New Toyota Yaris
New Toyota Yaris hybrid has tax attractions for business users

If not you can choose between the established 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol with a five-speed manual gearbox, or the new 1.5-litre petrol with six-speed manual that replaces the old 1.3-litre engine.

Despite being larger and more powerful, the new 1.5-litre unit confuses the laws of physics a little to achieve better fuel economy and lower emissions. The new 1.5-litre engine can also be paired with the same CVT – Continuously Variable Transmission – automatic gearbox as the hybrid which can further improve efficiency.

Available in five-door guise exclusively, the new Yaris is available from £12,995 for the Active model with 1.0-litre engine. The most expensive Excel variant with the hybrid engine comes in at £19,295.

New Toyota Yaris
Low emissions brings low company car tax
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New Toyota Yaris hybrid has tax attractions for business users||
  • New Toyota Yaris offers more choice and higher specifications
  • New 1.5-litre petrol engine has improved power and efficiency
  • Toyota Safety Sense standard across the range
  • New Yaris from £12,995, Yaris hybrid from £16,195

FRESH from the recent Geneva Motor Show, the new Toyota Yaris has arrived in the UK with a wider choice of new and upgraded specifications that could entice downsizing company car drivers.

The new look Yaris has been given a more sporting and dynamic exterior, and a higher quality cabin which should widen the appeal of the supermini. Toyota has also been busy under the skin, re-engineering the Yaris for a quieter, smoother and more engaging drive.

Available in six trim levels – Active, Icon, Icon Tech, Design, Bi-Tone, and Excel – there is plenty of opportunity to tailor the new Yaris to suit your pay-grade.

The entry-level Active is reasonably well appointed with the Bluetooth, rain-sensing wipers and automatic high beam, and every model comes with Toyota’s range of Safety Sense features – active safety systems such as lane departure warning and Pre-Collision system – as standard.

New Toyota Yaris
Upgraded specification

Each subsequent grade builds on the last to add the usual options of satellite navigation, LED lights, leather upholstery, panoramic roof, and a host of other design and technology touches. Bi-Tone trim offers drivers the option for, as the name suggests, contrasting colour choices and internal trim to brighten up the Yaris, and the dreariest of daily commutes.

The new Yaris is still the only supermini available in the UK with a hybrid option which could be worth considering for many company car drivers. The new MINI plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is the bigger and more expensive  Countryman SUV.

There is a relatively small premium on the list price that may affect the BIK tax rate, but this should be offset by reduced emissions. The overall tax liability will vary for each individual but the hybrid is likely to be the best option for many.

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