Under the bonnet the familiar one-litre, three-cylinder engine can still be found (51kW/93Nm) but an all-new 1.3 four-cylinder (73kW/125Nm) is some 16% stronger than that in the outgoing model but now offers a six-speed manual gearbox or, for those who enjoy automatic, there’s now a CVT option - complete with race-car style shift paddles behind the multifunction steering wheel.
MAKE YOUR CHOICE: There are two specification levels for the new Yaris and a choice of two engines. But whichever you choose, it's still a cute-looking car.
Once again Toyota’s Yaris has attained top marks in EuroNCAP results. Apparently the fundamental strength of the car’s structure counts for plenty, assisted by as many as seven air bags, including one for the driver’s knees. Factor in some active safety features such as anti-lock brakes with emergency pressure assistance and electronic fluid distribution) and follow-me-home headlights and it’s clear the new Yaris makes a lot of sense.
FUN AT THE WHEEL: The new Yaris's audio system is high-grade, just part of what Toyota describes as "a fun-to-drive cockpit".