Toyota Yaris GLi 1.3 MT vs. Toyota Corolla XLi 1.3 MT: A brief comparison!

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The all-new Toyota Yaris is finally here. It is important to mention here that the booking of the car has already begun on 19th March 2020. However,  due to coronavirus, the company will only be doing a soft launch in the coming days.

Toyota Yaris comes in as a replacement for the iconic 1.3-liter variants of Toyota Corolla, and it will be interesting to see how well the new entrant will turn out to be. Toyota Indus discontinued the XLi and GLi variants of Corolla to pave the way for the all-new Yaris in the local market. Toyota Yaris is being introduced in six different variants depending upon the engine capacity. In this article, we will look at how the new basic variant of Yaris stands as a replacement for the old XLi variant of Toyota Corolla. Apart from its replacement, it will also directly compete with Honda City 1.3L i-VTEC MT and Suzuki Ciaz 1.3L MT.

Before any further delay, let’s have a look at a brief comparison of Toyota Yaris GLi 1.3 MT with Toyota Corolla XLi 1.3 MT.

Engine & Performance:

Toyota Yaris is equipped with a 4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC with dual VVT-I 1329 cc 1NR-FE engine with sequential multi-port fuel injection (SFI) system. It can produce a maximum output power of 98 hp at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 123 Nm at 4200 rpm. Yaris is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.

On the other hand, Toyota Corolla XLi 1.3-litre MT is powered by a water-cooled 4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC with VVT-I 2NZ-FE 1299 cc engine with sequential multi-port fuel injection (SFI) system. It generates a maximum output power of 84 hp at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 121 Nm at 4400 rpm. It’s mated to a 5-speed forward synchro-mesh manual transmission.

Braking & Suspension:

Ventilated disc brakes power Toyota Yaris at the front wheels and drum brakes at the rear side. For an optimum braking experience, the company has also provided ABS as well. The front suspension of Yaris is equipped with Mac Pherson Strut, whereas the rear suspension has a torsion beam.

Toyota Corolla, on the other hand, has ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the rear wheels. However, the suspension of the Toyota Corolla is the same as in the case of Yaris.

Dimensions & Capacity:

The length and width of the Yaris are 4425 mm and 1730 mm, respectively. In terms of height, the car is 1475 mm tall. The wheelbase and minimum turning radius of the Toyota Yaris is 2550 mm and 5.1 meter. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 476 liters, while the fuel tank can store up to 42 liters of fuel.

In comparison to this, Toyota Corolla XLi has a length of 4620 mm, while its width and height are 1775 mm and 1475 mm, respectively. The wheelbase and minimum turning radius of the car is 2700 mm and 5.4 meter respectively. It has a luggage compartment capacity of 470 liters and has a 55-liter fuel tank.


Toyota Yaris is stylish and elegant on the outside. At the front side, it has a 4-beam halogen lamp headlight while the daytime running lamp is missing in this particular variant. It has a pigmented front radiator grille. There are no fog lamps in this variant of Yaris. It has body-colored outside door handles, and side-view mirrors with integrated side turn signals. The windshield has a green lamination, and the front windscreen has intermittent wipers. On the rear side, there is a short pole antenna. Underneath it, there is a rear chrome garnish between the rear combination lamps. For an elegant appearance, the automaker has provided with LED line guide in the rear lamps and a reflex reflector at the bottom end of the rear bumper. The standard tyre size offered by the company is 185/60 R15, with steel wheels with full wheel caps.

The all-new Yaris resembles the Corolla model in many ways. The base XLi model of Toyota Corolla comes with a partial chrome front radiator grille with halogen headlamps. It also didn’t have any DRLs or fog lamps in this particular variant. However, the outside door handles are body-colored along with colored side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals. The windshield of Corolla is laminated and has intermittent windshield wipers. It has a glass embedded antenna and provided with a chrome rear garnish. The standard tyre size in Corolla XLi is 195/65 R15, with steel wheels having full wheel caps.



