2020 Toyota Yaris: Price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
October 22, 2019

The all-new Toyota Yaris – the latest version of Toyota’s most-popular model in Europe – has been revealed. Keep reading for all the latest on this Ford Fiesta and VW Polo alternative.

  • Revealed

    all-new Toyota Yaris

  • Specs include

    hybrid tech

  • Price and on-sale date

    from £15,000 on sale in spring 2020

2020 Toyota Yaris price and release date

The new Toyota Yaris is expected to go on sale in spring 2020 with the first cars delivered to their new owners in September. Prices for a 1.5-litre non-hybrid model will start from around £15,000. Hybrid cars are likely to cost from less than £20,000 and, if that all sounds a bit rich for your blood, a significantly cheaper 1.0-litre non-hybrid model will join the range later.

2020 Toyota Yaris styling

According to Toyota, the new Yaris looks ‘condensed and agile’ – one thing’s for sure, it’s much more striking than the old car. 

Upfront, it’s more rounded and gets LED daytime running lights that alternate as indicators. Around the sides the car gets bulging wheel arches and a crease that runs from the headlights to the rear wheels. Another crease around the rear wheels, meanwhile, whips up into the C-shaped tail lights at the back of the car and you also get a boot-mounted spoiler. 

In terms of size, the Yaris is actually 5mm smaller than the old model but its wheelbase – the space between the front and rear wheels – has increased by 50mm so it still has more interior legroom. Similarly, the car’s 40mm lower than the old model, but interior headroom remains the same, while you can expect the 50mm width increase to translate into more elbow and hip room for your passengers. 

2020 Toyota Yaris interior

Inside, you’ll find the all-new Yaris feels posher. You get a new felt-trim finish on the insides of the doors and the dashboard is, we’re told, constructed from soft-touch plastics. You also get switchable mood lighting which gives the interior a colourful glow at night. 

The dashboard is set lower than in the old car to give you better visibility out the front, while the few buttons there are there sit in a cluster on top of the centre console.

Most of the car’s controls will be found on its 10-inch central touchscreen, though, giving the dashboard a cleaner design. Along with the five-inch TFT display in the instrument binnacle you’ll also be able to have your Yaris with a 10-inch head-up display. A bit like the display in a jet fighter, it projects information – such as your speed and sat-nav directions – onto the windscreen so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road when driving. 

2020 Toyota Yaris engine and driving

The Toyota Yaris is based on similar underpinnings to cars such as the Toyota Prius and C-HR and, as a result, Toyota is promising the new Yaris will be better to drive and more comfortable.

In terms of the former, the car’s new underpinnings are more rigid than the old car (Toyota doesn’t specify a number), it sits 15mm lower for a lower centre of gravity and you can even drop your driver’s seat by 60mm extra for a sportier feel behind the wheel. 

Along with the new underpinnings, the Yaris will be available with a new three-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine that is 15% more powerful and 20% more fuel-efficient than the old car’s hybrid engines – although, again, you’ll have to wait a bit longer to see actual figures. 

Anyway, Toyota reckons that in urban driving the Yaris will run on electricity alone 80% of the time. 

2020 Toyota Yaris driver assistance and safety

The Yaris will be the “world’s safest compact” car, according to Toyota, and it’s easy to see why it’s come to this conclusion. 

All models come fitted with active cruise control and lane-trace assist – meaning the new Yaris will be able to brake, accelerate and steer itself on the motorway – kit no other small car gets as standard. On top of that, it’ll also be the first car period (in the UK anyway) to come fitted with a centre airbag that’s designed to stop the front-seat passengers from crushing each other in the event of a side impact. 

Unfortunately, there’s no NCAP safety score, yet, but you can expect that to follow – along with a lot of other details missing here – to follow in the next few months.