2008 Toyota Yaris | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by


’s ‘small bundle of joy’, the Yaris,
slots itself in the supermini segment with two body styles –
and sedan. Both the models are quite popular with
individual buyers as well as the fleet brigade. In urban areas where
parking spaces are becoming increasingly difficult to find, the Yaris
proves its point very well – fresh, economical, and stylish and
above all, doesn’t break your bank account to own one, not to
forget easy to park!

Two engine options are available – the hatchback
gets a 1.3-litre making a modest 84bhp and 121Nm of torque with power
delivered to the front wheels via a standard 5-speed manual or an
optional 4-speed autobox. The Yaris sedan on the other hand is
available with the above mentioned 1.3-litre while also adding a
1.5-litre engine for those seeking a bit more juice out of the little
number. Transmissions available are 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto.
Three trim levels are available on the models with the top range
featuring alloy wheels, front and rear spoiler, parking sensors and
fog lamps.

Like its bigger sibling, the Corolla, the Yaris also
follows the cab-forward design with a snub-nose and incorporating one
of the biggest bumper/grille mouldings ever seen in this segment. The
treatment on the grille and headlight is every bit modern and the
all-in-one shape with a rising waistline gives a kind of
pounce-forward look. The whole car looks fresh and is in quite a few
ways quite futuristic.

Inside there is a sliding rear seat and a clearly
marked central instrument panel. The cleverly-designed instrument
panel and the vertical stack of rotary air-con controls also add to
the futuristic appeal from inside. Light grey plastic features along
the door trims, curving up into the extreme front and rear of the
side windows, are a novel approach to making the interior more airy,

Technical Specifications
Engine     1.3-litre 4-cyl   1.5-litre 4-cyl
Power     84 Bhp   107 Bhp
Torque     121 Nm   140 Nm
Transmission     Manual/Automatic   Manual/Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams
40,000 upto 58,000*

* Prices are indicative and
may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms.
Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.


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