Published 29/10/2011 | 05:00
WHAT: Toyota Yaris 5dr hatchback supermini (998cc, 69bhp, 0-100kmh in 15.3 secs), 5spd gearbox, front-wheel drive, CO2 of 111g/km; VRT is 14pc. €104 annual road tax.
COST: From €14,760 for 3dr, from €15,295 for 5dr. Delivery, related charges extra.
TARGET MARKET: Singles, second-car families, mature owners downsizing from saloons, etc.
PLUS: Quality of build and drive, safety equipment, headroom, frugal engine, used-car value.
MINUS: Severe competition from likes of Kia and Hyundai on length of warranty and comfort equipment.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Seven airbags, electric front windows, good audio system, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brakeforce, Distribution and Break Assist, 60/40 rear-seat split, three-year warranty.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Citroen C3, Fiat Grande Punto, Ford Fiesta, Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Kia Rio, Mazda2, Nissan Micra, Opel Corsa, Peugeot 207, Renault Clio, Seat Ibiza, Skoda Fabia, Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo.