What used Toyota Yaris hatchback will I get for my budget?
While you can pick up a third-generation Toyota Yaris for £3500, 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 current 1.5-litre petrol starts at around £8500. The GRMN hot hatch is exceptionally rare on the used market and prices, therefore, reflect that; you’ll need at least £20,000 to get into one.
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How much does it cost to run a Toyota Yaris hatchback?
With an official combined fuel economy figure of 80.7mpg and CO2 emissions of just 79g/km (NEDC), the Yaris Hybrid – provided it’s on smaller 15in alloy wheels – can be a cheap car to run. It will cost you more to buy than a conventional petrol model, so you’ll need to factor that in.
While a diesel Yaris isn't as frugal on paper at 72.4mpg and 104g/km of CO2, it’ll still be an inexpensive daily driver. The 1.0-litre petrols have a combined figure of 58.9mpg and 111g/km of CO2, but only if you don’t thrash it.
Post-facelift models are also inexpensive to drive, with the latest 1.5 achieving 55.4mpg and 109g/km of CO2, although most will fall under the new road tax system that came into force on 1 April 2017, meaning it’ll cost you more than one registered before that date. 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, with prices starting from a competitive £165 from a Toyota main dealer. There’s also the option of joining the Toyota 5+ club for cheaper servicing and MOT costs once your car is more than five years old.
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