Ratings: 2019 Toyota Yaris 1.5G - High marks in comfort, 164/250 score overall

Shaun · Jul 25, 2020 11:37 AM

The 2019 Toyota Yaris has been dissected through the WapCar Ratings. To the uninitiated, WapCar Ratings scrutinizes cars in terms of driving performance, ride comfort, build quality, features, interior space, practicality, and fuel consumption.

Previously, we’ve separated the sections into individual articles. Now we’re simplifying them and discussing all sections in one go. Without further ado, let’s dive into the 2019 Toyota Yaris.

Toyota Yaris

Driving Performance

Facts and Figures
Engine 1.5L 4-cylinder NA
Transmission CVT
Power 107 PS @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 140 Nm @ 4,200 rpm
Weight 1,140 kg
0-100 km/h 12.5 seconds
100-0 km/h 43.4 metres

Power delivery is smooth and linear, complemented by the CVT. However, it lacks eagerness at low speeds and doesn’t feel as light-footed as one expects from a hatchback. It handles competently despite the comfort-biased suspension setup.

Driving Performances Breakdown
Engine Acceleration 3 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 3 / 5
Throttle Response 3.5 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3
             Smoothness 4 / 5
      Sport/Manual Mode 2 / 3
Steering   Accuracy 2 / 3
Response 1.5 / 3
 Weight & Feel 2 / 3
Braking Distance 1.5 / 3
 Feel 2 / 3
Handling  Chassis Balance 2 / 3
 Grip 2 / 3
 Load Reaction 1.5 / 3
Total   32 / 50 pts

Ride Comfort

Ride Comfort Breakdown
Sound Proofing 8 / 10
Suspension 8 / 10
Passenger Comfort 9 / 10
Seat Support 4 / 5
Ergonomics 3 / 5
Engine Refinement 8 / 10
Total points 40 / 50 pts
Noise Level
60 km/h 54 dB
90 km/h 62 dB
110 km/h 68 dB

The quiet cabin, comfortable seats and supple suspension make the Toyota Yaris the most comfortable hatchback in its segment.

The only complaint is the lack of telescopic adjustment on the steering wheel, so taller drivers may not find the ideal driving position.

Quality and Features

Quality & Features Breakdown
Exterior Paint Finish 2 / 3
Panel Gaps 3 / 3
Assembly Quality 3 / 3
Interior Build Quality 2 / 3
Materials Used 2 / 3
Material Finish Quality 2 / 3
Features Safety 8 / 10
ADAS 0 / 5
Luxury 2 / 5
Convenience 3 / 5
Infotainment 4 / 7
Total   31 / 50 pts

Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 104
Front Fender 89 92
Front Door 171 96
Rear Door 167 94
C-Pillar 101 104
Tailgate 85
Roof 91
Average paint thickness: 109
Panel Gaps
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 5 5 0
Front Fender 4 4 0
Front to Rear Door 3.5 3.5 0
Rear Door to C-Pillar 4.5 4.5 0
Tailgate 6 6 0

Panel gaps were consistent from opposite sides and paint thickness averaged in the 100s of µm, but with one outlier that averaged around 170 µm on the driver-side doors. We suspected repairs may have been carried out on our test car.

Exterior Material Use
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thin
Struts Manual
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction Multiple
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual
Cabin Material Use
Seat Seat Cover Fabric
Armrest Armrest Cover Fabric
Dashboard Upper Section Hard Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Hard Plastic
  Middle Section Leather
  Lower Section Hard Plastic

Interior build and material quality are rather decent for the money. It’s currently the most well-equipped compared to its nearest rivals, with 7 airbags, blind spot monitor, rear-cross traffic alert, and 360-degree camera.

Space and practicality

Interior Space Breakdown
Front Row 6 / 10
Middle/Back Row 6 / 10
Third Row 0 / 5
Boot Space 2 / 5
Practicality 3 / 5
Storage Space 2 / 5
Visibility 3 / 5
Storage Flexibility 2 / 5
Total 24 / 50 pts

The Toyota Yaris isn’t as spacious as the Honda Jazz, nor is it as practical. Having said that, the Yaris isn’t cramped inside and it actually has more headroom in the rear than the Toyota Vios. Storage spaces in the Yaris is relatively small and it lacks USB ports.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption test
Distance travelled 44.8 km
Amount refuelled 3.14 litres
Calculated figure 7.0-litre/100 km
Total points 14 / 20 pts

Fuel consumption is The CVT keeps the engine operating in its optimum range and at highway speeds, it keeps the rpm relatively low. But we recorded a slightly higher fuel consumption than the Honda Jazz, which returned 6.7-litre/100 km.

Purchase and Cost

Purchase & Cost
Purchase Car Price 12 / 15
Warranty 4 / 5
Cost Maintenance 4 / 5
Fuel Cost 3 / 5
Total   23 / 30 pts

At RM 82,475 (0% SST), the Toyota Yaris is one of the more complete hatchbacks currently on sale. Servicing cost over a five-year period is around RM 3,882 for the semi-synthetic package.

In short, the Toyota Yaris is supremely comfortable and is fairly well-equipped. As a car to drive day in and out, the Yaris would be a lovely companion.

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