What is it?
This is the new, updated Toyota Yaris. Improvements include stop-start technology, a six-speed gearbox and a tweaked version of the 1.3-litre engine, which has been upped from 85bhp to 100bhp. Torque is also up from 89 to 98lb ft, while economy and emissions are now 55.4mpg and 120g/km.
What’s it like?
The Toyota Yaris has always been a good car: practical, well equipped, comfortable, reliable and affordable to run. This generation of Yaris has also always suffered from a total lack of flair. This facelift does nothing to change that.
The Yaris does make a convincing case for itself in other ways due to class-leading economy and emissions and a decent list price, and it is not an unpleasant car to drive.
Thanks to the engine upgrade and new gearbox the Yaris is now more flexible and responsive. With the extra urge readily available and the engine willing to be worked through the new standard six-speed gearbox the Yaris can be reasonably involving.
Turn-in is precise and the steering is light and linear, which makes it very capable at normal urban driving, although there is none of the precision or encouragement you get from some other superminis.