Hybrid aside, the 1.4 D4-D diesel's 72.4mpg and 99g/km CO2 output made this version the most frugal Toyota Yaris. Not that the 1.33-litre, petrol-fuelled car is disgraced here; its claimed combined-cycle mpg is 57.6, matched to a 114g/km CO2 score, and – unusually – our test car almost matched that claim on our touring test with a 51.2mpg result. The new 1.5-litre petrol unit is supposedly 12 percent more frugal than the engine it replaces with a claimed combined-cycle of 64.5mpg a CO2 score of 109g/km.

The petrol-electric model boasts up to 85.6mpg on the combined cycle, depending on trim level specified. We found a 65mpg figure easy to acheive, which is not something that can be said of some other hybrids. Emissions of 75g/km are excellent too.

Darren Moss

Darren Moss

Content editor
Choose your hybrid model carefully. MPG and CO2 increase on high-spec models

While some manufacturers have taken the supermini to the premium end of the market, the Yaris remains faithful to the buyer on a budget. However, that doesn’t make the competition any less cut-throat. With skin-tight margins and plenty of first-rate rivals, value for money remains central to any newcomer’s appeal.

With CO2 emissions of 114g/km, the 1.33-litre engine plants this model firmly in VED band C which is competitive, as is the five-year/100,000-mile warranty. The firm’s gold-plated reputation for robust, reliable cars cannot be overestimated among its repeat buyers.

Save money on your car insurance

Compare quotesCompare insurance quotes

Top 5 Superminis

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Genesis G70
    First Drive
    22 September 2017
    Based on the Kia Stinger, Genesis' new G70 saloon shows plenty of promising signs that it could be a hit in Europe
  • Lamborghini Aventador S
    First Drive
    22 September 2017
    Still visceral and dramatic as ever, but does the vast number of mechanical changes and tweaks help make the Lamborghini Aventador S more engaging?
  • Renault Koleos
    Car review
    22 September 2017
    Renault’s new crossover sees the Koleos name return, attached to an SUV of a quite different stripe
  • Nissan X-Trail
    First Drive
    21 September 2017
    On our first chance to get the facelifted Nissan X-Trail on UK roads, the petrol proves a viable alternative, although for outright pulling power the 2.0 dCi is the better bet
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.2d 210
    First Drive
    21 September 2017
    Most powerful diesel version of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is swift and more frugal than its closest rivals, but makes less sense than the range-topping petrol version