Otago Daily Times

What’s it like to drive?

- Cars

Used day­to­day as a round­town run­about, the Yaris GX com­bines ut­ter prac­ti­cal­ity with a com­fort­able yet nim­ble de­meanour.

Key con­trols (and no­tably the steer­ing) are light to use, but ac­cu­rate in their re­sponses. Me­chan­i­cal re­fine­ment does suf­fer a tri­fle con­quer­ing steeper hills, but the en­gine goes about its busi­ness dur­ing ur­ban driv­ing with a pleas­ing three­cylin­der thrum, and the con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion is smooth and quite un­ob­tru­sive at ur­ban speeds. Thanks to its com­pact di­men­sions and minimal over­hangs, park­ing is a breeze.

While it wouldn’t be my ve­hi­cle of choice for long

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