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Toyota Yaris Australia

The Toyota Yaris arrived in 2005, replacing the Toyota Echo.

The Yaris name was actually used overseas since the original Starlet replacement arrived in 1999, but Australia adopted the global ‘Yaris’ nameplate in '05. One thing that hasn’t changed throughout the Yaris’s lifetime is its usefulness and practicality, thanks to clever touches that make the most of the diminutive space on offer. The Yaris is available in a range of specifications, hatch and sedan body styles and with the choice of manual or automatic transmissions. The auto-only sedan was not updated when the third-generation Yaris arrived in 2011, and continues to sell in second-generation guise alongside the newer hatch.

Current prices range from $22,130 for the Yaris Ascent Sport to $32,550 for the Yaris ZR Hybrid TWO-Tone.

Toyota Yaris Colours

The Ascent Sport is available in eight colours, from white to Ebony (black), Pearl, Silver Pearl, Atomic Rush (maroon), Scarlet (purple), Lunar Blue (navy), Electric Blue, Cherry Blossom (pink), Coral Rose (red), Bronx Bronze and Electric Green (lime).

  • Glacier White
  • Ebony
  • Crystal Pearl
  • Silver Pearl
  • Atomic Rush
  • Scarlet
  • Lunar Blue
  • Bronx Bronze
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Coral Rose
  • Electric Blue
  • Electric Green
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Toyota Yaris Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota Yaris varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $22,130 and going to $32,550 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Hatchback 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $22,130 $32,550
2020 Hatchback 1.3L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $11,100 $33,110
2019 Hatchback 1.3L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $9,900 $21,120
2018 Hatchback 1.3L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $9,200 $19,360
2017 Hatchback 1.3L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $8,100 $17,490
2017 Sedan 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $8,200 $15,290
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Toyota Yaris Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Toyota Yaris here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What car should I buy to replace my 2006 Toyota Corolla?

    There are still plenty of great small cars around within your budget, Agnes, and they all have good safety packages (or we wouldn’t recommend them). Look at offerings such as the Suzuki Swift Navigator (with the optional autonomous emergency braking) for around $17,000 (plus on-road costs) or the Kia Rio S at around $19,000 or Kia Picanto S (one size smaller than the Rio) at closer to $16,000. Both the Kias also feature the brand’s excellent seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and free roadside assistance which is great peace of mind.

    The Volkswagen Polo is a classy drive but a little more expensive at closer to $21,000 for the 85TSi Comfortline. Actually, to be honest, you’ve missed the boat on bargain small cars by a couple of years. Firm favourites such as the Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 have both been updated relatively recently and have recorded big price jumps in the process. The cheapest Yaris with an automatic transmission is now around $23,000 (it was less than $17,000 back in 2018) while the Mazda 2 Maxx went from being a sub-$17,000 proposition in 2018 to a $23,000 car by the time you add an automatic transmission in 2020.

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  • What cars with high seats and a big boot do you recommend?

    If your dad was happy with his previous Yaris, then I think the new model would suit him just as well. Don’t be put off by the lack of a sedan, as the hatchback version is actually even better at swallowing things like wheelchairs. You’d be amazed at just how practical a conventional hatchback is. The real shame is that Toyota no longer sells the three-door version of the Yaris (they’re all five-doors now). Because the three-door model had longer doors, they made getting and in and out even easier. The only catch was that they opened pretty wide (which is why disabled car-parking spaces are extra wide as well).

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  • Toyota Yaris 2011 and Honda Jazz 2005: Engine longevity

    A few factors determine engine longevity, so let’s start with the first of those, the basic materials and design of the engine in question. Both the Toyota and Honda have advanced small-capacity engines that are made from quality materials. So that’s in their favour.

    The second factor is servicing. A lack of regular maintenance including fresh oil and filters will kill engines fast, so that’s crucial. And finally, how they are driven will also play a part. An engine that only does long distances in the country will always last longer than one that is subjected to frequent cold starts and stop-start traffic. An engine that is regularly revved to redline between the gears will also potentially die younger than one that is driven sensibly and with a bit of mechanical sympathy.

    The bottom line? There’s no short answer. But I have seen small-capacity Honda and Toyota engines clock up 250,000km and more with correct maintenance. Things have certainly changed from the 1950s when the average car engine needed a rebuilt every 100,000km and what was called a de-coke and valve-grind every 30,000km. Ask your grandfather about it.

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  • Toyota Yaris: Is it suitable for off-road driving?

    Driven very, very carefully, a Toyota Yaris would probably make it up the Oodnadatta Track, but it would be a very slow process and the car may never feel the same again. Even a proper off-road four-wheel-drive can suffer at the hands of outback roads like these, and the corrugations have to be experienced to be believed. That theory also presupposes that the track is in relatively good condition at the time and it hasn’t been raining in those parts.

