I owned my Toyota Yaris for many years and never had a single issue with it.
It was a comfortable, surprisingly spacious car. It had many useful storage compartments essential for us girls in particular. Everything was easily neat and tucked away. The boot compartment was big enough for a weeks worth of shopping. For a small car, this was generous.
Its dashboard is stylishly done, with a futuristic and "showy off" projection type tunnel displaying MpH etc. All digital so clearly and easily read when on the move, especially for those, like myself, with poor eye sight. Since purchasing a new car (begrudgingly) I have missed the digital screen due to its ease of reading, I now struggle with the old-fashioned speed dial.
Fuel consumption is very economical - one of the raved about qualities of the yaris. It definitely made a noticeable difference to the bank balance, particulary in the current financial crisis. Plus, it eases global warming ☺ and tax prices are low.
It was a very nippy little car round corners, although small and light, it seemed to grip the road nicely and I always felt safe.
Overall, the Toyota Yaris was a wonderful little car and I would highly recommend it.
A little diamond. Assuming you can manage with the 3 door option, this is the best of the Yaris range. The VVTi engine is like a little sewing machine, transmission and gear selection have the precision and smoothness of a rifle bolt. Loads of storage in the cabin which offers a good level of comfort, despite the sports ride. A superb feature, which is undersold is the moveable rear seat; this sits on an adjustable carriage like the front seats and allows you to choose a balance between rear leg room/boot space. Pulled right forward, kids in the back are reachable by the front seat passenger and the boot becomes huge for the pushchair. Driven sensibly it will return over 45mpg but its tough not to be leaden footed. Reliability is typical Toyota, although servicing and maintenance (brakes, clutch etc) can be a little pricey. Early examples are available from £2,000 but I would suggest one registered after March 2001 to take advantage of the cheaper taxation
I drove this car for the first time about a week ago when I got sent out on an errand at work. Previously I had never really liked the look of the Yaris, but the 20-minute drive to pick up some parts for work really opened my eyes. Interior – This has got to be one of the best points about this small car. The dash is a centrally mounted LCD display that shows you everything you need to know revs, speed, and fuel the whole lot really. The seats were firm but comfortable, but I expected them to be a bit more huggy as I was driving the VVTi SR sporty version. The car although it is supposed to be a super mini felt cavernous inside and all round visibility was excellent. All the controls were very well positioned in relation to the driver and despite the usual Japanese plastic felt solid and expensive. There was also lots of little handy cubbyhole to store things in, which I love. Spec – The VVTi SR is nearly the top of the range and so was well kited out, it had remote central locking, great 4 speaker radio / CD. Electric windows all round. Alloy wheels and a sporty looking body kit, as is the norm for such pretenders. It also comes with 2 front airbags, side impact bars, and ABS as standard. Performance – This is where the Yaris really impressed me, the little engine it this ting pulled really well through all the gears but seemed to hit a sweet spot around 3500 rpm, when it just started to growl and want to go like the clappers. The exhaust note really complemented the sporty feel of the car. The ride was also surprisingly stiff which coupled with the wider wheels and tyres made it really feel safe as I chucked it into the corners. The 1.3 engine certainly felt a lot faster than the quoted 11 second 0-60mph. Other – with a quoted 47.8 mpg it is frugal to say the least, unless you drive it like I did of course. The insurance is low as well only group 4, which is great if you’re a youngster l
ike myself. The only thing that lets it down really is the plastic Tonka toy steering wheel and the fact that it doesn’t look as good as some of the competition i.e. Clio see op. All in all a good second car for a family but also a cheap to run warm hatch for those you like to play. To top it all Toyota have just brought out a new T-sport model with an even punchier 1.5 engine under the bonnet.
I bought the Yaris only recently,and wish i had bought it a lot sooner. What more could you want from a small car that the Yaris doesn't have?Handling,Fuel economy,cabin space,comfort,safety and reliabilty from the Toyota name! There is surprisingly more headroom and legroom than you would expect from such a small car. Toyota have been very clever and placed the dashboard in the centre console and what an innovation!Bright and clear to see,its a wonder it doesn't get copied by other car makers. Comfort is also well thought about and the seating position is excellent.More of an upright position giving an excellent view of the road ahead. Another plus of the Yaris is the safety features;crumple zones,side-impact beams,ABS brakes and twin air-bags. Along with the Air conditioning,CD Player,Remote central locking,Alloy wheels and electric windows to name but a few of the features,i wouldn't think twice about buying a Yaris again and would definately recommend this to a friend!