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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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28 reader reviews for Toyota Yaris Hatchback.
  • 1.0 16v CDX 5dr

    Jack Carpenter , Surrey . Date: 26/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      56

    My car

    I have had this yaris for 5 years now, and overall it's been a success. Not one fault - the clutch started squeeking after about 25,000, and although the garage suggested replacing it, 12,000 miles later it still lives! The interior is good - well laid out with the mpg counter very handy and strangely addictive. If your careful in general driving then you can get around 60mpg - in the park with a 20mph speed limit, in fith gear I got 99.0mpg over a three mile stretch! Speakers are awful, and worth replacing if you like your music. Boot can be expanded by moving the back seats forward, though it is still very small. Being 6ft 5", I'm not the smallest driver but I just fit, remarkable for such a small car. The steering is fairly dull though, with other smaller cars much funner to drive.

    Overall, a great buy and I recommend to anyone looking for a small second hand car.

  • 1.0 16v GS 5dr

    Mike Hayden , South Yorkshire . Date: 10/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have now had this car for 5 years, bought just before its third birthday, during which time it has been ultra reliable, with no MoT failures.

    The 1 lire engine lacks power, and whilst it will merrily doing 70mph on the motorway, accelerating after reducing speed for whatever reason is a touch lacking. Planning an overtaking move needs just that... planning, because it will not be accompished quickly.

    The main failing has been the road-holding in the wet, which has been very unsettling. My wife and two sons, all accomplished drivers with a lot of experience under their hats, have had the odd 'hairy' moment when cornering in the rain. Compared to the other cars each of them drive, the Yaris' speed by comparison has to be kept very low indeed to avoid the front "washing-out", with the ensuing four-wheel drift heart-stopping. At this is at a respectably low speed that holds other traffic up. Tyres? Third set and plenty of tread, but maybe a more 'premium' name will be used next time if the car is kept that long.

    50mpg is typical on a long run, never less than 45mpg, with 66mpg seen on one occasion along gentle A-roads. But more power and more secure handling are the main things missing, although more power with the present handling on offer is not really recommended..!

  • 1.5 VVT-i T Sport 3dr

    bryan mabon Date: 01/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    what a car i had looked at the 1 litre and 1.3 lites and came across my 1.5 vvt i t sport in black with black sports interior a very solid reliable car, very comfortable seats, great to drive and very economical and the envy of many once they have been in it. i can not rate this car highly enough, the only downside is it has 3 doors and a bit tight getting in the back, but roomy though.if you ever see one of these for sale grab it they are rare.

  • 1.3 16v CDX 5dr

    Heidi Plant , Avon . Date: 17/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've owned my car for a year, and like most felt that due to the manufacturers name i would be getting something more reliable and certainly something better in regards to after sales service, but this wasn’t the case.

    My car is a 2000 reg CDX and although it isnt brand new i still expected from reviews and the name for something special or more refined then other compact city cars. But no. You would be mistaken, although you are right in thinking, certain elements such as the overall finish, look and style does not age/go out of fashion. The drive quality it does not match. It can be sluggish and more importantly there is a issue/flaw with the gear box and linkage that i hadnt come across until i bought this car and experienced it first hand, to then find from several toyota places this is a well known flaw.

    There is no fix to this issue which can and does get worse with time and will eventually lead to the only options of replacing the whole thing, this is not cheap with toyota parts and labour, from speaking to other yaris owners this does not seem to be a one off case. The yaris overall is a nice car and CDX i have has all mod cons you can ask for. Yes, compared with a KA or Clio its fun, people in general seem impressed with its style. But for me, from my experience, be careful, look over it closing, pay attention to the feel of the drive if there is a delay in the clutch engaging with gear box or if the gears feel tough when changing through them be warned.

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