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Toyota Yaris (2006–2011)

Last updated 29 May 2018

More room and better handling than the previous version. Excellent crash test rating. 1.4 D-4D does 50mpg +.
Expensive new at full list price. Not cheap second-hand, either. MMT to be avoided due to unacceptable number of expensive failures.
Updated 29 May 2018

Failed rear coil spring reported on 2008 Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D.

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Introduction

The bigger, better "bigsmall" second-generation Yaris has been around in other parts of the world for well over a year now. I spotted one on rental in Bali in June 2005. And I'm also fairly close to the model because we have owned the saloon version, the ‘Soluna Vios', (which came first) in Thailand since March 2004.

Toyota's global logistics mean different markets get different engines and transmissions. In Thailand all Yaris and Soluna are 110bhp 1.5 litre with 5-speed manual or 4-speed autoboxes. While European Yaris from the French factory come with 1.0 litre three cylinder Aygo engines, 1.3s from the old Yaris or the same 88bhp 1.4 diesels as offered in the MINI One D and Toyota Corolla. There aren't any true Euro automatics, just an electronically controlled electric clutch posing as an auto, available with the 1.3 and the diesel. And in Europe at least there aren't any of the previously popular ‘Postman Pat' Verso versions. Though that might change if Toyota finds it worthwhile to send us the Japanese Yaris Ractis.

Toyota Yaris D-4D 2006 Road Test 

Toyota Yaris 1.3 TR 2008 Road Test

Owners' reviews

5
Greattty
5
Fantastic, Endlessly Reliable, Comfortable, Just the right size
4
Excellent mpg always over 60 +
5
Basic car that offers reliability and great MPG
5
Reliable, economical transport.
3
Modern day 2CV
 

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