The interior of the Yaris feels spacious and incredible in style. It has fabric seats offered in an ivory color that fits in perfectly with the dual-tone interior. The other salient features of the interior of Yaris are as follows:

  • Manually-controlled Air Conditioner + Heater
  • Multi-Information Display
  • Outside Temperature Display
  • Analog Speedometer
  • Tachometer
  • Remote Trunk Opener
  • 3-Spoke Tilt-adjustable Steering Wheel
  • 3 Separate Rear Headrests
  • Illuminated Entry System
  • Power Windows
  • Ivory Colored Interior
  • Fabric Door Trim Ornament
  • Standard Gear Shift Lever
  • Pigmented Inside Door Handles
  • Floor Mats
  • Sun Visors
  • Front Personal & Room Lamp
  • Vanity Mirror (Driver + Passenger)
  • Centre Console Box
  • 12 V power Outlet
  • Digital Clock

On the other hand, Toyota Corolla’s interior has a similar color scheme as that of the all-new Yaris. It has several features inside the cabin including:

  • Manually-controlled Air Conditioner + Heater
  • Compact LCD Multi-information Display
  • Outside Temperature Display
  • Analog Speedometer with Chrome
  • Tachometer
  • 3-Spoke Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Fabric Seats
  • 3 Separate Rear Headrests
  • Illuminated Entry System
  • Flaxen Colored Interior
  • Fabric Door Trim with Black Grips
  • Floor Mats
  • Front Personal & Room Lamp
  • Sun Visors
  • Centre Console Box (2-Tier with Lid)
  • 12 V Power Outlet
  • Digital Clock

The best thing about Toyota Yaris turns out to be its safety and security features, which are excess in number as compared to its competitors in the market. All 6 variants of Yaris are equipped with the same standard safety and security features. Let’s have a look at them:

  • Central Door Locking
  • ABS + EBD
  • SRS Airbags (Driver + Passenger)
  • Key Reminder Warning
  • Hill-Start Assist System
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control
  • Fuel Auto Cut
  • Front Seat belts with 3-point ELR with Pre-tensioner and Force Limiter
  • 3 Rear Seat belts with 3-point ELR
  • ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
  • Anti-theft System with Immobilizer
  • Light Reminder Warning
  • High Mount Stop Lamp

Toyota Corolla is also equipped with various safety and security features such as:

  • SRS Airbags (Driver + Passenger)
  • Front Seat belts with 3-point ELR with Pre-tensioner and Force Limiter
  • 3 Rear Seat belts with 3-point ELR
  • ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
  • Immobilizer
  • Light Reminder Warning
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • GOA Body with Crumple Zones

Entertainment features:

The automaker has provided with an in-dash Touch Audio System with 3 lines LCD display in Yaris. It also offers a connectivity feature of advanced Bluetooth that includes 2 phones, hands-free, and seamless music streaming for up to 5 phones. It also has a USB and AUX connectivity feature along with MP3, CD player, and Radio. There are 2 speakers provided by the auto manufacturer.

Toyota Corolla comes with a basic in-dash audio system that offers MP3, Radio, USB, and AUX connectivity with 2 speakers installed by default.


The comparison of price between the outgoing Toyota Corolla XLi and the upcoming Yaris is quite impressive. In terms of price, the two cars are available at the following ex-prices in the local market:

  • Toyota Yaris GLi 1.3 MT PKR 2,349,000/- (introductory price)
  • Toyota Corolla XLi 1.3 MT PKR 2,519,000/-

The automaker has introduced the new Yaris sedan at a competitive price in the local market. It will be mainly competing with Honda City in Pakistan. However, the company has labeled it as an introductory price, which means that it will be revised in a short time after its launch.

Nonetheless, the loyal customers of Toyota are excited to hear about the launch of Yaris in Pakistan. Will it be able to captivate the market as the 1.3-liter variants of Corolla did for so many years. We will have to wait and find out!

Click to See the complete specifications and features of Toyota Yaris GLi 1.3 MT

How do you see the new entrant from IMC? Let us know in the feedback section and stay tuned to PakWheels for more comparative blogs of Toyota Yaris with its competitors in the local market.

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