2017 Toyota yaris hybrid driving report

Is a heavy full hybrid worthwhile in a small car? The Toyota Yaris Hybrid clearly says yes and underpins this position in the long-term test. Can you save with a small hybrid car? Yes, of course, and that includes the price, because the supposedly “expensive” Yaris Hybrid is not even that expensive.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid not as expensive as expected

And he owes the price advantage primarily to his colleagues. Because in the small car segment the prices explode disproportionately, while the quality remains the same or even decreases. With a base price of 17,990 euros (23,360 euros for the test car), it may appear expensive at first glance. Ultimately, it is even cheaper than comparable small cars with conventional drives. You may have to cut back on the infotainment generation in the Yaris.

On the other hand, safety is not foregone, since the basic models are already equipped with Emergency Brake Assist, High Beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and a well-functioning Traffic Sign Assist. In the 2017 revision, the hybrid got new engine mounts and drive shafts to counteract the noise and vibration. The effect is there, or rather, no longer.

The power of two hearts

The technology is still the same because it has been tried and tested. A 55 kW 1.5 liter four-cylinder is supported by a 45 kW (169 Nm) electric motor. With the 6.5 Ah nickel-metal hydride battery you can never drive long, but always effectively without the combustion engine. However, in order to fully enjoy the effect and also achieve the low test consumption of 3.0 l / 100km, you have to make some adjustments in your head. Gassing like in a conventional combustion engine is possible, but it’s neither fun nor does it go easy on the wallet.

With a light foot on the accelerator and a forward-looking eye, you can save a lot, especially in city but also in stop-and-go traffic. Once accelerated to 50 km / h, the speed can be easily maintained with the full battery and the electric motor. The fuel consumption is zero. The emissions are also at 0 grams of CO2 because the combustion engine is not running and the battery has not been charged externally.

Consumption benefits are quickly apparent in city operation

However, the efficiency advantages can really only be experienced in city traffic. As soon as you “enter” the motorway with the Yaris Hybrid, it is over and it takes around 4.6 l / 100km. Which in itself is still a top value and more than comparable to the competition. But the low costs with the small full hybrid can only be covered in small car cities. In addition, the Yaris Hybrid is still a real small car with a length of less than four meters. The trunk is accordingly, but with 286 liters more than sufficient for typical trips to the big city.

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Text: Fabian Meßner Photos: Toyota