Toyota Yaris Hybrid Review & Prices
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid has a sporty look and is fun to drive yet it also doesn’t use much fuel. It’s not the quietest of cars when you accelerate, though, and don’t expect the plushest cabin materials.
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Is the Toyota Yaris Hybrid a good car?
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is a small hatchback that no longer looks and feels like it was put through the blander somewhere between concept and production. This latest model looks sporty, is great to drive and offers fuel economy that’s as good as ever.
It’s fair to say if you’re looking at a Yaris you’ll also consider a Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and Volkswagen Polo, but remember that none of these offer a fuel-sipping petrol-electric hybrid powertrain (though there is the fully-electric Peugeot e208).
The front of the Yaris Hybrid is genuinely aggressive-looking and gives you the impression it’s the spawn of the Toyota Supra sports car – especially versions further up the range, which sit on larger-diameter alloy wheels. And as for the fizzy Toyota GR Yaris, the company has gone all Popeye and fed the Yaris a tin of spinach.
The interior isn’t as stylish as the exterior, although it isn’t what you’d call dull. Mind you, a Peugeot 208 is much funkier in this regard. A VW Polo shades the Yaris for interior quality, too. Still, at least Toyota has had the good sense to keep the climate controls separate from the touchscreen; it makes the system much easier to work out.
Every Yaris Hybrid gets a touchscreen; it’s a 7-inch unit in the entry-level model and an 8-inch from Design trim and up. Either system caters for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is what most people will use most of the time, at least partly because the native Toyota system is a bit complex and tricky to use. The optional Tech pack does bring a brilliant head-up display, mind you.
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The sole engine choice is a 116hp petrol-electric hybrid system made up of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor. The Yaris will return around 60mpg if you drive carefully around town, and emits as little as 92g/km of CO2.
In town is where the Yaris excels. It has a good turning circle and although its rear screen is relatively small, it’s easy to park thanks to a reversing camera coming as standard across the range.
Out of town, the Yaris Hybrid is a bit of a hoot. Its engine does get a bit noisy when pushed hard due to the nature of its CVT automatic gearbox which holds onto revs rather than swapping physical gears, but it also steers sweetly and does a tidy job of cornering. One caveat, adding the 17-inch wheels might make the car feel nimbler, but they also make the ride significantly firmer.
The Yaris’s motorway ride is pretty bouncy, too, but otherwise the Yaris cruises along well; it’s punchy enough not to feel overwhelmed, and there’s not too much wind or road noise.
So, a Ford Fiesta is still the more fun car to drive, but this Yaris puts on a very impressive showing. A Polo is more spacious, too, but if that’s not your primary concern, then the Yaris Hybrid offers lower running costs, higher levels of standard equipment and Toyota’s legendary reliability record.
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How much is the Toyota Yaris?
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid has a RRP range of £21,460 to £26,625. However, with carwow you can save on average £2,069. Prices start at £19,611 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £235. The price of a used Toyota Yaris Hybrid on carwow starts at £17,990.
Our 3 most popular versions of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid are:
|Model version||carwow price from|
|1.5 Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT||£19,611||Compare offers|
|1.5 Hybrid Design 5dr CVT||£20,576||Compare offers|
|1.5 Hybrid Excel 5dr CVT||£22,305||Compare offers|
Compared with alternatives such as the Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and Volkswagen Polo, the Toyota Yaris is the more expensive option. Entry-level versions of those cars are a few thousand pounds less than the most basic Yaris, but this difference will largely be down to the Toyota’s more complex and fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain.
It’s worth pointing out that the entry-level Yaris is also comparatively very well-equipped. As standard it gets handy features such as a reversing camera and adaptive cruise control, a proper climate control system and snazzy 16-inch alloy wheels. Often you’ll have to pay extra for features such as these on other small hatchbacks, so they help to justify the higher starting price too.
Performance and drive comfort
The Toyota Yaris is comfortable and economical in town but feels less at home on faster roads.
Toyota’s gone all ‘take it or leave it’ with the engine choice, because there’s only one. It’s a hybrid powertrain with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit linked to an electric motor, and together they produce 116hp.
It drives the front wheels through a CVT automatic transmission and will do an average of 68.8mpg, too. In town, that’s good news as it means that it’s comfortable and economical to drive. There is an EV mode, but it’s usually best just to let the car decide the most economical way of travelling for you.
In town is where the Yaris is most at home, because it has a good turning circle and the suspension does a decent job of soaking up bumps. Be aware though that the GR Sport model gets larger 18-inch alloy wheels and sportier suspension, so will be firmer.
The Yaris is easy to park though thanks to the reversing camera that’s standard across the range.
On the motorway
The Yaris’s motorway ride is pretty bouncy, but otherwise it cruises along well. It’s punchy enough not to feel overwhelmed, and there’s not too much wind or road noise. Overall though, rivals such as the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza have more of a grown-up and quieter feel.
Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control also come as standard on every model in the range which is pretty unusual at this level. Respectively, these systems will help to automatically position your car within its lane, and maintain a set speed and distance between you and the car in front of you when you’re cruising on the motorway.
On a twisty road
On faster roads, the Yaris performs well but it can be a bit noisy because of the way the CVT gearbox makes the engine rev hard. Still, it steers sweetly and does a tidy job of cornering. We’d avoid adding the 17-inch wheels, because while they might better suit the look of the car, these make the ride significantly firmer.
Grip is perhaps better than you might imagine and so is the level of driver enjoyment. It’s not quite as fun as a Ford Fiesta, but it’s certainly one of the more amusing small cars to drive on a properly twisty section of road.
