New 2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid specifications, prices and economy

Hunting for an affordable, economical small hybrid? The 2020 Toyota Yaris retains hybrid power and gains improved technology and economy

James Wilson
Nov 18, 2019

Toyota has revealed the next-generation Yaris Hybrid. Order books will open in the second half of 2020 with prices as yet unconfirmed. The Japanese carmaker has announced that the new Yaris will come with an improved hybrid setup which is claimed to offer better performance and increased efficiency.

Cast your mind back to 2012 and along with the Queen marking her 60th year on the throne, Barack Obama getting re-elected to office and the Avengers coming together for the first time, Toyota launched one of the first self-charging hybrid superminis - the Yaris Hybrid. For a refresher on the different types of hybrid, take a read of our dedicated hybrid car article.

Quick facts

  • New, improved 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid tech
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard
  • Adaptive cruise control on all models
  • Includes an industry first centre airbag
  • Order books opening mid 2020
  • UK deliveries expected September 2020

Despite the increase in hybrid cars over the past few years, the supermini sector (which covers small cars such as the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza) has been relatively slow to adopt hybrids. This partly explains why the previous generation Yaris Hybrid sold almost half a million units across Europe - as affordable, small rivals were few and far between.

Times are changing, though. Suzuki, Honda and Renault are but three manufacturers who offer (or will shortly be offering) hybrid superminis, so this new Toyota Yaris will need to be better than its predecessor to remain popular with motorists who want a low-emission hybrid supermini.

 

2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid specs and models

Toyota is yet to confirm UK models and specs, however based on other models it recently launched (Corolla and Camry) you can expect to see the same model names Toyota uses throughout most of its range.

This means Icon trim will likely kick off the range, then Design and finally Excel. Toyota often includes variations of each trim, for example, Icon Tech. These slightly different trims tend to bring extra equipment commonly bought as optional extras. Also, Toyota has previously offered its cars in rather basic Active trim, which sacrifices equipment in the name of affordability but the Japanese carmaker is yet to confirm whether its 2020 Yaris will be offered in such a trim.

While specification names have not been confirmed, Toyota has said all models will come with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and a host of safety equipment (including an industry first centre airbag between the driver and front passenger). This is a decent spread of kit for such a small car that is likely to prove relatively affordable.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid prices

As Toyota hasn’t confirmed specification levels yet, UK prices are yet to be confirmed. Using the outgoing hybrid model as a guide, though, buyers can expect 2020 Yaris Hybrid prices to start around £17,000 to £19,000, depending on whether or not Toyota offers a more affordable entry-level model.

As mentioned earlier, UK order books are set to open during summer 2020 with deliveries expected to begin September the same year. In turn, prices should be confirmed in the first half of 2020.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid economy

For its latest hybrid Yaris, Toyota has developed a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine to accompany the high-voltage battery and electric motor. While official fuel economy and emission figures will follow at a later date, Toyota has said the new hybrid powertrain brings “an improvement of more than 20% in the Yaris’s fuel economy and CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions”.

Using figures from the old model, this means the 2020 Yaris Hybrid should come with economy figures north of 60mpg and CO2 emissions below 70g/km. This should mean visits to the petrol station will be few and far between - especially if most of your driving is around town, when you can expect the electric motor to offer the greatest assistance to the petrol engine.

It is a similar story with performance – Toyota is yet to announce official numbers, but has stated the new hybrid will produce 15% more combined power than the old model. That means the 2020 Yaris Hybrid should come with around 114hp.

Furthermore, Toyota is expected to offer non-hybrid models in the UK. These include 1.5- and 1.0-litre petrol models. The former is looking set to be offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission, while the latter is expected to be paired solely with a five-speed manual gearbox only. If you are unsure of what a CVT transmission is, take a read of our gearbox explainer. Further details on performance and economy, will be released closer to the new Yaris's launch.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid electric range

As the next-generation Toyota Yaris is a self-charging hybrid it cannot be plugged into a power supply and therefore doesn’t have a charge time. Instead of taking power from the mains, Toyota designed the Yaris to recuperate energy during normal driving, such as under braking.

As a result, while it is possible to drive under electric power alone, this is only for short distances, as the Yaris has smaller batteries than a plug-in hybrid equivalent would. What this means is that the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is ideally suited to low-emission driving in stop/start traffic rather than cruising up and down faster roads.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid rivals

While the previous generation Yaris hybrid had the market to itself (aside from a brief period when Honda offered a hybrid version of the Jazz), the new model is not so lucky.

For starters, Renault is launching a hybrid version of its popular Clio during 2020. While details are thin on the ground currently, Renault has claimed that it will come with a 1.6-litre petrol engine paired with two electric motors and offer around 40% improved fuel economy over fossil-fuel-powered alternatives.

Similarly, Honda has recently revealed a new Jazz, which will come with a hybrid powertrain and hit European markets during 2020. For specs and performance details of the Yaris's main rival, read our story about the new Honda Jazz Hybrid.

Then there is the Suzuki Swift mild-hybrid which is designed to provide a modicum of battery assistance to support the engine in a bid to reduce emissions and improve economy. It is similar in principle to all the small hybrids mentioned here, albeit with less electric assistance.

Alternatively, there are a handful of new all-electric superminis which promise range figures that should prove ample for many motorists. For example, the 2020 Renault Zoe is expected to come with 245 miles of range, although what drivers will achieve in the real-world range will likely be slightly lower.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid technology

Toyota has confirmed that it will be offering a multitude of interior screens with its new Yaris Hybrid. Starting in front of the driver, there will be a 10-inch colour head-up display and digital dials, with the latter showing key driving information such as fuel economy. In the middle of the dashboard is a touchscreen display, which, as mentioned above, will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities.

To ensure the 2020 Yaris has enticing safety credentials, Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) - the company's range of high-tech safety kit - is available. TSS brings a selection of autonomous technologies which are designed to keep drivers out of trouble.

With that in mind, TSS includes pre-collision warning/intervention, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, road sign assist (which will analyse road signs ahead and inform drivers of relevant information, such as speed limit changes) and adaptive cruise control. Toyota is yet to confirm whether all aspects of TSS will be standard on all hybrid Toyota models.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid design

Looking at the 2020 Toyota Yaris from the outside shows its styling is very much in line with the Japanese brand’s other current models – featuring a blend of sharp creases and rounded body lines. As a result, the new Yaris is much more sporty looking than previous generation small Toyotas.

Inside, there appears to have been a great deal of effort put into modernising the Yaris’s interior – the multiple screens described earlier have helped no-end. Build quality was never an issue with the old Yaris, but UK buyers will need to wait until we get our hands on the new model to find out if this latest generation car continues in the same vein.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid dimensions

Despite the fact that almost all superminis are expanding in size every generation - to pack in more safety features and offer greater interior space - the 2020 Yaris will be shorter and lower than the outgoing model.

A reduction of 5mm and 40mm respectively put the new Yaris at 3,940mm long and 1,460mm high. Width has increased, though, raising to 1,745mm. Boot capacity is yet to be confirmed but a movable boot floor will be available.

 

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