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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

Toyota’s pricing can make its cars look a little bit costly against their peers when judged on the showroom sticker price, but fairly generous equipment levels and good residual values tend to deliver competitive monthly finance figures. So it turns out with the new Yaris. Although its Design trim level makes it look 5% more expensive than an equivalent Polo or Fiesta, on a three-year PCP deal calculated through manufacturer finance configuration tools, it’s slightly cheaper than either.

Plenty of customers will be attracted to the car for its combination of excellent real-world fuel economy (our touring test economy figure suggests you could probably average better than 60mpg) with an easy, ‘automatic’ two-pedal driving experience.

Toyota performs marginally better than the Clio hybrid and both retain more value than a mild-hybrid Fiesta.

If you’re after more than that from your urban runabout, it’s likely you’ll need a Yaris in either Dynamic or Excel specification, the former coming with the option of two-tone paintwork and the latter getting a more complete array of electronic driver assistance and convenience features as standard. Dynamic or Excel trim is required to get a Yaris with a full suite of active safety systems and, even then, you might still have to pay for them as options.