Toyota Yaris review - Reliability and Safety
A five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating and Toyota’s strong reputation for reliability make the Yaris a pretty safe bet
One area where the Toyota Yaris will excel is reliability. That’s not really surprising, as despite a handful of high-profile recalls, the brand has a first-class reputation for building cars that will run and run.
The third-generation Yaris ranked 59th out of 150 cars in the Auto Express Driver Power 2019 satisfaction survey – one down from last year, but still a fairly respectable result. It achieved high scores for reliability and running costs, with owners criticising the car for performance, seat comfort and practicality.
The current-generation, pre-facelift Yaris was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. You get seven airbags and tyre pressure monitors as standard and all cars get a pre-collision system, lane departure warning and auto high beams.
As with the rest of the Toyota range, the Yaris is supplied with a five-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is up there with the best deals on the market – although the paint is only guaranteed for three years. Kia’s manufacturer guarantee has the edge for longevity – its cars are covered for seven years – but most rivals still only offer only three-year warranties.
The Yaris benefits from competitive fixed-price servicing deals, and a scheduled visit to the dealership will cost from around £125 for petrol versions, and £139 upwards for the Hybrid.
The Toyota package includes use of a courtesy car, though, and the dealer should collect and deliver your car free of charge. This is the kind of excellent customer that helped the network finish second in our Driver Power 2015 dealer survey.
In this review
- 1VerdictRivals beat the Toyota Yaris for fun driving and quality feel, but the Toyota is a practical and reliable supermini
- 2Engines, performance and driveIt’s comfortable and competent around town, but (with the notable exception of the GRMN version) the Yaris isn’t exactly thrilling to drive on the open road
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEfficiency is definitely the trump card of this little Toyota – all versions are impressively affordable to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyA fresh, contemporary face gives the Yaris a distinctive look, and there’s plenty of technology on offer inside, too
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith its Tardis-like interior, the Toyota Yaris serves up plenty of space for passengers and luggage alike
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingA five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating and Toyota’s strong reputation for reliability make the Yaris a pretty safe bet