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2020 Toyota Yaris

Here is the fun and littlest number Toyota has on offer.  The 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback is always going to be a popular sell, and you’re always going to get dependability.

Let’s go straight onto the road, where you’ll find the latest Yaris easy to drive with great visibility all round.  The car’s light steering makes it so easy to drive about town, and of course the Yaris’s small dimensions makes it a doddle to whip in and out of tight spaces.  Both manual and automatic gearboxes are offered, and, if I were to spend most my driving in town, then the auto is a no-brainer with its smooth easy progress.  The Yaris has a nice soft suspension which makes it very compliable over bumpy city streets.  The downside is it is a bit roly-poly on the highway.  There is also a bit of road noise at speed, which does make its way into the cabin environment.  But frugal?  Yes!

Inside the latest Yaris you’re going to get a commendably comfortable little hatch that has the ability to cover long journeys very comfortably indeed.  In terms of interior design, the 2020 Toyota Yaris has a simple dash, some quirky little cubby holes for storage, big front door bins for water bottles, a couple of cup holders, a reasonable glovebox, a 12V socket and USB point in the front, a small touchscreen in the centre of the dash, quick-find buttons to the side of the touchscreen, electric door mirrors, electric windows and air-conditioning.

Though a little slow, the touchscreen has all the essentials like music apps, satellite navigation and phone connections.  Even the base models come with the touchscreen system, which is good.  The audio system sends out a strong note for music lovers.

Rear seat accommodation is quite good for a small hatch.  The seats are well padded and comfy.  Kids will be fine and child seats can easily fit on-board with easy-click isofix points.  Adults will find three across the back a squeeze, especially in terms of shoulder space.  The floor is flat, so foot space is actually quite good.  Head room for anyone over six feet will be tight, however.  There is no door bins for rear seats passengers, so you might need to wait for the driver’s choice of picnic stop before you can get the food basket out of the boot.

Actual boot space is typically hatchback size for the new Yaris.  On a par with most small superminis, the Yaris doesn’t have the biggest boot space but then it isn’t the smallest either.  Its square shape is handy for embracing cargo, and the boot lip doesn’t make it too difficult to get items loaded in.  Split fold rear seats are standard and it does mean that you can fit more stuff in the back at the expense of occupant space in the rear.  There is a bit of a step from the boot floor up onto the back of the flattened rear seats.  Under the floor carpet, however, you will find a space saver wheel.

Safety in the 2020 Yaris sees a decent wodge of standard features.  Automatic headlights, front and side airbags, ABS, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking all part of the package.

Toyota’s are reliable, and I don’t think I’ve ever come across anyone yet who has had to use their 5 year/unlimited km warranty to fix something.  I’m open for enlightenment, however.  One pretty cool feature is that the single front windscreen wiper t has a water jet built into it.

All Ascent is the base model boasting features like a 12 volt power outlet, dual front airbags, ABS, air Conditioning, an antenna, a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, AUX/USB input sockets, BA, bottle holders for the front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, a cargo cover, front and rear cup-holders, remote central locking, EBD, ESP, head airbags, halogen headlights, a nice entry/exit delayed fade lighting feature, an engine immobiliser, the multi-function control screen, an MP3 compatible audio/CD player, map reading lights, power mirrors, power steering, power windows, 6 speakers, a reversing camera, a rear window wiper and washer, load limited pre-tensioned front seatbelts, side front airbags, the split fold rear seat, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a trip computer and a traction control system.

Under the hood you can opt for a 1.3 or a 1.5 litre engine, both of which have the option of being linked to the 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto.  The 1.5-litre puts out 80 kW of poke and 141 Nm of twist.  The smaller motor has 63 kW and 121 Nm.

For a more conservative but nice drive the SX is well-equipped.  The ZR uses the bigger motor and looks the coolest, and is also the most expensive, but at around $23k you can hardly complain.  The ZR adds features like: automatic air con/climate control, an active high beam control system, autonomous emergency braking, 15-inch ZR alloy wheels, a body kit, a CD stacker, dusk sensing headlights, front fog lights, lane departure warning, led headlights, a leather gear knob, a leather steering wheel, protective window glazing, led rear lights, a rear spoiler, satellite navigation, sport seats and a voice recognition system.

The current 2020 Toyota Yaris models include the:

  • Yaris Ascent 1.3 4-speed auto
  • Yaris Ascent 1.3 5-speed manual
  • Yaris SX 1.5 4-speed auto
  • Yaris SX 1.5 5-speed manual
  • Yaris ZR 1.5 4-speed auto

For any more information on the Toyota Yaris or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Toyota dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!