One of the great things about this job is that we get to wang around in some high-powered an exotic machinery. It’s a riot… for about three seconds at a time. With 500bhp behind you, enjoying such power has to be severely restricted. Because we like our driving licenses, and have an aversion to jail cells.
So, that makes driving our Toyota Yaris somewhat of a pleasant novelty. With only 83bhp, it’s possible to extract every last drop of potential out of the car without tripping speed cameras and causing policemen to spill their coffee. Flat out acceleration to 100kph takes more than 10 seconds, which may not sound like a hoot, but it’s not often we get to mash our right feet into the carpet and keep them there.
The new generation of hatchback is more enjoyable than its predecessor too. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still not set up for sportiness, but there’s more feel and directness to the steering than before, and the fact that it’s so tiny means it’s nimble compared to the larger machines we so often drive. We can nip in and out of traffic at full chat and, with little white Toyotas being so ubiquitous, no one gives us a second glance.
It’s also proved as practical as practical can be. We can fit all the C&P camera gear in the boot, four passengers in the cabin and the boot lip even acted as a seat for photographer Moe during one of this week’s shoots.
So far, it’s not missed a beat – there’s not a hint of trouble to report. So if you’ll excuse us, we’re off for a bit of a razz again >>>