Toyota Australia is offering more than $500 of added value with special-edition models of Australia's most popular compact car, Yaris. Available for a limited time, Yaris "Edge" models are based on the fuel-efficient YR 3-door and 5-door hatch versions of the top-selling range.

The special-edition cars add value to the Yaris by providing more than $1,000 of added specification for just $500. Prices start from $16,190* for the 3-door Yaris Edge with manual transmission. Toyota has replaced the YR 14-inch steel wheels with the 15-inch alloys from the more expensive YRX model. It has upgraded the standard single CD player to a six-stack system with LCD display, Bluetooth® telephone and audio streaming capabilities and USB connection. In addition, Yaris Edge gains foglamps, "Edge" branded floor mats with brushed aluminium badging and a special-edition "Edge" soft-metal badge on the tailgate.

Yaris is the top-selling car in the compact market - a segment Toyota has led for the past six years.

The company's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said Yaris offers the comfort and features demanded by customers. "It also combines chic city style and great fuel economy while being easy to manoeuvre in traffic," Mr Buttner said.

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Yaris Edge can travel 700km on regular unleaded from its 42-litre tank, based on the official combined fuel economy of 6.0 litres/100km for the manual. Auto versions are nearly as good with a range of 646km. Due to its low emissions, manual Yaris models attract the maximum five-star rating on the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide - the only five-seat car in its segment to achieve the top rating. Auto models attract four stars.

Yaris is more fuel-efficient than its five main rivals - all of which rate just 3.5 stars.

The 3-door and 5-door Yaris Edge hatches are available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Standard Yaris features include twin front airbags, air-conditioning, anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brake distribution, power windows and mirrors, seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters for the front seats and electric power steering.

All Yaris Edge models are offered with an optional enhanced safety pack at $750 that incorporates side and curtain airbags. Metallic paint is a $300 option. The Yaris Edge has powerful yet efficient VVT-i equipped 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine.

Yaris Edge models are covered by Toyota Service Advantage - capped-price servicing of just $130 for each of the first six standard scheduled services over three years or 60,000km (whichever comes first).