Toyota Yaris Review from Indonesia

2010 Toyota Yaris E 1.5

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Summary:

It's a unique car, but because it's unique, it has so many ergonomic problems

Faults:

- On the first day getting the car, I noticed some white spots on the spoiler. But I don't mind about that.

- Sometimes the beeping sound on reverse gear sounds like the speaker is going to run off soon. But sometimes it works properly.

- Need improvement on built up quality, I noticed some parts were not assembled tightly. I can see the component parts inside the steering wheel from the assembly line.

- Some ergonomic problems.

General Comments:

Although this is my first car, I have experienced driving different kinds of cars before. From MPV to sedan.

I bought the E trim, which is above the J trim and below the S trim. The J trim doesn't come with safety equipment, while the S trim has some features that I don't really need.

Personally, I think the newest facelift looks sporty. What I like about it is that it has rear spoiler as a standard feature. You don't get that in the Honda Jazz. I bought the silver one. I think silver looks fabulous.

The dealer hospitality is very good, although Toyota is the best selling car manufacturer in my country.

On the first day getting my car, I noticed some white spots on the spoiler. But it's not a big deal.

Many Yaris owners are complaining about the driving position. I had the same problem too at first, but after a few months I have found a nice seating position (note that I'm a very short guy). I like the seats; I think it's supportive. It's comfortable too. The fabric is soft and elastic.

Surprisingly it has spacious room inside for a small car. Although technically it's smaller than my dad's Corolla, but the legroom feels more spacious, probably because it's a hatchback, and hatchback is usually taller than sedan, so it has extra legroom. Well, that's my opinion.

Another surprise from Toyota is the storage room. There are plenty of storage places. My mum likes to put much stuff inside my car such as pens, pencils, notes, snacks, books, and many more. It's very rare to find a Japanese car with lots of storage places.

I like the design of the dashboard. But I don't really like the plastic. It feels scratchy, and when you close the storage door, you can hear a cheap sound. The plastic feels very hot during sunny days. But what do I expect from a car at this cost? I guess I can live with it everyday.

What I don't like about my car is the ergonomics. For example, the buttons on the centre console are hard to reach. My friend, whose mother also owns a Yaris said the same thing.

Another thing is the speedometer. It is located in the middle instead of in-front of the driver. It's kinda annoying sometimes, especially when I'm checking up the speed and fuel consumption, and sometimes it distracts my concentration to the road. The huge front pillar sometimes blocks my view, I almost crashed many times because of this. My friend who test drove my car also almost crashed because of this.

Another problem is the white arm rest. During sunny days, the white color is reflected to the side windows, causing a visibility problem to the side. Side visibility is very important in Indonesia, since the roads are very tight and there are many motorcycles overtaking.

Although it has many ergonomic problems, I still like this car. But I am hoping that Toyota should care more about ergonomics, especially for visibility. It's important for road safety.

Performance is okay. The 1.5 engine runs well. You get more power in lower gears. At higher gear, it starts to lose power, but it's still fast enough, and somehow in higher gears, the engine runs smoother. Probably because of the loss of the power.

Fuel consumption is excellent. Around 10 km/l. But if you drive it more often at higher gears (gear 3-5), maybe you can get better fuel consumption.

The automatic transmission is sometimes clumsy when shifting down and up. But what do I expect from a car at this price? Toyota said that the new Yaris has something called Eco Drive. I don't really know what that is, but I'm sure that it's more eco friendly.

Sometimes the gas feels too sensitive, and sometimes when I hit the gas, the car revs and freezes for a couple seconds, and then goes. Probably because of the automatic transmission. It take times to learn how to drive the car smoothly without revving a lot. In my opinion, it has unique performance.

One time I had an accident, and the dealer fixed my car very fast. In my country, Toyota's dealer service has a very good reputation. This is why most of them buy Toyota. Toyota cars here also have great resale value and running cost.

Overall, I like it. Although, I'm expecting Toyota to be more careful at ergonomics.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th January, 2011

16th Jan 2011, 14:27

I live in Canada and drive a Toyota Echo. It's the predecessor to the Yaris, but it has the same ergonomics and engine. I really love my car. It's very fuel efficient, reliable, and fun to drive.

I've noticed many owners talk about annoying ergonomics with the Yaris. I've had never had any problem with finding a good seating position. The centre instrument panel is strange and annoying at first, but you'll get used to it. It doesn't bother me at all now. Toyota claims it gives you a better view of the road. I think it's because it makes global production of this car less expensive. They sell the Yaris to left and right drive countries.

9th Mar 2011, 00:10

This is the original poster. It's been months that I've owned this car, and I love it. One day I took it to the dealer to fix the rattles at the back (baggage door). They fixed it under warranty with no cost. Surprisingly, they even fixed things that I didn't mention. Somehow, after it got fixed, it feels more solid. For example, when I close the door, I can feel the powerful build up. It used to be shaken up when I closed it. The engine also got smoother after it got fixed. Even, I can say, it's smoother than my dad's tenth generation Corolla.

When waiting at the dealer to fix my car, they gave me free coffee and chocolate. The waiting room is comfortable enough. They have air conditioner, a widescreen HDTV, and some car magazines. The way they talked to me is like talking to friends. They're also professional at taking care of the cars. I am very satisfied with the dealer service; like most people said, nothing can beat Toyota's service in Indonesia.

9th Mar 2011, 15:01

I'm shocked! A positive experience with Toyota. I read so many comments that say all Toyotas are death traps, even though some models, like the Yaris, were not affected by the recall fiasco. I like my Toyota, too, and would like a Yaris if I had to replace it.

9th May 2011, 07:04

This is the original poster, after months owning it, I noticed that the steering wheel becomes slippery when it's cold inside/when it's clean, which is another ergonomic problem. Sometimes I almost crash due to the thick roundy pillars that block the view. I also feel that the rear view mirrors are just too small. I've seen the pictures of the new Yaris, and I hope Toyota fixed the ergonomics.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review