Otago Daily Times

What’s it like to drive?


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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