The Yaris replaced the popularEchoas Toyota's city-car offering in 2005, and has since remained one of the segment's highest sellers. There had regularly been a choice of sedan or hatchback body styles - as well as choice between 1.3L and 1.5L petrol engines - though the three-door Yaris hatch was dropped in 2014, while the axe fell on the sedan version in late 2016 due to poor sales. A 2017 update aimed to keep the Yaris fresh as it neared the average lifecycle of a car - seven years - with styling tweaks and a range of safety features either optional or standard depending on the trim grade.
Spacious cabin belies car's size, plus good storage
Strong on value
City-friendly turning circle
2017 update introduced more standard/optional safety features
Current model ageing quickly, including old engines
Dull interior design
Not as fun to drive as many rivals
Toyota deleted handy sliding rear bench in 2011
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.