Toyota Yaris

3/5
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Verdict

Since the Yaris was first released in Europe the car has undertaken some dramatic changes. As the Toyota family grew so too did the Yaris. It got much better looking over time too. The Yaris has been a popular choice in Ireland since it first landed in 1999 and replaced the extremely popular Toyota Starlet. This car has some very tough rivals with the Ford Fiesta, the very-stylish Mazda2 and the Skoda Fabia. However, the Yaris will always be a strong contender in its segment because it dons a Toyota badge which to a lot of people means that it will be reliable and probably cheap to run.

Performance

The Yaris comes with a good selection of engines between petrol, diesel and hybrid choices. There are two conventional petrol choices, a diesel option and a petrol-powered hybrid. The petrol offerings include a 1.0 litre engine that has some great “on-paper” efficiency statistics. According to Toyota, the Yaris can achieve a combined fuel economy of 4.3 litres per 100 km. However, this is not a major performer and racing from 0-100 km/h will take 15.5 seconds. The next petrol choice is a 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i. This is more powerful and the same speed can be achieved in 11.7 seconds.

The diesel offering is a very efficient 1.4 litre D-4D that has an “on-paper” fuel economy of 4.2 litres per 100 km. According to Toyota, this will make 0-100 km/h in 10.8 seconds. The most efficient engine on offer is the petrol hybrid engine that has a reported fuel economy of 3.3 litre per 100km. We believe that this is capable of bringing the car from 0-100 km/h in 11.8 seconds.

Ride & Handling

Like many other city cars, the Yaris is nippy in towns and is easy to park. It deals well with ramps but it can be shaky driving over other road imperfections. The steering should offer more feedback too. Unfortunately for Toyota they are still not achieving the fun factor that’s on offer in the Ford Fiesta. However, this car is not a bad road handler and because Toyota has a loyal following we don’t think they’re too worried about the Fiesta being more fun.

Refinement

Road and wind noise seeps into the cabin of the Yaris. In fairness to Toyota this is a common issue in most superminis – except for the likes of the Audi A1 and Mini. Noise from the engines are not terrible but they’re not silent either.

Quality & Reliability

The dashboard is extremely simple in the Yaris and as you move up the trim lines you will find that more is on offer. The Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system is available with higher grades of the Yaris and if you opt for it you will find that it is simple and easy to use. This is Bluetooth and USB enabled and there will be no problem connecting to iPod, etc.

Safety & Security

The Yaris scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. To the rear you will find ISOFIX child seat anchor points and seven SRS airbags surround the interior of the vehicle. This car also comes with a tyre pressure warning system which will let you know how inflated your tyres are. The Yaris comes with Vehicle Stability Control, this has the power to activate each individual brake of the car if it feels that you are about to skid.

Space & Practicality

As city cars go, this vehicle would be on par with many of its competitors. It has a surprisingly spacious interior that would comfortably fit four adults. The boot would also be on par with most of its class.

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Key Facts

New Price
€14,995
Make

Toyota

Model
Yaris
Variant
1.0 VVT-i 3Dr Terra
First year of model production
2013
Engine (L)
1.0
Transmission
Manual
Gears
5 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
City

Running Costs

Tax
€180
Tax Band
A2
Average Cost Per 200km
€11.3
Cost of filling a tank
€55.19
Average L/100km
4.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
42
Fuel Tank Range (km)
977
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
99
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
69
Top Speed
155 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
15.3
Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Naturally
Torque
93

Space & Practicality

Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
286
Air Conditioning
Not as Standarad
Automatic Parking
No information
Bluetooth
No
High Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
No information
Power Steering
Electric Power Steering
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
Reversing Camera
Yes
USB Connectivity
Yes
Kerb weight
950
Tyre Size Front
175/65 R15
Tyre Size Back
175/65 R15
Wheel Base
2510

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year warranty for paint defects
Warranty Mileage
100,000
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The Toyota Yaris is practical, easy to drive and very reliable, but driving dynamics and interior quality can't match the class best
Top Gear
A far-reaching facelift has improved it, but it's still not a match for the class best. At least you can now justify it.
What Car
The Toyota Yaris is spacious and well equipped, but some of its rivals are better to drive and more comfortable.

Security

Cruise Control
No
Folding Rear Seats
60:40 Split
Front Cup Holders
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
286 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
175/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
175/65 R15 mm
Length
3885 mm
Width
1695 mm
Height
1510 mm
Wheel Base
2510 mm
Front Track (mm)
1510 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1445 mm
Kerb weight
950 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1430 KG
Turning circle (m)
9.4 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Torsion
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Drum
Steering
Steering rack
Power
69 bhp