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The Toyota Yaris Gets A Facelift for 2014

July 2, 2014

The mid-life refresh of the ever popular Toyota Yaris is on sale now – and we’ve got all the details. It’s clear the Japanese automakers have been busy at work making sure that the improvements to the facelifted Yaris go beyond its shiny new surfaces.

The new Yaris maintains much of its predecessor’s body shape. However, there are slight design tweaks to bring it bang up to date with the rest of Toyota’s models. The Yaris has borrowed some styling inputs from its little sister, the new Aygo, sporting an X-shaped front grille and a refreshed front and rear bumper shape.

Engines have also been carried forward from the pre-2014 Yaris, with Toyota offering buyers the choice of four power units. A 1.0L entry level petrol – producing a humble 69 bhp – or a more capable 1.33L 99 bhp petrol. There is also a 1.4L diesel option or a 1.5L petrol hybrid for economy conscious buyers – however, economy figures on the whole are strong throughout the range.

Alongside superficial design changes, Toyota have also introduced two new permanent specification levels for the Yaris. Currently, the Yaris is offered in either Active or Icon trim levels. Sport and Excel versions will be a welcome addition to the 2014 model, giving luxury conscious city drivers the extra style and gadgets they crave. Specifications are generous overall, with the entry level Active model including electric front windows and an audio system with USB and aux inputs – not bad considering the Active model starts at just £10,995.

 

Splash a little more cash on higher trim versions and features like alloy wheels, air conditioning, reverse parking cameras, bluetooth connectivity and Toyota’s patented entertainment system could be yours. The ‘Touch 2’ system uses a 7 inch touchscreen display mounted in the dash to control the car’s audio, entertainment and connectivity features.

The top of the range Excel model comes with LED lights, climate control, automatic wipers and cruise control – but it’ll cost you just a pinch over £17,500. You might think it’s a lot to ask for a city runaround, but there’s a reason for Toyota’s premium pricing. In fact, there are two: build quality and reliability. In a recent survey, the Yaris was voted one of the most reliable cars on the road!

If you fancy getting your hands on the 2014 Yaris, it’s on sale now – with first deliveries expected in August later this year. Once you’ve selected your ultimate wheels, get in touch with the Car Loan Warehouse, specialists in car financing. Our team of experts work with lenders and dealers to find you the best car financing option – regardless of your credit score. Try our quick and easy online car loan calculator for an instant estimated quote!

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.