As a reliable Japanese supermini, the Toyota Yaris stands out as a practical choice. It's easy to drive and well built, having gained a loyal following since its release in 1999. In one of the most fiercely-fought sectors, it sometimes gets overlooked. But with an abundance of things that make owning a car easy – reliability, efficiency and safety – it’s not one to miss.
What you need to know about the Toyota Yaris
Fans of the Yaris will rave about the car’s reputation for dependability, as well as the low running costs. Indeed, fuel consumption and build quality are impressive. Add to that a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, and it’s easy to see why the Yaris is a sensible option. Plus, it’s priced to compete with tough rivals – something which filters down through to used models.
Although the drive lacks excitement, it’s comfortable for both drivers and passengers alike. Even with four adults, you won’t feel cramped. What is exciting, though, is the low emission hybrid version – something which is unique in the supermini market.
What to watch out for
While the original Yaris upped the game, it has faced tough competition over the years. As such, it’s had two significant facelifts (in 2014 and 2017), both introducing changes to the interior and exterior. You’ll find various levels of spec and equipment when it comes to used models. With newer ones, you could be able to take advantage of Toyota's generous five-year warranty.
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All too easily dismissed as a car only elderly people buy, the Toyota Yaris is a great supermini. It appeals to the head, not the heart – which is no bad thing when you’re buying a new car.
Plus, it’s still got one thing over its rival (and there are many). It’s small. While other superminis have got bigger and bolder, the Yaris has stuck to compact proportions. If you spend a lot of time driving around towns, the nimbleness is something you’ll appreciate.
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