Toyota Yaris (2006–2011)

Model History

January 2006

New Yaris unveiled

Yaris with longer wheelbase and less upright much more 'muscular' look. 3,750mm x 1,695mm x 1,530mm. Same 68PS 1.0 3 cylinder petrol engine as Aygo. Same 86PS 1.3 petrol engine as previous Yaris. Best engine by far the 89PS 1.4 D-4D as fitted to Corolla and MINI. All now Euro 4. MMT electric clutch transmission offered with 1.3 petrol and 1.4 D-4D.

Stiffer chassis with improved steering and handling as per Thai Yaris based Soluna Vios. Torsion beam rear axle. Boot space up to 274 litres with rear seats up and 734 litres to window height rear seats folded. Rear seats fold completely flat.

Same central instrument pod. but some versions have analogue look instruments. ABS with EVD. Options include satnav. Called Vitz in Japan. On sale in Far East from early 2005. In the UK from January 2006. Air conditioning and knee airbags standard on T3 and T Spirit. Satnav with Electronic Traffic Avoidance £1,150. 4.7 metre turning circle.

July 2006

Yaris ION 1.0 VVT-i launched from £7,995.

April 2007

SR 1.8 on sale UK from at £12,995 for three-door. 131bhp (133 DIN hp) 1.8-litre Dual VVT-i engine. Suspension and steering tuned for sportier performance. 17-inch alloy wheels and body styling kit with side skirts and rear spoiler. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control as standard. SR grade also introduced for 1.3 VVT-i and 1.4 D-4D Yaris, priced from £10,695.

Yaris SR 1.8 is the first Toyota to be powered by the new 1.8 Dual VVT-i chain-cam petrol engine, equipped with intelligent timing for both intake and exhaust valves to deliver smoother performance and greater efficiency. Maximum output of 131bhp (133 DIN hp) is achieved at 6,000rpm, with 173Nm of torque delivered at 4,400rpm. This gives 0 to 60mph acceleration in 9.0 seconds, with combined cycle fuel economy of 39.2mpg. Carbon dioxide emissions are 170g/km, placing the SR 1.8 in Band E for Vehicle Excise Duty. Best of all the new Yaris to drive. Good fun. And better finished inside.

March 2008

Yaris TR strong value proposition, offering £1,050 customer value compared to regular T3 model. Features include 15-inch alloys with 185/60 R15 tyres and chrome boot trim. New models led by the Yaris 1.3 VVT-i TR three-door, priced £9,895. Very comfortable ride. Decent handling. 41mpg.

High Spec 1.3 petrol and 1.4 D-4D SR models from March 2008 with neatly built in but removable Tom Tom satnav. The system offers handy touch screen operation, Bluetooth connectivity and USB connection for MP3 players.

Based on the T3 model, the SR has in addition: Fully integrated audio system with removable TomTom satellite navigation unit. Toyota Motorsport 16-inch Pit Lane alloy wheels. Toyota Motorsport lowered sports suspension. Rear roof spoiler. Chrome exhaust finisher. Brushed alloy gearshift knob (manual versions). Front scuff plates. Prices are £350 more than T3s. Spec also includes nine airbags, electric front windows, remote central double locking, air conditioning, front fog lamps and the one-touch Easy Flat folding rear seat system.

The SR is available in both three and five-door with a choice of 86bhp (87 DIN hp) 1.3-litre VVT-i petrol or 89bhp (90 DIN hp) 1.4-litre D-4D diesel power. A five-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, but customers can opt for the MultiMode transmission, which adds £500 to the price tag.

The 1.3 petrol unit produces 121Nm of torque at 4,200rpm for sporty but smooth performance. Acceleration from rest to 62mph can be accomplished in 11.5 seconds and top speed is 106mph. The engine emits 141g/km of carbon dioxide, placing it in band C for Vehicle Excise Duty.

The 1.4 D-4D engine delivers 190Nm of torque from 1,800 to 3,000rpm. This engine can return 62.8mpg in combined cycle driving, with further ownership cost benefits from CO2 emissions of 119g/km (band B for VED). Acceleration from nought to 62mph takes 10.7 seconds and top speed is 109mph. Tyre sizes from 175/65 R15 (1.5J) through 185/60 R15 to 195/50 R16 (S Ltd).

News of new Toyota Yaris 1.33 litre 4 cylinder petrol unit with Dual VVT-i, 6 speed manual transmission, giving lower emissions and better fuel economy. 48mpg. Tax is £35 year. Compact and lightweight new 100bhp (101 DIN hp) 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine, to be built at TMUK plant in Deeside, North Wales. In the Auris from November 2008.

February 2009

New 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine with automatic Stop & Start system, giving best-in-class fuel economy 55.4mpg (combined). Emissions now sub-120g/km for entire Yaris range. Toyota best-selling model substantially re-engineered for 2009 with new front and rear styling details for stronger dynamic appearance.

Toyota Optimal Drive applied to all versions to reduce emissions, improve engine efficiency and cut ownership costs. New six-speed manual and MultiMode transmissions and new grade structure T2, TR, SR and T Spirit. Prices from £8,585 on the road

July 2009

Seasonal "nips and tucks" to Yaris range. SR with intergrated satnav dropped. TR gets 15-inch alloys as standard, plus air conditioning, electric windows and door mirrors, remote central locking, driver and passenger front and side airbags, six-speaker sound system, (four speakers on 1.0 VVT-i models) Toyota Easy Flat split-folding rear seats, leather trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, leather gear shift trim and tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment.

Versions equipped with the 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol and 1.4 D-4D diesel engines further benefit from chrome-effect interior trim details and driver and passenger sun visors with vanity mirrors. On-the-road price for the Yaris TR unchanged, starting at £10,280 for the three-door 1.0-litre VVT-i. Owners can add a new Safety Pack (£715) that comprises a drivers knee airbag, curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRC).

December 2010

Two new top-of-the range models based on the top-selling TR trim on sale January 2011 with special launch prices.

T Spirit has integrated, detachable TomTom satellite navigation system with touch-screen operation tops the check list of equipment features on the new Yaris T Spirit, which brings with it Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port for linking in iPods and other digital music players.

In addition to the regular TR specification, the trim includes eight-spoke alloys, climate control, rear parking sensors and chrome surrounds for the front foglights. Thanks to special 2011 launch prices from £11,695, all these extras are complimentary, resulting in a no cost upgrade from TR to the T Spirit grade.

Yaris T Spirit is available in three and five-door bodystyles with the full engine range: 1.0 and 1.33-litre VVT-i petrol and 1.4 D-4D diesel engines. The latter two units are offered with a choice of six-speed manual or Multimode transmission. T Spirit special 2011 launch prices from £11,695 – effectively a complimentary upgrade from the TR grade

SR comes with Toyota Motorsport 16-inch alloys, rear privacy glass, a rear roof spoiler and chrome exhaust finisher mark the new Yaris SR down as a sportier proposition. That’s not the complete story, though, as the spec’ also includes the satellite navigation package, Bluetooth, USB port and climate control featured on its T Spirit sister model – plus a chrome and leather sports gearshift and chrome front foglight surrounds. Compared like-for-like with Yaris TR, the price premium is a modest £750.

Single engine choice – 1.33 VVT-I petrol unit, with manual or (on the five-door model) Multimode transmission. Colour choices are Cirrus White, Chilli Red and Crystal Silver. SR special 2011 launch prices from £13,215, modest £750 price premium on TR grade

What does a Toyota Yaris (2006 – 2011) cost?

List Price from £15,765
Buy new from £13,023
Contract hire from £185.62 per month