THOSE who felt the Toyota Yaris didn’t require sassy styling to do its bidding may be a little taken aback by the latest, third-generation car - a shrinking violet no more.
The good news is, it hasn’t lost sight of the core values that have sustained its huge sales success.
Few supermini rivals serve up such a solid blend of qualities, and the latest Yaris also offers enough in the way of creature comforts and hi-tech kit to set it apart from the class norm.
Now into its third incarnation, this is certainly the most aggressive looking Yaris to date and the one most likely to stand out from the crowd.
The angular headlights, pronounced ‘V’ sculpting of front grille, re-modelled bumpers and eased-out wheelarches give the car a sturdier, more purposeful stance.
Move round to the back and the chrome strip running along the boot combines with the small tailgate spoiler to further massage the up-tempo message, an effect nicely rounded off by the dark-hued 8-spoke alloy wheels.
The Yaris is a vehicle that manages the essential compromises placed upon it extremely cleverly.
In doing so, it makes many of its rivals look a little one-dimensional.
It’s well equipped, adequately spacious and now handsome in a not-so-understated fashion.
But, as ever, it comes with the sort of pence per mile running costs more usually associated with claustrophobic city cars. All told, the latest Yaris emerges as an extremely convincing package.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Toyota Yaris TR
PRICES: £12,260 - £14,760
INSURANCE GROUPS: 3-9
CO2 EMISSIONS: 104-123g/km
PERFORMANCE: [1.3] 0-62 11.7s / top speed 109mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: [1.4 D-4D] (combined) 72.4mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ABS with EBA, twin front and side airbags
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height mm 3785/1695/1530.