The Toyota Yaris is Toyota’s second smallest car, one size up from the Aygo city car, and one size down from the Auris hatchback. The Yaris is the only car in its class to offer a hybrid variant, hybrids being a penchant of Toyota. However, while it does a good job of competing with the rest of the supermini oferrings, it doesn’t lead the class.
The Yaris faces stiff competition, because the supermini segment is one of the best-selling in the UK. The UK’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, the Vauxhall Corsa and the Skoda Fabia all vie for the same group of customers as the Yaris, and although the Yaris doesn’t match these in our reviews, it’s above some other contenders in this market.
Here are the five reasons we think a Toyota Yaris deserves consideration if you’re looking for a supermini.
5 reasons to buy a Toyota Yaris
5. Passenger space
The Yaris looks after both front and rear seat passengers well; there’s lots of room no matter where you are in the car. Broader drivers may find the shoulder room a little tight, but the decent leg room and lack of transmission tunnel in the rear means that three people can sit abreast for short journeys.
The Yaris only suffers from minor reliability issues, and on the whole performs admirably in reliability surveys – it is a Toyota, after all. A five-year or 100,000-mile warranty is included on all models, so peace of mind comes as standard on the Yaris.
The Yaris’s windows are pretty large, and the pillars are thin enough so as not to block your view when pulling out of a junction or on the motorway. The rear pillars don’t get in the way when parking, and a reversing camera is standard.
Go for a car above Active trim, and the Yaris is generously equipped. A touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, air-con and alloy wheels are included on the Icon trim, which is the one to go for. Hybrid Icon trim cars also get keyless entry and climate control to boot.
Combine low insurance, cheap servicing and a hybrid engine, and you’ve got a seriously cheap car to run. The conventional petrol and diesel only engines aren’t anything to write home about, but company car buyers will find the hybrid one of the cheapest there is, thanks to low CO2 emissions and benefit-in-kind tax.
What about buying used?
The Yaris has been around for a while, so there are plenty to choose from on the used market, from a few hundred pounds up to nearly-new examples for not far off the price for a new model.
A two-year-old Yaris hybrid in Icon spec with about 12,000 miles on the clock will cost you around £10,500.
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