Toyota is a trusted name in the Indian car market. Even though the manufacturer is present in the sub-4 meter and D-Segment sedan in India, but there’s a big gap in the line-up. To fill the void, Toyota announced that they will launch the mid-size sedan, the Yaris. The upcoming Yaris has been long awaited in the Indian market. It will take on the rivals like Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna in the market. How well does it fare against them on paper? Let’s find out.
Which one looks better?
The Yaris is smaller in dimensions when compared to the rivals. The Yaris gets a typical Toyota front with a busy design. The sleek headlamps merge into the front grille. There is a small kink in the grille that gets the Toyota logo on it. It gets a huge blacked out air dam. The Honda City, on the other hand, looks very classy. It gets a single chrome bar as the grille and sleek headlamps on either side. The City has generous use of chrome too.
The Maruti gets a multi-slat chrome grille, that looks different. It gets chunky headlamps and overall, the car has a rather simple yet captivating design. The Ciaz also gets a strong shoulder line. The Verna is the newest car among the three and it looks very fresh. The new cascade grille and sleek headlamps with LED DRLs attract a lot of eyes. The Yaris looks quite sporty among all of the mentioned cars. Even though this segment does not primarily serve the youths, having a little sportiness in design makes it look different.
The Ciaz is longest among the four and is 65mm longer than the Yaris. The City and Verna are 15mm longer. However, the Ciaz and the Yaris are widest in the segment. The Ciaz is the largest among all the four cars mentioned. The compact size of Yaris may be helpful in the city conditions.
Which one offers better space?
The Toyota Yaris offers the shortest wheelbase of 2,550mm among the four while the Ciaz offers 2,650mm wheelbase, a full 100mm longer than the Yaris. Even the City and the Verna offer 50mm longer wheelbase than the Yaris. Width-wise, Ciaz and the Yaris are widest in the segment while the City is the thinnest. Yaris is also shortest of all the four vehicles and offers 1,475mm. The City offers 1,495mm, which is maximum in the segment.
The Yaris will not be the most spacious vehicle in the segment. Ciaz offers acres of space in the rear seat but the Yaris will be a little cramped. Space wise, the Ciaz is the winner.
Which one is better equipped?
The Toyota Yaris is coming with a long list of features in India. A few of these features will be first-in-segment. It will get 7 airbags, roof-mounted AC for front and rear passengers, proximity sensors at the front, 60:40 split seats, three neck restraints at the rear, ambient lighting, electrically powered driver seat, disc brake in all four wheels, hill start assist, ABS, EBD and ESP.
The Hyundai Verna is the only vehicle in the segment to offer cooled front seats. While the Honda City gets full LED headlamps. Honda City and the Hyundai Verna are the only vehicles to offer a sunroof. Maruti Ciaz does not get anything unique except the SHVS Hybrid system that increases the fuel efficiency.
What about the engines?
Toyota only revealed the details of their petrol engine that will be available with the Yaris. The diesel engine will not be offered in India. That being said, all the other rivals offer both petrol and diesel engine options.
The Yaris will be powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine that generates a maximum of 88 Bhp and peak torque of 205 Nm. It is not the most powerful engine in the segment but it gets a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-step CVT automatic. The Honda City is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that generates 119 Bhp and 145 Nm torque. It gets a 5-speed manual and 7-step CVT.
The Hyundai Verna is the most powerful among the four. It gets 1.6-litre petrol engine that generates 123 Bhp and 151 Nm. There’s a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Ciaz petrol is a 1.4-litre unit that generates a maximum of 92 Bhp and 130 Nm. It gets a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission.
Even though the Yaris will not get a diesel engine, all the competitors offer that. The Ciaz is powered by a 1.3-litre engine that produces 89 Bhp – 200 Nm. It gets Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS), which increases the mileage. It is the most fuel-efficient sedan in the segment. The Honda City is powered by the 1.5-litre Earth Dreams engine that churns out a maximum of 99 Bhp and 200 Nm. The Verna is again, the most powerful among the three. It gets a 1.6-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum of 126 Bhp – 260 Nm.