Is the Toyota Yaris a good car?

Described by OSV’s very own Will Titterington, the Toyota Yaris is a ‘cheap and cheerful small car that is practical, reliable, and cute to look at’, and he’s hard to please.

So, our very own loves the Toyota Yaris, but is it really as good as he says it is?

We take a look at whether the Toyota Yaris is a good car, and whether it’s right for you.

Is the Toyota Yaris Reliable?

Let’s start with reliability because let’s be honest, you don’t want to spend money on a car only to spend double that on repairs.

Toyota are pretty stringent when it comes to their reliability, so we don’t doubt that the Yaris would be any different. It’s reliability is further enforced by the fact that Toyota are offering a  5-year/100,000 mile warranty.

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While there have been a couple of faults with the car, and these faults have led to recalls, this is pretty normal and therefore nothing to particularly be concerned about. Parkers have given the Yaris 5 stars out of 5 and JD Power has awarded the 2015 Yaris 4/5 for predicted reliability. JD Power is a consumer survey that surveys owners of the product and allows them to rate than on a variety of different aspects. The reliability is based on a number of faults the owners of the Yaris have experienced in the past year. So, we can take this as a pretty accurate representation in terms of reliability.

Is the Toyota Yaris Safe?

Reliability and safety do sort of go hand in hand. While safety is vital in any car, it’s even more so if you are looking for a small family car, or a car for a first-time driver, such as the Yaris.

However, you won’t have to worry about safety in the Yaris as it was awarded a 5 star Euro NCAP rating. It scores 89% for adult occupation and  81% for child occupation. It also comes with a long list of safety equipment including;

Is the Toyota Yaris a good car?
  • Emergency brake assist
  • ABS (anti-lock braking system)
  • Electronic  brakeforce distribution
  • Dual front airbags, front side airbags and drivers knee airbags

They have also introduced a collision kit as an optional extra which gives you a laser-controlled pre-collision system, automatic high beam and lane departure alert. The pre-collision system will even boost the force of the brake pedal in the event of an impending collision.

Therefore, it’s safe to say, the Yaris is a pretty safe car.

How much does the Toyota Yaris cost to run?

The Yaris scores pretty low (or highly) in terms of running costs. Of course, the Hybrid model is the best for running costs, achieving 85.6 mpg.

The 1.4-litre D-4D diesel engine is said to achieve 80.7mpg and will cost you between £608-676 in fuel cost a year (based on 10,000 miles a year). The petrol, on the other hand, will cost you between £762-972 a year.

The Yaris resides in insurance groups 2 through to 12, with a variable servicing period. As I mentioned earlier, the Yaris has a five-year/100,000 mile warranty which will save you money on any extra costs.

Is the Toyota Yaris a good car?

The Yaris Hybrid is also top of the class when it comes to emissions emitting 75g/km. The 1.0 litre petrol and the 1.4 diesel both emit  99g/km in emissions.

In terms of holding its value, the Yaris does quite well and is expected to hold onto up to  45% of its original price after three years.

Is the Toyota Yaris a good performer?

If we’re being honest, not particularly. However, the Yaris isn’t a hot-hatch, so this is probably expected.

The entry level 1.0-litre three cylinder takes 15.3 seconds to reach 62mph, with a top speed of 96mph. The 1.33-litre diesel engine takes 11.7 seconds to do 0-609 ad has a top speed of 109mph.

You could opt for a Multidrive S Automatic gearbox but this is noisy unless you switch to manual mode. Which isn’t ideal.

The Hybrid model can achieve 0-62mph in 11.8 seconds with a top speed of 103mph.

Admittedly, this may not be as good as some of its rivals, particularly the likes of the Ford Fiesta. But then again, the Yaris isn’t being sold as a hot-hatch and therefore those who are looking at the Yaris aren’t expecting it to be a top performer.

Is the Toyota Yaris practical?

Is the Toyota Yaris a good car?

The latest Yaris is 25% larger than the previous Yaris’ and now has 286 litres of luggage space. However, this unfortunately is not as spacious as its competitors, and in fact is quite a way behind the likes of the Skoda Fabia and the Hyundai i20 Hatchback.

The Yaris is available in both three and five door options, and naturally the five door will offer considerably more space. While the boot space  cannot compete with some of its slightly larger competitors, the interior space is pretty good for cars of its size.

Who is the Toyota Yaris suited for?

The Toyota Yaris is perfect for a first-time driver and families alike. It isn’t aimed at anyone in particular but it would make a fantastic city car.

Its performance means it may struggle to live on the motorway, so cities and towns are where this car is most at home. It’s easy to drive with light controls and you won’t have trouble parking it.

The price for a new car starts at £11,500, which is perfect for a new driver who wants a reliable and safe car without leaving them completely broke. The rise to just over £18,000, and that contains ‘the kind of advanced tech that you’d normally associate with a Lexus’ according to our own Will Titterington.

You can also lease the car without breaking the bank as well, as lease deals start at  £185+VAT per month.

So after all that, is the Toyota Yaris a good car?

It depends on what you are after. If you want a reliable car that’s easy to park, fairly fun to drive and won’t break the bank in running costs, then yes the Toyota Yaris is a good car. However, if you’re looking for a considerable amount of boot space or a great performer, then the Toyota Yaris probably isn’t right for you.

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Holly Martin

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Holly enjoys: Reading, music and spending time with friends.

Within a week of Holly starting work at OSV she became an indispensable part of the marketing team. She's very intuitive and gets on with the whole office effortlessly.
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  • 28th November 2016

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