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Toyota Yaris ZR 2021 review: snapshot

Welcome to the top tier of the Yaris range, with the ZR sitting above both the SX and Ascent Sport in the lineup, and wearing a price tag of $30,100 in petrol-only guise, or $32,100 with the hybrid powertrain. 

Petrol cars are powered by a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine which will produce 86kW and 145Nm, while hybrid cars add a lithium-ion battery and electric motor for a combined output of 85kW. Both now pair with a CVT automatic.

Standard gear includes navigation with live traffic, auto air-con, keyless entry and push-button start, a digital speedo, tachometer and hybrid use gauge, as sport seats up front, paddle shifters for the non-hybrid model, and nicer interior design elements like piano black inserts and Y (for Yaris) embossed seats. Outside, you get 16-inch alloys, LED headlights, privacy glass and the option of a two-tone paint job.

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. The safety story is impressive, beginning 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.

You also get a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring and an intelligent parking system.

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

Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist