The launch of Yaris Hybrid marks another breakthrough for Toyota in the UK. It brings low emissions, refined performance and the proven reliability of Toyota hybrid technology to supermini buyers for the first time.
Available to order now, the all-new Yaris Hybrid will be on the road in the UK from early July, priced from £14,995, making it Britain’s lowest-priced hybrid car.
What’s more, Toyota’s newest, smallest hybrid hatchback will offer zero road tax (VED), 80.7mpg and exemption from the London congestion charge.
It may be compact, but it is big on clever technology: every element of the hybrid system has been made smaller and lighter so that it can be fitted to Yaris without reducing the space available in both the cabin and the boot.
The new development of Toyota’s smooth, quiet and highly efficient Hybrid Synergy Drive, uses a 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol engine in combination with a compact electric motor, hybrid battery pack and e-CVT automatic transmission.
CO2 emissions are 79g/km for the T3 and T4 models and 85g/km for the T Spirit. The official combined cycle fuel consumption figures are 80.7mpg and 76mpg, respectively.
The Yaris Hybrid is available in three model grades: T3, T4 and the top-of-the-range T Spirit. All versions have five doors.
Yaris Hybrid T3 includes dual-zone air conditioning, front electric windows, six-speaker audio system, ABS with EBD and brake assist, VSC (switchable) and TRC, and is fitted with seven airbags.
Yaris Hybrid T4 adds the following: 15-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, front fog lamps, rear LED lamps, Toyota Touch audio control, Bluetooth, USB/Aux-in, rear-view camera, leather steering wheel and gear knob trim, colour-matched door mirrors and door handles.
The range-topping Yaris Hybrid T Spirit takes the T4 features and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, smart start system, electric rear windows, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dusk-sensing headlights, ventilated glove box, leather parking brake trim, part leather upholstery, passenger seat height adjustment, front footwell illumination and a rear spoiler.
Four option packs are available for T4 and T Spirit versions of Yaris Hybrid, neatly bundling complementary style and protection elements.
The Protection Pack (£250) provides mudflaps, Hybrid-branded floor mats, black side mouldings and a boot liner. The Protection+ Pack (£525) provides the same items, plus rear parking sensors and a black rear bumper protector.
The Style Pack (£300) adds Hybrid-branded aluminium scuff plates and chrome-finished side sills and tailpipe trim.
Toyota Touch and Go
The Toyota Touch system can be upgraded to Toyota Touch and Go, adding satellite navigation and advanced Bluetooth features, plus the ability to access Google Local Search and connected services, such as live parking and fuel price information and local weather forecasts (enabling these services requires registration via Toyota’s customer web portal, plus compatible mobile phones with appropriate data plans and tethering). The Touch and Go upgrade is available for £650.
Yaris Hybrid is available in eight colours: Cirrus White, Eclipse Black (mica), Glacier Pearl (pearlescent), Tyrol Silver (metallic), Burning Red (metallic), Decuma Grey (metallic), Sintra Blue (metallic) and Deep Aqua (metallic).
As we announced here, on-the-road prices for the range start at £14,995 for the T3 grade, rising to £15,895 for the T4 and £16,995 for the T Spirit.
All models are in Band A for road tax (VED), which means a zero annual charge; likewise their sub-100g/km emissions gain exemption from the London congestion charge. For company car drivers the benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rate is just 10%.
All the latest information about Yaris Hybrid is available at www.toyota.co.uk – click here to take a closer look.