‘SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED’
Added 7th July, 2017
By Jonathan Crouch
The facelift applied to this MK3 model Yaris in 2014 certainly gave the car a fresh lease of life. Of course, no matter how far you tweak the trimmings, it's hard to change any car's fundamental DNA and sure enough, under the trendier packaging, this supermini remained the smartly conservative choice it always was.
It's not the car you'll want in this segment if ultimately, your priority lies with a dynamic drive. To be frank though, we can't imagine too many potential used buyers being especially bothered by that. These people prioritise endearing looks over engaging handling and want a trusted brand that'll deliver them low running costs, a comfortable ownership experience and plenty of useful technology. All of which is on offer here. The difference though, with this improved post-2014 MK3 model Yaris is that it was all packaged so much better. Previous to the introduction of this revised model, it was hard to imagine many below retirement age really wanting one of these. In this form, this car's appeal proved to be far broader.
So, how to sum up? Well, there are doubtless more engaging chapters in the Yaris story still to be written, but what's important is that the updates made to this 2014-2017-era car put this third generation version back on track. Which makes it a decent used buy.