Toyota is re-introducing the Yaris T-Spirit and Yaris SR equipment grades – at launch prices that make them a bit of a bargain.
Based on the existing Yaris TR specification, the new Yaris T-Spirit and Yaris SR pack in generous amounts of extra equipment – including satellite navigation.
Toyota Yaris T-Spirit: no extra charge
The Toyota Yaris T-Spirit’s key feature over the Yaris TR that forms its basis is the standard satellite navigation system.
This includes Bluetooth to connect your mobile phone, plus a USB port to connect your MP3 player. In addition, the T-Spirit has eight-spoke alloy wheels, climate control, rear parking sensors and chrome front foglight surrounds – all in addition to TR standard kit.
It’s available with a choice of 1.0-litre and 1.33-litre petrol engines, or a 1.4-litre D-4D turbodiesel – and in three- or five-door bodystyles.
Very best of all, however, is the price. Starting at £11,695 when it goes on sale in January, it actually costs no more than the equivalent Yaris TR. Toyota says this pricing will not last for long – so don’t delay if you want one.
Toyota Yaris SR: sporty
The Toyota Yaris SR takes a slightly different approach, with a sportier appearance.
To achieve this, it rolls on 16-inch Toyota Motorsport alloy wheels, and has a roof spoiler, tinted glass, and a chrome exhaust pipe finisher. Like the T-Spirit, the SR is also fitted with the satellite navigation package, including Bluetooth and USB, and has the same chrome front foglight surrounds – plus a chrome and leather gearknob.
Engine choice is limited to the 100bhp 1.33-litre petrol, which offers 0-62mph in 11.7 seconds. With an introductory price in January of £13,215, the Yaris SR is a mere £750 more than the equivalent TR model.
Both T-Spirit and SR come complete with Toyota’s five-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Stability control remains an optional extra, however.
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