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by Tim Beissmann

A big boost in standard equipment, a number of mechanical revisions and a fresh look headline the upgrades to the 2015 Toyota Yaris hatch.

On sale from today, the heavily updated Yaris hatch is available exclusively as a five-door model in three new trim levels: Ascent (manual $15,690, auto $17,290), SX (manual $17,790, auto $19,390) and auto-only ZR ($22,690).

Standard across the 2015 Toyota Yaris range is cruise control, a reverse-view camera, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen with tap, drag and flick functions similar to those of a smartphone.

All models also now feature 15-inch wheels, emergency brake lights, reach-adjustable steering wheel with a telephone switch, and two additional speakers for six in total.

2014 Toyota Yaris HB Ascent

Toyota Australia says the entry-level Yaris Ascent has gained more than $2000 extra equipment over the old YR it replaces, yet carries over at an unchanged price.

The mid-level Yaris SX is $400 more than its YRS predecessor but claims to add about $1000 of new features, including foglights and side and rear privacy glass, in addition to those already mentioned.

The range-topping Yaris ZR is $1300 more than the old high-grade YRX but Toyota says it also gets more than $2000 of extra equipment, such as auto-levelling LED headlights, side skirts, rear spoiler and diffuser, and the app-based Toyota Link connectivity system.

Those features come on top of the ZR’s already standard alloy wheels, satellite navigation, climate control, front sports seats and a premium steering wheel.

2014 Toyota Yaris HB ZR

The updated range retains the drivetrains of the old model, meaning the Ascent gets a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 63kW of power and 121Nm of torque, and the SX and ZR variants get a larger 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with 80kW and 141Nm.

The smaller engine consumes 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle when teamed with the five-speed manual transmission and 6.3L/100km with the four-speed automatic.

The SX manual uses 5.8L/100km combined while the SX and ZR autos also use 6.3L/100km.

Toyota’s engineers have stiffened the body shell of the 2015 Yaris, retuned its suspension components and claim to have reduced noise and vibration.

It says increased rigidity contributes to a more direct and linear steering response, the new suspension calibration creates improved ride comfort and balanced body control, and improved seals and larger and thicker sound absorbing materials cut the amount of noise that enters the cabin.

2014 Toyota Yaris HB ZR

The Yaris carries over its standard safety package, which is headlined by seven airbags (dual front, front-side, side-curtain, and driver’s knee bags) and electronic stability control.

Nine exterior colours are available including new Vivid Yellow, two new blues (Aura and Tidal Blue), and eye-catching hot pink.

The 2015 Toyota Yaris five-door hatch will be sold alongside the previous-generation four-door Yaris sedan, which continues unchanged in $18,190 YRS manual, $19,790 YRS auto and $21,790 YRX auto trims. Toyota Australia says there is no word on any updates for the sedan at this stage.

Stay tuned for CarAdvice’s 2015 Toyota Yaris review, coming next week.


2015 Toyota Yaris pricing:
Ascent manual $15,690
Ascent auto $17,290
SX manual $17,790
SX auto $19,390
ZR auto $22,690