Currently reading: Facelifted Toyota Yaris unveiled
Toyota’s hatch gets a comprehensive £69m overhaul comprising a substantially revised interior, updated exterior styling and new options
Lewis Kingston
3 mins read
28 May 2014

Toyota has poured £68m and 576,000 hours of development into its Yaris hatchback in order to help it compete in the increasingly competitive and style-conscious compact car market.

Over 1000 new parts have made their way into the 2014 Yaris, with the chief changes comprising a heavily restyled interior, more modern and distinctive exterior styling and a host of ride and refinement tweaks.

Alessandro Massimino, Toyota’s European product manager, said: “The Yaris was always extremely strong in its rational dimensions. What we wanted to achieve was to connect the model not only with our customers’ brains, but also with their hearts.”

“We identified that the Yaris delivered on the packaging, durability and cost of ownership front, but wanted to make the car more engaging and emotionally connected.”

Externally the main changes comprise the adoption of the more distinctive cross-shaped front-end styling that recently debuted on the new Aygo. The rear has also received some attention, in the form of a redesigned bumper with an integral diffuser, LED light clusters and a reshaped registration plate surround.

The Toyota's interior has benefitted from a significant revamp, consisting of a redesigned dash and door panels that grant it a sleeker look, higher-quality materials and a larger display for the integrated 'Touch 2' multimedia system.

Minor tweaks like satin chrome trim where there would have previously been plain chrome further serve to give the cabin a more upmarket look, while refinement upgrades including a wind deflector integrated in the cowl and more silencing materials to quell road and engine noise.

Toyota has looked to tap into the increasingly popularity of customisation too, consequently offering the new Yaris with a wider range of trim levels that grant buyers access to varying colour schemes, trim materials and wheels.

Underneath the Yaris benefits from a new torsion-beam rear end and a modified platform. Toyota has added additional spot welds, a thicker bulkhead, new windscreen bonding material and structurally modified the tunnel, wheel tubs and rear bumper structure to stiffen the chassis.

The car's suspension has seen some upgrades too, including new springs and retuned dampers, while the electronic power steering has been recalibrated to deliver more feedback.

Efforts to bolster the Yaris' on-road engagement further include the likes of raising the interior's centre console, allowing for a 30mm reduction in length of the gear lever, reputedly improving the feel of the car's gear shift.

“In the past, the project management was done in Japan,” says Yaris senior project manager Serkan Karaman. “But this time we were in the driver’s seat. As a result, the new Yaris really incorporates European know-how and European taste.”

Engine options remain as before, comprising a 1.0- and 1.33-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre diesel and the range-topping hybrid. Claimed reductions in noise and vibration are touted for all but the most notable change is to the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine. It is said to perform much better on all fronts while emitting 99g/km of CO2, down from 110g/km – entailing free road tax for buyers.

Despite being one of the more costly options, the hybrid still accounts around 31 per cent of Yaris sales. Minor adjustments mean it now emits just 75g/km of CO2, compared to 79g/km of CO2, and Toyota claims it will average an impressive 86mpg, up from 80.7mpg.

Standard equipment for the new Yaris includes air-con and Toyota's Touch 2 multimedia system, while options include LED daytime running lights, a rear parking camera, auto-folding door mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone climate and leather seats.


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The new Toyota Yaris will go on sale later this year. Official pricing is yet to be announced by is expected to remain “competitive with its rivals”.

It’s likely, as a result, that the model will continue to start at around the £10,000 mark, with prices rising to around £16,000 for the hybrid.

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fadyady 30 May 2014

By the way

reverting to the matter of the hybrid variant free of Boris Johnson charge. Seems like with the 75g/km variant, the Yaris does give the London Mayor a slip. That's quite an achievement for a non-plug-in and smart move by Toyota.
Paul Dalgarno 29 May 2014

At least it's not invisible now.

My wife had a previous generation model, and I liked it's styling a lot. It was quite good to drive, but the interior felt a bit cheap (although it was durable despite appearances).

The pre-face lift version of the current version was just invisible though, and way too expensive vs the previous generation. This lifts it a fair bit, but the face is a bit over done, so looks a bit gimmicky. Pity, as a good looking funky Yaris could take a decent share of the market.

I had the misfortune to get a loan Avensis recently, it was OK to steer, but with a worse ride than S-Line Audis get critisized for, and the engine sounded like a walrus in a tumble dryer when even remotely extended.

n50pap 29 May 2014

I still prefer the original Yaris

I still prefer the Yaris I bought in 1999. The VVTI engine, a four cylinder 1.0, was very economical and the car was a deserving Car of The Year. I'd have bought another in 2002 but it suffered the worst build up of static electricity I'd ever experienced in a car. I made sure my next car was less shocking and, sadly, that meant it wasn't a Yaris.
rxl 29 May 2014

n50pap wrote:I still prefer

n50pap wrote:

I still prefer the Yaris I bought in 1999. The VVTI engine, a four cylinder 1.0, was very economical and the car was a deserving Car of The Year. I'd have bought another in 2002 but it suffered the worst build up of static electricity I'd ever experienced in a car. I made sure my next car was less shocking and, sadly, that meant it wasn't a Yaris.

what? static electricity is provoked not by the car (any car) but only by yourself! your body charges up by rubbing your cloths in the car seat , so when you get out of the car and you touch the car, this one acts as a earth terminal and then it happens a discharge. the problem here could be is the material used in the car seats , which if it is based in polyester it helps to charge up, and if you use certain shoes that act as an isolator it make the discharge on the car instead the floor. but static never is produce by the car...

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