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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.
  • 1.4 D-4D T Spirit 3dr

    GILES ROBERTSON Date: 17/01/2005
    • 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 chose this car primarily for fuel economy, reliability and practicality.

    Fuel economy is superb; I reckon on getting pretty close to the official combined mpg of 64. So far, I have covered 34,000 miles in 15 months.

    Reliability has been good, too; the only problem to date has been the 'engine malfunction' light illuminating (under hard acceleration). This occured at around 34000 miles. After 12 hours or so, the light goes out, with no other symptom. I will be taking it to the dealer in the next few days to check this out.

    Practicality is good for this class of car. Stowage space in the cabin is excellent, and the sliding rear seat is very useful indeed. When pushed right back, there is a remarkable amount of rear passenger room. Of course, it is a choice of lots of passenger room or boot space, but not both.

    Performance of this car is surprisingly good; the D-4D engine supplies plenty of shove for overtaking or joining a motorway. All at low revs (2000-3000), thanks to the impressive torque of the intercooled, turbocharged engine.

    Equipment on the T-Spirit is impressive, with CD player, air-con, ABS, and four airbags, plus a sunroof.

    The only quibble I have is with the stereo radio (with steering wheel controls). Occasionally, the FM radio seems to 'drift' and there is interference - hardly significant.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this car.

  • 1.0 VVT-i T3 5dr

    Iacovos Galazis Date: 02/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought the Yaris new 18 months ago, mainly for use in the city. However, it sometimes hesitates between 1000rpm and 1500rpm in 2nd gear, to the extent that it becomes a safety risk. The authorised agent claims that this is the way it is. On the motorway, however, the engine is willing. The interior light, meanwhile, sometimes does not turn on when the door is opened - which has been a fault since new. I regret my choice, In the future I will consider a different manufacturer.

  • 1.0 VVT-i T2 3dr

    maldwyn jones Date: 24/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A reliable, small, practical, economical car with up-to-date technology.

  • Blue 1.0 VVT-i 3dr

    Dave Whipp , Cheshire . Date: 13/11/2004
    • 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

    My car

    I've got one of the 1.0-litre Colour Collection models. I spend most of my time on short local trips, but it has averaged 39.5mpg over the time I have had it.

    It's nippy enough until you take it on a motorway, when you realise the shortcomings of such a small engine. Once it's going, it is more than capable of keeping up with most traffic, however, it takes time to pick up again whenever you have slowed down.

    It's very well specced, with electric windows, CD player and alloys. The sliding rear seat allows for a reasonable sized boot, when there are no rear seat passengers.

    The only real fault I can find with it is the lack of thigh support caused by the short front seats, although I am 6ft 3 in tall.

    Reliability wise, it's been faultless so far and the first service was a mere £82.

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