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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

    Mike Budding , Murcia . Date: 18/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Following a trip to London, on one of the hottest days of the year, I immediately traded in my wife's 7 month old Micra, for a Yaris CDX - which DID have air con (and a whole lot more). The car was expensive (at the time) but it was a sound investement, and after 6 years of ownership, we gave it to our son. When he went off on his travels, we reclaimed it, and then gave it to our daughter - who loves it, and still runs it. Over the 8 years of ownership, I had to replace 2 headlight bulbs - AND THAT WAS IT! Funky, quirky, very well appointed, ULTRA reliable, and room for four people (with minimum luggage) or tardis-like space for two, and more than enough room for luggage. As a means of transport, which will always start first time, and do exactly what it says on the tin, it's unbeatable. It's NOT an asphalt-eater (but neither are most people EITHER) but IT WILL cruise at the legal limit (+ a good bit) all day, quietly, comfortably, and still return well over 40 mpg. I've NEVER seen one of these stranded at the roadside, and what more can the "normal" motorist want? You want "kicks?" re-mortgage the house & go "flamboyant: you want to get from A to B every day, without fuss, drama or mega expense, go Yaris.

  • 1.0 16v GS 5dr

    Christian Galea , Malta . Date: 21/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Like Mr. Schiavone below, I also come from Malta and I also have experienced the Vitz, which has become a plague. Unlike Mr. Schiavone, I am not a Toyota freak and cannot recommend this car.

    Although I found the car relatively comfortable and spacious, with a modern and interesting dashboard, that's where it ends. It might have flexible seats, but you rarely need them, and although there’s good legroom, the boot is tiny. Plastic quality looks good, but I'm not sure of fit and finish, because I heard some things rattling.

    What I was most concerned about, though, was the refinement. It was terrible. When revved, the engine noise intrudes too much in the cabin, it feels quite hesitant (this is an automatic), and the road noise was unbelievable.

    Every road imperfection could be heard (and there are a lot here) and tyre noise was present all the time, which was unbearable. In another similar car, the auto gearbox vibrated like mad at idle.

    Compared to our 1.5 diesel Clio, this has to come second. The Clio is just as comfortable, is more fun, is more chic, has a bigger boot, also costs very little to run and is more refined.

    What worries me most is that here everyone is buying them, because they are quite cheap and have the 'reliability' fame. I'm not saying that they're bad, but I think that at least we Maltese should start doing some research before buying a car.

    I'm sorry, but the Skoda Fabia, Renault Clio and Honda Jazz, to name a few, are better cars.

  • 1.0 16v GS 3dr

    Rob Calderwood , Essex . Date: 04/03/2007
    • 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

    The Yaris is a relatively comfortable car, which is excellent for town driving. Whilst this version only has a 1 litre ebgine, it is quite responsive, and is perfectly happy on the Motorway.

    The best thing about this car is the reliability - in the four years we've had the car, absolutely nothing has gone wrong (I'm frantically touching wood and crossing fingers now!), and the only maintenance we've had is the usual tyres and wiper blades etc.

    Excellent - wouldn't hesitate ot own a Toyota again.

  • 1.3 16v CDX 5dr

    Annie Page Date: 22/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my 2001 "51" plate Yaris for nearly two years and it is the love of my driving life! My Mum is on her second Yaris, and it was her satisfaction with the model that made me choose one. It is a BIG car in a small space, very practical and extremely straightforward to drive. I love the fact that it squeezes in the smallest parking spaces, but doesn't feel out of place on the outside lane of the M6! I use it for a mixture of town, motorway and country driving and it performs beautifully every time. Also the engine sometimes sounds a bit high pitched, but only compared to larger and more fuel hungry cars. Fuel economy (45mpg average over the time I have had it) storage space, reliability, comfort and fun factor all 10/10. My friend recently borrowed it, and said how refreshing and delightful it was compared to his quite powerful Golf Estate. He particularly liked the crystal clear digital speedo display, which is one of my favourite features too.

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