Toyota Yaris takes Car of the Year 2021 award – and this is what it’s like

As an alternative to a small battery-electric hatchback, the new Yaris might not be quite as good for the planet, but it’s a better all-rounder. That drive, however, knocks it out of five-star territory despite being a well-deserved Car of the Year 2021.

The facts

Toyota Yaris Hybrid Dynamics

How much? £21,920 on the road

How fast? 109mph/0-62mph 9.7s

How economical? 68.9mpg

CO2 emissions 92g/km

The oily parts: Three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a displacement of 1,490 cc, lithium-ion battery with 0.76 kWh, 119 hp (maximum total system output), front-wheel drive

VED £125 first year, then £150

boot size 286 liters

The rivals

Ford Fiesta ST-Line X 1.0-litre 125hp Auto, from £19,870

The Guvnor in terms of ride and handling that many people don’t want but are sorely lacking in rivals. The best selling car in the UK and despite a few recalls the 1.0 Ecoboost engine is a smash hit. The interior struggles to match the quality of the rivals, but the systems are fairly straightforward and easy to use.

Vauxhall Corsa SE Nav 1.2 Turbo Auto, from £19,020

Nice revision of the current Peugeot 208 with a German-style interior and dashboard instead of the innovative but ultimately pointless three-dimensional Peugeot display. Ride and handling are unique to Vauxhall and better suited to British roads, and the 1.2 Turbo is a stunning unit. Some really good price offers at the moment too.

Honda Jazz 1.5 i-VTEC Sport Navi, from £19,470

A really clever hybrid system doesn’t change the fact that the Jazz wasn’t really designed for British roads, although British buyers appreciate its legendary reliability. Refined in almost every area, the Mark IV Jazz feels more sophisticated and mature, but as always, the dynamics and rubber banding let it down slightly.

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