The ever popular Toyota Yaris originally launched in 2011 has once again been updated and improved to keep one step ahead of the competitors in it’s class such as the Mazda 2, Honda Jazz and Ford Fiesta. Like the others, the Yaris is manufactured here in Thailand meaning that it is very affordable for most people and an excellent car for getting around a busy city such as Pattaya. The new model gets a cleaner, more efficient engine along with redeveloped steering and suspension. We look at the new model and reveal just why it is proving so popular.
The new model is 100mm longer than previously and is 20mm lower to try and rival some of the competitors in the hatchback market. This improves the aerodynamics of the car, reducing drag helping to increase fuel efficiency. The new version certainly more contoured than the previous models, making it more pleasing on the eye whilst at the same time aiming to compete with rivals. Although the changes in design have been made, the car still retains some of the traditional Yaris appearance. The car is available in both diesel and petrol formats as well as the hybrid – to appeal to a wider audience.
The petrol engine is slightly smaller than the previous model being reduced to a 1.33 litre to match the current vogue although performance is not compromised as the 0-60mph in 11.5 seconds suggests. The 1.4 litre diesel has a 0-60mph of 10.8 seconds making it the fastest diesel in it’s class by almost a second. The Yaris is the second regular Toyota to offer a hybrid and unlike its key rival, the Honda Jazz Hybrid, the Yaris can run solely on electricity for short periods of time. With battery and engine working in unison, a 0-62mph time of 11.8sec is possible, albeit with a substantial amount of noise down to the CVT transmission. Fuel consumption for the petrol engine is around 52miles per gallon, the diesel 72 miles per gallon and the hybrid a whopping 81 miles per gallon! With the ever increasing fuel prices this is certainly nothing to be sniffed at!
The Toyota Yaris is available from Pattaya’s premier car rental company, Pattaya Rent a Car who are located on the Pratamnak Hill. The car has proved to be extremely popular although the well run company will ensure that there are sufficient numbers of vehicles to meet this high demand.