Freeway Toyota has a specialised team that can assist you with your every vehicle need. The dealership has a cafeteria where you can casually sit and enjoy a cup of coffee whilst the team of specialists take care of you. One such individual who took me on the test drive was charismatic Sales Executive Meshack Shumeni.

Exterior

The exterior of the Yaris has grown by 165mm in length and 5mm in width – offering an increased stance and acts as a safety feature for its drivers. The front of the vehicle has a sleek design, resembling that of the Auris. The headlamps look bolder and is an eye-catcher with chrome inserts. Daytime Running Lights are in the top corners of the headlamps and have a slim design for added good looks.

The rear is conveniently lifted for a more aerodynamic feel. The sleek design is sported by the rear light clusters and central garnish. Fins located on the rear bumper smooths airflow in the wheel and restricts airflow to improve fuel efficiency.

Interior

Keyless entry and a stop/start button makes the process quicker and more convenient. The steering wheel looks more mature and flat for an optimal driving experience. The ample leg and operating room combined with the elegant design makes space and sophistication the key-words for this vehicle. Included is an advanced touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB, AUX, AM/FM and integrated audio system with smartphone integration and support for both Apple and Android systems.

The center console is designed for optimal driving convenience with two cupholders and an installed console box. The rear interior is very spacious and includes door pockets and bottle holders. Moving toward the rear of the vehicle is the increased boot capacity of 310-litres.

Safety specifications include driver and passenger airbags, ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, seat belt pretensioners and Hill Assist Control – making this vehicle a perfect drive for any condition.

The Drive

The drive itself was smooth and comfortable – as expected. The 1.5-litre engine has a pleasant kick when prompted, but also offers a relaxed drive for casual drivers. The CVT transmission allows for a smooth and charismatic takeoff and reacts readily when re-accelerating. The Yaris has great stability on the road and adapts quite effortlessly in any road condition.

The adjustable seats complement the comfort of the actual drive and the flat steering wheel contributes to the convenient and sporty design of the vehicle.

This zippy hatch is available in silver, black, white, crimson metallic, grey, inferno metallic and dark blue metallic.

On offer is a 3-year/45 000km service plan and a 3-year/100 000km warranty.

Take a trip down to Freeway Toyota and speak to Sales Manager Mohammed Laher or Sales Executive Mushack Shumeni to get the best deals on all new and used Toyotas.

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Journalist: Inge Stols