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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71 reader reviews for Toyota Yaris Hatchback.
  • 1.3 VVT-i TR 3dr

    Louise Johnson , Gtr Manchester . Date: 01/07/2008
    • 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

    My car

    I wish to agree with most of the comments on this excellent website. I purchased my Yaris from a local Toyota owned dealership.And yes sales staff could not of done enough for me prior to sale however once I started having problems after three weeks of ownership the dealer response was poor. I too had clutch judder after several attempts it was only when I demanded to go out in car that technician identified it? I got the feeling that a clutch judder is no big deal but it's my new car. It was replaced for modified version and all was well until the following morning?? when the car would not go into reverse, I managed it but not without causing untold internal gearbox damage. Car returned four times before taking it to another Toyota dealer five miles away and later I discovered that they were Wholly owned by Toyota too. They suggested replacing gearbox I refused car was booked in for examination/investigation only and when I collected car I was told gearbox changed despite my refusal to be fair it does not feel any different told that performance is now within Toyota's spefications You have been warned.

  • 1.3 VVT-i TR 3dr

    John Thomson , CHESHIRE . Date: 12/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned many cars over the years sadly this offering from Toyota a company who are living in the past in terms of reliability and build quality. I collected the vehicle from a large North West Toyota dealership. I was forced to return when I experienced a juddering clutch and some gears were nigh on impossible to engage without that crunching noise especially when vehicle was cold. The dealership claimed that this was the very first Yaris with this problem? and even scoured Toyotas own internal technical website result... not one single problem reported? sadly reading the pages of this excellent motoring website I am not too surprised that perhaps the suggestion of no problems with the Yaris is not so. I had to insist that they inspect my almost new Yaris and as a result a modified clutch and a different gearbox oil was used, which only eases gear selection problem slightly when warm, dealer principal assures will improve with use? Have experienced all the problems highlighted by other owners but the most annoying has to be noise from both the engine, drowns radio out completely and road noise. Forced to keep car at least 12 months roll April 09 cannot come quick enough.

  • 1.3 VVT-i T3 5dr

    Derek Saxty Date: 30/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 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

    This is my third Toyota. I kept my last one for 12 years and had no problems at all with it. Indeed a friend asked if he could buy it from me and its still going strong. This one has so far (6,000 miles) had the juddering clutch replaced with the new modified version. Since then engaging some gears (mainly 2nd) has become difficult/noisy at times, especially when the engine and the weather have been cold. They have now replaced the synchromesh on 2nd gear. A bit better, but not as good as before the new clutch. Now the central locking has started doing things it didn't do before: it sounds as though its going through the unlocking routine twice every time I unlock the car and then when I start the engine it does it again. This is worrying as the car lives outside. Back to my local, thankfully helpfull, Toyota dealer tomorrow. I thought this car might see me through my retirement, and yet this afternoon I found myself pondering on how much I would get for it in part exchange. I had assumed that nothing would go wrong with it - that's the whole point of buying a Toyota so far as I'm concerned, but I was wrong. I doubt if I will buy a fourth Toyota.

  • 1.3 VVT-i TR 5dr

    Alan Marshall Date: 18/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My wife has owned this car since March 2008. Much has been said in other reviews about the poor quality of these cars and I must concur about the low rent, rattling cabins, poor fit and finish and the ridiculously bad design of the sliding rear seat.

    Ours has the now common clutch judder and this now seems to be "what Yaris's do" in Toyota's eyes.

    Three dealers have now described the car as normal, as the refitted the various bits that have broken or fallen off.

    Performance is very poor, the car obviously has an engine because of the cacophany from under the bonnet but, like the steering, it does not appear to be connected to the wheels. Handling is unacceptable, the car feels like it will tip over on cornering, ride is also very poor, I have never felt car sick in any vehicle before the Yaris.

    I have seen the Yaris described elsewhere as a £5000 car with a £10000 price tag. I don't think it's that good.

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