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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

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

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70 reader reviews for Toyota Yaris Hatchback.
  • 1.3 VVT-i TR 5dr

    Martyn Allez , Wiltshire . Date: 19/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    I can think of nothing to commend this car except that it was bought at an enormous discount. It gets one star because the web site won't allow me to award zero! I can think of nothing to commend this car except that it was bought at an enormous discount.

    Dismal is the word that always comes to mind when describing the Yaris, which comes standard with appalling build quality, complacent and incompetent dealers, lacklustre performance, and simply unacceptable ride and handling.

    The exterior is poor with wafer thin paint and random panel gaps. The interior is just about the worst thought out of any car on the road. The dash displays a few functions at a time rather than all of them and produces dangerous reflections in the windscreen. The trim creaks and rattles even when the car is stationary, and the gloveboxes fly open on normal roads.

    The rear seat arrangement mentioned elsewhere here is plain laughable, leaving huge holes in the floor if the seats are slid forward. In 4 seat mode the boot is too small for a normal week's shopping. The parcel shelf is like something from a 1970s Lada.

    The engine is noisy and has a voracious appetite for both fuel and oil despite having very limited performance.

    The clutch judders, a feature that is now so commonplace that dealers regard it as "something the Yaris does" rather than a fault.

    After 6 months we have relegated the car to the station run. It will be disposed of as soon as the warranty is up.

  • 1.3 VVT-i SR 3dr

    Duncan Macleod Date: 06/09/2008
    • 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

    Finally Toyota have launched a long awaited sportier version of the Yaris!!!

    Having owned the previous generation I have to admit I wasn't blown away with the new model until the new SR model came out with the Lowered Sports Suspention, Motorsport Alloys and Spoiler which have totally transformed a dull looking exterior into a mini lookalike of a 'TYPE R'.

    The interior layout is fantastic and all the great design features are kept from the old model like the digital speedometer, which the passenger can now see, as well as the great little cubby holes that surround the dash. But what really sold the car to me was the standard Sat Nav/Bluetooth system.

    Unfortunately I had a fault with it after the first two months and had to wait just over 4 weeks to get it fixed which makes me concearned about its long term use...But hopefully it wont let me down again!

    Another concearn which I have noticed a lot of people have been having is the awkward crunch occationally when changing gear into second.

    With the launch of many rivals the Yaris may be looking outdone but with Toyota's reliability record as well as strong risiduals and now this new sexy beast model it is certainly up there with the rest!

  • 1.0 VVT-i T2 3dr

    canon yau Date: 05/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      57

    My car

    This car is practical - it's small yet makes good use of the space. The back seats slide forward to expand the boot, and slide back if you have taller back seat passengers. And it's simple to slide the seats. There are plenty of compartments up front to put all your paraphenalia.

    The running costs are very low. Servicing is cheap and since I'm not an aggressive driver, I usually get about 50-60mpg even on urban roads, even more on motorways.

    The drive around town is ok, as long as you take corners carefully, as the body roll is significant due to the high driving position. It's not well insulated against bumps and road noise either, but it's acceptable. Motorway driving is restricted to the slow lane, and any uphill parts will take you down to speeds of around 50-60mph max. That's the worse part about the car with a 1.0L engine, you get overtaken by large lorries and fear for your life as the car sways from the drag.

    If you want a small practical, good looking car for urban journeys, and you're not after a boy-racer type, this cars not bad, and after 5 months with it, I'm quite happy with it.

  • 1.3 VVT-i SR 5dr

    IAN FARGHER Date: 05/09/2008
    • 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

    Took the little car on holiday up the west coast of Scotland did a lot of miles and happy to say if ran like a dream. Sat-nav now fixed was very happy with garage customers service (Arnold Clark Toyota ,Paisley). As I read other reviews a lot of people are not happy with their cars all I can say to people about to buy a Yaris is not to be put off by what you read picking a car is a personal thing and people do make mistakes when buying car I no 15 cars over the space of about 16 years all had good and bad points .

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