posted 8 years ago

Used Toyota Yaris is High School Swat

The used Toyota Yaris is the supermini equivalent of a high school swat.

The used Toyota Yaris is the supermini equivalent of a high school swat. This means it scores consistently well in tests, is extremely reliable, and goes straight to the top of the class if you want reliable urban transport. Sounds pretty good, so let's see what else this A grade student has to offer.

The second generation Yaris was launched in 2005 and, after graduating to sixth form college, revised in 2009. There are three engines to choose from, but my favourite is the 1.4 D-4D T2 model. This 88bhp variant reaches 60mph in 10.4 seconds, has plenty of low- end torque, and is capable of 109mph. It also returns an impressive combined average of 62mpg and sits in road tax band C/£30.

More positive news is that the used Toyota Yaris is easy to drive in town. This is due to the light steering, slick transmission, and excellent visibility. Body roll is also kept in check, at least at low speed, so the Yaris is a good choice if most of your journeys are short local hops. However, If you push too hard on twisty A roads the ride can become unsettled.

The Toyota Yaris has an airy cabin with notable leg and headroom. Rear passengers will be particular pleased as there is no transmission tunnel pinching valuable foot space. The rear seats are impressive too as these slide forward, fold flat, and split 60/40. So, luggage capacity ranges from 363 to 737-litres which is commendable in a car the size of a mathematics revision book.

Standard Yaris T2 specification includes dual air-bags, anti-lock brakes, power steering, electric front windows, and a CD player. The T3 adds curtain/side air-bags and the TR, which was launched in 2008, has 15” alloy wheels and chrome boot trim. Revised 2009 models are badged T2, TR, SR, and T Spirit. Well done if you followed that lot.

So, how much does the used Toyota Yaris cost? According to's database, prices for 2007 examples start at £5,000. These are listed with buy safe sellers and have covered roughly 35,000 miles. At this age a properly maintained Yaris should be virtually 'as new' and ready for years of reliable motoring. Enjoy!