Toyota Yaris Hybrid – first full hybrid from Toyota

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid - first full hybrid from Toyota-hybrid

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid has been on sale since June 2012. The strong sales figures since then show that the small full hybrid has developed into a real bestseller in the small car segment. In the following we present the hybrid small car.

After the one introduced in 2010 Auris Hybrid, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is the second Toyota model produced in Europe to be equipped with a full hybrid drive. It should convey the new “driving and saving experience” that many environmentally conscious drivers with a small budget want. The 74 kW/100 hp Yaris Hybrid impresses customers with extremely low fuel consumption of just 3.5 liters per 100 kilometers and CO2 emissions of just 79 g/km.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid - first full hybrid from Toyota-yarisThe full hybrid Yaris Hybrid has been available since June 2012. Photo: Toyota

Toyota Yaris Hybrid awarded the “Green Steering Wheel”

It was not without reason that the Toyota Yaris Hybrid was awarded the “Green Steering Wheel” in early November 2012. In the poll organized by “Bild am Sonntag” and “Auto Bild”, a jury of experts voted the small full hybrid the most environmentally friendly vehicle of the year. As early as 2009, the “big brother” Toyota Prius had secured the coveted award for innovations in the field of environmental compatibility and sustainability.

Design / Interior of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Hybrid - first full hybrid from Toyota-firstThe cockpit of the Yaris Hybrid, Photo: Toyota

As the new flagship model of the series, the Yaris Hybrid impresses with its exclusive, aerodynamically optimized exterior design. The front end features the modern Toyota face with trapezoidal air intake and newly designed headlights.

The instruments in the Yaris Hybrid are easy to read, the controls are easy to reach and recognizable. Already part of the basic equipment u.a. a two-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, electric windows and a height and fore/aft adjustable steering wheel. (see equipment variants/prices)

The space available in the 3.90 meters long and 1.69 meters wide Yaris is generous despite its small car dimensions. Access to the rear seats is conveniently via their own doors. The battery of the hybrid drive is not visible; for the first time it was accommodated under the rear seats to save space. The trunk volume is 286 liters, as in the petrol model.

Drive and performance of the Yaris Hybrid from Toyota

The hybrid drive consists of a 1.5-liter VVT-i petrol engine, an electric motor and a continuously variable automatic transmission and develops a system output of 74 kW/100 hp. Thanks to the intelligent packaging and the hybrid components, which are even lighter and more compact than the Toyota Auris Hybrid, the Yaris Hybrid has no restrictions whatsoever in terms of space, trunk volume and suitability for everyday use compared to the conventionally powered Yaris.

The special thing about the hybrid synergy drive in the Toyota Yaris is that the petrol engine and electric motor can work both separately and together. Up to a speed of approx. 50 km/h and a distance of up to 1.5 km can be driven purely electrically. The Yaris Hybrid needs 11.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. The maximum achievable speed is 165 km/h.

The nickel-metal hydride battery does not require external charging. When braking gently or when coasting, the kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy and fed to the battery.

Equipment variants and prices at a glance

Both the basic version and the higher trim levels of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid remain well below the prices of a comparable diesel vehicle. Already in the basic equipment “Yari’s hybrid“, who from 16.Available for EUR 950, the vehicle has numerous comfort features. These include two-zone automatic air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, central locking, electric front windows and a height- and length-adjustable steering wheel. Also on board is the complete safety package with the electronic stability control VSC, LED daytime running lights and seven airbags including a knee airbag for the driver.

The middle equipment lineYaris Hybrid Life“ is for 17.900 euros and offers as the most important additional feature the new multimedia audio system Toyota Touch with 6.1-inch color touchscreen monitor including ECO Drive monitor, reversing camera, Bluetooth hands-free system, steering wheel controls, AUX connection and USB Interface with iPod control. In addition, the “Life” equipment level includes leather covers for the steering wheel and gear lever, a luggage compartment floor with two height adjustments, rear lights with LED technology and a remote control for the central locking system.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid - first full hybrid from Toyota-hybridPanoramic glass roof, with separate sunshades for front and rear passengers, photo: Toyota

In the highest equipment line “Yaris Hybrid Club‘ the 15-inch steel rims are replaced by 16-inch alloy wheels. There is also an engine start/stop button, fog lights, roof spoiler, heated exterior mirrors, electric rear windows, glove compartment with integrated cooling function and height adjustment for the front passenger seat. A panoramic glass roof can only be ordered as an option with this variant. The top model is for 19.200 euros available

Depending on the selected equipment line, further extras can be ordered in different packages. The comfort package with automatic low beam, smart key system, cruise control and automatically dimming interior mirror is available for “Life” and “Club” for an additional charge of 700 euros. A lounge package with partial leather seats, heated front seats, eight loudspeakers and privacy glass is available in the “Club” line for 950 euros. The Toyota Touch navigation system&Go is available in the “Life” and “Club” versions for 550 euros. A rear parking aid is available for all equipment lines for 350 euros and the mica/metallic paintwork for 460 euros; the pearl effect finish montblanc white costs 650 euros extra.

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