the lip is tad high. The gooseneck hinges take up some of cabin space.

Engine, Transmission and Performance

The 1.5 litre petrol motor is smooth at idling. You will not feel any vibrations when you place your foot on the pedal. The sedan is easy to drive in the city roads and the engine is also tractable in nature.  It can pull off cleanly in almost any gear from 1200 rpm.

  Toyota yaris Petrol Engine
The fly in the ointment is acceleration part. While the engine works well for city driving conditions, it is slow to respond to harder throttle inputs. The revs build up quite slowly and the progress at time is so languid that you will start looking for a lower gear. This is particularly annoying while overtaking. When the power and performance finally trickle in, the engine starts to feel strained at 4000 rpm.

On the whole, the highway performance is fine not the strength of this car especially when you compare it to a Honda City. Also, the engine gets pretty vocal as the revs climb up. The noise between 5000 and 6000 rpm is particularly harsh.

One aspect that makes the driving experience pleasant is the 6-speed manual gearbox. It is light to operate and at times, it just needs a simple nudge or push. While the spring-loading on the gear lever is rather high, choosing gears does not involve much effort or concentration. The clutch is also well- weighted.

            Toyota Yaris LED Line Guide in Rear Combination Lamps

The automatic option with 7-speed CVT is even better. With a soft tap on the throttle, the engine responds readily and can go past 3000 rpm. After this, although there is considerable stretch and strain, the revs rise continually if you press the pedal harder. The ones who want to have more control on the performance can use the manual mode through the paddle shifters behind the steering. Of course, using the paddles does not translate into using a stick shift gearbox but the CVT is really responsive and it makes the gearing short adding to the effectiveness of drive.

The certified fuel economy for Yaris stands at 17.8 km/ litre. 

Ride and Handling 

Toyota Yaris gets better score for its ride quality. While there is a hint of firmness at slow speeds and the stiffness of suspension is felt when the sedan goes over sharp bumps, the ride comfort is evident as speed builds up.

It is a silent ride and there is no wobbling even on bigger bumps. You can also go with speed over potholes – the Yaris stays unwavering and does not toss the cabin occupants like the Verna does.

The straightline stability is also fine and as there are disc brakes on both front and rear wheels (on V and VX trims), you feel secure. The brake pedal feels quite sensitive though and the bite is also hard as soon as they are tapped. Once you get accustomed to it, this sedan’s ability to stop is admirable in Indian driving conditions. 

As for the handling experience, the Yaris does not really have the fun-to-drive factor. It is stable, the braking ability is dependable and that allows you to take on the corners confidently. However, the steering feels vague and there is hardly any connection with the front wheels when the speed begins to increase. This sedan also feels wavy while changing lanes. 


The ex-showroom price (Delhi) for Toyota Yaris is between Rs. 8.75 lakh and 14.07 lakh. While it is not a car for enthusiasts, the ease of driving in the city with both the CVT and manual gearbox coupled with a long list of cabin comfort features makes it a good buy. The pricing is also competitive. Toyota’s history of creating well-engineered products also gives it an edge in the Indian market. 

Comfort: 3.5/5
Refinement: 3.5/5
Safety: 3/5
Ride: 4/5
Handling: 3/5
Value for Money: 3/5

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