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New Toyota Yaris 1.5i Pulse - Toyota’s new pocket rocket!

By Graeme Lund - Jul 3, 2017
New Toyota Yaris 1.5i Pulse - Toyota’s new pocket rocket!

There is nothing normal and mundane about the new Toyota Yaris 1.5i Pulse. It drives like a sports car, and with the two-tone paint option, looks awesome. It also offers luxury, safety and driving features beyond those of its competitors.

The Yaris now comes in two new Pulse models – one equipped with a manual gearbox and the other with a CVT (continuously variable transmission).

Priced and equipped to fit between the Etios and the Auris, the Yaris Pulse’s  1.5-litre engine pushes out 82kW and 136Nm. That is thanks to its relatively light body this is more than sufficient to give it plenty of oomph while producing excellent fuel efficiency.  Toyota rates fuel consumption at 5.0-litres/100km for the manual and 4.8 for the Plus CVT. Top speed is 175km/h for both models.

To give the new Pulse models a bit of a differentiation, the car has slightly different head- and taillight designs, different grilles and new colour options.

The new 1.5 Yaris Pulse has its grille running vertically across the front of the car, while the Pulse Plus – only available on the CVT model – has a honeycomb unit.

Buyers have the option of having a two-tone colour scheme, which, to my mind looks best with the roof in black as opposed to whatever colour the body is. The two models are further differentiated by model-specific seat designs.

Like most Toyotas, the interior is has a simple-but-easy-to-use dashboard and, with a little logic, you are able to figure out how it all works quickly.

The Pulse features additional airbags for drivers and passengers, electric windows all-round, leather encased steering wheel, as well as remote central locking. Vehicle stability control (VSC) and hill ascent control (HAC) are new additions to this range. 

The Pulse Plus has a few additional features including curtain and driver knee airbag, projector headlamp and the aforementioned cruise control. On the Pulse Plus buyers can expect a Sport button near the gearbox, while the car is also fitted with cruise control. The standard Pulse does not feature these.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Yaris Pulse and was surprised at the acceleration, ride stability and general fun of the ride.

If you would like to book a test drive, then contact Simon Ward at Algoa Toyota on 087 350 6305 or pay them a visit at 347 Cape Road, in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth.