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The year after its launch in 1999, it was named European Car of the Year. Fast forward to 2010, when it scooped first place for cost of ownership in the supermini category in the hotly contested What Car?/JD Power Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Survey. Considering these and other significant accolades, it would be reasonable to expect another high flyer from Toyota. Let’s see how it shapes up...
In one of the first driving videos you’ll see of the Yaris, our online customer magazine, Today Tomorrow, has put the car through its paces in that most hostile of urban environments: the multi-storey car park. Handling, cornering and slow-speed manoeuvres are covered for an all-round picture of the Yaris in motion.
There's plenty to be excited about when it comes to the Yaris. The sleek exterior design gives it extra dynamic appeal.
It's bigger inside, offers excellent fuel economy and is safer than ever before. But the quantum leap is the car’s new Toyota Touch & Go* system which, in essence, transforms the Yaris into a fully networked, multimedia experience, offering you unprecedented levels of connected convenience, on-the-go entertainment and advanced safety.
Everyday challenges like finding a pizza, getting the weather forecast and finding a parking space: they're a piece of cake with Toyota Touch & Go.* Click through to see our online customer magazine’s take on how the technology puts you in control, effortlessly and intuitively.
*Available on selected models.
If this smartly-priced and spunky little B-segment player is any measure of Toyota's resurgence, the rest of the industry best take note. The 2012 Yaris actually appears ready to do battle in the increasingly fierce sub-compact arena, one swarming with fresh young talent.Read the full article
The Yaris is a proper four-seater with class-leading rear knee room… and it feels more agile and refined thanks to extra sound insulation. You could do a lot worse than put your cash into this very good small car.
The Sunday Times
The handling is predictable and stable, with steering that feels natural. All in all, something for everyone - young and old alike.
In-car internet access is being offered on the new Toyota Yaris. This technology, once the preserve of upmarket models, has made the leap into the supermini as part of its Touch & Go touchscreen system.
The quality of the new Yaris also relies on every part used and required close collaboration with suppliers to make the requirements clear at an early stage… to deliver the high levels of quality consistently required in high volume production.
A sharper look, especially the eye-catching front and, in profile, the more prominent, steeply sloping belt-line… Toyota is loading features into the Yaris, well aware that older customers, the so-called third lifers free of children and financial worries, might want smaller cars but still desire all the goodies.
Despite going up in size, the new Yaris is 20kg lighter than the outgoing model, with thinner seats, aluminium suspension components, and a stiffer body shell all aiding the slimming process.
There’s loads of space in the front, and although rear head room is little more than adequate, rear knee room is impressive. The boot isn’t quite so generous, but at 286 litres it’s about par for the course.
A more driver-focussed approach sees the instruments moved behind the steering wheel from the central console, which is now finished with a sculpted, padded section. It helps make the cabin seem more spacious, while larger quarter-light windows allow more light in.Read the full article
The Daily Star
What really matters is that it costs just £30 a year to tax… a good package at the right price.
The new model is an equally bold style statement and sees the supermini get a more aggressive and grown-up appearance. You could do a lot worse than put your cash into this very good small car.
Economical, comfortable and decently priced. The steering wheel is of high quality and the touch-screen Touch and Go system incorporating sat nav, music and telephone works very well.
We’ve always liked [the Yaris] for its no nonsense, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin approach, reliability and being easy to drive.
It’s not all about cosmetic tweaks, Toyota has worked on improving ride and handling by revising the Yaris’s suspension and electric power steering systems… Safety has been improved too, with all Yaris models now offered with seven airbags (front, side, curtain and driver’s knee), electronic stability control and brake assist.
The range of engines are carried over from previous models, where they proved to be highly reliable with no widely-known problems. The new Yaris is also likely to score highly in future crash tests as its predecessor scored the full five stars when tested in 2005.
Features a very attractive equipment list including Bluetooth, alloy wheels, ESP anti-skid control and a reversing camera on a large colour screen that, at launch, will also host sat nav as standard.
Exactly like the Time Lord’s travelling phone box, the Yaris appeared, from the outside, to promise very little in the way of standing or conference room… however, observers were astonished to discover the extent to which the car was blessed with space, and in a shape entirely unrelated, geometrically, to its exterior.
The boffins at Toyota are brilliant at creating interior space… The Yaris has now matured and grown up. It’s got a meaner stance, not so cute anymore, and the 1.3SR model I was driving came with front fog lamps and low front spoiler to add to the sporty look… It is one supermini that deserves to be called super.
The face is dominated by long, sleek headlights like piercing eyes and a sharp V-shaped chrome-backed grille and deep lower spoiler. Inside, the Yaris drops the curves of the old model for a more upmarket layout with a dash that wraps around the driver.
I took the new Toyota Yaris for a test drive. My views are: the dashboard was very user friendly, clear easy to read. Interior: nice coloured fabric on seating, comfortable seats. Loved the reversing picture on the sat nav. Car shape: sporty. Ride: very smooth, smooth gear change. Much improved on old model, would recommend to buy.
I am due to sign the deal on a T Spirit this week. I test drove one today and I was so impressed. The quality of build throughout is great and the dash is gorgeous to look at and touch. There is a real roomy feel and things feel so comfortable and intuitive. The drive is equally great. I was concerned, coming from a 2ltr diesel Verso, that this car would feel lack lustre. Sure it's slower but it's fun and I know I will be able to thrash it about, within legal boundaries of course. Negatives: 1. Very weak boot floor. Be careful what you load in the car. 2. Drum brakes at the rear! Shame on you! I purchased the awesome alloys and feel cheated that I will have to look at hideous drum brakes. 3. No leather option for T Spirit! 4. no climate control for The sport version. Not perfect but damn close. 9/10 best Yaris by far. And I have not even mentioned the awesome touch n go!
Had mine a few weeks now and I love it! Its perfect for me as a new driver, very cute and nifty too! Also fuel goes a lot, lot further in this far than any other car I know! If you thinking about getting one, GET ONE!
Got my Yaris T-Spirit this week and what a super car it is to drive, Its automatic you cant feel it change gear it really is a pleasure to drive.
Very pleased with Toyota Yaris T Spirit. Lovely to drive
I bought my car on retirement from my garage business, this being the first new car I have had. I have now covered almost 25000 miles in 27 months of ownership and cannot fault this vehicle. I am amazed at the technology magic thanks toyota.
Just had the first days driving in the new 2012 yaris SR after two and a half years with the "old" 59 plate yaris TR. Wanted something a little more 'sporty' and definitely not disappointed! I dont dislike one single detail about this car. Thats not to say the old one was anything less than great, but the new dash and instruments are much better, as are the seats and legroom. The SR privacy glass, leather bolster seats, red instrument illumination, darkened 16'' wheels, headlights and spotlight surrounds, sportier suspension make it feel more of a pocket rocket than a shopping run around without the silly fuel consumption, high road tax and ridiculous insurance of a bigger car. Build quality can be expected to be very good as was the older model. Look forward to many happy, trouble free miles over the next few years....
Picked this car up on 24th March, excellent car, owned the old model before and have noticed the better refinement in this model, and also benefits on fuel savings. Loving the extras on the Fire model as well. Very good buy!
I love my yaris. It drives like a dream and is very comfortable, and spacious. this it my second yaris. I’m very pleased with it.