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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 GLS 5dr

    Vanessa Morriss , Surrey . Date: 12/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    This car is ideal for town driving. It's nippy, fun, reliable, and has superb fuel economy. It's small to park, big enough to carry three Border Collies, a passenger and a trolley load of shopping. I also have a 1.8-litre five-door Avensis for long hauls.

    When was the last time you saw a Toyota on the back of a breakdown lorry? All the 'Can't-drive-'em-but-must-own-'em' expensive 4x4 drivers live round here; the local supermarket car park is as near to 'off road' as these vehicle's ever get. Result? High pollution causing misery to asthmatics.

    Anyway, I've driven cars from 19th-century veterans, pre-war vintage, and post-war classics to boring brand new vehicles. For really fun driving, I prefer pre-war. I own and drive a 1933 Rolls. So I feel it's fair to say I know a bit about different makes of cars. Don't be fooled by their small size. A Yaris is great to own and huge value for money. I adore mine!

  • 1.0 16v GLS 5dr

    paul harley , devon . Date: 24/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is an xcellent car, but the company has an appalling customer relations department. It took two-and-a-half years to address a warranty claim. The car seat covers (in Tanica grey) were of an extremely poor quality and showed premature wear after only a few months.

    I had to get them independently inspected before they would replace them and threaten them with legal action.

  • 1.3 16v SR 3dr

    Richard Hannam , Northumberland . Date: 06/09/2005
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car with 10,000 miles on the clock in 2001 and it has now done 45,000 miles.

    Throughout, it has been fun to drive, reliable and cheap to run. The SR model of this age does have an odd exhaust, which would normally be seen on a boy racer's car!

    A better model name would be Tardis as it's outside size belies the internal space available for up to five people fairly comfortably. The boot size is a little small, even with the back seats pulled forward, and is unable to take my golf clubs.

    With the back seats forward, there is little legroom for rear passengers. Rear visibility is diffiicult and the low front bodywork can easily get caught on kerbs.

    The car is fun to drive and reasonably comfortable, even for a driver over 6ft like me, with excellent headroom. Its handling is a little skittish in poor road conditions and it's not the best car for a long trip.

    The only thing that has gone wrong is the brakes seizing up on one occassion when using the handbrake. Petrol consumption has averaged around 37mpg over this period. Depreciation has been low too.

    Overall, it's a car I would certainly buy again because, even though there are better appointed and cheaper superminis on the market, the Yaris's reliability, overall design, fun driving characteristics and running costs tend to set it apart from the competition, even the newer entrants to the market from other manufacturers.

  • 1.4 D-4D GLS 5dr

    margaret mcnairn , rox . Date: 26/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car has met all my requirements and I have been very satified with it.

    It has an excellent driving position and good handling. The blind spot to the left is a bind and I think the upholstery very cheap-looking indeed, in fact it really irritates me.

    However, my next car will be a Toyota. I am looking for the new model in October or November.

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