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I bought my Yaris nearly nine years ago from new, still have it and wouldn't consider getting rid of it yet. Since I bought it, it has never let me down, starts every time and hasn't had any major problems (touch wood!).
The compact body means parking it is a doddle, much easier than my husband's Galaxy and the interior is deceptively spacious. I run my own business and frequently carry stock in it and have had as many as ten nests of tables in it with the back seats folded down.
The only problem I have had with it is the radio/stereo.
After three years I had to have it replaced as it kept making a horrible grinding sound and refused to play cd's, and the new system soon started doing the same. So my drives are currently music-less.
But with it being a good, economical (average 50.4mpg) and reliable car, I can live without the music!
I bought my Toyota Yaris VVTi 1.0 in April 2009. It was my first car and it hasn't disappointed, at least in some respects. It was bought second hand and initially experienced some problems, however, since then it has run very well and I haven't had to go to the garage for anything other than an MOT since.
The most positive aspect about this car is that is economical. It is in the second lowest insurance band and pays low road tax. It is reliable, responsive and easy to drive. The is comfortable in the front and has many features that you would expect in a modern car: electric windows, radio, CD player, ABS and so on.
However, wouldn't suit many people and the reasons for this is numerous. Firstly, it is slow to accelerate and has a low top speed. Secondly, as I am sure everybody is aware, it is small; there are smaller cars but not many. The boot is large enough to fit in a set of golf clubs, just about, but then that is it - the boot is then full. Thirdly, the back seats can feel a little cramped especially if travelling any significant distance. And lastly, it is a three door hatchback and as such it is a hassle getting in and out when there are four people. However, this is only a minor point.
The major sticking point I have with the Toyota Yaris is when driving on the motorway. It becomes very noisy and on often feels like it is being physically moved by the wind which can be hugely unnerving when travelling at speed.
The Yaris therefore is great for driving economically around town and for driving when on your own or only one other person. However it most definitely is not a fun car to drive or a family car. Also, those who are nervous on motorways should not get one as the feeling of being buffeted by the wind for miles on end is quite disconcerting to say the least.
This little runner is fantastic.
The specs: It has anti-lock brakes, body coloured bumpers, remote central door locking, immobiliser, driver, passenger and front side air bags, front/rear head restraints, centre rear seat belt, power-assisted steering, rake adjustable steering column/wheel, manual door mirrors, front electric windows and spacesaver spare wheel. The list is endless considering its such a little car
I love my Yaris.Mine is a 2007 3 door liftback. I haven't had to do any repairs since I bought it in March 2007. I get an average of 35-36 mpg mixed driving. One time I got it up to 41 mpg! It's an amazing little car for such a cheap price. Acceleration is great, but the more people you have in the car, the slower it goes. There is an amazing amount of space inside, but you might have to fold down the seats to fit all of your groceries inside. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone!
I have even managed to move house and put as much as i could in the back. And it didnt complain at all
The Toyota Yaris is a car unlike any car I have driven. Firstly in looks it is small compacted but once inside surprisingly roomy with excellent head and leg room. The driving position is very comfortable and the offers good visability. Now we come to the engine, available in 1.0 and 1.3, I had the 1.0lt and found it to be extremly nippy around town. The VVTI engine, which operates 6 valves, only opening 4 when required helps fuel economy, which is something this little car knows all about. On a normal roundabout town drive I was getting about 55 mpg and once out and into the countyside it sits happily at 65mph and still offers about 46 mph. The reason I know so much about the mph is the ingeneously placed computer which works out your mpg for every jeorngy , also giving you the outside temperature. So we?ve established that its very nice looking and very cheap on fuel, well you may think these make it worthy of a second look, but when I tell you that the 1.0ltr is only a group 2 insurance, it makes it the cheapest car to run, and fun to drive to. Happy motoring
I had the opportunity to drive this car when I was learning to drive. Altough I did no have much experience at driving I knew this was a good car. It was daunting at first due to the digital readouts on the central control panel which are quite unique and look very space age. They are useful as the digital readout gives a more accurate idea of speed and engine revs. The car handles surely around corners and the steering is light. The gear shift is the standard toyota gears and although I like the gearstick further forward it is still comfortable. The car is nippy despite the small engine and is surprisingly fast. The seats and driving position is very comfortable. The only drawback is a slightly plain and dull grey interior, with lots of plastic although it is likely to be tough and durable. Outside the car looks smart and has the visage of a shrunk down mpv. overall this is an easy and pleasurable car to drive and I would recommend it to anyone.