Toyota Yaris has been launched in India at Rs. 8.75 lakh. The Toyota premium offering is available in four versions. The interesting thing about the Toyota Yaris is that it is available in a base to top versions along with the automatic transmission option. The Toyota Yaris is rival to the Hyundai Verna, the Honda city in India considering the top-ranked B segment cars. The Honda City is updated in terms of an altered design and inclusion of more characteristics in 2017 model, whereas the next-gen Hyundai Verna was introduced in the year starting. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Sedan also maintains a significant presence in this segment.

Design Based Comparison:

The Toyota Yaris is a nicely designed car which takes samely mannered thin and fine LED DRLs to both ends, slender front grille, slim and long headlamps. There are massive air vents attached in the bumper. Although, the Yaris is not as stylish as the other Toyota model and even doesn’t have an attractive or eye-sighting appearance for which the Toyota is known for. Provided this, now it is time to evaluate the reaction of people over the model when it comes out of showrooms.

The body framework of the Verna is quite strong with the usage of 50% of high strength steel which makes it safe ever before. The front is fitted with the large hexagonal grille in connection with the fog lamps on both sides and projector headlamps. The Hyundai Verna is also seen with a coupe-styled silhouette along with a roof combining into a shorter boot lid. The wrapped tail-lamp inclusive to assist the 3-LED design concerning the stop-lamps and a significant rear part of the vehicle. The rear bumper of the vehicle obtains dual-tone finish.

The Honda City is a smart looking car. Accommodated with the 3-box well-proportion and rightly covered modernization with the blend of classy makes the City very attractive in looks and separates it out in this segment as a leader. With the recently made revisions, the Honda City is updated well taking huge diamond-cut smoked alloys, sportier and keen persona, front & rear LED lamps, previously the car was lacking all these appealing traits.

When we compare Maruti Suzuki Ciaz with the Yaris and the City, it looks somewhat outdated. It is not as appealing to stare at continuously, but definitely, the one which does not go unnoticed. With the wide and long belonging, it makes its presence in the segment. When we judge with intense eyes, it looks like somewhat the City inspired car, especially when we give close gaze to the rear portion. The addition of wide tail lamps, projector headlamps and liberal yet appropriate use of chrome makes it shine. The revised Ciaz model is expected to be seen in the market soon.

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Interior Based Comparison:

The Toyota Yaris seems smaller in size as compared to the rivals, and passenger compartment of the car is not as spacious as others. However, the interior comes in bright, sensible and evoking laid out. Everything is easy to get and dials, switches, instruments are clear to read and easy to operate.

The Hyundai Verna has a well-placed dual tone theme in the cabin. The dash is extended well to reach everything and inclined to the driver side. The MID is sandwiched between the dials which make the instrument cluster look good. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and an array of control makes everything simple when it comes to operate and distinguish comprising cruise control. The cabin storage space is enough with a cooled glove box. It has a 480 liters boot space which is 30 liters down from the Ciaz and the Honda City. Although, it is opened by putting foot underneath and waving it. The updated cabin includes cool front seats and new electric sunroof. Coming to the safety, the top end model obtains ABS, EBD and six airbags.

This time Honda has removed many knobs and switches from the City’s cabin. The dash of the City is touch-based only such as media functions or AC, everything is based on a touch interface. Obviously, you will find touchscreen also. The dash of the cabin is black along with a simple finish of piano black inclusion. The boot space is of 510 liters. The Honda City provides an electric sunroof for the top spec model including six airbags as well.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz employed considering the business approach only. It has a nice interior and comes equipped with a touchscreen Smartplay system fitted at the center. The dual-tone theme is visible like the VMaruti Suzuki Ciazerna and City, although the top trim gets all-black upholstery setup. The cabin has a monochromatic MID and easy-to-read dials fitted in the instrument cluster. The Ciaz and City have the same boot space of 510 liters. But, Ciaz falls in airbags offering as even the top end variant gets only two airbags.

Engine Comparison:

Currently, the Toyota Yaris is available with only a 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol motor which is delivering a peak power of 107PS and a peak torque of 140 Nm. The other competitors have both engine options, therefore, the Toyota Yaris may lack here. The other point to note is that it has a less powerful petrol engine as compared to the City (1.5 L and 120PS) and the Verna (1.6 L and 125 PS) and it will also not favor customers in this regard.

The Hyundai Verna is powered by a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi diesel and 1.6-litre Gamma VTVT petrol engine brought from the foregoing car. The petrol engine is able to deliver a peak power of 123PS at 6,400rpm and a peak torque of 154Nm at 4,850rpm, whereas the diesel engine is able to deliver a peak power of 128PS at 4,000rpm and a peak torque of 265Nm at 1,500rpm. Hyundai Verna has been matched to deliver high torque at slightly lower revs as compared to previous readings. Both the engine options are paired to a 6-speed auto gearbox or a 6-speed manual.

The Honda City is powered by a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine options. The diesel engine generates an output of 100PS at 3,600 and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. The petrol engine delivers a peak power of 119PS at 6,600rpm and a peak torque of 145Nm at 4,600rpm. The petrol engine comes mated to a CVT or 5-speed manual, whereas the diesel engine comes with a 6-speed manual.

The Ciaz comes powered by a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel along with Smart Hybrid technology. The engine is able to deliver a peak power of 90PS at 4,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. It comes paired with a 5-speed manual transmission option. The petrol engine obtains a 1.4-litre VVT petrol engine generating a peak power of 93PS at 6,000rpm and a peak power of 130Nm at 4,000rpm. Although, the petrol engine is available with a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission choices.

Price Point:

The Toyota Yaris is available with the premium range for the manual at Rs. 12.85 lakh and for the automatic at Rs. 14.07 lakh. The list further goes down with the Honda City which is available at Rs. 11.83 lakh, Hyundai Verna at a price tag of Rs. 11.41 lakh and the Ciaz is available at Rs. 9.48 lakh, all the models are manual transmission based. Similar prices are also available for the automatic options as well.