Presentation: insurance against discretion
Discreet and versatile in advance, The Yaris has completely changed its tune for the last generation. Now on a city car with a very assertive appearance. With wide fenders, two-tone paint options and aggressive optics that give it a combative flair, it’s something to consider. on his side, The Fiesta looks much smarter. Thanks to its very recent restyling, it now benefits from an updated styling with a relocated logo to the grille, while the bumpers and optics have been lightly retouched.
It’s not a revolution inside either, where the presentation remains pretty plain and plastic is ubiquitous. The Fiesta can now also carry digital meters like the Yaris. The Japanese are not much better than the Americans, if we dwell on the quality of the materials used, but at the rear they have very good livability, even if the passengers have to deal with the windows with reduced surfaces. Finally, on the trunk side, the Yaris’ 230 dm3 looks much better than the 170 dm3 offered by the Fiesta.
At the wheel: fun or sobriety
Despite serving several years under his belt, The Fiesta remains one of the coolest city cars to take with you, especially thanks to a nice chassis that does not forget about comfort. The Ford is agile and lively without being erratic, qualities that the Yaris envy. In much better shape than the previous generation, the Toyota still suffers from some wind noise and a floating suspension with 17-inch wheels. But the front axle is still pretty sharp, and they’re comfortable both in and out of town, unless you’re planning on making highway journeys that don’t belong to them.
Engine range: Fiesta shines
On the Toyota side, this is easy to see: in the catalog you will find only two petrol engines and a hybrid! If 70 hp petrol can show an entry price of €18,250, 120 hp is not the most useful. It’s certainly cheaper than the 116 hp hybrid, but it’s the hybrid that lets you get the most out of the Yaris thanks to record consumption: we measured 4.6 l/100 km on average, while urban consumption was lower. only 3.6 l/100 km!
Party cannot say the same thing, on the other hand he can count on an expanded range of engines to suit the largest number. From the small city-only 1,175 hp (from €17,390) to the very good 125 hp 3-cylinder EcoBoost and 155 hp via a 95 hp E85 Flexifuel engine, There is so much to do. Diesel isn’t invited to the party, but the Fiesta leaves the choice between a mechanical or automatic transmission on the 125 hp engine.
Two very angry versions
Both Ford and Toyota offer a (very) spicy version of their city car. On the Oval Bleu side, you can count on a 200-hp Fiesta ST with a sparkling engine and optionally a very agile and mobile chassis. Toyota took everything a step further. The GR Yaris, which is nothing more than a road version of the Yaris WRC that has hit the world rally championship so far. The 261 horsepower 1.6 is the most powerful 3-cylinder engine on the market., but above all the GR Yaris stands out with the all-wheel drive GR-Four. The latter can be configured in 3 modes depending on whether you want a traction, driven or completely neutral car with a 50/50 torque distribution between the front axle and the rear. A real old-fashioned sports car as there are very few on the market!
Finishes: spoiled for choice
Toyota offers Five trims are available on the Yaris, but only the most modest two on internal combustion engines. If you want complete equipment, you will definitely have to go through the hybrid engine! The options mainly relate to navigation, sound system, parking radars or paints. Ford is also on par with the five finishes, but they’re not just about the equipment: the Cool & Connect and Titanium Vignale have a standard chassis, while the ST-Line and ST-Line X sport sporty suspension. Finally, the Fiesta Active X has a slightly upgraded and custom body kit. So while only the trim level and a few exterior details differ for Toyota, Ford really changes the personality depending on the finish chosen. Therefore, it is better to be vigilant to make sure that the version that caught your eye is the one that best suits your use.
Prices: a slight advantage to Ford
With a base price of almost €1,000 cheaper (€17,390, versus €18,250), the Ford is more accessible. While the most expensive Fiesta (excluding the sporty ST) is trading at 25,690 Euros, the Yaris can go as high as 26,450 Euros, so their prices are also falling. Expensive for a city car! In any case, you will find similar equipment in both.
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