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Toyota Yaris Hybrid Undercuts Honda Jazz Hybrid

Available to order now, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid will be on the road in the UK from early July, priced from £14,995, making it Britain’s lowest-priced hybrid car. The cheapest Honda Jazz hybrid is £15,995 and the cheapest Honda Insight now £16,995.

It may be compact, but it is big on clever technology: every element of the hybrid system has been made smaller and lighter so that it can be fitted to Yaris without reducing the space available in both the cabin and the boot.

The new development of Toyota’s smooth, quiet and highly efficient Hybrid Synergy Drive system, uses a 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol engine, nickel-metal hydride battery pack and CVT (continuously variable transmission). CO2emissions are 79g/km for the T3 and T4 models and 85g/km for the T Spirit; respective official combined cycle fuel consumption figures are 80.7mpg and 76mpg.

Grade structure and equipment highlights

The Yaris Hybrid range offers a breadth of customer choice, with three grades available: T3, T4 and T Spirit. All versions have five doors.

The table below highlights the key equipment features of each grade.

Options

Four option packs are available for T4 and T Spirit versions of Yaris Hybrid, neatly bundling complementary style and protection elements.

The Protection Pack (£250) provides mudflaps, Hybrid-branded floor mats, black side mouldings and a boot liner. The Protection+ Pack (£525) provides the same items, plus rear parking sensors and a black rear bumper protector.

The Style Pack (£300) adds Hybrid-branded aluminium scuff plates and chrome-finished side sills and tailpipe trim.

Toyota Touch and Go

The Toyota Touch system can be upgraded to Toyota Touch and Go (£650), adding satellite navigation and advanced Bluetooth features, plus the ability to access Google Local Search and connected services, such as live parking and fuel price information and local weather forecasts (enabling these services requires registration via Toyota’s customer web portal, plus compatible mobile phones with appropriate data plans and tethering).

Colours

Yaris Hybrid is available in eight colours: Cirrus White, Eclipse Black (mica), Glacier Pearl (pearlescent), Tyrol Silver (metallic), Burning Red (metallic), Decuma Grey (metallic), Sintra Blue (metallic) and Deep Aqua (metallic).

Prices

On-the-road prices for the range are detailed below. All models are in Band A for Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax), which means a zero annual charge; likewise their sub-100g/km emissions gain exemption from the London congestion charge. For company car drivers the benefit-in-kind tax rate is just 10 per cent. Insurance groups are due to be announced in June.

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