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  • Nippy 1.5L petrol engine
  • Superb optional safety package
  • Reliable and practical


  • Steel wheels with plastic covers
  • Lots of scratchy and rough plastics inside
  • Lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when it comes to city driving – a small hatchback, right? I hope so because huge pickup trucks or utes wouldn’t fit the bill.

Well, the Toyota Yaris has been on sale for over 18 years and many Aussies love it. It’s a smart little thing that looks ideal for urban traffic.

However, is Toyota’s solid reputation enough to deem the Yaris SX a great car? We’ll see about that, but for now – let’s have a look at how safe it is.



It might not be a family car, but that doesn’t mean that whoever’s going to drive it doesn’t care about his or her safety. And weird enough (or not), this tiny vehicle is just as safe as some much bigger cars.

With dual front airbags, side airbags, head-protecting side curtains, a driver knee airbag, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist and electronic stability control are all fitted as standard.

And if you’re still not convinced that size doesn’t matter for the Yaris’ safety department, ANCAP Safety awards it with a full 5/5 rating.



As logical as it is, the Yaris is very affordable. Prices for the SX start from $17,330 for the 1.5L petrol mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

If you despise having to operate the gearshift manually, you can opt for the same engine but with a four-speed auto and it costs $18,860. Yeah, four-speed, because it’s meant to be driven in urban environments.

Last but not least, there’s a ‘Toyota Safety Sense’ package that’ll cost you $19,510 – it adds collision warning, lane departure, and automatic headlights.



This little fellow will surprise you when it comes to the standard list of features. The Yaris wants to respected for what it offers, not how big (or not-so-big in this case) it actually is.

So, here it is – the Yaris SX’s standard kit includes:

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Seven airbags
  • Rear-view camera
  • Fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors
  • Climate control (albeit a basic one)
  • One USB port
  • 15-inch steel wheels

But, wait! If you have extra $650, one of the best ways to spend them is by going for the optional ‘Safety Sense’ gear. It includes autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic headlights.

And this means that the Yaris SX remains very competitive since such gadgetry is generally found in more expensive and much bigger cars.


Pros and cons

However, it simply wouldn’t be a Biddly car review if we don’t highlight the good and the bad of the Yaris.

So, the small Japanese hatch better be ready, we’re starting with the pros:

  • Nippy 1.5L petrol engine
  • Superb optional safety package
  • Reliable and practical

And It comes with certain cons as well:

  • Steel wheels with plastic covers
  • Lots of scratchy and rough plastics inside
  • Lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto



So, what’s the conclusion? The conclusion is that the segment that the Yaris finds itself in is shrinking and price tags are ever so important. The Yaris SX is reasonably priced, cheap to run and practical, what’s not to like?

Sure, it might not be the best looking light car in this class (wink, Mazda 2), nor is it the most refined one (hello VW Polo).

However, none of them can match Toyota’s reputation for reliability and resale value. And if you value that more than anything else, then, by all means, go for the Toyota Yaris SX.


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