Toyota earlier showcased the Yaris at the 2018 Auto Expo, where every consumer got to know that what they are going to taste with this mid size sedan. With this model, the Japanese car manufacturer has filled a void between the Etios and Corolla Altis. It takes a competition to many of its likes - Honda City, and Volkswagen Vento in its segment. Let’s find out, how good Yaris is on papers to its rivals.
The Yaris is longer, wider and sits fairly high compared to Vento, but shorter and sits lower than the City. When it comes to wheelbase, it’s the City, which longer than the other two, no doubt that’s why it feels roomier in its segment, while the Yaris and Vento differ with just 3mm, that will not make much of notice for anyone.
When it comes to engine, Yaris is offered in petrol engine only and Toyota is not offering this model in a diesel guise, though all of its rivals are offered with the diesel fuel option as well. Also, Toyota’s naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is decently powered at 106bhp, the figures are low when compared to City’s 1.5-litre engine with 117bhp and just 2bhp more than Vento’s 1.2-litre TSI and 1.6-litre MPI. For transmission, the Yaris is offered with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed CVTi (popular for smooth ride), whereas the Honda City is offered with a 5-speed manual or a CVT. VW Vento, on the other hand is offered with 5-speed manual transmission with 1.5-litre MPI engine and a 7-speed DSG with 1.2-litre TSI unit, which is known for good fuel efficiency along with punchy ride. Nonetheless, Vento’s other counterparts here gets paddle-shifters as well.
6- speed Manual or 7-speed Super CVTi
5-speed Manual or CVT
Fuel Efficiency (Kmpl)
17.1 (MT) – 17.8 (CVT)
17.4 MT – 18 (CVT)
Cabin and features
Coming to feature list, it is the Yaris that takes it all, with its best in segment 7 airbags as standard fitment across the range. The City and Vento get dual front airbags in the base variant, while the count goes up to 6 on the City ZX. Apart from that, Yaris gets some first in segment features such as a tyre pressure monitoring system, front parking sensors, powered driver’s seat adjust, gesture control for the infotainment system. However, Toyota closes an offering for a sunroof even on the range-topping variant, which is available on the City and also that the City and Vento gets LED headlamps compared to projector headlights on the counterpart. Speaking of space, undoubtedly it’s the City that wins here with its roomy cabin.
Value for money
Toyota has priced the Yaris bit more than the City, where the City ranges between Rs 8.71 lakh to Rs 13.70 lakh for the petrol variant and the former is priced between Rs 8.75 to Rs 14.07 lakh. Whereas, the Volkswagen’s Vento starts from Rs 8.32 lakh and goes up to 11.15 lakh (All Prices Ex showroom, Delhi). Toyota is no doubt a feature rich product, Honda gives a sense of reliability and, nonetheless, both have good after-sales network, but the top-ranging variant of the VW Vento are priced quite well as per the feature packing.