Toyota Yaris Reviewed

Posted on: 01 April 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

50connect road test the popular Japanese supermini.

Owners love the Yaris. If you're not yet a convert, you may be wondering what the fuss is about. We find out whether the second generation Yaris lives up to its reputation.

In The Driving Seat

Steering is light with no need to yank the wheel. If you're too brutal it's easy to make the car lurch. An adjustable steering column is useful to tailor the set-up to your height. The seat adjusts up and down too, so although the less nimble may initially have some difficulty getting in and out, they should be able to alter it to a convenient level.

Drivers have a reasonable view. Though high, the car didn't roll much through corners.

You'll make your way up through the gears quickly. The Yaris is extremely quiet, though once you reach 70 on the motorway the noise increases quite a bit. It's a shame there's no footrest next to the clutch.

Its small size and 4.7 metre turning radius (5.6 for the SR 1.8) make the Yaris manoeuvrable, great for driving and parking round town.

Toyota YarisVital Statistics

The Yaris comes in a wide range of versions, with 3 or 5 doors.

There are three seats in the back, though they are only truly comfortable for small people or short journeys. Rear seats that individually (60:40) slide, recline and fold down with the Easy Flat system form a large flat-floored load space.

All Yaris feature remote central locking, electrically adjustable door mirrors, a CD player and electric front windows. Additional features on higher grades include leather trim, air conditioning, an MP3 sound system and sporting accessories.

Its Euro NCAP rating is 5 stars for occupant protection.

Length 3.75 m (SR 1.8 3.8 m)
Width 1.695 m
Height 1.53 m
Legroom (front/rear) 104.8/86.5 cm
Headroom (front/rear) 100/96.3 cm
Shoulder room (front/rear) 130/126.9 cm


Under The Bonnet

Buyers have 1.0, 1.3 and 1.8 petrol engines and a 1.4 diesel to choose from.

The basic 68 bhp 1.0 VVT-i goes from 0-62 mph in 15.7 seconds with a maximum speed of 96 mph, while the 1.8 Dual VVT-i produces 131 bhp, giving nought to 62mph acceleration in 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 121 mph. Top seller is the 86 bhp 1.3 VVT-i unit, improved from the previous Yaris.

The 1.3-litre VVT-i and 1.4-litre D-4D 90 units can be specified with MultiMode (M/M) transmission which enables both automatic and manual sequential gear changes.

The diesels go from 0-62 in 10.7/11.8 seconds, and their top speed is 109 mph. Originally introduced in the Corolla, the all-aluminium 1.4-litre D-4D engine has been revised to deliver 89 bhp.

How Much?

The on the road price ranges from £8,925 to £14,095.

Road Tax & Petrol

Model Vehicle Excise Duty band Fuel Consumption (combined)
1.0 VVT-i 5 M/T
C 52.3 mpg
1.3 VVT-i 5 M/T C 47.1 mpg
1.3 VVT-i 5 M/M C 48.7 mpg
1.4 D-4D 5 M/T B 62.8 mpg
1.4 D-4D 5 M/M B 62.8 mpg
1.8 Dual VVT-i 5M/T E 39.2 mpg


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