Introducing the all-new Toyota Yaris

The all-new Toyota Yaris is on sale now, with the first deliveries to customers scheduled to commence in September.

It’s an exciting moment in Toyota history, where the fourth-generation of our innovative supermini meets fourth-generation hybrid powertrain technology. This opportunity delivers a car that meets the demands of urban life yet is engaging to drive on the open road.

Discover pricing and full specification for all-new Yaris here.

The new Yaris also offers the comfort, space, equipment and connectivity that today’s discerning customers require.

We believe the all-new Yaris is the smartest, most efficient, dynamic and stylish supermini we’ve ever produced. Over the next four posts we will examine key areas of its repertoire, but let’s begin with a brief overview, as introduced by Matt Harrison, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Europe.

Introducing the all-new Toyota Yaris

Chief engineer Yasunori Suezawa (below) had a clear vision of what the new Yaris needed to deliver at a time of radical change in the motor industry. He said: “We reconsidered the values required of a compact vehicle as we moved into the next generation. The essentials are fuel economy, safety, spaciousness, usability and performance. But we must also deliver enjoyable driving to each and every customer – a quality we express in the new Yaris theme of Ready to Go.”

The development programme gathered skilled people from our planning, design, production engineering and manufacturing divisions into a group that became known internally as The Compact Car Company. Their collective ambition was to apply the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform philosophy to a small car and introduce a new variation that will underpin a series of new models.

Known internally as GA-B, this new TNGA platform is central to the improved dynamic performance of the all-new Yaris, giving a lower centre of gravity and much greater body rigidity. Its layout also freed the designers to create a more distinctive and athletic-looking car with an appealing new interpretation of the Yaris identity.

The new model uses the latest evolution of our renowned hybrid electric powertrain, which offers even-better fuel economy, lower emissions and the ability to operate in zero-emission and zero-anxiety EV mode at much higher speeds and over longer distances.

Reinforcing its reputation as a segment leader in safety, the new Yaris again raises the standard. As well as being the first Toyota to be equipped with centre air bags, the model benefits from a greater range of Toyota Safety Sense systems. These include a Pre-Collision System that can detect pedestrians even at night, and a segment-first Intersection Turn Assistance system that warns the driver of collision risks at road junctions.

Has this introduction intrigued you to learn more about the all-new Yaris? Over the next four days we will reveal much more by examining the car in the following categories:

A brief history of Yaris

The Toyota Yaris has an impressive history of innovation. The first-generation model (1999 to 2005) won European Car of the Year and was distinguished by its Big Small character, which created Tardis-like space within a compact footprint. Its successor (2005 to 2013) was the first supermini to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, while the third-generation model (2013 to 2020) introduced hybrid electric power to the small car market and made further advances with the standardisation of Toyota Safety Sense systems.

Over the past 20 years, Yaris has become our best-selling model in Europe. With the fourth-generation car, Toyota aims to make the new Yaris the world’s safest small car.

Learn more: History of the Toyota Yaris

17 comments

  1. I like it but it’s disappointing the bodywork steals so much window space at the rear; not good for rear passengers and when reversing. I think the car would’ve looked better continuing the window line straight back to the rear lights, whilst improving visibility and safety.
    The pricing will be crucial too, with so many new supermini class models being launched recently with huge price increases when compared to the models they replace, no wonder a lot less people are buying new cars these days!
    Hopefully Toyota are considering a sports version too. I would’ve considered a current shape Yaris GRMN but couldn’t justify spending over £26,000 on a small car to my wife!

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for this feedback. Maybe you’ll change your mind if you get the chance to drive the car yourself.

      Thanks.

    1. Hi Mike,

      Thanks for getting in touch and apologies for our delay in getting back to your comment. There isn’t an AWD Yaris available in the UK market.

      Thanks.

  2. A great looking car but sadly Toyota has become really expensive cars for what they are. Compare them with competitors and your looking at £2k less for similar spec and performance and competitors all do hybrid versions now.

    Not only that but by local dealership said toyota are reluctant to offer great deals on the hybrid models and there are no dealership deposit contributions to loyal customers. There is no brand loyalty.

    Everytime you drive one of these cars your advertising Toyota. From a family who started out with Toyota when the first gen yaris came out you have lost a customer

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for your message and your support over the years. We’re sorry you feel this way, however our cars come with a 5 year/100000 mile warranty, which competitors like Ford, Volkswagen, Peugeot and Vauxhall don’t offer. In addition to this, our cars come with a comprehensive suite of safety features as standard which are often expensive optional extras on competitor vehicles. Other manufacturers may be starting to offer hybrids now, but we have over 20 years experience behind us which is very important for customers when choosing a technology which is new to them.

      Regarding your comment about offers, we currently have a range of 0% APR finance deals on offer including the Yaris, C-HR and RAV4. You can check these out here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/current-offers/?select=hybridoffer

      Thanks.

  3. One small thing I’ve noticed on the M15A-FXE engine,It appears as though you’ve brought back the screw-on cartridge oil filter. Simple solutions are usually the best. I could never understand why you ever went over to using that fiddly paper filter requiring a plastic tool and rubber O Ring filter in the first place.

  4. Hi John,
    Thanks for your comment. We apologise about this delay.
    Your Toyota centre are best placed to advise you on this matter, so we would recommend contacting them for further information.
    Thanks.

    1. I did what you suggested I phoned the garage where l had ordered the Yaris and they told me it won’t be December when the cars are coming off the production line but January.This would make it 5 months from ordering it

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