Space and practicality
The Toyota Yaris’s interior isn’t that fancy to look at, but it feels good and everything’s where you need it to be. Highlights include gloss black trim on the centre console and classy-feeling fabric on the doors, and everything feels nicely built, but cars such as the Peugeot 208 feel far funkier inside.
The main focus of the dashboard is the large touchscreen, which looks a bit ‘plonked on’, but Toyota has had the good sense to keep the climate controls separate. There’s a decent-sized storage area ahead of the gearlever where all but the biggest mobile phones will fit.
The door pockets, meanwhile, are big enough to take a 1.5-litre bottle, and if you’re extra thirsty, one of those will fit in the glovebox, too. There’s also a tray to store your phone under the central armrest, and ahead of that there’s a couple of cupholders that will take a coffee cup or small bottle of water.
Icon and Design cars come with standard seats in cloth, but Excel models get figure-hugging sports seats in fabric and synthetic leather, which helps lift the cabin. The GR Sport version gets the option of suede-effect seats with seat heating. All cars get a leather steering wheel and gear lever, though.
There’s not a huge amount of passenger space on offer in the Yaris. Okay, room in the front is pretty good, so you shouldn’t feel the need to complain; and the driving position is adjustable enough for people of all shapes and sizes to get comfortable.
However, things aren’t so good in the back seat. Those in the two outer seats will likely find their knees rubbing the backs of the front seats, and anyone forced to sit in the middle will feel like no one likes them, because they’ll be cramped and uncomfortable, such is the shortage of both legroom and headroom.
There’s also space for a rear-facing child seat in the back, although you’ll need to slide the front seat forward as much as possible to get it in there. You’re also guaranteed to lose the covers for the Isofix mounting points.
Iceberg ahead. On paper, the Yaris has the smallest boot of any city-based hatchback, at just 286 litres. Compare this with the 350 litres of the Volkswagen Polo and the Yaris comes off very second best.
But wait! Strange things are afoot. You see, we managed to get five carry-on suitcases into the boot of the Yaris, which is exactly the same as the number we got into the Polo. Toyota has clearly learned how to bend physics.
The Yaris also comes with a height-adjustable boot floor, which means there’s no load lip to speak of, and when you fold down the rear seats they lie flush with the boot floor. There are also two handy shopping bag hooks to stop your take-away from sliding around on the way home.
Interior style, infotainment and accessories
All models have a central touchscreen. On Icon models it’s a 7-inch set-up with Bluetooth, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, we’d recommend upgrading to at least the second-rung Design trim, because this comes with an 8-inch touchscreen with all the same goodies.
Both systems use the same software and graphics package, which isn’t quite as easy to use as a VW Polo’s system, but is still pretty good. Each screen has some shortcut buttons on the side, and there are a couple of rotary dials in each bottom corner.
Neither system features built-in sat-nav, but that’s no problem at all, because both come with smartphone mirroring and therefore app-based navigation. These apps are far superior to built-in systems anyway.
Fully digital dials aren’t available, but you can add a Tech Pack which brings with it a 10-inch head-up display. It’s clear, crisp and comes in very useful in day-to-day driving, but is only available on range-topping models.
Automatic air conditioning is standard across the range, with dual zone air con on the Excel and GR Sport models, while there are also auto lights and auto wipers.
MPG, emissions and tax
Every Yaris Hybrid model gets the same 1.5-litre petrol-hybrid engine that meets the latest Euro 6 emissions standards and should return around 60mpg between trips to the pumps, depending on which model you buy.
However, while you might at first think that all models having the same engine would have the same effect on their emissions and therefore road tax, you’d be wrong. The Icon and Design both have 92g/km emissions, while the Excel comes in slightly higher at 98g/km and the GR Sport at 110g/km. This means from 1 April 2022, the first year road tax is £150 for the Icon, Design and Excel and then £170 for the GR Sport. Following that first year, the standard VED rate is £165 on all models.
Those small differences in emissions make a difference on Benefit-in-Kind tax rates for company car users too. Again, the Icon and Design fall into the 23 per cent bracket, while the Excel is at 24 per cent and the GR Sport is at 27 per cent.
Safety and security
Toyota doesn’t beat around the bush with the Yaris Hybrid saying that it was engineered to be the world’s safest compact car with a host of safety systems as standard.
Lane Assist and Emergency Steering Assist are standard while the functionality of the Pre-Collision System can now detect pedestrians by day and night and cyclists in daytime. There is also something Toyota calls Intersection Turn Assistance, which can recognise collision risks when making turns at a junction. It’s also the first Toyota to be fitted with centre airbags between the driver and passenger to prevent them hitting each other in a side impact.
This version of the Yaris has yet to be put through the Euro NCAP crash test, although the previous generation returned a five star rating in 2017 with an 83 per cent adult occupant rating and an 80 per cent child occupant rating. On the security side, an alarm and immobiliser are standard and there are remote central double locking doors.
Reliability and problems
The Yaris Hybrid wears a Toyota badge, so you’ve come to the wrong place to ask about reliability – it runs through the car like a stick of seaside rock.
The Yaris Hybrid has a five year/100,000 mile warranty with a service schedule of every 10,000 miles or annually, whichever comes first. Toyota also offers service plans for 24 or 36 months depending on which you prefer.
This generation of Yaris Hybrid is still a little young for regular faults to be reported, although there was a recall in November 2021 for the emergency calling system (eCall), which required a software update and affected 26,575 cars.
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