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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.

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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.


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