The Toyota Yaris supermini is being refreshed for 2010, including new styling, extra equipment and more fuel-efficient engines – every model now delivers sub-120g/km CO2 emissions.
Refined Yaris line-up, extra goodies
With the Yaris SR moniker banished (no bad thing in our opinion), the 2010 Toyota Yaris now comes in just two equipment grades: basic T2 and generous TR specification.
The TR already accounts for 80% of new Yaris sales and in addition to the standard air-conditioning, six-speaker stereo, electric wing mirrors and 60-40 split rear seat, Toyota is now adding bespoke 15-inch alloys, integrated front fog lamps, darkened headlamp glass and a matt silver finish on the door handles.
Inside, there’s new cloth trim, an analogue instrument display and, for the more powerful 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol and 1.4 D-4D turbodiesel, perforated leather gearknob and steering wheel trim.
Safety features are also boosted by the addition of curtain airbags and driver’s knee airbag as standard, bringing the total number to seven. Stability control remains absent, but is available as a £350 option that also includes an upgrade to rear disc brakes from the standard fit rear drums.
The only other options are a choice of Styling and Protection packs, Bluetooth, and metallic paint.
New Toyota engine is cleaner, greener and more powerful
Toyota points out that the Yaris’ 1.33 Dual VVT-i engine, which includes Stop & Start as standard, is both more powerful and more efficient than the 1.4-litre petrol engines offered in rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and Honda Jazz.
It produces 100bhp, returns an official 55.4mpg combined and emits 120g/km CO2 – meaning it costs just £35 a year in road tax (falling to £30 after April). The 2010 Yaris is also available with a 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol emitting 118g/km and a 1.4-litre D-4D turbodiesel emitting 109g/km.
Save £2,500 with scrappage
The 2010 Toyota Yaris range is down to just 10 individual models, including both three- and five-door bodystyles and the optional ‘MultiMode’ automatic gearbox.
List prices start at £10,256 for the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol T2 three-door, with the TR from £11,232. However, a £2,500 saving is currently available on all Yaris models via the scrappage scheme.
Which? Car email
To be kept in the loop on all the manufacturer offers and great car deals we spot each week, sign up for our Which? Car email – delivered to your inbox every Friday, and including all our latest news and first drive reviews, too.