The significantly improved standard feature package for the refreshed Toyota Yaris includes daytime running lights, electric windows all round, and the latest Toyota Touch Multimedia system (with Bluetooth hands-free functionality). That’s in addition to such essential features as a leather-clad steering wheel and shift knob, of course.

The  Yaris range last year underwent one of the most comprehensive mid-life make-overs Toyota has ever undertaken. Updated looks inside and out, more upmarket fittings and finish as well as a raft of mechanical and body upgrades were sufficient to earn the car the Best Redesign of the Year in the CAR Magazine 2015 Top 12 Best Buy Awards.

Rounding out the features list across the range are fog lights with chrome bezels, 15-inch alloy wheels, remote central locking (with a foldable bayonet key), air conditioning, electric mirrors, power steering, steering controls, dual front and side airbags and ABS with EBD and Brake Assist. The Hybrid model’s package adds several more items, from reverse camera to traction and stability control and 7 airbags.

Price: from R170 000, including 3-year/45 000 km service plan.