Toyota Yaris (2011 – 2020) Review

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Toyota Yaris (2011 – 2020) At A Glance

Enjoyable to drive. Economical engines. Spacious. Available with a smooth and economical hybrid engine.

Doesn't feel as upmarket or as plush as some rivals.

New prices start from £15,450
Contract hire deals from £165.97 per month
Insurance Groups are between 2–11
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The Toyota Yaris keeps up Toyota traditions of durability, reliability and build quality. It's not especially exciting or fun to drive, but there's plenty to like and it's an easy car to recommend, with economical engines and plenty of space too. Just remember that more recent rivals, including the SEAT Ibiza, feel plusher and more refined. 

But while it might not have the same plush plastics as many of its rivals, quality is still excellent. The car feels solid and well screwed together and this is reflected in the drive. Refinement on the motorway is good - the Yaris feels like a larger car, with very little noise or vibration in the cabin. It's also easy to drive, albeit not very involving.

The engine line up initially kicked off with two VVT-i petrols - a 1.0-litre and a 1.33-litre – along with a 1.5-litre hybrid and a 1.4 D-4D diesel. From 2017 the engine range was updated, with a punchier and more flexible 1.5-litre petrol replacing the 1.33 and the diesel being discontinued.

The hybrid engine option is unique in the small car class, now that Honda has stopped selling a Jazz Hybrid. So you get very impressive fuel economy, low emissions and a very quiet, smooth and relaxed driving experience, particularly around town. It’s the highlight of the Yaris engine range.

From 2017, equipment levels are very good. Even basic Active models come with a package of active safety technologies including lane assist and pre-collision warning. Moving up to Design adds a touchscreen system, reversing camera and alloy wheels, while top models get two-tone paint and other stylish extras.

The Yaris is five-door only, which means there is good access to the back row of seats. There’s a reasonable amount of leg room for a car this size, while headroom is surprisingly generous. The boot, too, is ample for shopping trips – although there is a little less capacity of you opt for the hybrid.

If you want a small hatchback with a good reliability record and relaxed driving dynamics, the Yaris is very good. Perhaps its most important asset, though, is the availability of the very quiet, smooth and economical hybrid version, which is affordable and unique in a small hatchback. 

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Real MPG average for a Toyota Yaris (2011 – 2020)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

34–75 mpg

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What's the best first car for a first time driver?
"My daughter will hopefully pass her driving test soon, and we are helping her to buy a small automatic car. Budget is roughly £5000. Is this doable? I want her to be safe at all times (like any other parent). She is 21, I might add. Or would it be better buying a newer car on PCP or HP rather than an older car on cash purchase?"
Toyota Yaris 1.33 petrol CVT: Toyota has a good reputation for reliability and its CVT gearbox is very robust. The Yaris was given a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP crash score when it was first tested in 2011 and another 5-star score when the facelifted model was tested in 2017.
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Need a reliable, used car for Under £6k - any suggestions?
"I am replacing my old 1.2 petrol Vauxhall Corsa, as it has developed a problem with the engine. I would like a similar-sized car, that is cheap to run and reliable. I have up to £6k to spend. I would appreciate your advice."
Toyota Yaris 1.0-litre petrol or 1.5-litre petrol hybrid. Both will return 50+ mpg. The Yaris also has a very strong reputation for reliability. It came out with flying colours in our latest Satisfaction Index:
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Need a reliable and affordable small automatic car - should I buy a Toyota Yaris?
"I remember reading one of your columns about the Toyota Yaris. I am looking for a second-hand automatic car and would like to know which are the models to look out for and avoid. Also, I’m considering a Honda Jazz, are there any issues to look out for?"
The Toyota Yaris is a very reliable car. It was ranked as one of the best in the UK in our latest Satisfaction Index: The Honda Jazz is also very good. Very few complaints. Both the 1.3 and 1.5 CVT autos have a very good reputation for reliability.
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What small cars do you recommend?
"I have a Citroen C1 that has been amazing but I'm thinking of changing it. I have about £1600 to spend and need something with good mph, comfortable and reliable. Should I change? If so, can you recommend three cars which would be great and relatively cheap to run? Thank you."
It might be wise to keep the C1 - better the devil you know, especially at this price point. If you do wish to change, a Honda Jazz could be a good choice. Also consider a Ford Fiesta with the bulletproof 1.25-litre petrol engine, or a Toyota Yaris. Any of these should be very reliable.
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What does a Toyota Yaris (2011 – 2020) cost?

Contract hire from £165.97 per month