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Toyota's Impressive Changes To The Yaris

Toyota has made some impressive improvements to the Yaris with a more spacious interior and the option of a hybrid model.

Toyota has made the Yaris very attractive as it comes with many pieces of equipment as standard. These include air conditioning, bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels, a touchscreen entertainment system and rear parking camera. There is a wide range of petrol and diesel engines and specs as well as the new hybrid model.

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The entry level 1.0 litre three cylinder engine is fine for driving around town but it is not a lot of good on a motorway where it struggles to keep up with the normal flow of traffic. The new Yaris is larger and lighter than its predecessor which makes it feel more agile. Steering is light and is useful for parking in tight spots but when out on the open road it does not cope well with sudden movements in direction or potholes in the road.

The driver and front passenger in the Yaris have lots of head and leg room and you can seat three adults in the rear of the cabin. The seats have good support and the interior is fine if a little cheap. For a quiet ride, the diesel engines are the best option. Toyota is a reliable brand and this is the third generation Yaris which rated 35th in the top 100 cars in the 2013 Auto Express Driver Power survey.


It is a safe car with seven airbags, traction control and ABS brakes. The model scored five stars in Euro NCAP tests. Toyota is confident with the reliability of the car and offers a five year/100,000 warranty. The boot is bigger than the previous model and has 286 litres of storage space which increases to 768 with the seats folded down. One very good aspect in the rear of the cabin is the flat floor which means all rear passengers get enough space to plant their feet.

Running costs for the Yaris are relatively low with the Hybrid being the most economical. This model has a 1.5 litre engine with an electric motor and will achieve a hefty 80.7 mpg. The low emissions of 79kg/km of CO2 make it exempt from road tax as well. If you cover a lot of miles and want a normal engine then the 1.4 litre diesel gives 72.4 mpg when on a motorway run.

Low emissions also make it cheaper to tax. All the models of the Yaris are in the low insurance bracket and that together with the 5 year warranty and option to purchase a fixed price service package may help to make this model compete with its rivals.


Protecting the value of these cars is difficult, especially as they are so cheap to buy in the first place. In holistic terms, the look of the vehicle will more than likely dictate the sell-on value (especially to younger drivers, so long as the engine and stereo work)!

So long as the vehicle is in good working order, the interior is well kept with custom fit car mats and original seat coverings, plus the outside of the vehicle is dent and dirt free, you're more likely to claw back more compared to what you paid for the car.
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Toyota's Impressive Changes To The Yaris Reviewed by Brandon on 11:09 PM Rating: 5

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