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Toyota Yaris 1.5 Sport

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Is it even possible for a car to be too good? The new Toyota Yaris is in every sense a true embodiment of the Japanese’s philosophies. A dependable, durable and sold vehicle, a true die-hard if you will. Its affordable but with no compromise when it comes to comfortability and features, making it a confident contestant in its market. It’s a true do-gooder with its dependability, efficiency and its dedication towards looking after the environment.

The Concept

This urban hatch is trendy enough to fit a student but dynamic enough to also appeal to small families and even empty-nesters. 5-seats means that it can comfortably ferry around friends, family and luggage while remaining a true definition of reliable. It the perfect balance of affordability and luxury thanks to Toyota’s intuitive design and forward-thinking.

The Look

The design is sharper, edgier, and more assertive to provide the vehicle with a more daring and leering presence. But it’s beautifully balanced to be versatile, modern and to suite hip youngsters but dynamic enough to appeal to a more mature target market as well with its subtle but stylish accents. 16-inch alloy wheels and attractive side skirts gives this hatch an assertive stance on South Africa’s roads. A roof spoiler, exclusive shark fin antenna and chiselled body lines credits the Sportiness of this derivative. Chrome features such as smart-entry door handles and a trendy grille polishes this hatch off with a sleek and stylish overall look. The headlights on this derivative is projection (unlike its siblings that have Halogen headlight) that is equipped with Daytime Running, a follow me home feature as well as an automatic light control system. Fog lights can be found embedded in the front bumper and the rear lights have also been redesigned and now proudly sport LEDs.. As a slightly elevated hatch, the Yaris emits a more established aura with a sharper look.

The Feel

When designing the interior, Toyota leaned more towards durability than style, a fresh perspective which is highly appreciated this, however, it doesn’t mean that the cabin is anything short of pure aesthetic. The seats are comfortably covered in semi-leather with contrasting red stitching which can also be found on the gear lever boot and the bi-spoked steering wheel. The multi-functional steering wheel is also enabled with audio and telephone toggles to simplify the driving experience. The spunky design theme allows it to fit into any urban lifestyle effortlessly. It is quite roomy for a hatch with a 310-litre boot with a 60:40 rear seat split for further space and more than enough head, knee and leg room for all its passengers. Visibility is also quite good thanks to the slightly elevated stance of the vehicle, large windows and skinny C-pillars.

The Features

The multi-informational touchscreen display is equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth Connectivity, a USB port and the sound system boosts through 6 speakers. Android users will also be pleased with the Auto Plus Show, which allows an Android smartphone to ‘mirror’ onto the vehicle’s display screen. Comfort and convenience features include a Push-to-start function, Automatic Air Conditioning, powered steering and electric windows which are seriously impressive when keeping the vehicle’s affordability in mind. Safety and security has also not been compromised and are a key example of Toyota’s dedication to always keeping their clients safeguard. Safety features include ABS, Brake Assist (BA), EBD, Hill Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, an Immobiliser and an alarm system. The hatch is also filled with airbags including curtain, driver and front passenger, driver’s knee and side for additional protection. A nifty feature also included is a speed sensing power door lock that is activated when the car has been started and pulls off. Toyota has gone the extra mile with additional safety whereby the vehicle’s body has been reinforced for extra protection in the unfortunate event of a collusion.

The Drive

One of Toyota’s core philosophies is to provide its loyal customers with an economical engine that doesn’t compromise on performance or ride quality and I think they have hit the nail right on the head with the new, improved Yaris. The 1496cc or 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine produces 79kW of power and 140Nm of torque which is more than enough punch to comfortably transport you from point A to point B as well as to easily flow in with everyday city traffic. Now here comes the good part- due to the engine’s diminutive size, fuel efficiency is fantastic with a mere  5.9-litre per 100km achievement which will take you many kilometres with the 42-litre fuel tank. The driving experience is also commendable, it’s easy to reach the 180km/h cap with the butter-smooth 5-speed manual transmission (an automatic option is also available for the more leisure drivers) and spunky nature. Handling and stability on this hatch is well-appreciated thanks to the hard-working improved suspension (the secret lays in the additional welding spots in the body shell’s construction), fresh shock absorbers, enhanced coil springs and a few aerodynamic features such as stabilizing fins. The petite engine is also aided by aero-stabilising fins for maximum airflow and  this ensures that city manoeuvring is energetic and dynamic as well as open roads enjoyed, every time. Overall, it is a pleasure to drive and for the intended market it will most probably become part of the family. How can it not? It is, after all, a Toyota.

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler