Toyota Yaris range updated for 2014

4 Dec, 2013 4:39pm Jonathan Burn

Toyota Yaris and Yaris hybrid models receive new trim updates for 2014, priced from £10,895 and £15,495 respectively

As part of the update for the new 2014 Toyota Yaris and Yaris Hybrid models – which go on sale today – Toyota updated the trim levels and added more kit. Revisions to the 1.4-litre diesel engine mean emissions are just 99g/km, making it exempt from road tax. 

Toyota Yaris review

The new trim levels – dubbed Active, Icon, Icon Plus and Trend – replace the old T2 and TR specifications, while also bringing the Yaris more in line with the rest of the Toyota line up. The range starts from £10,895, with USB connectivity, steering wheel mounted controls, traction control and front electric windows standard throughout the range. Icon spec models are priced from £13,970 but only available with the 1.33-litre petrol engine and benefit from 15-inch alloy wheels, body coloured door mirrors, touchscreen multimedia system, Bluetooth, air-con and reversing rear camera.

Icon Plus adds auto lights and wipers, LED rear lights, automatic dual zone climate control, cruise control and all-round electric windows. Prices start from £12,820 fitted with the 1.0-litre petrol motor and rise to £15,670 for the frugal 1.4-litre diesel engine. Top-spec Trend models are priced from £14,995, fitted with 16-inch alloys, chrome detailing, privacy glass, a leather steering wheel and white dashboard inserts.

The Yaris Hybrid model is available in all trim levels bar Icon and each comes fitted with the 1.5-litre petrol engine twinned with an electric motor and CVT automatic gearbox. Prices start at £15,495 and rise to £17,495.

A number of option packs are also available on the 2014 Yaris, including a Smart Pack (£300), which adds keyless entry and push-button start and a Style Pack (£500) adding LED daytime running lights, aluminium scuff plates and a chrome tipped exhaust pipe. 

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Horrible car to drive. Even makes the Jazz seem like a driver's car!

They should have updated the styling also inside and out. The current Yaris is a rather bland and boring small car with no real USP (hybrid aside). I found the original tempting particularly the fun T-sport version, and also the mk2 1.8sr. Today though, there is nothing to really attract me to the Yaris.

Selling by the bucket load, clearly no one has yanked the gear lever surround, I gave a slight wobble and it broke easily, wires exposed around electric window switches (which are in a terrible place to start with) and cubby hole that pulls away with a gentle yank exposing rough edges. This thing is knocked together but as enough people buy it without looking into it properly, so why should Toyota care?

That's what happens when you build cars in France though! I'm sure the Japanese built Toyota cars still possess top notch build. As for selling by the bucket load? I was under the impression the Yaris was struggling in that regard especially when compared to previous generations.

I'm on my second French built Mk2 Yaris. Both very well put together. Certainly better than some home grown French cars!

So what do you drive? There are many comments on cars but very few say what they drive themselves. Would be interesting to know.