Toyota Yaris (2006 – 2011) At A Glance
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.
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Can you recommend a reliable, small car for £2000?
"Can you recommend a reliable, cheap to run, small car, please? Cheap on parts if needed. Around £2000. Thank you. "
We'd recommend a Ford Fiesta. There are loads about, so you can be picky about buying one in good condition with service history. Any garage will be able to look after it and parts are affordable. Consider a Toyota Yaris, too. They're very reliable and cheap to run but parts will be a little more expensive than the Fiesta.
I want a reliable, child-friendly car on a small budget. What do you suggest?
"I have a very low budget as I'm studying at the moment. I need a relatively roomy car as I have two young children so need space for a buggy and shopping. I would like low tax and my budget is £1600. I don't like French cars, I would prefer japanese. I recently sold my imported Toyota BB - which I loved and would really love something quirky again but the budget won't allow it as far as I can tell. I understand a Honda Jazz would be in my price range but apparently there are issues with insurance on cars with catalytic converters at the moment. Is this something I need to consider?"
A Honda Jazz sounds perfect but yes, they do seem to be prone to the theft of catalytic converters. If you're concerned about the effect this will have on insurance prices, shop around for quotes first - this should help your search: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cheap-car-insurance/
A Toyota Yaris would be a good alternative (although it's not as spacious as the Jazz), or maybe a bigger family hatch like a Toyota Auris or Honda Civic.
Which car should I get for a short commute?
"I have a short commute to work, however, once a month I drive to Devon (about 250 miles) and also to Scarborough (about 300 miles). I'd like some comfort and to be higher than an average car. It would also need to be an automatic. I have a budget of £10,000. What should I get? I currently have a Toyota Yaris."
Honda Jazz CVT 1.3 petrol would be my key recommendation. It has a very good reputation for reliability and sits higher from the road than your Yaris and £10,000 will get you 2018 model: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Honda/Jazz/?l=0&p2=10000&s=PriceDesc
What all-season tyres do you recommend?
"I am looking to replace the worn tyres on my 2005 Toyota Yaris. There are currently Goodyear tyres fitted but I am unsure whether to have these fitted again or whether to pay extra for Michelin CrossClimate tyres? There also seems to be a CrossClimate+ tyre, but I'm unsure which would be better. Looking for a good, quiet tyre with longevity."
We rate the CrossClimate+ highly, but if you're looking for our favourite all-season tyre - we awarded the Continental AllSeasonContact our tyre of the year last summer. Like the Michelin CrossClimate+, the Continental are more of a summer tyre with good all-season performance. The Continental do well in wet and dry conditions too with reliable, reactive braking and the tyres are also very quiet and refined even at high speeds.
Answered by Georgia Petrie