By Theodore Opara
TOYOTA Yaris may look small in size when viewed from outside but it boasts of one of the most spacious interiors in its class. Its captivating exterior appearance extends to the interior with array of features that are comparable in bigger Toyota models like the Corolla, Avensis and Camry.
Described by many as Camry in small package the Yaris does not disappoint when it comes to performance, safety, comfort and road handling hence it is always seen as a sport sedan amongs peers. Although the Yaris may not be as popular as the Corolla but it has a lot of outstanding qualities that a hardly found in competing models from other brands. Its fuel efficiency, air conditioning system, solid suspensions for Nigeria roads are unrivalled in its class.
Yaris is powered by a 1.3 litre 16-valve DOHC with VVT-i engine who delivers outstanding power with fuel efficiency. This engne combines high fuel efficiency and low emissions with excellent standing-start acceleration. This engine is marched with automatic transmission. The car is equipped with MacPherson suspension in front and torsion beam at the rear while brakes are ventilated disc in front and drum type at the rear.
Toyota engineers carefully designed and built the Yaris for pleasure. The suspension is design to reduce vibration and ride comfort. In addition, sound absorbing and vibration damping materials are adopted throughout the entire body and accostic glass with three-layer is adopted for the windshield, helping reduce wind and road noise. Toyota said that all these measures are part of an exhaustive effort to create a quiet and comfortable cabin.
When it come to safety, the Yaris is loaded like its big brothers, the Corolla and Camry. Anti-lock Brake System with electronic Brake-force Distribution helps maintain vehicle stability and drivers control when braking and include a Brake Assist function that increases braking force when the brakes are applied suddenly to make an emergency stop.
The SRS air bag are adopted for the drivers and front passenger’s seat. In addition, the body structure efficiently absorbs and distributes energy from frontal and side impacts, helping reduce cabin deformation. The body also mitigates impact energy in the event of collision with pedestrain.
Inside the Yaris is quality at another level.The quality is simply unique, starting from the well designed cockpit, quality of seat material, and generous space for a car in this class. The smart keg in your pocket enables you lock and unlock the trunk. This not all you have audio system with USB/AUX ports, steering wheel-mounted audio switches, meter cluster with multi-information display for superior visibility and ease-of-use. The interior of the Yaris is very versatile. The seats can be collapsed to take more luggage when needed.
With all these exceptional quality the Yaris is in a world of its own and no double first choice car for buyers in this class except if the finances are not there.