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Yaris T3 won't let you down

By unknown | Apr 23, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Charl Wilken

Charl Wilken

The most popular Toyota on the South African market after the Tazz is without doubt the Yaris.

There are many reasons for the success of the Yaris, but three main reasons that stand out are the fact that it is a Toyota, impressive list of safety features and exceptional good value for money.

The Yaris has been around for more than three years already, but it still looks like it was introduced to the market yesterday. The contemporary design of the Yaris will see that this vehicle won't look outdated for a while.

Our used test car this week is the 2006 Toyota Yaris T3 plus sedan.

The Yaris sedan has that little edge over its hatchback brother. The sedan offers better practicality with larger boot capacity and yet it looks just as good as the hatchback.

Our used model has only done a fair 55000 km and is in superb condition, inside out. It is clear that the previous owner was someone who loved his car. The car is mechanically good.

What we like most about these cars is that they are really good value for money.

You get a good solid car which you know won't let you down and you also get good standard equipment at a good price.

The interior of the Yaris is modern and good looking with the dials placed in the centre, to add to the contemporary design of the car. Material used is as expected of good quality and easy to reach and operate from a driver's perspective.

The Yaris sedan is a very good choice for the young family. It has enough space on the inside and boot capacity is good enough for a number of suitcases, yet the Yaris return very economical fuel consumption figures.

Having good fuel economy, the Yaris will have kept its owner smiling, although the fuel price is at a record high.

The four-cylinder 1,3 VVT-i engine may not sound big, because it isn't, but one must remember the fact that it uses VVT-i technology with the result that the engine is very willing and has enough power to carry a full number of passengers without a sweat.

Power delivery stands at a fair 63 kW and 121 Nm and is mated to a smooth five-speed gearbox delivering power to the front wheels.

There is also enough power for overtaking and to cruise at freeway speeds without the need to constantly play with the gears just to keep up with traffic. The breath will run out at around 180 km/h. As an everyday car to go to work or get the kids from school, or whatever the case may be, the Yaris will be ideal.

The standard luxury features include CD-player, aircon, electric windows and power steering.


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