The GR Yaris and Yaris Cross get a lot of attention, but the original-flavour hatchback risks getting a little lost in the shuffle.
The Toyota Yaris hatchback is unchanged for 2021 following its redesign late last year.
That means prices still start at $22,130 before on-road costs for the Ascent Sport manual, or around $7000 more than the base price of its predecessor.
The range is capped by the ZR Hybrid, priced at $32,100 before on-road costs. That’s pricier than a mid-spec Corolla Hybrid.
The Yaris has forfeited its place as Australia’s best-selling light car as buyers instead flock to the MG 3 which, while considerably cheaper at $16,690 drive-away, doesn’t have anywhere near the level of safety equipment offered by the Toyota.
- 2021 Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport manual: $22,130
- 2021 Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport: $23,630
- 2021 Toyota Yaris SX: $27,020
- 2021 Toyota Yaris SX Hybrid: $29,020
- 2021 Toyota Yaris ZR: $30,100
- 2021 Toyota Yaris ZR Hybrid: $32,100
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The 2021 Toyota Yaris is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque.
It’s offered with a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously-variable transmission.
Optional on the SX and ZR is a hybrid powertrain, which combines a 1.5-litre 67kW/120Nm petrol three-cylinder engine and a 59kW/141Nm electric motor for a maximum combined power output of 85kW.
Toyota doesn’t quote a combined torque output for the hybrid.
The 2021 Toyota Yaris uses 5.4L/100km on the combined cycle with the non-hybrid engine and a manual, and 4.9L/100km when equipped with the CVT.
The Yaris Hybrid uses 3.3L/100km on the combined cycle.
Hybrid models have a 36L fuel tank and petrol models have a 40L tank, while all models run on 91RON regular unleaded fuel.
The 2021 Toyota Yaris measures 3940mm long, 1695mm wide and 1505mm tall, on a 2550mm wheelbase.
Boot space is 270L, and the rear seats fold 60/40. Under the boot floor is a space-saver spare.
The base Ascent Sport weighs between 1000kg and 1050kg (kerb), while the heaviest hybrid models tip the scales at 1130kg.
The 2021 Toyota Yaris is covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first. The first four services are capped at $195 each.
The Toyota Yaris has a five-star rating from ANCAP, based on testing conducted in 2020.
It received an adult occupant protection score of 86 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 87 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection score of 78 per cent, and a safety assist score of 87 per cent.
All 2021 Toyota Yaris models come standard with the following safety equipment:
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection and junction assist
- Lane-keeping assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Adaptive cruise control
- Reversing camera
- Traffic sign recognition
- Front, front-side, front-centre and curtain airbags (eight in total)
ZR models add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Ascent Sport comes standard with the following equipment:
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- DAB+ digital radio
- 15-inch steel wheels
- LED daytime running lights
- LED tail lights
- Power-folding mirrors
- Urethane steering wheel
- 4.2-inch trip computer
- Automatic high-beam
- Six-speaker sound system
- Power windows
- Cloth upholstery
The Yaris SX adds:
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- Keyless entry and start
- Climate control air conditioning
- Digital speedometer
- Soft-touch instrument panel
- Leather-accented steering wheel
- LED headlights
- Rear privacy glass
- Silver trim highlights
- Satellite navigation
- ‘Fabric’ upholstery
The Yaris ZR adds:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Rear spoiler
- Head-up display
- Sports front seats
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Paddle shifters (excludes hybrid)
- Unique seat trim
- Piano black and red interior accents