Manual Toyota Yaris SX
It’s fun that Toyota’s all-new Rally Championship world champion this year is one of the wildest looking cars you can imagine, with a bodykit that won’t fit the Star Wars set.
However, its sponsor car is the modest Yaris light car, and it can’t be any different from the dusty, fire racing machine.
Toyota has just updated the Yaris range in Australia and we are experimenting with the SX range in manual form. Take a look at one of the most affordable cars in Toyota’s lineup.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Toyota certainly pushed the boat out a bit in terms of styling for the Yaris, which is a risk in a shrinking market. Sure, from the front, it’s not your average daily hatch, with the sculpted bonnet and front bumper and intricate headlight details, making it different from the small car package.
Inside it is a similar story, with a dashboard, multi-layer panel and panel and flat panel. Even the door and seat card design is quite modern.
The overall air drops outside, however, using steel wheels, even on this mid-range SX model, while on the inside, it’s easy to find a hard plastic sea in the cabin.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Built as a five-seater, the small Yaris hatch is comfortable even for taller drivers in the front with plenty of visibility, easy-to-read controls and an adjustable steering wheel for easy reach. with and height.
While Toyota’s popular small touch screen multimedia system controls functions like audio, Bluetooth, phone and radio streaming, no satellite navigation, and climate control dials. instead of buttons even in this intermediate SX and it misses -features like a one-touch indicator.
Steering wheel with basic controls for audio, phone and cruise control is standard. The outside mirrors are electric, and the driver’s window has an auto-up function.
While the central speedometer is large enough and easy to read, there is no digital version, while the switches for the optional $ 650 Toyota ‘Safety Sense’ device – including collision warning, departure lanes and automatic headlights – scattered randomly along the Dash length.
Speaking of auto headlights, they simply don’t work very well, unfortunately. Although in high beam mode, they cannot receive the upcoming headlights in dim time and they simply do not turn on if there is light beside them even a dark street.
For rear-seat passengers, it has a fairly basic story, with reasonable headroom but not much room in the knees and toes if the person is taller in the front. The middle sash belt also retracts into the roof, making it a bit hard to reach.
There are ISOFIX points in both outside rear seat positions, but there is no cup holder or bottle holder in any form for rear seat passengers. There is a pair of cup holders next to the front, along with a few boxes in the middle of the front seats, thanks to the absence of a central console. There are a few bags that are molded into the plastic of the center console between the seats, but they are not very deep and do not hold particularly safe items. The front door has pockets, though, along with small pockets.
The rear hatch, as you would expect, is quite small at 206 liters, although it has a fake floor that allows you to hide smaller fixtures from below visibility, and it also generates a flat load at 60 / 40 folding seats are lowered to full size.
Size wise, it outperforms rivals like the Kia Picanto, which sports 255 liters and Mitsubishi Mirage, can carry 235 liters.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
At $ 17,330 for the manual (it costs another $ 2850 for cars), the Yaris is relatively well priced in a class containing cars like Mazda2, Holden Spark and Honda Jazz.
It comes with automatic headlights but not automatic wipers, standard cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for stereo and phones, power windows, basic climate control. , single USB port and cloth decoration are nicer than entry-level model Ascent.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
Yaris uses a four-cylinder, alloy, four-cylinder petrol engine, with a capacity of 1.5 liters, very good with an output of 80kW / 141Nm. Equipped with Toyota’s variable valve timing system and steel timing series, 1NZ-FE is not the last word in screening, but it does offer a surprisingly midrange range despite the tissue numbers- modest torque.
It is powered by either an automatic or, as in this case, a five-speed manual. Both transmissions lack at least one device to make the journey on the highway more comfortable, while the feeling of hovering, the weightless of the clutch pedal in the manual is very overwhelming. By comparison, Corolla’s hydraulic clutch is an absolute pleasure to use.
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
Toyota claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.9 liters / 100km and during the test period of 180 km, we recorded an average of 7.3L / 100km. Yaris will drink 91RON without drama.
The modest 42-liter fuel tank is equivalent to about 700km between fillings.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
As mentioned, the Yaris is really the basic 101 engine. A five-speed manual gearbox feels like going back to the past, but the performance of the 80kW 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine in the SX is actually quite good.
Even so, there’s a lot of engine noise coming back into the cabin, and the manual Yaris gets hurt on the highway thanks to the lack of a sixth gear.
At 110km / h, for example, it’s quite hard. Although the ride is comfortable, it is quite noisy and not really convenient for inter-city touring.
Getting around town is much better, especially when using a third gear, with just enough torque available to pull you around quite comfortably.
The clutch action is fairly average, with no really obvious bite points, which makes it a bit workable to use. Steering is good, though, and its ride and handling are more than acceptable for the class. Even so, it won’t scare its WRC brothers too much.