Toyota announces Yaris Hybrid pricingDetails on the UK's cheapest hybrid revealed
05 April 2012
Priced from £14,995, this petrol-electric supermini is the most expensive Toyota Yaris, but the UK’s cheapest hybrid. Is that enough to make it good value?
Toyota Yaris Hybrid spec
The Yaris Hybrid is available in three trim levels: T3, T4 and T Spirit, all of which include air conditioning, seven airbags and stability control as standard.
Upgrade to T4 and you’ll also get Bluetooth, a reversing camera and a DAB digital radio, while the range-topping T Spirit adds a touch of luxury with part-leather trim.
But the main event here is Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive.
Yaris Hybrid prices from £14,995
Combining a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, the Yaris Hybrid produces 98bhp. Toyota claims fuel economy of 80.7mpg and just 79g/km CO2 – well below the 100g/km threshold for VED band A, meaning you don’t have to pay any car tax.
However, a large number of eco-diesels also achieve less than 100g/km. And despite the significantly lower cost of petrol, the Yaris isn’t necessarily going to be any cheaper on your wallet.
Compared to the recently upgraded Ford Fiesta Econetic diesel, the Yaris is £550 more expensive to buy. The Fiesta’s claimed 85.6mpg also means it will cost slightly less over 12,000 miles, in spite of higher average diesel prices.
Furthermore, the £14,995 entry-level price for the Hybrid is higher than the £14,735 you’ll pay for the conventional 98bhp petrol Yaris in range-topping T-Spirit trim.