Fantastic little car, highly recommended.. I love MY little TOYOTA
Absolutely NOTHING has gone wrong with my car, it is totally and utterly dependable, put the key in and it fires into life. No matter what the weather is doing.
There is JUST NO comparison to my last car, which had DREADFUL reliability. Owning a car which is so reliable and dependable, is a breeze, it is rather comforting.
The drive is absolutely superb. The performance is okay, of course it is no racing car, but then it is only little WEE engine. But give it some "BEANS" and "REV" and it certainly picks up your order; those variable valves spring into life.
It has got to be the lightest, and easiest car I have ever driven, VERY SIMPLE.
Handling is best described... as not to be hurried, although the steering is FABULOUSLY light, the FRICTION in the steering does not help though, I do find it somewhat hard to keep a straight line? Or possibly did have my glasses on!! The friction issue is noted on many reviews which I have read. Apparently, these issues have been put right in the new YARIS, the ride has also been improved too.
The brakes are great, you hardly have to touch them, no worries about stopping.
For such a little car, it is very roomy inside. The rear seats have been well thought-out, the way it slides it great if your carrying something large in the boot.
The front seats are very comfortable, you kind of sink into them, almost like memory foam!! Although, the support is somewhat lacking.
The dash design is also great, but a little CHEAP looking, although well screwed together. The abundance of cubby holes are brilliant, although I think they could have lined them with something!!! TOTALLY LOVE the digital center display, as does everyone who sits in it.
A lot of reviews regard the display; looking like an EIGHTIES calculator, sorry I don't agree.
My weekly commute of around 260 miles, is a doddle. I recently reset the computer, and achieved 55.4 MPG, yes it did take some doing, one would think it ran on fresh air, it is VERY fuel efficient.
The CO2 output, although not very high, it's not exactly cheap at £120.00 for one years worth of car tax... sorry a REAL bug bear!!
I would certainly consider the DIESEL next time, that just creeps under the magic mark, £35 for one years worth of TAX !!!!! WOW
Costs, well like I mentioned, nothing has broken or fell off, in two years of ownership, it has not cost anything other than routine maintenance, MOTs, and a set of tyres. And it certainly does not need to see a garage in between for 'REPAIRS'
Would have another one... AT THE DROP OF A HAT.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th August, 2008