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The Top Gear car review:Toyota Yaris
What is it like on the road?
The Yaris’s tiny footprint and lack of unnecessary weight make it quite fun to boot about, even though this is resolutely not that sort of car. Far more important to Japan’s no-nonsense brand is a decent level of refinement, which arrives courtesy of some very frugal, small petrol engines (they make the 1.4 D-4D diesel virtually pointless. A clever hybrid is also available offering short-range EV running (in near-silence, of course) and a Prius-lite driving experience.
Much of the facelift work has focused on the chassis. The ride, although still a bit jittery alongside a VW Polo, is better than it was, and handling isn’t as vague as it was before either. It’s improved enough to now be an average drive, characterised by light steering and ease of use. Faint praise? Well, not really: before, it was decidedly below average…