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Toyota Yaris: five stars in the ADAC Ecotest!

The fourth generation of the Toyota Yaris is to become an economical 3-liter car with hybrid technology. The ADAC has tested the small car and awards full points in the Ecotest. And: This is how the Yaris performs in the crash test.

  • Newly developed hybrid drive with 3.8 liters of standard consumption

  • Five doors as standard, typical small car space

  • Prices from 15,790 euros, the hybrid costs just under 20,000 euros

Is that a new 3 liter car? Toyota at least promises it and includes the consumption of the new Yaris Hybrid 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers at. A very remarkable value, especially because it is specified after the realistic WLTP cycle. But is the Japanese so economical in practice?

From the outside, the big leap in technology cannot necessarily be seen in the little Yaris. From the front it is very similar to its predecessor, and the rear is a bit reminiscent of that of its big brother, the C-HR. In between: solid small car food with practical five doors, 3.94 meters in length (slightly shorter than VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa, Kia Rio) and class-standard space.

Drivers can be up to 1.90 m tall

Despite five centimeters more wheelbase, the Yaris has no more space than its predecessor. Reason: the driver and front passenger now sit a little further back, which benefits a more even weight distribution and thus better driving behavior. The driver's seat can be pushed back for people up to around 1.90 meters tall. Behind a driver who is 1.85 meters tall, passengers up to around 1.80 meters can still find enough legroom. The trunk volume according to the ADAC measurement method: between 245 and 915 liters.

New hybrid engine with three cylinders

The real innovation took place under the hood. The hybrid drive, which according to Toyota around 80 percent of buyers will choose, has been completely redesigned. Instead of a four-cylinder, a is now used newly developed 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with 67 kW / 91 PS. It is combined with a 58 kW / 79 PS electric motor, resulting in a system output of 85 kW / 116 PS. In the previous model, the hybrid team made 100 hp.

Test consumption: 4.7 liters / 100 km

The hybrid battery now uses modern lithium-ion technology - this is new to the Yaris and has several advantages: The battery under the back seat is significantly more compact than before, twelve kilos lighter and better suited than the previous one for the constant interplay between charging and discharging . The entire The vehicle became 20 kilograms lighter. Consumption according to Toyota: low 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers according to the realistic WLTP cycle. This results in a lower one CO₂ emissions of 87 grams per kilometer. With top equipment and therefore more weight, the standard consumption increases to 4.3 liters (97 grams of CO₂).

The Yaris does not quite achieve this value in the ADAC Ecotest. But he delivers a very convincing performance. An average consumption of 4.7 liters of super on 100 kilometers can definitely be seen. The hybrid can particularly show its advantages in urban areas. Here the small Toyota only consumes 3.4, out of town 4.3 and on the
Motorway 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers. So in the city, the Yaris Hybrid is actually becoming a 3-liter car! And exactly where "normal" gasoline engines consume a lot. The pollutants in the exhaust gas are also consistently low. The reward: in sum full five stars in the ADAC Ecotest. Respect.

The petrol engine often has a break

It couldn't be more economical with a gasoline engine. In addition, where is the Performance and the manners of the hybridized three-cylinder can definitely be seen. The Starting off with the hybrid is quick, this is where the advantage of the immediate torque of the electric motor comes into play. The small car completes the simulated overtaking process (acceleration under full load from 60 to 100 km / h) after 7.8 seconds. According to the manufacturer, 9.7 seconds pass from a standstill to 100 km / h, and the propulsion is over at 175 km / h.

The petrol engine often switches off during normal driving, in many driving situations the electric motor takes over. The Yaris doesn't travel more than two to three kilometers purely electrically, but the hybrid isn't designed for that either. As is typical for Toyota, the automatic change or the interaction of the drives takes place imperceptibly, the driver only has to accelerate and brake.

Finally: the engine no longer howls so tortured

That the hybrid the tortured howl when accelerating was almost completely weaned, one likes to note when driving, it is also quieter than in the old model, but the Yaris is still not really quiet under higher loads. The engine sounds quite good, however - there is little to hear of the usual three-cylinder hum. Only uphill does the machine sound a bit more strenuous at high speeds. The Vibration behavior The three-cylinder engine is okay despite the technically rather rough engine run, it transmits noticeable, but not annoying vibrations into the interior.

The body is well processed, but Toyota has noticeably saved on the materials. The trunk, for example, is not lined with fabric or felt, but with scratch-sensitive plastic walls surround. Inside the same picture: Although nothing rattles and the steering wheel looks really high-quality with the rim divided at the bottom, the clear bowl and the small airbag cover, but: The materials are almost consistently hard, with large plastic surfaces dominating.

The Toyota Yaris in the video:

Both Assistance systems the little Yaris is like a big one. Most of the series are, for example, distance radar, lane keeping and an emergency brake assistant that works up to 180 km / h. The Yaris brakes automatically when pedestrians cross, and warns of cross-traffic when reversing out of parking spaces. A Head-Up Display shows important information such as speed or navigation data and the traffic sign recognition works better than before. New: side airbags that inflate between the front seats so that the driver and front passenger do not collide in a crash.

ADAC evasive test: Despite ESP, you have to counter-steer

The chassis of the Yaris is designed to be agile in the limit area, which is reflected in the ADAC evasion test in one clearly oversteering driving behavior expresses - unusual for a small car with front-wheel drive. The electronic stability program provides support quite late, and you have to counter-steer yourself. Otherwise, the Yaris is a relaxed companion in everyday life, even ruts hardly interfere with straight-line stability. For a small car without particularly sporting ambitions, despite the fuel-saving tires mounted on the test car, it willingly gives in and enables high speed on the course of the ADAC evasion tests.

