Toyota Yaris Hybrid Interior & Exterior Design
With this generation, the Yaris has gone quite quirky and distinctive in its styling. With that curved rear pillar and gaping front-end, you could almost say it has a bit of a bulldog’s face. It’s certainly more distinctive than previous models, and you get rear LED lights and a rear spoiler as standard. Inside, you can choose from a very plain basic dashboard or something far more tech-y looking with digital dials.
The Yaris comes in four model trims; Icon, Design, GR Sport, and Excel. Here’s what you get when you choose between them:
Basic Icon models come with attractive 16-inch alloy wheels, which is an inch more than you get from most of the competition. Along with the LED brake lights and rear spoiler, the basic Yaris also gets a dramatic front bumper, with big air intakes, that most rivals would probably reserve for a sportier, more expensive model.
As you might expect for a basic model, the Icon Yaris looks pretty plain inside. You get simple black cloth for the seats (which is at least sensibly hard-wearing) and old-fashioned (but clear) analogue dials for instruments. You do get an impressive-looking seven-inch touchscreen, with Toyota’s slightly fiddly Toyota Touch2 software, while the standard automatic gear shifter looks and feels expensive. There are a couple of fake-aluminium trim pieces to lighten things up, and you do get a very smart three-spoke, multi-function steering wheel.
Design models also get 16-inch alloys, but they’re now ‘machine-faced’ with a darker finish, so look a little more modern and crisp than the basic items. This version of the Yaris also gets standard LED headlights, which look more upscale than the basic lamps on Icon models. You also get LED daytime running lights and foglights. Design models get privacy glass for the rear door windows, too.
In a Yaris Design, you get a bigger touchscreen in the centre (now up to eight inches) and some rather funky-looking ‘binocular’ digital instruments. The plain, black seats are the same as in the basic Icon, but you do get electric rear windows.
As befits the name, the Yaris looks a bit sportier in GR Sport trim (although being as it has the same hybrid engine as all the other versions, it’s a bit faux-sporty…). The wheels are still machine-faced, but they’re now up to 18-inch diameter with some red trimmings. You'll also get some GR badging.
GR Sport models get sports seats with part-leather (man-made leather) trim and some racy red stitching. The centre console looks a little more filled-out with dual-zone climate controls, too. Oh, and you'll also spot the GR badge on the steering wheel just to remind you which trim you went for.
Excel trim is supposed to be the more luxurious alternative to GR Sport, so instead of glowering dark chrome, you get shiny satin chrome exterior trim, and you lose the red trim on the boot. Excel models stick with 17-inch wheels, with machined faces, but the design is a little more complex than those of 'lesser' Yaris models.
As an antidote to the darkness of the GR Sport models, the Yaris Excel gets a brighter cabin that mixes pale grey and beige trim, with synthetic leather trim on the seats. You get the same ‘binocular’ digital instruments and eight-inch screen as GR Sport and Design versions, while an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a heads-up display are available as options.
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