The Yaris disappoints slightly not because it is bad, but because Toyota has allowed itself to be swayed from an original formula that might just have resonated with the younger audience it initially hoped to reach.

Had it trusted itself to create another supermini blessed with a modicum of carefree spirit and imagination, the car would probably have merited more praise.

Wouldn't you rather have a Fiesta, a Polo, a Honda Jazz or a Kia Rio? We would

Instead, it has produced a scaled-down version of its larger models, making the Yaris a sturdy prospect for long-term investment but hardly a candidate for the kind of eager impulse purchases that feed small car sales figures.

In facelifted form, Toyota has added an extra layer of style to the mix, and the car's upgraded interior goes some way to giving it a premium feel.

Value for money, spaciousness and build quality will earn the Yaris the same willing audience as before, but given its huge resources, Toyota could have been expected to do better than that.

Rivals like the more engaging Mazda 2 and the best-selling Ford Fiesta, unfortunately, still offer a more endearing and engaging overall package.

Those wanting something reliable and hassle-free, however, will find much to like about the Toyota Yaris.

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