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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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36 reader reviews for Toyota Yaris Hatchback.
  • 1.0 VVT-i T3 3dr

    Jonathan Boddy , Wiltshire . Date: 25/09/2013
    • 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 have only had this car for a few months(bought used at dealer)but already I find myself largely in agreement with the majority of previous reader reviews.The car is very lively for a 1.0 litre,a fact which I believe is largely down to being a 4-cylinder engine,instead of a 3-pot which seems fashionable these days(had 2 3-cyl Fabias previously).The overall gearing is a little on the low side(3800 rpm at 70mph)which makes for busy-sounding motorway driving but,on the other hand,the car hold its speed well on upgrades,and feels nippy around town.It is a doddle to park,and has plenty of room for its size.Mine is a 3-door,and whilst this is adequate for my needs as I am the only occupant for 95% of the time,I would recommend a 5-door for those who need to use the back seat regularly.I regularly achieve 48-52 mpg,but it would be easy to see rather less in the hands of a less sympathetic driver,not least because of the low-ish overall gearing.Overall,I would recommend the Yaris as a sound second-hand buy,with the usual caveat regarding service history(mine came with documented Full Dealer service history and only 19000 miles,despite being 8 yrs old).In short,I am very pleased with the car,which has lived up to its reputation well.

  • 1.4 D-4D T Spirit 5dr

    Michael walker , staffs . Date: 08/07/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
    • Average MPG
      61

    My car

    I have owned the yaris since 2005 - so six years as I write. It's used for a mix of urban and country traffic with occasional long runs. My wife requires a car easy to enter and exit so it's ideal and very comfortable.

    Fun to drive and easy to park so driving is a pleasure. I've added rear parking snesors so supermarket car parks are a doddle.

    Quiet when cold, only noisy above 70 when wind noise is an issue. With current high fuel prices, I cruise at 70 and avoid the noise..

    Lots of interior space and can carry myself , wife and 3 grown up children with no struggle. Boot space is OK for shopping but with only two in th car, fold down the rear seats and we have carried: several pallets, a tumble dryer and a deep freeze.. but not all at once.

    Ride? OK except for broken surfaces and potholes. I am adept now at judging road surfaces to avoid bad ones.. the rear jitters on them. Fine on smooth roads.

    Running costs are superb. It averages 61mpg with mainly urban use. On long runs 70mpg if you keep below 70mph.. I DIY which is simple and easy.. each service with oils and dilters costs under £50..

    Things that have gone wrong: New disks and pads after I bought it - prior owners lived near sea and lots of corrosion on disks.. now none. And anti roll bar droplinks and bushes wear. pattern parts cost under £25 (Toyota £50) and are a doddle to fit. It has had new tyres : they last approx 30,000 miles and the aircon regassed .

    Apart from that it has been faultless.

  • 1.3 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr

    Sunny Singh , Essex . Date: 03/05/2011
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    A very good car. Excellent hassle free motoring. I have the automatic version, which does need to be worked hard. The MPG is not great, get 35MPG around town, and about 45MPG on the motorway. The audio system is not great, even with steering controls, it does not naivgate between saved stations, but goes to next available frequency. Also the rear wipers have no intermittent setting, just on & off, seems bizzare. I owned a T plate Yaris before this & that had the same audio & rear wipe configuration. You'd think they would remedy the issue. Rear space is excellent for the space of the car. Overall I know that I will get years of hassle free motoring as with all the other Toyota's I have owned.

  • 1.4 D-4D T3 3dr

    Joshua Bennett Date: 16/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      64

    My car

    I have owned a 1.4 D4D Yaris T3 for two years and I am selling now only because I am switching to something a little more sporty - a Celica.

    This little Yaris has been absolutely legendary. Covering 65,000 miles between myself and my father it has been totally faultless. Keep up the servicing and use good tyres and you're onto happy days. I had the clutch master cylinder changed purely because it was making a noise and this was done under warranty.

    Driving is a breeze. It does understeer terribly but this is only if you push it a little. It is great on the motorway and superb in the city due to its size and nippy turbocharged diesel.

    Boot space is kind of limited. But the back seats can be rollwed forward, or flatened for extra space. It really has served our family well.

    Fuel economy is outstanding and it will be sorely missed. 65mpg and £35 a year road tax is not to be sniffed at.

    All in all a superb car which is a strong contender for the ultimate cheap all rounder.

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