The Toyota Yaris inaugurates a new 1.5 VVT-I petrol engine in 2017. This block goes against the current trend by deadlocking the turbocharger. At the expense of driving approval? Response after 1000 km at the wheel of the Yaris 1.5 VVT-I 110.
Renault Clio, Peugeot 208, Citroen C3, Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo, all the versatile cities have gone through the “downsizing” box in recent years. This technique is to reduce the engine capacity to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions. All? Not the Toyota Yaris, which swapped its 1.3 VVT-I for a new 1.5 VVT-I.
A bigger engine, but mostly atmospheric. That is to say that it does not have a turbocharger. Again, Toyota goes against the current of European manufacturers, which compensate for the loss of cylinder capacity by overfeeding.
On paper, this 1.5 VVT-I displays a correct power of 110 hp, but delivers a very low max torque (136 Nm) and very high perched (4 400 rpm). As a comparison, the Puretech 110 of the PSA group shows a torque of 205 nm at only 1 500 rpm and the new Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 100, from 170 nm to 1 400 rpm.
If Toyota has made the impasse on the turbo, it is not for the sake of economy. The builder preferred to improve the performance of his engine rather than go through overfeeding. Thus, by increasing the compression rate to 13.5:1 (close to a diesel engine) and reducing mechanical friction, Nippon Engineers managed to achieve a thermal efficiency of 38.5%. Be aware that the performance of a petrol engine is normally around 20%.
The other secret of the 1.5 VVT-I is its new variable distribution that allows switching from the Otto cycle, very common in the automotive industry, to the Atkinson cycle, used by Toyota’s hybrid models. The latter mode reduces consumption by delaying the closing of the intake valves.
Are you completely dumped? This is normal, but the video below will allow you to better understand.Now that you’ve got it all figured out, it’s time to move on to practice to find out what this Yaris 1.5 VVT-I really worth.
Price Toyota Yaris 1.5 VVT-I
Before taking the wheel of the Yaris 1.5 VVT-I, let’s talk about price. The Japanese city is available from the French finish, at the rate of 16 800 euros with the manual box, i.e. 1 150 euros more than the Yaris VVT-I 69 with equivalent version.
“The Yaris Collection is very generous on the equipment side.” She also cares for her look.
Our trial version in finish Collection costs 19 200 euros. At this price, the series is generous, including 7 airbags, automatic Biozone air conditioning, the “Toyota Touch 2” multimedia system with a 7-inch touch screen or the four electric windows. There is also numerous safety equipment (reading of signaling signs, line-crossing alert, emergency braking signal).
The Yaris Collection also treats its look with, in series, a roof and colored amounts dissociated from that of the bodywork, a black lacquered grille, specific rims (called “Washiba”) and tinted rear windows.
Our test model has some options, some of which are appreciable like the panoramic roof (600 euros, (non-opening), recoil radar (300 euros) and Zen pack (500 euros) with keyless access and start-up, automatic headlight ignition, electrically folding mirrors and anti-glare interior mirror.
Driving the Yaris 1.5 VVT-I
It is more than time to take the wheel of our Toyota Yaris. At startup, the 1.5 VVT-I is distinguished by its lack of noise and vibration. A good point that hides a less good: the clutch. The lack of progressiveness of the pedal makes it difficult to avoid blows, or even to stall if you do not accelerate sufficiently.
Apart from this annoyance, the Yaris is comfortable in the city. The engine is very flexible thanks to the first short reports and the box, well guided and with short deflections, is nice to use. Add to that a reasonable consumption (about 6.5 L/100 km), the usual qualities of the Yaris (driving position in height, good peripheral vision, light direction) and you have a very pleasant car to use in urban areas.
Things get spoiled by coming on the quick portions. The last long reports require climbing the towers to fetch the horses. This type of driving may be nice at the wheel of a small GTI, but quickly becomes tedious in Yaris, which does not have anything of a sporty: average performance (0 to 100 km/h in 11 s), the taking of rolls in the corners.
The hardest part is to keep its cruising speed. The slightest relief on the road or the need to perform an overrun is due to the need to “fall” one or two reports, because of the lack of torque. It’s tiring, especially as the roar of the engine makes you a fool of the wheel with your passengers!
In the cockpit of the Toyota Yaris Collection
Welcome aboard the new Yaris, in its restyled version in spring 2017. The ergonomics is good but the presentation is not very cheerful. However, it is possible to have an edge panel of another color (red, blue …).
On this Collection finish, the perceived quality is quite good with the presence of foam plastics. It’s classic but very readable. Even at night with the blue needles. The driving position is quite high. Too bad the steering wheel setting lacks amplitude. The rear seating is correct given the car’s template (3.95 m).
Competition from the Toyota Yaris 1.5 VVT-I
The Toyota Yaris 1.5 VVT-I (3.95 m) has no shortage of rivals. On the French market, it has to face the national stars that are the Peugeot 208 (3.97 m), Citroën C3 (3.99 m) and Renault Clio (4.06 m). To find an equivalent version of the Yaris, you have to choose the 1.2 Puretech 110 at Peugeot and Citroën.
The two French are more versatile thanks to their turbo engine, and not much more expensive: 19 850 euros for a Peugeot 208 Puretech 110 Allure, against 19 200 euros for the Yaris 1.5 VVT-i Collection. The Citroën C3 is even more affordable, even in its high-end shine finish, offered at 18 700 euros.
“The Yaris 1.5 VVT-I Collection is barely cheaper than the Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio equivalents”
On the Clio side, it is measured at this Yaris in its version 1.2 TCE of 120 hp in the intense finish. Count 19 650 euros for this model with the manual box.
The Mazda 2 (4.06 m) is perhaps the closest rival to the Yaris. Like it, it’s 1.5 Skyactiv-G engine does the impasse on the turbo. But the Mazda is more homogeneous thanks to better performance (0 to 100 km/h in 8.7 s, against 11 s for the Yaris). As for the price of this Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv-G 115, it is displayed at 19 950 euros in its luxurious version selection.
Test results for the Toyota Yaris 1.5 VVT-I 110
In the end, this Yaris 1.5 VVT-I blows the hot and cold. It is clearly in its element in the city, where it is pleasant to drive, sufficiently efficient and not too greedy.
But it soon becomes painful outside the urban jungle. Especially on fast lanes where its lack of torque and its average performance adversely affect the approval of driving and comfort.