Toyota Yaris review

Our Rating: 
3
3.0/5.0
By Auto Express Test TeamComments

The Toyota Yaris is a spacious and reliable supermini that rivals the Ford Fiesta and Hyundai i20

For: 
Spacious interior, efficient engines, reliable
Against: 
Not as fun to drive as its rivals, cheap interior, bland styling

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The Toyota Yaris is designed to rival the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio and Hyundai i20. Visually, it's lacking a bit of style when compared to these models but it's still a practical and dependable supermini.

The Yaris is available with either three or five doors and there are four main specification levels to choose from. Entry-level Active, mid-spec Icon and Icon Plus and top-of-the-range Trend. Mid-spec and above get alloy wheels, air-con and a 6.1-inch touchscreen sat-nav.

The engine range in the Toyota Yaris includes two petrols, one diesel, and an ultra-efficient hybrid model, which returns 81mpg and emits just 79g/km of CO2 making it tax free.

Our choice: Yaris 1.33 VVT-i TR 5dr

Styling

3.2

This isn't a strong point for the Toyota Yaris - it definitely wasn't designed to turn heads. The nose and the grille echo the current Toyota range, while the rear bumper and tailgate look rather like the larger Toyota Auris.

The interior of the Toyota Yaris has some neat touches, but it's still not as nice as the Volksawgen Polo. Overall, there are four main specifications to choose from: Active, Icon, Icon PLus and Trend. Entry-level Active cars do without alloy wheels and make do with black door handles.

Mid-spec icon versions get 15-inch alloy wheels, electric door mirrors, air-con, Bluetooth and a clever 6.1-inch touchscreen display.

Meanwhile, top-of-the-range Trend cars get 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and a leather steering wheel and handbrake.

Driving

2.9

The Toyota Yaris drives quite nicely; the steering is responsive so it's quick on its feet and easy to manoeuvre. It wasn't exactly designed with sport in mind though, so you might want to opt for a Ford Fiesta if you're after driving thrills.

At the base of the Toyota Yaris engine range there's a 69bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine. This is great for driving around the town but can get a little noisy at motorway speeds.

There's also a 99bhp 1.33-litre petrol which manages 51.0mpg and reaches 0-60mph in 11.7 seconds. Meanwhile, buyers doing more miles might want to consider the 1.4-litre D-4D diesel, which goes from 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds and has a top speed of 109mph.

Reliability

4.6

The Toyota Yaris received the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests, receiving 89 per cent for adult occupant protection and 86 per cent for safety assist.

There are seven airbags as standard, as well as stability control, brake assist and traction control. The Toyota Yaris finished 35 out of 100 in our 2013 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, which is an impressive feat.

The Yaris comes with the manufacturer's five-year, 100,000 mile warranty, while the engines have all been tried and tested so there should be no worries there.

Practicality

4.3

This is where the Toyota Yaris excels. The boot is 25 per cent bigger than the previous-generation Toyota Yaris, meaning you get 286 litres of boot space. That's quite spacious, and definitely edges the Volkswagen Polo. With the rear seats folded flat, this increases to 768 litres.

There's plenty of rear leg and headroom, and three adults can easily ft in the back. Meanwhile, storage spots and cubbies are plentiful.

Running Costs

4

The great thing about the Toyota Yaris is that all engines in the range are very efficient. We'd definitely opt for the hybrid; it features an electric motor paired with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, meaning it manages 81mpg and emits jet 79g/km of CO2.

The economical 1.4-litre diesel manages 72.4mpg and emits a tax free 99g/km of CO2. Elsewhere, the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol engine returns a respectable 58.9 mpg, while the more powerful 1.33-litre petrol achieves 55.4mpg.

Residual values are strong, and there are plenty of models for sale on the UK used car market. Meanwhile, fixed-price servicing and a low insurance group rating should help to keep costs down.

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The Ford Fiesta is the only car in this world that can be driven happily...

Even a Porsche is disappointing in comparison...

I suggest to all Porsche buyers to ignore their Porsches in favour of a FIESTA.

Why don't you quote "real on the road" fuel consumption instead of the useless and pointless official figures.

It looks nice!

Last updated: 18 Feb, 2014

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