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Toyota Yaris: Opportunity gone begging | CarHunt

Apr 25, 2018

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Toyota has launched Yaris at Rs. 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom), with the top-most variant with a pricetag of whopping Rs 14.07 lakh (ex-showroom). It comes in 8 different variants, 4 of which have an option of automatic transmission. 

1. Tons of segment exclusive safety features that includes knee airbag, rear disc brakes, Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and adjustable headrests for all five occupants. Note that Etios Twins also have the latter-most feature. This is apart from regular safety features such as 6 airbags, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution). Strangely, BA (Brake Assist) is given a miss! 

2. Long and impressive feature list includes auto headlights, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, roof mounted rear AC vents, rear sun shade, LED DRLs, LED tail lights, paddle shifters, leather seats, smart key access with push button start, Apple Car Play and Android Auto. 7.0” touchscreen system is offered with gesture control! Note that a few Toyota Models in USA lack Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

3. The rear seat is completely foldable that adds to versatility as it’s in 60:40 split. This too is an exclusive feature! On the flip side, rear legroom and boot space are not as generous as Honda City or Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

4. First for its class: 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, front parking sensors, ambient lights for rear passengers.

5. The price difference between the base variant and one above it is Rs. 1.8 lakh! Plus, the automatic variant command a premium of Rs. 1.2 lakh. In our opinion, Toyota have got a bit carried away with the pricing. 

6. It's a 3rd generation model (XP150), introduced as hatchback in 2013 and as a sedan in 2017. The platform is Toyota B platform which first entered production in 2005.

7. For now, Toyota will offer Yaris with only petrol engine, diesel version not yet planned. A prudent step considering declining sales of diesel driven cars.

8. Engine is an iteration of Etios' 1.5 litre 4-cylinder unit but with dual VVT-i and it’ll be paired with 7-speed CVT or a 6-speed manual. Exact power and torque figures are not yet available.

9. In what seems to be a minor oversight, auto-dimming IRVM, AC flow controls and reach/telescopic adjustment for steering wheel are missed out.

10. 15" alloys are smallest for its segment and not aesthetically pleasing. However, it’s likely to offer a good balance between ride and handling.

CarHunt Verdict: Toyota has left no stone unturned to load equipment up to the brim. That said, there's no denying the fact that it's overpriced except the base variant. While the rivals are well established, Yaris has a lot riding on the Toyota-Badge alone.