Toyota Yaris Cross: The SUV offshoot comes in mid-2021

The Toyota Yaris gets a little brother: the Yaris Cross. It follows the current SUV trend, is significantly longer than the normal Yaris and also comes with hybrid drive.

First information about the Toyota Yaris Cross

Price: 19,990 euros for the Yaris Hybrid

For the price of. The hybrid starts at 19,990 euros and is therefore not a bargain. The tested model in "Style" equipment is even on the list for 25,090 euros. So if you want to save, you have to invest first. Or take the entry-level petrol engine with 1.0 liter displacement and 72 hp without hybrid technology: it will from 15,790 euros offered. Another alternative is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder and 125 hp, which is also available in combination with the Multidrive S continuously variable automatic transmission. Price: from 18,490 euros in the "Comfort" version.

And Toyota also has the opposite pole to the economical hybrid in its range: the small GR Yaris racer with 261 hp turbo three-cylinder at a price of 33,200 euros.


So far, Toyota had in the small car segment hardly any hybrid competition to fear. But now the Honda Jazz and the Renault Clio are also available as full hybrids. The Toyota does not have to fear the comparison. Because he sets the bar very high when it comes to consumption.

Read the detailed test of the Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid Style CVT as PDF here
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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Technical Specifications

Technical data (manufacturer information)

Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid Style CVT

Motor / drive

Three-cylinder gasoline hybrid, 1490 cm³, 85 kW / 116 PS system output, 120 Nm torque (gasoline engine), 141 Nm (electric motor)


9.7 s to 100 km / h, 175 km / h top

Consumption (according to WLTP)

3.8 - 4.3 l super / 100 km, 87 - 97 g CO₂ / km


L 3.94 / W 1.75 / H 1.47 m

Trunk normal / folded

286/768 l

Empty weight / payload

1090/525 kg

Trailer load (unbraked / braked)

450/450 kg


from € 25,090

ADAC measured values

ADAC measured values ​​(excerpt)

Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid Style CVT

Overtaking process 60 - 100 km / h

7.8 s

Braking distance from 100 km / h

35.6 m

Turning circle

11.1 m

Consumption / CO₂ emissions ADAC Ecotest

4.7 l super / 100 km, 131 g CO₂ / km (well-to-wheel)

Rating ADAC Ecotest (max. 5 stars)



765 km

Interior noise at 130 km / h

71.8 dB (A)

Empty weight / payload

1156/459 kg

Trunk volume normal / folded / roof-high

245/560/915 l

ADAC test result

ADAC test result

Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid Style CVT

Body / trunk


inner space




Motor / drive


Driving characteristics




Environment / Ecotest


Overall grade


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Toyota Yaris: 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test

Is the current Yaris safe too? This question is answered by the crash test organization Euro NCAP, which tests most of the new models for their safety in various crash scenarios and also evaluates their assistance systems to prevent accidents. The result: A full five stars for the new Toyota Yaris. This is all the more gratifying since the tests and evaluation criteria were only tightened in 2020. Among other things, now also belongs a "compatibility crash" initiated by the ADAC to the repertoire. The test vehicle is met by a movable barrier at the same speed (50 km / h) - a scenario that is often found in road accidents. Here you will find all the new features of the Euro NCAP crash test assessment.

And this is how the Yaris performs in detail:

Occupant protection for adults

The passenger cell remained stable in the offset frontal test. However, the driver's chest as well as the knees and thighs of the driver and front passenger dummies have a medium risk of injury. Hard structures on the dashboard are responsible for the latter. For the other party involved in the accident, the low weight and the "benign" front structure of the Yaris do not pose a high risk to one Frontal impact with an offset. In the test on the full-width rigid barrier, the protection for all critical body regions is good or sufficient for both the driver and the occupant in the back seat.

What do the central airbags do?

in the Side crash test the protection of all critical areas of the body is good, which also applies to the heavier ones Pile impact applies. Interesting: The Yaris is equipped with airbags between the front seats to prevent the driver and front passenger from injuring each other in a side impact. This system worked well in the Euro NCAP test and protected the heads of both inmates well. Protection against whiplash is good on all seats.

The Yaris comes standard with a Multi-collision braking system equipped that brings the vehicle to a standstill after an impact. The car also has an e-call system that automatically sends a message to the ambulance service in the event of an accident indicating the location of the car.

Occupant protection for children

in the Frontal offset crash test is the protection for all critical parts of the body good or sufficient when Side crash even like thatWell, that the Yaris will get the maximum number of points for this part of the assessment. The front passenger airbag can be deactivated for a child seat installed against the direction of travel. Restraint systems for which the Yaris is designed can be properly installed.

Assistance systems

An autonomous one Emergency braking system (AEB) is installed as standard. The system has performed well in tests to detect and respond to other vehicles, with accidents being avoided or reduced in severity in most cases. The Yaris has one Drowsiness detectionthat warns the driver accordingly. The Lane keeping system corrects the course via steering intervention if the vehicle deviates from the lane and even intervenes quite aggressively in some critical situations. There is also one Speed ​​limit detectionwhich, at the request of the driver, adjusts the cruise control (tempomat) accordingly.

The detailed result and the degree of fulfillment of the test requirements can be found on the Euro NCAP website.

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