What is it like?

Used Toyota Yaris Hatchback 1999 - 2003 review

(1999 - 2003)
Toyota Yaris Hatchback (99 - 03)
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What's the used Toyota Yaris hatchback like?

The Toyota Yaris made the competition look very outdated when it was launched. Its perky styling was - and still is - fresh and the interior provides the sort of space many associate with cars from a class above. The front seats offer superb comfort, and pretty much the only problem is that getting in and out of the rear seat of a three-door model can be tricky.

The dash also sets the Yaris apart from the herd, as the instruments are housed in a Ôfloating' binnacle in the centre of the dash with a digital display. However, some may find this a bit hard to get used to.

They probably also won't like the uncomfortable ride - the price you pay for the car's sharp handling - and the fact that the 1.0- and 1.3-litre petrol engines have to be pushed hard to keep pace with traffic. On the other hand, the T-Sport's 105bhp 1.5-litre engine turns the Yaris into a junior hot hatch, while the 1.4 turbodiesel is quiet and frugal.