Toyota Yaris 2021 front
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  • Toyota Yaris 2021 front
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  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Centre console
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Left static with hatchback open
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Rear with hatchback open
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 COTY
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Rear 3/4
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Dashboard
  • Toyota Yaris 2020 Boot
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 front
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Rear 3/4 tracking
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Centre console
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Left static with hatchback open
  • Toyota Yaris 2021 Rear with hatchback open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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, particularly for company car drivers. That's because they can take advantage of the the low rate of benefit-in-kind tax that comes from the car's low CO2 emissions (from as little as 92g/km).

What's more, the Yaris is the most efficient car we've ever put through our scientific True MPG test, averaging a whisker under 60mpg and managing an astonishing 80mpg around town. That makes even a Honda Jazz look thirsty.

Reliability

The latest Yaris was too new to have featured in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, but there’s reason to be optimistic: Toyota finished in third place (out of 31 brands) in the overall manufacturer league table. For some context, Honda finished eighth and Volkswagen 20th.

A five-year/100,000-mile warranty comes as standard – this is longer than most of the Yaris’s rivals come with, although the Kia Rio gets seven years of cover (capped at 100,000 miles).

Safety and security

Overview

The Yaris has some real and important strengths, not least its superb fuel economy and the likelihood of excellent reliability. It should hold its value well, too, and while there are cheaper alternatives, you do get plenty of standard luxury and safety kit. However, the Yaris can’t match the Polo for interior quality, infotainment or ride comfort, and it's pretty cramped inside – especially compared with the Tardis-like Honda Jazz. Stick with the cheaper trim levels for the best value.

  • Excellent real-world fuel economy
  • Toyota's reliability record
  • Slow predicted depreciation
  • Below-par infotainment system
  • Firm ride – especially on models with 17in alloys
  • Cramped in the back