Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Arriving in Australia in March 2006, with the mid life facelift following in October 2008 the Toyota Yaris features high build quality and an exterior design which appeals to a wide audience (similar front-end design to the Toyota Corolla).
Not so good Initially the Toyota Yaris was one of the best looking cars in its class, however, there are now some other SUPERMINI's that really look good! Also, to our eyes, the hatch looks better than the sedan...but hatches aren't for everybody...
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Good visibility and 'smart' positioning of the instrument cluster in the centre of the dashboard; digital speedometer; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls are super handy; MP3 compatible.
Not so good The uniqueness of the dash may not be for everyone (it's a little cheap and expansive too). The boot size is quite small and only fits small luggage or a week’s worth of shopping.
Performance

Performance

Good A powerful 1.5L engine (with VVTi) and a smooth shifting transmission.
Not so good Lacking torque (but makes up for it somewhat with top-end power).
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The power steering is quiet and importantly, it's easy enough to reverse park. The ride & handling is above par for a Supermini.
Not so good Similar to the hatch, there's a bit of noise and vibration when driving over speed humps.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Average price; various options packs to make your Toyota Yaris even safer; warranty includes three year and/or 100,000 km; high residual value. Plus: it comes standard with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist.
Not so good Great commuting car, but put in some passengers and luggage and you'll be squished.