A definite improvement, for sure. The Yaris' updated looks add to its appeal, and from most angles it looks like a smart, modern supermini. The X-face front-end design has carried across well from the Aygo, and the addition of optional LED DRLs give it additional presence on the road.
The same can be said of the interior, the changes to which have gone well beyond the realms of a usual facelift. Almost the entire dashboard has been overhauled, and it now looks more premium than before. Upping the fit and finish has worked wonders, too, especially with a soft-touch strip running the length of the fascia.
There are still some rough edges and hard plastics elsewhere - and, if anything, they're highlighted in contrast to the new furnishings. For the most part, though, the Yaris' cabin remains one of its strongest selling points.
It's relatively spacious up front, too, and adults will be comfortable on the back bench for short journeys. Boot space is unchanged over the outgoing model, meaning there's 286 litres of space available with the rear seats in place. They do also fold forwards - but not flat - to create a decent 768-litre loading bay.
Our 1.33-litre model, in mid-level Icon specification, is expected to be the biggest seller in the range. While it's undoubtedly the pick of the range, sitting alongside 1.0-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel and 1.5-litre hybrid options, it's still a little unrefined for our liking.
Progress from a standing start is slow, and reaching 62mph takes 11.7 seconds - slower than the 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta EcoBoost.
The engine is also noisy under load, which is a shame because this unit needs to be worked hard to perform at its best. There's little vibration intrusion into the cabin, but noise can become an issue when cruising at motorway speeds.
Speaking of noise, Toyota has worked hard to quieten the cabin, with a re-engineered dashboard silencer and upgraded carpetting among the new additions to the car. Mostly it's been successful and it's only at speed when wind noise – particularly from around the side mirrors – finds its way inside.