• Yaris Hybrid to become UK’s most affordable full hybrid model
• CO2 emissions from 79g/km
• Available to order now

Full price and specification details for the Toyota Yaris Hybrid have been announced, with the supermini set to become the most affordable hybrid available in the UK.

Priced from £14,995 in entry level T3 trim, it undercuts its closest rival – the Honda Jazz Hybrid – by £1,305. Mid-level T4 and top of the range T Spirit trim levels start from £15,895 and £16,995 respectively.

It uses an engine configuration similar to Toyota’s other hybrid models, though the technology has been reduced in size so as to not affect cabin and boot space.

The Yaris hybrid uses a 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol engine mated to a nickel battery pack and efficiency-optimised CVT automatic gearbox. For cars in T3 and T4 spec, CO2 emissions are 79g/km, with fuel efficiency at 80.7mpg on the combined cycle. Due to the larger wheels and additional kit on the top-end T Spirit version, that car’s eco credentials suffer slightly, emitting 85g/km of CO2 and returning 76mpg. However, it is still clean enough to be road tax and London congestion charge free.

In even its most basic specification the Yaris Hybrid is reasonably well equipped, coming with dual-zone air-con, front electric windows, a six-speaker audio system, seven airbags and a number of electronic safety aids.

Mid-level T4 trim adds 15-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear glass, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob and a rear view camera. Cars in T Spirit trim get a ventilated glove box, part leather upholstery, cruise control, keyless go, rear electric rear windows, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers.

A number of option packs will be made available to order, including a Protection Pack (£250) which includes mud-flaps, a boot liner and ‘hybrid’ branded floor mats, and also a Style Pack (£300) which adds metal trimmed exterior design details. Toyota’s ‘Touch and Go’ internet connected sat-nav system is also available for an additional £650.

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is available to order now, with the first customer cars due for delivery on July 1.

By Daljinder Nagra

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