Levelling The Playing Field

Auto Today|July 2018

Levelling The Playing Field

With Toyota’s newly-launched Yaris, are the Citys and Vernas feeling the pinch? Read on

For a reasonably long period the sedan has been an answer to the needs of most middle-class households. It has been the got-to vehicle for almost all family motorable needs. At a time when the grand old ambassadors and fiats were making a graceful exit, the aggressively manufactured and advertised sedans were aptly filling in that void. And it did not take long before Honda Citys and Maruti-Suzuki Esteems became the sedans of the season. What made them popular apart from their size and feasibility, was the fact that families could now use these modern machines, both in the city and as a sort of multi-utility vehicles often times transforming from a sedan to a wagon and sometimes even as a off-roader for the brave few. This was ofcourse, before the SUVs showed up!

Also, an upgrade to a sedan was subconsciously seen as a lifestyle shift for the aspirational Indian. That was then and be that as it may, Indians continue to be fascinated by the ever-so-trusted sedan.

It is for this reason, that our last month’s road test featured the best of compact sedans and to complete that picture, this month we put together a road test of proper full sized sedans that are not only feature rich but are also make for a cracker of a drive. And here’s how the recently launched Toyota Yaris compares to its rivals the Honda City and Hyundai’s Verna.

EXTERIORS

Let’s start with the newest kid on the block Toyota’s Yaris. The Yaris looks sharp from almost any quarter you look at. It has a somewhat compact look to it and adding to the sporty hue are the reduced overhangs. The large sweeping headlamps and the small grille in between looks rather different and adding to the uniqueness is the large air dam on the front bumper. Toyota has also added DRLs on the bumper and in profile, it wouldn’t be so wrong to think that the inception of Yaris might have been inspired by coupes. The roofline is sweeping and adds a dash of sportiness to the overall design. The same goes for the rear where large wrap around tail lights continue with the theme seen up front.

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