Unlike much of the rest of the world, the UK is not getting the more compact Prius C. Instead, we have a much better option – the Toyota Yaris Hybrid – which we now know will cost ‘under’ £15,000.
Toyota say that the Yaris Hybrid will be the most reasonably priced Hybrid on the market in the UK, providing market-leading technology at an affordable price. Although unless you do big mileage – or you want to polish your green halo – you’d be much better off with a regular, petrol-engined Yaris, which starts at £11k.
The Yaris Hybrid gets a downsized version of the 1.5 litre HSD powertrain in the Prius, which gets a more compact electric motor and battery pack, saving 20 per cent in weight.
The plus for the Yaris Hybrid – apart from a green halo – is the 79g/km emissions – which means no road tax – and a BIK rate of just 10 per cent. With 99bhp to play with, the Yaris Hybrid should be nippy enough, although if you do give it some wellie on a regular basis you won’t get any better mileage than the 1.0 VVT-i Yaris, which does 59mpg.
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid will be on Toyota’s stand at the Geneva Motor Show in March and first customer cars will arrive in July.
The Yaris Hybrid is now available to order – now we know the price.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid Photo Gallery
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