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Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport 2021 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
7.8
The Ascent Sport marks the cheapest way into the Yaris family, costing $22,130 for a vehicle with a manual transmission, and $23,630 for a CVT automatic.

The Ascent Sport marks the cheapest way into the Yaris family, costing $22,130 for a vehicle with a manual transmission, and $23,630 for a CVT automatic.

Both are powered by a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine which will produce 86kW and 145Nm, with electrification not available on this grade. 

What you do get, though, is a lot of safety stuff. That story begins with eight airbags - including two front centre airbags, the only car in this segment to get them - and the usual suite of braking and traction aids.

Then the tech steps up, with Toyota's pre-collision safety system, which has AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as active cruise control, intersection turn assistance, lane trace assist with active steering, road-sign recognition and a reversing camera.

The new Yaris scored the maximum five-star ANCAP rating.

Outside, you get 15-inch steel wheels, halogen headlamps, LED DRLs and tail lights and rear fog lamps. Inside, you'll find fabric seats, manual air-con, a USB charge point and a 12v power outlet.

On the tech front, you'll find a 7.0-inch touchscreen inside with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a smaller 4.2-inch driver info screen. You'll also get a six-speaker stereo and DAB+ radio.

 

EXPERT RATING
7.8
Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist

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