The 2014 Toyota Yaris.
The 2014 Toyota Yaris.

Sharper looking 2014 Toyota Yaris launches from $15,690

ONLY available in a five-door configuration, the new Toyota Yaris has arrived starting from $15,690.

That price is the same as the outgoing five-door model, but $700 more than the previous entry-level three-door YR. 

Toyota says the new Yaris has a more assertive and dynamic exterior design, a higher-quality interior and greater driving enjoyment resulting from improved dynamics due to a stiffer body and retuned suspension.

All grades have a reversing camera, cruise control, newly designed 15-inch wheels and a 15.5cm display audio screen that provides touch, drag and flick operations like smartphones or tablets.

Every Yaris also has telescopic steering-column adjustment, automatic flashing of the hazard lamps under emergency braking, a telephone switch on the steering wheel and two more speakers for a total of six.

Toyota says the extra Ascent equipment is valued at about $2000 despite maintaining the same price.

The SX is $400 more than the old model, but now comes with reversing camera, fog lamps, rear and side privacy glass and new wheel covers as standard.

Top-shelf ZR costs an extra $1300 over its predecessor, yet comes with auto-levelling LED headlamps, rear spoiler and diffuser, side skirts and Toyota Link connected mobility. 

Under the skin, the entry level Yaris is powered by the same 1.3-litre petrol engine while SX and ZR have the carryover 1.5-litre powerplant. A five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic are available. 

Toyota says the Yaris benefits from a stiffer body shell, retuned suspension components and a systematic reduction in noise and vibration.

Increased rigidity, achieved through additional spot welds, contributes to a more direct and linear steering response while also reducing unwanted vibration.

New suspension calibration results in improved ride comfort while maintaining balanced body control.

The use of improved seals and the increased surface area and thickness of sound-absorbing materials reduce the amount of noise entering the cabin, as does a new cowl louvre that cuts air turbulence at the base of the windscreen.

"The latest update to Yaris hatch will broaden its appeal, making it even more compelling as a stylish, affordable and economical car that promises to deliver a lot of fun to its owners," Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said .

"Standard reversing camera, cruise control and seven airbags emphasise the car's inherent safety. Clever features such as innovative storage spaces, a large touch-screen audio display and available connected mobility make the new-look Yaris an even smarter choice for customers."

There are nine exterior Yaris colours, including a new 'Vivid Yellow' that will further brighten the line-up. There are also two new blue hues - a cool 'Aura' and a darker 'Tidal Blue'.

Toyota has upgraded the Yaris cabin to increase its appeal in a fast-changing market, providing a greater feeling of roominess and style that enhance its quality.

A grain finish on the dash and around the instrument panel combined with brighter ornamentation for the air vents and door switches promote a more up-market look.

The glovebox cover is redesigned for a more integrated appearance with the rest of the dashboard while making better use of the available space.

Behind the cover, a partition can be used to create two separate storage areas while the design also includes a handy open tray with a second glovebox beneath.

The upgraded Yaris hatch range is covered by capped-price servicing, at a maximum of $130 per service.

Toyota Yaris hatch prices

1.3-litre Ascent (m) $15,690

1.3-litre Ascent (a) $17,290

1.5 SX (m) $17,790

1.5 SX (a) $19,390

ZR (auto only) $22,690


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