2017 Toyota Yaris Hybrid First Drive

Toyota has given its Yaris range, including this Hybrid model, an extensive update that sees it getting a fresher exterior design, too. It might not look as extreme as the larger Prius, but the new style has injected some much-needed character into the design of the Yaris. Updated features include new headlights that carry a more distinctive daytime running light signature and a front bumper that appears to have an even larger grille than before.

2017 Toyota Yaris Hybrid First Drive
2017 Toyota Yaris Hybrid First Drive

Along the side there are new sill mouldings, while the rear hatch has been redesigned to give it a more sloped appearance. The good news is that, while the overall length may have reduced by 5mm, there is no change to the boot capacity of 286 litres. Toyota’s designers have added new rear lights that are wider, too in an attempt to give the car a more purposeful stance.

Signifying the Yaris Hybrid is blue-coloured Toyota badging and Hybrid lettering on the front wing and tailgate. Uniquely, the Hybrid has gained technical updates that include new engine mounts, front sub-frame and drive shafts. These have come in a bid to increase refinement levels and satisfy a growing number of customers who, according to Toyota, have higher expectations as they are downsizing from larger and more premium cars. 

First impressions

Choosing the right colour and specification for the Yaris Hybrid can have an impact beyond its appearance. The Hybrid model comes with a choice of 15- or 16-inch wheels, the latter impacting slightly on fuel economy an...