Toyota Yaris Named Car of the Year 2021

01 Mar 2021 by Lisa Simm

The Toyota Yaris has claimed the top prize in this year’s prestigious Car of the Year award.

Small but mighty

The Toyota Yaris is one of the sleekest superminis on the market, and the new fourth-generation model only serves to improve on its longstanding position.

Combining intuitive technology with stylish looks and high-quality finishes with an impressively efficient petrol-electric hybrid engine, the new Yaris has incredible appeal.

The expressive design of the new-look model conveys a passion for life, while the driver-focused interior makes use of all space to offer a comfortable cabin with high-quality soft-touch finishes.

Toyota has long been at the fore of hybrid motoring. So it’s no surprise the new Yaris is at the top of its game. The advanced petrol-electric self-charging hybrid system produces 86g/km CO2 on WLTP testing and has a fuel economy of 105mpg.

It doesn’t stop there as the Toyota Yaris also comes jam-packed with standard safety equipment. Features include a pre-collision system, emergency steering assist, road sign assist and intelligent adaptive cruise control, to name just a few.

Beating off the competition

The Toyota Yaris, only available as a petrol-electric hybrid, has seen off the competition from an impressive line-up under consideration for this year’s Car of the Year Award. It managed to score 266 points putting it well in front of other prestigious models shortlisted. It gained praise from the judges for its low emissions, driveability and accessible pricing as well as its attractive design and class-leading safety.

The Fiat 500 Electric took second place, scoring 240 points. Meanwhile, the CUPRA Formentor came in just behind with 239 points. Other models to make the shortlist include the Volkswagen ID3, Skoda Octavia, Land Rover Defender and Citroen C4. Which serves to demonstrate the class-leading models the new Yaris was up against.

A Second Time Winner

This is the second time the Yaris has bagged this prestigious award. The first-generation Yaris was originally named Car of the Year back in 2000. But the Yaris has consistently been recognised by the Car of the Year jury with every generation making the award’s shortlist.

Winning the award for the second time shows how far Toyota has come and how it has adapted to offer relevance in a changing market.

award-wining Toyota Yaris

Matt Harrison, executive vice president of Toyota Europe, said:

“This is a great honour for Toyota, and I’d like to thank the jury for their consideration and recognition. I’d also like to take this opportunity to recognise the passion of our development teams in Europe and Japan. This is the best ever Yaris, and just as Akio Toyoda intended, it is already putting a smile on the face of our customers.”

What is the Car of the Year Award?

The Car of the Year Award is an independent award that celebrates real-world cars. It has the support of nine publications from across nine different European countries. The judging panel consists of 59 motoring journalists from different backgrounds.

The first ceremony took place in 1964 when the Rover 2000 became the first Car of the Year.

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