What used Toyota Yaris hatchback will I get for my budget?
While you can pick up a third-generation Toyota Yaris for £3000, it is likely to have high mileage. Push your budget up to between £4000-£4500 and it’s possible to find early petrol models with 40,000-80,000 miles on the clock. This seems a better-value alternative to a diesel model at the same price that has covered more miles.
Facelifted cars from mid-2015 start at just over £5500, although it’s worth noting that demand for the entry-level three-door model is low, so it’s better to spend a bit more on a five-door car to protect resale values.
While a diesel Yaris isn't as frugal on paper at 72.4mpg, but it’ll still be an inexpensive daily driver. The 1.0-litre petrols have a combined figure of 58.9mpg, but only if you don’t thrash it.
Post-facelift models are also inexpensive to drive, with the latest 1.5 achieving 55.4mpg.
Provided it’s on smaller 15in alloy wheels, the hybrid only emits 79g/km of CO2. The diesel can't quite match that at 104g/km, but it'll still be pretty cheap to tax. Next is the 1.5-litre petrol at 109g/km, with the underpowered 1.0-litre petrol putting out slightly more at 111g/km.
Road tax (VED)
Most examples will fall under the previous road tax system which depends on the amount of CO2 a car produced to determine what the yearly fee will be. Anything registered after 1 April 2017 will be charged a flat-rate fee that often cost you more than for an equivalent example registered before that date. The current rate is £155 a year. Hybrids will qualify for a small discount, being an 'alternative fuel' vehicle. To find out all the latest information about road tax costs, read our guide here
Servicing is required once a year, and there’s the option of joining the Toyota 5+ club for free to get 20% off of servicing and MOT costs once your car is more than five years old.
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