Toyota Yaris – Eco Car
Toyota brought the Yaris out in 1999, it was a hit then, and it remains the supermini 'leader' in many peoples eyes. The cheeky face, the ultra practical interior and reliable Toyota engines makes it a tough one to beat. It's stylish, safe, nippy and best of all, it comes with a long warranty for parts. Prices start from £9,230 and top of the range versions can cost up to £15,625.00.
Toyota Yaris – Low Car Tax Bands
There are three engines for the Toyota Yaris: a 1.0 petrol, a 1.3 petrol and a 1.4 diesel. The 1.0 falls in to car tax band B, the 1.2 is in band E, and the diesel in band C. This makes it a cheap car to run and it costs little to have it on the road. The insurance group is quite high, at 11E, which should be noted when buying a Yaris. Car Tax B and C are all both for the first year and £20/£30 a year thereafter.
Toyota Yaris – Low CO2 Emissions
The Toyota Yaris diesel emits 119g/km of CO2, whereas the petrol engine cars emit 118g/km and 141g/km of CO2 for the 1.0 and the 1.3, respectively. That means that the diesel and the smaller petrol engine are more environmentally friendly.
Toyota Yaris – Safety Features
The Yaris leads the way in terms of safety features as it has power steering, traction control, driver and passenger airbags, side-impact protection beams, ABS and stability control. These combined make the tiny Yaris a safe car, and its Euro NCAP rating is at level four, which is remarkable for a car of this size.
Toyota Yaris – High Miles Per Gallon
Running a Yaris does not cost much. The mpg ratings are from 54.3mpg (44.1mpg to 61.4mpg) for the 1.3 automatic to 67.3mpg (57.6mpg to 74.3mpg) for the diesel engine. The Yaris tips the scales at just over a tonne, meaning that it does not have much weight to haul around and therefore is easy on its tyres.
Toyota Yaris – Comfort
Comfort levels are high in this Toyota, with nicely supportive seats, clean and easy-to-use dashboard controls, and a good-deal of sound-deadening. The engines can sound coarse on motorways but it never feels too strained, and that helps this city car be comfortable on open roads.
With Lexus being owned by Toyota, the quality of fitment and plastics is very high. It seems that the quality of the interior is passed down through the ranks to smaller cars. The Yaris will no doubt last a long time, as even the 1999 cars are still going strong.
Toyota Yaris – Performance
The 0-60mph times for the 1.0, 1.2 and the 1.3 diesel are 15.7 seconds, 11.5 seconds and 10.7 seconds respectively. For frugality and the best performance, the diesel engine Yaris seems to be the best bet. Top speeds are all 99mph.
Toyota Yaris – Space
The Toyota Yaris is ultra practical as it has many cubby-holes, a large glove-box and a huge boot. It's tiny from the outside but huge from the inside. Toyota has made every inch of space count, one of the reasons why this is such a popular city car.
Toyota Yaris – Handling
Toyota is renowned for producing great handling cars, and the Toyota Yaris is no different. Although the tyres are skinny, they grip hugely and give the driver good feedback, contributing to driver confidence, particularly if the weather is inclement.