Skoda Fabia or a Seat Ibiza would be a better choice for me
The 2nd gear is very under-powered below 1500 rpm. At low speed you either have to push hard or stop completely and engage 1st gear. Noticed this also on my Corolla that I had before this Yaris. Maybe it is the gear ratios that Toyota has adopted.
When pushing 2nd gear hard at low RPM car may stall.
Engine too noisy > 2500 rpm.
Economy poor if using the A/C a lot like we do in hot countries. Otherwise as claimed by the manufacturer.
Despite the above disadvantage, good engine performance for its 1.0 L size > 1500 RPM.
Suspension improved over previous editions, good for the motorway, but stiff for the city on bumpy roads.
Sitting position very comfortable.
Instruments very ergonomic, but I would prefer an analog temperature indicator, rather than the cold /too-hot indications.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th November, 2003