Toyota Yaris Hatchback Review - Toyota Reviews South Africa
Toyota's pert supermini comes in three- and five-door bodies, and both are among the shortest cars in their class. That makes them ideal for city-dwellers and anyone who needs an easy-to-park car.
It also means the Yaris is very nippy through congested city streets. However, it's not as comfortable as the best supermini rivals because the ride doesn't ever really settle at any speed. Decent handling is scant compensation.
Many drivers won't find the driving position all that comfy: its high-set position is not helped by steering that only adjusts for angle, although the dash looks funky.
There are 1.0-, 1.3- and 1.8-litre petrol engines and a 1.4 turbodiesel, and our favourite of those is the 1.3 petrol.
There’s only a limited choice of trims, though: just the basic T2 or the more highly specified TR.
Pro's and Con's
Pro: The Yaris has a roomy and versatile interior with plenty of stowage. Fuel economy is good, too, and the five-star crash-test rating is reassuring.
Con: The ride is bouncy, the engines noisy and the dashboard layout poor. There is only modest safety kit on the entry-level car and the whole range is rather dear.