    Given that the vast bulk of your driving is, indeed, in Yaris territory I can see your point. Perhaps renting a four-wheel-drive for the Oodnadatta Track holiday would be the way to go.

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Toyota Yaris Fuel Consumption

The Toyota Yaris is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/ULP and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 3.3L/100km for Hatchback /Hyb/ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Hatchback 3.3L/100km 1.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2021 Hatchback 5.4L/100km 1.5L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Hatchback 3.3L/100km 1.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2020 Hatchback 5.8L/100km 1.3L ULP 5 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 5.8L/100km 1.3L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 5.8L/100km 1.3L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 5.7L/100km 1.3L ULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Sedan 6.1L/100km 1.5L ULP 5 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota Yaris Pricing and Specs for 2021

Toyota Yaris Accessories

The Yaris boasts eight airbags, including centre airbags to help stop the front-seat occupants from crushing each other in lateral collisions. Then there's AEB with pedestrian (day/night) and cyclist (day) detection, daytime intersection assistance, emergency steering assist, adaptive cruise control (but not full stop/go in the manual versions), lane-keep assist, speed-sign recognition, auto high beam, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, stability control, active cornering assist, secondary collision braking, reverse camera and rear outboard-seating ISOFIX child restraint anchors.

A 7.0-inch touchscreen, digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility are also included, along with six-speaker audio, voice-recognition technology, trip computer, single-zone air-con, power windows, tilt/telescopic steering wheel adjustment, auto-retractable mirrors, a dual-level cargo floor, 15-inch steel wheels and a temporary spare. Adding premium paint costs $500 and two-tone paint is $450.

Toyota Yaris Dimensions

The dimensions of the Toyota Yaris Hatchback and Sedan vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Hatchback 1505x1695x3940 mm 150 mm
2020 Hatchback 1510x1695x3945 mm 140 mm
2019 Hatchback 1510x1695x3945 mm 140 mm
2018 Hatchback 1510x1695x3945 mm 140 mm
2017 Hatchback 1510x1695x3885 mm 140 mm
2017 Sedan 1460x1690x4300 mm 108 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Yaris Dimensions

Toyota Yaris Interior

Larger and taller than you might expect a supermini to be, it’s an easy-access, spacious and obviously very well-screwed together cabin that doesn’t feel cheap.

The twin-canister digital instrument layout of the SX and ZR are sidestepped for an elegant analogue binnacle, while there's similarly smart upholstery patterns, tons of storage (including massive front door pockets) and excellent ventilation that easily reaches the rear seat area. And we’re very glad to see a regular manual handbrake too.

Plus, the back row is comfier and roomier than we remember in any previous Toyota supermini, highlighting just how space-efficient this generation is. Thanks, big wheelbase stretch! Feet can be tucked un under the front seats. Shoulder room is fine for two adults, there’s ample head space and your knees aren’t forced into an unnatural and uncomfortable high-up position, that leads to achy buttock syndrome.

Further back, the cargo area is defined by its large tailgate opening and deep, flat load area, with a fake floor to hid stuff under. Clever. A space saver spare is located underneath. Of course, the Ascent Sport features a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, extending the standard cargo capacity of 270L (VDA).

Toyota Yaris Wheel Size

The Toyota Yaris has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 185x60 R15 8 for Hatchback in 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Hatchback 185x60 R15 8 185x60 R15 8
2020 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5.5 inches
2017 Sedan 185x60 R15 15x5.5 inches 185x60 R15 15x5.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota Yaris Wheel Sizes

Toyota Yaris Boot Space

A space saver spare is located underneath. Of course, the Ascent Sport features a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, extending the standard cargo capacity of 270L (VDA).

Toyota Yaris Boot space Toyota Yaris Boot space

Toyota Yaris Towing Capacity

The Toyota Yaris has no towing capacity for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2020 Hatchback 0kg 900kg
2019 Hatchback 900kg 900kg
2018 Hatchback 900kg 900kg
2017 Hatchback 900kg 900kg
2017 Sedan 1050kg 1050kg
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Toyota Yaris Seats

The Yaris' front seats feature a tall and narrow backrest with a tombstone design and a set number of reclining positions as opposed to the ratchet-style infinite mechanism preferred by European manufacturers. The narrowness allows rear-seat occupants to see forward without bulk or too much obstruction. And while the cushions look broad and flat, they're actually well padded for longer-journey comfort.

The second row has space for three passengers, but being a 1.7-metre wide supermini, it'll be a big squeeze back there. Best to treat it as a two-seater, even for taller adults, as there's support and comfort to be enjoyed. The trim is inviting and soft, and the overall experience positive. Note the backrest folds 60/40 but doesn't sit flush with the rear cargo floor.

Toyota Yaris Seats

Toyota Yaris Speed

The Yaris with the 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine has been tested to reach 100km/h from standstill in 9.7 seconds, on the way to a 175km/h top speed.