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TOYOTA YARIS Hatchback 2006‑2011
94 owner reviews for TOYOTA YARIS Hatchback 2006‑2011
Great little car
TOYOTA YARIS 1.4 D-4D SR 3dr MMT (Review date: 21st February '13)
Excellent economy for a small diesel auto, the gearbox works well and delivers plenty of torque. It doesn't struggle up hills either. Can easily sit at motorway speed
Had no problems since purchase at 28k miles, now reading 44k miles, 1 year later. Economy is great, as said above; normally 53 to 60 mpg depending on journey. Tax is a bargain too.
There is lots of storage, much more than the new model, lots of leg room for rear passengers, and the rear seats can be moved forward to give a much bigger boot when needed, or completely folded to 'almost' flat giving a large loading space.
Seats 5 adults comfortably for short journeys, with 5 proper seatbelts and headrests.
I fitted a towbar for a bike rack which caused no issue. The spare wheel is a space saver, I swapped this for a full size spare alloy. To do this I had to cut a little piece of the plastic trim & sacrifice the use of the small shelf (about 4" x 24" x 16") between the spare wheel and the boot floor storage space. Worth the sacrifice when you have a puncture 200 miles from home! Again, lots of storage in the boot organiser, below the main floor; lots of space for a hi-viz vest, air pump, triangle, 1st aid, spare bulbs, etc, etc.
The only slight complaint, is the seats; they are not the best for a long journey... But the car is not designed for long journeys!
Optional extras fitted to the car before we bought it: Rear spoiler - looks nice & subtle plus it suits the 3 door shell, which is a nice shape. Mud flaps - fit well and no issues. Key-less entry and start - fantastic we love it!
I love this car
TOYOTA YARIS 1.4 D-4D T Spirit Nav 5dr  (Review date: 23rd December '12)
I absolutely love this car. I have three children 8 to 13 years. I can get all their school bags in plus PE kits plus three guitars, it’s like a little tardis. If like me you take passengers in the back, there is no transmission tunnel in the way which means no one has to sit with their legs either side, and its easier to get in. With the 1.4 diesel engine its as nippy as you like. ( my mother in law has the same car in a petrol version) and that is awful by comparison. The economy is brilliant, I don’t do many motorway miles but when I did it was nearly 70 MPG and around town, to the school, up to the shops, back to the school, one of the mums for a cup of tea etc it still returns just short of 50mpg. The six speed manual box is precise and the level of equipment on my T Spirit is better than most luxury German cars. Built in sat nav, blue tooth phone connectivity, auxiliary for my mp3 rear park sensors. All the things you need and none of the things you don’t like cruise control. And yes like the advert, my husband likes to drive it more than his own luxury car. Keep your hands off!
Room for improvement.
TOYOTA YARIS 1.33 VVT-i TR 5dr  (Review date: 18th September '12)
I've had my Yaris for 9 months now, (2yrs old at time of purchace) and I have had a few disappointments.
The car has been back to Toyota twice for aircon problems, the last time all the seals were replaced and it seems fine now, but on a Toyota 2 and half years old, it's not what I expected.
The other problem was that the power steering computer kept cutting out, leaving me with no power steering. This only ever happened when starting the engine once the ignition had been switched off, but needed the driver to switch off and restart. The steering computer was replaced under guarantee fortunately, as it would have been in the region of £800 otherwise!
Overall, the ride is good, though on the down side I do find it underpowered, especially compared with my old Fiesta 1.4. It also lurches a bit round corners, reminiscent of the old Citroen 2CV .
On the up side - it's a smooth, quiet ride. Brakes are very good, seating very comfortable and constructed to a height that makes getting in/out easy for older/infirm folk.
My model doesn't have daytime driving lights, so when I switch on side or head lamps during poor daylight times the digital instrument display dims automatically. No way of over-riding this feature which is annoying.
Can't fault the car on economy, tax, insurance & fuel all very good.
Excellent first car, easy to drive, low running costs
TOYOTA YARIS 1.0 VVT-i T2 3dr (Review date: 17th September '12)
This was my first car and I've had it for 3,5 years, the only reason I am selling it is because I have been given a company car otherwise I would have kept it. Very reliable, never had any issues with it and the tank fills up with around £45. It is better in the city rather than for motorway driving as it only has a 1.0L engine. But it is great to drive around town and easy to park due to its size.
Toyota Yaris oil consumption
TOYOTA YARIS 1.4 D-4D TR 5dr  (Review date: 16th September '12)
This is my second Yaris, the first was faultless and would have scored 5 in every section. As a driving instructor I cover 900 miles per week. I have lost count ofthe visits to the dealership with my second car. 3 times to have the radio, aerial and assorted problems. Numerous times to solvemy main concern, oil consumption, a litre per week. It has been a constant struggle to get Toyota to agree to a problem, they have now replaced the Turbocharger and rebuilt the engine and the oil consumption improved temporarily but it is now back to 900 miles to the litre and basically Toyota are saying tough, its within specification.
