1999 Toyota Yaris GS 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
A surprise package!
The central door locking doesn't always work.
Most people will laugh at the suggestion of a car with a 1 litre engine. But not any more - with the advent of VVT (variable value technology) and sophisticated engine management, the Toyota's small engine still packs a punch.
The economy is amazing - with sensible driving you can easily get 50mpg or more out of it. The downside of having a small engine is it suffers a bit with passengers or going up hills.
The gearing is precise and positive, as are the brakes. Driving the car is very easy and the power steering is a pleasure.
The radio/electronic displays are innovative. However, there are many options and it can be quite a challenge navigating all the options to get what you want.
The Yaris does well on the design front. There is ample space in the back seat for 6 foot passengers, with no complaints. The big roof gives great visibility all round. The boot is a little small, but then this is a super mini, not an estate.
Overall, it is a pleasure to drive - a quiet and economical car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th September, 2002