The new Toyota Yaris launched in India. Read the full Toyota Yaris review below to find out more…
Toyota has indeed gone all guns blazing with the new Yaris. Entering an ultra-competitive segment, not to mention a segment dominated by high-performing heavyweights like the Hyundai Verna, Honda City and the Maruti Ciaz, Toyota really needs an ace up its sleeve to emerge as the winner in this battle. Unlike in other segments, where Toyota can single-handedly attract a major crowd due to its impeccable reliability and low maintenance costs, this time, however, they can’t use this to their advantage as the aforementioned competitors also have a stellar track record in same respect.
So, can the Yaris offer something unique and price-worthy to the Indian market and more importantly, have Toyota done enough with the Yaris to avoid another Etios-like fiasco? Let’s find out.
Straightaway, the Yaris starts on the backfoot due to its minimalistic and rather odd styling. While the trapezoidal grille makes the front fascia quite imposing, it’s the rear half of the car where the issue lies. Excessively long overhangs at the rear make the car look gawky from certain angles, and its 15-inch wheels look a size smaller, more so due to the raised ride height of the Indian-spec car. The rear three-fourth profile looks quite bulky, and with the taillights stretched too long and the raised bumper height, the styling is very ill-proportioned.
On the inside, passengers are greeted by a pool of beige which no doubt gives the car a very premium feel, but for someone like me who prefers black or darker interiors, they can be really plain and dull, not to mention, really tricky to maintain due to the dust and pollution levels in India. However, once seated, the car makes a case for itself as the materials used are of good quality and the switchgear too, is quite solid and well-finished.
Another area where Toyota has made a big gamble is by introducing the Yaris with only a 1.5-litre petrol engine, which aligns with the company’s outlook on India’s uncertain fuel policy and we can’t really blame them for it. But, we do need to keep in mind the buyers who are insistent about fuel efficiency figures or who drive long distances for their daily office commute. To strike a bit of a balance, the car is available with an MT or a 7-speed CVT automatic gearbox.
The Yaris, in my opinion, is not an enthusiast’s car despite a healthy 106 BHP output. A linear and progressive power delivery, coupled with a comfortable, roomy rear-seat means that it is built to be chauffeured around in. All in all, where the Yaris lacks in terms of styling and pricing, it more than makes up for it by being heavily feature-laden as 7-airbags and all four-disc brakes standard across all variants are a testament to this fact. Ultimately, it is a matter of time to see just how well the Yaris is received by the Indian markets. Read our in-depth Toyota Yaris review to find out more.