What used Toyota Yaris hatchback will I get for my budget?
While you can pick up a third-generation Toyota Yaris for less than £4000, it is likely to be a repaired insurance write-off or a car with high mileage.
Push your budget up by a few hundred pounds 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-2014 start at just over £6000, 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.
A Yaris Hybrid will cost from just under £7000 for a pre-facelift car or slightly over £8000 for a post-facelift one. A 2017 car with the latest 1.5-litre petrol starts at around £11,000 for an Icon model that has covered around 10,000 miles.
How much does it cost to run a Toyota Yaris hatchback?
With an official combined fuel economy figure of more than 80mpg and CO2 emissions that make it exempt from road tax, the Yaris Hybrid can be a cheap car to run, although you need to factor in the fact that it will cost more to buy than a conventional petrol model. What’s more, owners generally fail to match the official figures; instead, it's somewhere between 50mpg and 60mpg – and only once the engine has been sufficiently run in.
While a diesel Yaris is not as frugal on paper, it will match the Hybrid’s real-world economy of 60mpg and, in post-2014 facelift form, qualifies for free road tax, thanks to CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km (this is also true of the 1.0 petrol).
Pre-facelift models are also cheap to tax and sip fuel at a modest rate. In fact, even the thirstiest 1.3 automatic Yaris will give you 45mpg in normal driving and costs just £30 per year to tax. The 1.5 should achieve closer to 50mpg, although most will fall under the new tax system that came into force on 1 April 2017, meaning it’ll cost you £140 a year. If you go for a hybrid, it qualifies for a £10 discount, being an 'alternative fuel' vehicle.
Servicing is required once a year, with prices starting from a competitive £165 from a Toyota main dealer.