If you have ever compared the subcompact hatchbacks together, you might notice that the Yaris actually is less of a performer in it’s own price range. However, for majority of the people, when they look a cars like this, they tend to focus on other aspects instead of speed, because performance is quite irrelevant in a practical subcompact hatchback.
So, in turn for performance, Toyota instead opted for a better interior, a solid fuel economy, a pleasing safety record and an unrivalled reliability. Basically, qualities that actually matter when a car of this type is concerned, Toyota has got it covered. Admittedly, it’s quite disconcerting just how unremarkable it is when compared to its flared rivals, like the Ford Fiesta and the Mazda Mazda2.
Powering the little Yaris isn’t something that’s extraordinary or awe-inspiring, it’s a little 1.5 liter four cylinder that puts out just about a hundred and ten horses and that gives the Yaris an uninspiring 0-100 km/h time of 10.2 seconds, rated by the officials. However, little would you believe that that little engine is actually more than enough for urban city purposes, in fact, it’s just perfect, it gives you enough oomph to run around the city but still retains a good fuel consumption figure.
However, if you find it too boring, you will find a lot to fiddle around with inside the car. The Yaris has a simple interior design but with a stylish touch and a 6.1 inch coloured touch screen in the middle deals with most of your controls. It has bluetooth connectivity and Toyota has decided to put 6 speakers into the little Yaris, which you will definitely be grateful for once the trip gets lengthy.
One thing that you might like about the Yaris is it’s exterior design. Toyota has gone a long way to make it look handsome and with a sleek and curvy bodyline with available projector-beam headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights will give it it’s own sort of personality. It also has an oversized grill that’s very much reminiscent of a Lexus product. Some specs feature a 16-inch alloy wheels as well, which gives it that sporty touch and liven it up.
The Yaris might not stand up well in terms of providing an exciting driving experience and putting a huge smile in your face, which the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta will do happily, but you will find it ideal for an urban area. It blends in well and will keep you in comfort while doing so.
You can’t do better than the Yaris if you’re on the lookout for a great subcompact that provides drivability and safety over performance.