The Toyota Yaris Hybrid, starting at just 14,995, is the cheapest hybrid on sale in the UK.
Aside from the virtue of a low purchase price does it offer anything else to the cost-conscious Eco-buyer, given that the conventional Yaris doesnt have great reviews?
The five-door bodyshell is a familiar sight already, and little has changed with the Hybrid-version. Its a neat, unobtrusive design that looks (in our humble opinion) great in light colours that allow the tall air intake and V-shaped grille to dominate the front.
Eight colours are on offer: Cirrus White, Eclipse Black, Glacier Pearl, Tyrol Silver, Burning Red, Decuma Grey, Sintra Blue, and Deep Aqua.
Three trim levels are available: T3, T4 and T Spirit. The T3 has air-con, electric windows in the front, and a decent stereo. The T4 gains 15 alloys, tinted rear windows, fog and LED lights, Toyota Touch audio control, Bluetooth and a USB socket, rear-view camera, leather steering wheel, and body-coloured exterior trim.
The top-of-the-range T Spirit adds 16 alloys, cruise control, smart start, electric rear windows, rain-sensing wipers and auto headlights, half-leather seats, a ventilated glovebox (!), front footwell illumination and a rear spoiler.
A range of option packs are available too to protect the Yaris and let the world know that you handed over an extra wad to Toyota because you got carried away in the excitement of buying a new car.
The Yaris has a 1.5-litre VVT-I petrol engine coupled to a Hybrid Synergy Drive electric motor, driving through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox.
Fuel consumption is 80.7mpg for the T3 and T4 and 76mpg for the T Spirit, with CO2 emissions of 79g/km and 85g/km respectively.
The Toyota Touch system can be upgraded to Toyota Touch and Go, which incorporates sat-nav and extra Bluetooth features such as Google Local Search and internet information. It costs 650 and if it works as well as they claim then it will be worth every penny.
The range starts at 14,995 for the basic T3, rising to 15,895 for the T4. The range topping T Spirit costs 16,995. All are exempt from the London Congestion Charge and the annual road tax fee.
Available from:The Yaris Hybrid is available to order now, with the first customers taking delivery at the beginning of July.
If you want a cheap hybrid then you wont pay less than this.
However, if you are just looking for a city car that is very cheap to run you might be better off with a conventional car that will cost much less to buy and will provide similarly low running costs. The best in the class include the VW up!, SEAT Mii, and the Fiat 500.
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