Here’s how the upcoming Toyota Yaris matches up on paper against its competition like the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz.

Toyota showcased its new Yaris sedan at the Auto Expo 2018 before its official launch in India. Expected to arrive in the coming months, the Japanese brand is looking to fill the hole in its line-between the Etios sedan and Corolla sedan. This means that the Yaris will rival the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Maruti Ciaz in the Indian market.

Here’s how well the Yaris does on paper in comparison to its competition:

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In terms of its size, the Yaris is a bit smaller overall than its rivals, with both, the City and the Verna, being longer by 15mm in length and 50mm in the wheelbase. Though, it’s the Ciaz that’s the longest in length (by 65mm) and wheelbase (by 100mm).When it comes to height, the City is taller by 20mm and the Verna by 10mm. However, the Yaris and the Ciaz are the widest cars here. Overall, the Maruti is the largest of the four mid-size sedans, and is yet one of the lightest of the lot; it is also offered with the largest wheels and the thickest rubber.

The marginally smaller Yaris may be easier to use in congested urban environs, but may have compromised on interior space to do so. Though, the bigger width may mean three can sit abreast at the rear with relatively more comfort.

Toyota Yaris* Honda City Hyundai Verna Maruti Ciaz
Length 4425mm 4440mm 4440mm 4490mm
Width 1730mm 1695mm 1729mm 1730mm
Height 1475mm 1495mm 1485mm 1485mm
Wheelbase 2550mm 2600mm 2600mm 2650mm
Ground clearance 133mm 165mm 165mm 170mm
Kerb weight 1085-1100kg 1058-1175kg 1143-1255kg 1010-1130kg
Tyres 185/60 R15 175/65 R15-185/55 R16 185/65 R15-195/55 R16 185/65 R15-195/55 R16

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While the final details of the India-spec model have yet to be confirmed, we can expect features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, a tyre pressure-monitoring system, 60:40 rear seat split, adjustable three-neck restraints for the rear seat, a roof-mounted rear AC with ambient lighting, a powered driver’s seat, front parking sensors and a reversing camera. In terms of safety equipment, the Yaris is expected to come with discs all around, seven airbags, Hill-Start Assist, ABS, EBD and ESP.

Hyundai’s cars are usually the most feature-rich in their class and the Verna, with its ventilated front seats (a segment-first), is no exception. In general, the Verna outdoes its rivals on the equipment front though it seems like the Yaris should give it a run for its money in this area.

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Unlike its rivals that also get a diesel engine option, the Yaris will only be offered in petrol guise. Toyota’s 1.5-litre naturally aspirated, four-cylinder, petrol engine is down on power and torque compared to the Verna’s 1.6-litre mill and the City’s 1.5-litre unit, though it comfortably out-powers the Ciaz. However, the top-spec version of the Toyota is a bit lighter than rivals, which can mean that performance may not be too far off the mark. The six-speed manual gearbox on the Yaris should also help achieve better mileage while cruising down the highway.

Toyota Yaris* Honda City Hyundai Verna Maruti Ciaz
Fuel Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol
Engine 1496cc 1497cc 1591cc 1373cc
Power 108hp 119hp 123hp 92hp
Torque 140Nm 145Nm 151Nm 130Nm
Gearbox 6-speed manual/7-step CVT automatic 5-speed manual/7-step CVT automatic 6-speed manual/6-speed automatic 5-speed manual & 4-speed automatic

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In terms of pricing, expect Toyota to price the Yaris just below the Honda City, which is priced between Rs 8.7 lakh and Rs 13.7 lakh. The Ciaz is the most affordable of the lot while the Verna starts high at Rs 9.8 lakh for the base 1.6-litre version (the Verna is also available with a cheaper 1.4-litre motor priced at Rs 7.8-9.1 lakh) but ends at a respectable Rs 12.6 lakh for the top-spec automatic (all-prices, ex-showroom, Delhi).

Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Toyota Yaris Honda City Hyundai Verna Maruti Ciaz
Petrol model prices Rs 8.4-13.5 lakh (est) Rs 8.7-13.7 lakh Rs 9.8-12.6 lakh Rs 7.8-10.6 lakh

If the Yaris comes with the equipment listed above and is priced competitively, on paper, the Toyota has the proper credentials to take on its mid-size sedan rivals. However, a proper road test and a comparison will be necessary to determine if the Yaris has enough juice to triumph over the current segment champion, the Hyundai Verna.

*Except for the power figure, all other figures match those of the Singapore-spec Toyota Vios.