The Yaris is a brilliant learners car, I believe far better than its main competitors, but I will never buy a Toyota again, the car is faulty and Toyota customer car approaches is "a so what approach"
Worst gearbox I have ever come across!
TOYOTA YARIS 1.3 VVT-i TR 5dr MMT (Review date: 15th May '12)
I bought this car in March 2011, as I originally wanted an automatic because I have joint problems. I bought a Toyota because it prides itself in the quality and the reliability of its cars.
I have to say that it is probably one of the worst gearboxes I have ever come across, Toyota have tried to be clever with the MMT gearbox, and it just does not work AT ALL. DO NOT buy a MMT , you will end up regretting it. I have driven this on the flat and on steep hills, and on hills it hunts for gears, you will have to drive it in manual mode.
It is incredibly jerky in traffic, and I have had some near misses, it can be pretty scary at roundabouts. It is such a shame really as it is a nice car to drive.
I have had the car in to the garage probably more times than it has been on the road, due to the gearbox and I actually ended up having the automatic clutch replaced due to it slipping, this would have landed me with an £800 bill! Luckily they did it under warranty.
So, nice car overall, just don't buy the MMT, I wish I had bought a manual now, it has loads of great cubby holes and the back seats sliding backwards and forwards is a great idea.
Fuel economy... is average, could be better, but it is a automatic.
TOYOTA YARIS 1.0 VVT-i T2 5dr (Review date: 27th March '12)
I got a 2007 plate yaris, 1.0litre,
cheap on fuel, does good mpg.
space in side is amazing alot better than my punto, easily fit 4 adults at ease. cabin quality is very good, very solid well put together, my car has done well over average milage, and still looks brand new inside.
bad points for me is its very slow, nippy around town, but over taking needs alot of planning,
After having the car for month, i noticed alot of noise coming from the exaust turns out it was blowing, so toyota changed it under the year warranty they gave me, which was a relief and they changed the break pad cause they were 90% warn.
does have air con, which is wish i got.
but this car will go on forever.. i hope so anyway :)
dave (ashton under lyne)
TOYOTA YARIS 1.0 VVT-i T2 3dr (Review date: 26th February '12)
WOW !! this car has got the lot. looks, modern and stylish. cant believe the economy, £95 a year road-tax, my insurance has halved on my previous car(1.6 citroen picasso) and my twice a week visit to the petrol station has gone to once a fortnight, amazing. a full tank cost £52, and it is still half full after 2 weeks. great round town, easy to park being small. just as good on m-way, cruises along at 70m.p.h. no noise, no problem. spacious as you want it, with sliding rear seats for more rear legroom or larger boot space for the shopping. stylish interior, plenty legroom, dynamic dashboard display and a great drive with excellent PAS. great sound system, cd player etc. loads of hidden storage, the only thing thats missing is the drivers armrest, but hey! you cant have everything. the YARIS is a credit to toyota and i will be driving this car for many years to come. 100 % recommended, ticks every box...........!!
Great city car with loads of space-NOT economical
TOYOTA YARIS 1.33 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr MMT  (Review date: 17th February '12)
Where to start. I bought this car brand new in Sept 09. Was very excited with my wife. This was the only small car with auto gearbox and CO2 below 120 hence tax only £30 annually. With baby on the way and with really useful feature of moving rear seats back and forward extending either legroom for passengers or luggage space this was a simple decision. Far more space than in Ibiza or Fiesta.
Automatic gear box in Yaris is at least to say weird :). You simply have to get used to it. It can change gear from 1st to 3rd skipping 2nd when you are trying to get on roundabout from full stop even if acceleration pedal is pressed fully. Very dangerous. And no footrest? I don’t get this.
I have had 1 warranty repair already. Aircon pipe broke? (been told in Toyota garage). Could not get answer what caused it.
Don’t get me wrong this is great city car, but not so good on motorway esp. on long journeys. Not comfy enough and a bit loud as well.
MPG. I can confirm I could manage to get 52-55mpg but with careful driving (tops 60mph and no more than 3k rpm while accelerating)-combined and even being stuck in traffic. Since couple of months now my wife is a main driver and she can only get 38mpg!!? That is proper combined as she does every day 20miles on motorway and 10 in city(20-30min being stuck). I really don’t get it and believe me her foot is way lighter than mine. This is over 7liters per 100km or 62miles. My old Honda Civic coupe 1.6 auto 1998 could do that. Very disappointed, will defo ask Toyota about it but I don’t expect much as an answer.
Overall this is great city car with loads of space for such small car. My warranty repair although nothing major put Toyota reliability (and service) at question hence 4 stars. And with fuel cost rising along with my mpg rising (apart low road tax) this car is not considered anymore as economical for my family.