Any small car faces a problem in the shape of the Seat Ibiza, which is one of the sweetest-handling cars available at any price. All its rivals struggle to match it.
The Yaris is no exception. Toyota has stiffened up the bodyshell to help the car feel more planted in corners, but the light steering gives the driver little indication of what the front wheels are up to. It also feels less eager to turn in to corners than the Ford Fiesta or Ibiza, rolls over more in bends and runs out of grip more quickly.
Hybrid versions come with skinny eco-tyres as standard, Because they are heavier than their petrol and diesel siblings, they consequently feel slightly less stable cornering at speed. Even so, the Yaris is easy to drive and handle, with light controls and a tight turning circle that make it easy to drive and park in town, if not very engaging outside it.