Toyota Yaris 1.5 auto test drive review

UMW Toyota finally decided that it was time to challenge the super popular Honda Jazz and so they made the effort to launch this all new Yaris as a local assembled product at their brand new assembly plant in Bukit Raja. The previous Yaris was imported from Thailand and so its asking price was almost 20% more than the Honda Jazz and so its success rate was never going to be a reality. Now with this Yaris selling price sitting side by side with the Jazz, the games have begun.

Yaris Physical Attributes

This all-new Yaris has been developed from the ground up and its dimensions are longer and wider than its predecessor, providing more space for drivers and passengers, whilst also offering a more sophisticated and powerful appearance from the rear. The front carries the familiar Toyota grille with new headlights. The taillights are spaced further apart with the rear lights appearing wider to give the all-new Yaris a sportier character.

Yaris Living Space

The interior is well put together with good textured plastics. The seats are typical Toyota with good manual adjustments to be very comfortable. Space for 3 adults in the rear is tight if they are all mamak food lovers and 2 adults will be very comfortable. ISOFIX points are provided for mothers and daddies who do not want to drive a boring MPV.

Yaris Drive

The Yaris comes with the 2NR-FE 1.5-litre engine, a proven 4-cylinder DOHC power plant with Dual VVT-i. It is tuned for outstanding fuel efficiency and smooth delivery of power and torque. All variants sold in Malaysia come with a 7-speed Sport Sequential Shiftmatic transmission. This has a manual mode to allow the driver to make selections of the 7 speeds in the CVT for quicker response. A Drive Mode Switch allows the driver to prioritize fuel efficiency or stronger performance

We had a long weekend with this Yaris and on the open highway, this Yaris feels like a larger car as you pick-up speed. Its ability to switch from lane to lane without any fuss shows and confirms the handling ability and direct responsiveness of its slight weighted steering. The feel at your palms are even more reassuring when you have the old roads to work with. Yes, the Yaris felt like it needed more power to handle the well groomed chassis and the tightly damped suspension. Handling on the limit is enjoyed and the power sent to the front wheels is more than enough.

Yaris Features

This new Yaris is comprehensively equipped with a number of features to make each journey more enjoyable. It has Auto Air Conditioning, DVD-AVX system with a 7-inch touchscreen display that comes with USB mirroring for connectivity and Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) for a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the vehicle.

Storage spaces are a necessity in a car, more so in this age where people carry portable devices and also require places to put their drink containers. The All-new Toyota Yaris offers many such storage spaces for front and rear occupants. There is also a 12V socket and 2 USB ports for powering or recharging multiple devices for drivers and passengers’ convenience.

Yaris Safety

The All-new Toyota Yaris has been evaluated by ASEAN NCAP with the maximum of 5 stars. This rating applies to all variants as they have the main Active and Passive Safety features that are required by ASEAN NCAP for the maximum rating.

The features include 7 SRS airbags and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRC) and Hill-start Assist (HAC). Other standard features include electrochromic rear-view mirror and a Drive Mode switch. Safety is further enhanced with a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, DVR with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) & Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

Yaris Warranty

For a total Peace of Mind, owners of the new Yaris can enjoy motoring during the full 5 years’ warranty. There is no limitation on mileage travelled after original registration so the owner gets the full 5 years of coverage.

Yaris Conclusion

With the recent introduction of the Peugeot 208 at a lower price point and with the Kia Rio being discounted it will be rather difficult for many buyers to make a quick decision but we suggest this, take all three cars for a test drive on the same day and at the end of the day decide on which tickles your bank balance and your common sense and this will give you the answer you need.

Toyota Yaris 1.5G Specifications:

Engine: 4-cylinder DOHC 16V Dual VVT-i

Displacement:  1496cc

Transmission:  CVT with 7-speed

Max power: 107bhp @ 6,000rpm

Max torque: 140Nm @ 4,200rpm

Top Speed: 180km/h

0-100km/h: NA

Price: RM83,888.00

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