January 06, 2020 By Paolo de Borja Photos by the author

2020 Toyota Yaris (with TRD accessories)

Youthful Soul

Launched in 2017, the current Yaris is one of the more seasoned models in Toyota Motors Philippines’ (TMP) lineup. But don’t fret because this hot-looking hatch is still a looker. This Citrus Mica Metallic test unit that TMP handed over to us has been dressed with a full TRD kit for a sharper, sportier look. The front design, which is shared with the current Vios, looks daring and chic even for a small car. This particular unit flaunts a TRD front bumper with an extended lip finished in glossy black. Side skirts are also upgraded with TRD versions, which are then matched with 17-inch alloy TRD wheels. The rear is also fitted with a TRD bumper that doesn’t look tacky at all. My personal favorite among the upgrades is the rear roof spoiler. It adds so much personality to the Yaris.

The TRD upgrades total to PhP 155,700 with individual breakdowns of the following: TRD Front Spoiler (PhP 22,900), TRD Side Spoiler (PhP 26,700 for the pair), TRD Rear Spoiler (PhP 22,000), TRD Roof Spoiler (PhP 18,900), TRD 17-inch Alloy Wheels (PhP 16,300 per piece).

Inside, the Yaris TRD Edition gets the same interior package as the standard S variant. No TRD traces here. Shared with Vios, the dashboard design is pretty basic but clean-cut. It has a handsome instrument cluster thanks to the addition of blue on the three chrome-lined gauges. The digital air-conditioning is finished in piano black, which I’m not really fond of. It just doesn’t seem like the material will age well, and it’s definitely a fingerprint magnet. Nevertheless, buttons are finished in chrome, which adds a premium touch for a car in this class. The upholstery is wrapped with fabric in vibrant shades of red. Stitches of the same color are also found on the synthetic leather that surround portions of the door. The placement of the armrest is questionable and not ideal for the front occupants, but the feature is a welcome addition for a car in this class. And, although there are no air vents or USB charging ports for rear passengers, legroom and headroom are ample for a hatchback.

For entertainment, a seven-inch touchscreen dons the center console. The screen is easy to glance at and operate from a driving position. It’s also pretty straightforward to connect smartphones via Bluetooth. For a car in this class, the six- speaker system is quite outstanding.

Under the hood is a 1.5-liter Dual VVT-I that works with a CVT. Together, the powertrain produces 104 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 103 lb-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. It’s not much of a puller from low speeds, but the engine feels much more confident when accelerating from higher ones. At this price point, the inclusion of cruise control wouldn’t have hurt.

Similar to TMP’s current range of vehicles, the Yaris is pretty generous in the safety department. Apart from the absence of rear sensors and backup cameras, especially at this price point, this subcompact hatchback is one of the safest out there, thanks to the six airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability controls, and ISOFIX child seat tethers.

Despite being a hatchback meant for everyday driving, the 2019 Toyota Yaris is a worthy looker on the road even without the TRD package. The inclusion of the kit just adds more charm to the already handsome overall design. Priced at PhP 1,210,700, there’s a significant bump compared to the standard S variant priced at PhP 1,050,000. But if you can afford it, the upgrade is worth looking at.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1496 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16v
Fuel Injector Electronic Fuel Injection, Dual VVT-I
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 104 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 103 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
Transmission CVT

Performance

Top Speed 180 km/h
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 9.8 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 13.6 km/L Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,210,700.00
What's Great A handsome hatchback for its class, perfect for daily city driving, promising six-speaker system
What's Not So Absence of cruise control, rear backup sensors, backup camera for the price point
C! Editors Rating 8.5/10
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