Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D in the test

Karl-Heinz Augustin
Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D in the test
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M not everything should believe in what the advertisement says. We have known that since the days when we were still drifting around the Christmas tree in the bobby car. But if Toyota praises the 'rear view camera as standard' in its TV commercial for the new Toyota Yaris, then something should be there, right?

The good old Radio Yerevan answer is suitable here: in principle yes , but only if you skip the two entry-level variants of the Toyota Yaris and jump straight to the third of five available equipment variants called Life. For Basis and Cool, there is no Toyota touch system with a screen that is logically necessary for the rear camera. It would also be very optimistic to assume that the lens that facilitates maneuvering inevitably includes an acoustic parking aid. It costs 350 euros additional, for all five.

Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D brings Google and Facebook into the cockpit

Anyone familiarizing themselves with the Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D would do well not only to look carefully at the price list, but also at the operating instructions. Fortunately, the little Japanese has so far mainly sold to women, and they are known to look more unpretentious than men in instructions. There is not only a reference to the USB port hidden in the glove compartment, but it is also explained how the data streams of the connectivity world are linked. The Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D not only contacts the phone book of a smartphone via Bluetooth, it also flushes Facebook and Google into the small car booth. This is unique in this class and for some users will be more decisive in purchasing than the last bit of responsiveness.

Incidentally, apart from ESP, there are no other assistance systems in the Toyota Yaris that save you when you are so busy with cell phones Forgets to drive. Also hard to believe: when the global networks are tense, the Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D can be set in motion with a very mundane turn of the ignition key. It nails, it vibrates, it's a diesel. Not one of the gentle, but also none of the rude variety, although the 1.4-liter common rail behaves like a small car. The clutch still defends itself for the first few centimeters, the six gears engage cleanly, and the 1.1-tonne sprints, with a slight turbo delay, thanks to its 205 Nm from 1,800 tours, lively and elastic. It's fun, and Toyota City finally seems to have this qualityNo longer looking furtively like a pin-up girl.

Surprisingly bustling Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D

The lane-widened front-wheel drive Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D bustles on its 16- Zoll-Wheels talented and surprisingly committed, before the ESP clearly shows driving cockiness within its limits. But better agility is often a Janus head, and also with the Toyota Yaris it goes hand in hand with rough bumps over transverse joints and a steering that is too nervous around the central position. Remedy? Order smaller wheels with higher flanks. For the wind noise around the A-pillar, which increases from a speed of 80 km /h, a major bodywork modification would be needed.

What does the Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D consume? The extensive bar graph in the touchscreen system swings in at around six liters /100 km with normal driving style, and on the very carefully driven minimum consumption lap, it didn't quite make it under four. Unfortunately, Toyota only ticks ecologically in the Prius: There is no automatic start-stop system for the diesel.

The driver in the Polo competitor Toyota Yaris scurries through it in a slightly elevated position and in a comfortable chair with a large leg rest City. The traffic at the intersection can be clearly seen through the front triangular windows. For U-turns, however, boulevards are more suitable than alleys, because a turning circle of up to 12.3 meters (to the right) is now even undercut by some SUVs.

Airy space thanks to the larger wheelbase

When designing the dashboard and operating the Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D, there were development days with good and bad Feng Shui: while infotainment and air conditioning are controlled easily the driver's hand must reach through (!) the steering wheel rim to select the on-board computer values ​​in the central display. There would still have been enough space for another button on the steering column levers or the 12.5 centimeter wider dashboard. The days when parts of the Yaris dashboard were sometimes crooked like a block of tofu in a typhoon are over, but nasty burrs scratch the fingertips, and the class knows better when it comes to material strength.

In small car dimensions may be charged until the spine glows. Not only the interior of the Toyota Yaris is airy in the rear thanks to the larger wheelbase and width, the trunk accommodates 286 liters. However, the predecessor's practical, sliding back seat is missing. Anyone looking for more places for bottles and odds and ends will be served by a whole squad of shelves and cup holders.

It is practical, and certainly also: in the Euro NCAP crash test, the Toyota Yaris crumpled five stars and blew its seven standard airbags on. At auto motor und sport, its four disc brakes also decelerate quickly and firmly.

And the price? The Toyota Yaris starts at 11,675 euros, but thenlack radio and air conditioning. For the tested Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D Club at least 18,750 euros are due. It can't be the expensive yen, the Toyota Yaris is being built in France. Back in the days when Toyota was particularly inexpensive, we are still with the Bobbycar ... well, you know.

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