One of the popular choices for a run around first car, driven.
Before I start this article off, please can I ask all the other fan boys and finger pointers to sit down. Yes, I know that this segment is very competitive and over the last few years it has evolved into a high school popularity contest. We know there are those who win it all at times, but there are a few kids in the class that if you pay enough attention to, will actually surprise you.
You’ve just got your license, now you need a car…
There are plenty cars to choose from, but the Yaris makes a strong case for itself. Starting at R230 800 and maxing out at R286 000 as seen above here, it offers somewhat fair pricing in it’s market. I have always had a great relationship with the Toyota Yaris, it was one of the first cars I learnt to drive in and like many in particular for varsity, became the affordable choice for first car. It had all the right things, all in a good price your parents were happy with. Even if you aren’t in varsity and you are looking for a good affordable car, you are looking in the right direction as an option.
So the new Yaris, what’s new?
For starters, the looks. Borrowing some style from the Auris in some way the new car has a very grown up feel to it. The styled stretched headlights with LED line guiding at the front along with bonnet lines and large grille makes it look super stylish, while the teardrop LED Fog Lamps gives it a distinctive look.
The car’s dimensions have grown on the outside by 165 mm in length and 5 mm in width, this also means a bigger boot at 310 litres. By no means can you actually call a car like this small anymore. The leg room space gets a space boost too and in my time with the car I could easily get 5 people without a squish inside. Pictured above is the top of the range Sport version with all the pretty and sharp Japanese styling you would expect, however in a base model form, the car looks very distinct and pretty.
This is where you will notice the big difference in the Yaris, while it does feature the familiar hard plastics and finishes in the aid of durability and typical Toyota fashion, the 2018 model will feature a large centre console screen.
Standard naturally will be radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, however the big news in the Sport version is that there is now full smartphone integration and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Whilst CarPlay uses Apple applications with Siri integration, Android users are able to fully customise apps they would like to mirror but in my opinion CarPlay seems to be the superior of the two for now.