With a price of only 18.610 euros, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is the cheapest hybrid on the Belgian market. Of course we needed to find out how WOW such a cheap car drives!
Did you know that a hybrid-electric car doesn’t drive that much different from a regular car with combustion engine? Yes indeed, with a hybrid car you don’t have to worry about range, about whether to find an available charging station nearby your destination, about waiting while your car charges, …. In fact, you don’t have to plug in this hybrid at all. The only thing you have to watch is the same thing as with a diesel or gasoline engine and that is the fuel level in your tank. If you see that is getting low, you just drive to a petrol station and fuel your car with gasoline.
So why would one buy a hybrid car? First of all because its much more environmental friendly and it consumes much less than a regular car with combustion engine. To give you an example our Toyota Yaris Hybrid officially consumes 3.3 litre/100 km. We drove a lot in Ecomode and EV-mode and would only shift to normal mode when driving on the highway or when needing more torque when overtaking other cars. Our average consumption over a period of two months was just 5.4 littre/100 km. Tests show that you can drive about 70 % of the time with the electric engine that at higher speeds is imperceptibly alternated by an efficient petrol engine. The moment you need all the power, both engines work together unanimously to push you forward. Another reason to buy a hybrid car is that for the moment hybrid cars are still cheaper than electric cars and as we Belgians tend to watch our wallet…
When taking place in our test car the interior looks like what we would have expected from the Toyota Yaris Hybrid. In 2011 Toyota introduced a third version Yaris and this facelift from 20017 is the second one after the facelift in 2014. The updated car is not so much different from its predecessor though it got a bit more trendy. We like for instance the blue details on the seats and the carpets which might be in reference to the electric aspect of the car but which combine beautifully with the blue exterior of our test car.
Some details suprise us. The gear stick for instance.
Not only beautiful, it also feels luxurious and great in your hand and generates a totally different experience than a leather gear knob. It’s just one of those things that you would expect in a sportscar or a luxury car and that makes this Toyota Yaris Hybrid rise in our ranking. Other new characteristics are the new dashboard and a 4,2″ infotainmentscreen in between the speedometer and the RPM meter.
On the outside you can recognize the car on its new ‘catamaran inspired’ nose en a new tailgate.
Apart from the new exterior colors (Hydro Blue en Lava Red) the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is from now on also available in a Two-Tone colour combination that – just like our test car – combines with a black roof and window pillars.
The car has got different driving modes. The biggest part of our long haul test drive we have been driving in ecomode and EV mode which you activate with a push on a button and in which the car doesn’t make any sound.
But the new facelifted version in general is more quiet than its predecessor. The hybrid system that combines a 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine with an electromotor is still the same but the engineers have been working on the sound especially that of the e-CVT transmission that before used to be much more noisy when flooring the gas pedal. In this situations we still feel like the car is going to take-off but at a standard highway speed of 120 km/h the hybrid is very quite. In shot the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid is real quality for the money definitely if you take into account that BIV in Flandres is only 55,51€ and the yearly taxes are only 171,81€ per year.
Power train: front-wheel drive
Engine: 100 hp
Torque : NA
Topspeed: 165 km/h
0 to 100 km/h: 11,8 sec
Weight: 1.160 kg
Average fuel consumption: 4,2 liter / 100 km
Price: 18.610 euros