Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Toyota Yaris is one of the cheapest non-electric small cars to run, and it also makes a low-cost company car because the low CO2 emissions (from as little as 92g/km) translate into a low benefit-in-kind tax rate.
What's more, the Yaris is, at the time of writing, the second most efficient car we've ever put through our scientific True MPG test (behind the related Toyota Yaris Cross small SUV). It averaged a whisker under 60mpg and managed an astonishing 80mpg around town. That makes even the Honda Jazz look thirsty.
GR Sport and Excel sit at the top of the tree, giving you even more kit, including dual-zone climate control and keyless entry and start. Both cost the same but GR Sport adds sports seats and sportier styling (inspired by the Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch), while Excel gives you a larger, 9.0in infotainment screen, and front and rear parking sensors.
The latest Yaris was too new to have featured in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey but there’s reason to be optimistic: Toyota finished in second place (out of 32 brands) in the overall manufacturer league table. For some context, Honda finished 12th and Volkswagen came 22nd.
A three-year warranty comes as standard with the Yaris, but there is the option of extending it up to 10 years and 100,000 miles if you service your car at a Toyota dealership every year. That's longer than any other brand gives you (three years is the norm), but Kia and Hyundai offer seven and five years.