During our conversations with the company’s spokespeople about the nature of the car for this 2015 Toyota Yaris first drive review, they mentioned the styling redesign of the model was intended to evoke the dynamics of a hot hatchback. Actually, more precisely said, with this redesign, they were trying to give the car something of a hot hatchback look..
Now granted they said the hot hatchback look, but in our opinion, if you’re out on the street in a policeman’s uniform, you ought to be ready help people if they run into trouble. Obviously, the goal was to attract more attention to the model by imbuing it with a more dynamic look, and that’s fine. Still, a certain segment of the populace is going to be looking for some go to accompany the show. And frankly, that’s some pretty aggressively held territory. You’re talking Volkswagen GTI, MINI Cooper S, Ford Fiesta ST, and the like.
Now given there wasn’t a whole lot of emphasis on the car’s powertrain during the model presentation we sat through, we approached the car inclined to believe its optics and comfort features were the key concerns of the Yaris product team.
Did this prove to be the case?
Well, read on…