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New Toyota Yaris Review

The new Toyota Yaris reminds me of a teenager who vanishes from your life then reappears a few years later.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 11, 2011
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The new Toyota Yaris reminds me of a teenager who vanishes from your life then reappears a few years later. As such, this third generation supermini now looks grown-up. It has a fuller figure than its predecessor thanks to its 100mm growth spurt, it is wearing a far sharper suit, and has learnt a few tricks that make it better company. The handling, for starters, feels more composed than the late model. The Yaris is particularly easy to drive in town thanks to its light steering, excellent visibility, and smooth manual transmission. It feels composed on faster roads too - but sporty drivers may prefer the super-sharp Fiesta.

Toyota Yaris engines come in various flavours, none of which have infuriating teenage mood swings. The most fuel efficient variants are the 1.4-litre 89bhp diesels that average a cost-cutting 72.4mpg. These are also the fastest to 62mph, hitting the mark in a pleasing 10.8 seconds. In contrast, 1.0-litre 68bhp trims take a lengthy 15.3 seconds and 1.33-litre 98bhp models need 11.7 seconds. These average 58.9 and 52.3mpg respectively. So, the diesels are the most versatile. Throw-in rock-solid construction, pleasing looks, and a decent boot and the new Yaris makes perfect sense. Prices range from £11,170 to £15,385. Let us hope this twenty-something never becomes middle-aged.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 11, 2011