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Improved tech and power for the economy champion

The uprated powertrain has made fairly incremental improvements in terms of how the Yaris performs but it does bring it more in line with the performance of the impressive Renault Clio E-Tech hybrid, which is no bad thing.

There are no mechanical changes to the suspension or steering, so this remains a joyously chuckable little car that’s surprisingly entertaining on a challenging road, while also being just as light and wieldy as you could wish in urban driving. 

The larger 17 and 18-inch alloy wheel options make the ride comfort a bit lively on scruffy roads so, again, I favoured the modestly-specced Design trim as its 16-inch wheels soften the slightly sharp-edged ride of posher Yaris models in town.

Most satisfying of all, the Yaris remains as economical as ever. I achieved an average of more than 50mpg during mixed driving in the 129bhp Premiere Edition tested here, with more than 53mpg in the less powerful Design model. 

The Telegraph verdict

The Yaris is a great small car – pre or post-facelift. The fact that buyers can now choose to have a classier finish and “big car” infotainment and features is a good thing – but only because it’s in addition to the more basic models that you can get for under £300 on monthly PCP deals.

I would do precisely that and enjoy the uncomplicated, economical delights that are at the very core of the Yaris experience. But if you’re less bah-humbug than I when it comes to the latest tech features? Well, Toyota has got you covered, too.

Telegraph rating: Four stars out of five

The facts

On test: Toyota Yaris Premiere Edition 

Body style: Five-door hatchback

On sale: Now

How much? £28,295 (range from £22,630)

How fast? 109mph, 0-62mph in 9.2sec

How economical? 65.4-67.3mpg (WLTP Combined)

Engine & gearbox: 1,490cc three-cylinder petrol with electric motor, CVT automatic gearbox, front-wheel drive

Maximum power/torque: 129bhp/89lb ft

CO2 emissions: 96-98g/km (WLTP Combined)

VED: £155 first year, £170 next five years, then £0

Warranty: 3 years / 60,000 miles – extendable to 10 yrs and 100,000 miles for free, provided servicing is maintained at a Toyota dealer

Spare wheel as standard: No (not available)

The rivals

Renault Clio E-Tech

143bhp, 96g/km, £21,295


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