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The B-segment is a burgeoning one in the South African car market, and while everyone has been moving ahead with good looking, well specced models that appeal to all the needs of this particular target market, Toyota has remained somewhat static with its Yaris. Until now.
Toyota has launched the refreshed Yaris in four different models — 1,0, 1,3, 1,3 CVT and HSD hybrid — in the hope that it can get a bigger piece of the pie. But when you think of a facelift, you think of small changes that are barely noticeable to the eye. In this instance, however, the change is a little more than minor. It injects some sportiness into the model and makes it one of the more interesting B-segment hatchbacks currently on offer. At the back you may not notice the changes, but if you look carefully you will spot a new faux diffuser and a change to the taillamps.
Interior The biggest change to the Toyota Yaris, however, is the interior. It has been completely reworked to be a lot more mature, feature better quality materials and offer standard specification that can rival even the best in this segment. Toyota has made various changes to upgrade the interior. This includes a thinner instrument panel, restyled instrument binnacle, redeed door panels, a raised centre console and new finishes for various interior surfaces. The overall effect is a cabin that feels classy, solid and well put together.
The Japanese manufacturer has kitted out the Yaris with a touch-screen media interface with Bluetooth hands-free and the ability to send and receive text on the seven inch screen as standard across the range. Other standard features include central locking, air-conditioning, electric mirrors, power steering, dual front and side airbags and ABD with EBD and brake assist. The 1,3 Multidrive S Yaris comes with a leather-trimmed steering wheel, while the HSD gains automatic climate control, a combination of leather and cloth upholstery, a reverse camera, 7 airbags, traction and stability control, front fog lights and LED daytime running lights.
On the road Unfortunately, the upgraded 1,0-litre unit was not available to drive at the local launch you can read the international impression herebut I was able to spend some time in the 1,3-litre unit with 73 kW and N. The changes to the platform of the Yaris has resulted in a reduction in NVH and a more rigid structure. And to be honest, I could notice the difference.
The Yaris was quiet and composed on the road and the redeed suspension provided ample insulation from road imperfections. This reworked suspension also helps the Yaris reign in understeer, while the light steering makes the Yaris easy to manoeuvre. When it comes to value for money, an important consideration in this segment, pricing is on par with others in the market while standard specification is slightly better in some instances.
This refreshed Yaris is a solid effort from Toyota.
Secondary Menu. The front has obvious changes, while enhancements to the rear are subtle.
The interior is the biggest change with new materials, an updated multimedia system and lots of standard specification. Published by CAR magazine on September 18, Article written by CAR magazine. Cars for sale.
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