Toyota Yaris 2021 review - see how it's better than a Polo or Fiesta!

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This is the new Toyota Yaris!
Toyota’s cheap & cheerful entry-level car has had a full upgrade for 2020. Not only have both the exterior and interior had a refresh, but there are changes to be found under the bonnet too… The Yaris has gone 100% hybrid only! As a result, there’s only one engine to pick from, a 1.5-litre petrol that’s connected to an electric motor.
Of course, going hybrid is no bad thing, and when the entry-level edition starts from under £20,000, the price isn’t too bad either! But does the Yaris have what it takes to compete with the all-new (and very stylish!) Peugeot 208? Or could it upset class-leaders like the Ford Fiesta or VW Polo? There’s only one way to find out… Kick back and join Mat for this all-new in-depth review!
00:00 Intro
01:19 Exterior Design
02:38 Interior Design
05:19 Interior Practicality
06:04 Back Seats
07:34 Boot
08:40 Engine
09:36 Five Annoying Features
11:30 Five Cool Features
13:00 Town Driving
14:28 Motorway Driving
15:53 Twisty Road Driving
16:39 Verdict
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  • Picture this: Your new car budget is £20,000. So what car are you going to buy... Will it be the Yaris? Or something else?! Let us know below!

    carwowcarwowUukausi sitten
    • Wait a year for a salary so i can get the gr yaris

      First Name Last NameFirst Name Last Name3 päivää sitten
    • Please review toyota hilux @carwow #matwatson

      paul stemmetpaul stemmet4 päivää sitten
    • Never ever Yaris :-) Golf 8 was my choice :-)

      Ossi TikkanenOssi Tikkanen9 päivää sitten
    • @Henjoh A nasty, noisy little economy car with an utterly appalling CVT transmission or a potentially unreliable car that's a bit special (I don't like BMWs myself but there are other nice used cars at that price). Obviously, we pay our money and make our choice

      Loosa BwayLoosa Bway15 päivää sitten
    • @pollumG New cars = stupid people

      Loosa BwayLoosa Bway15 päivää sitten
  • The negative points that you mentioned are not very important like forcing yourself to move plastic part or number plat. To me, what is important when I buy a hybrid card, fuel consummation, autonomy, battery capacity etc...

    Fred HamFred HamTunti sitten
  • Doors' sound its worst than an empty rusty barrel

    Evangelos SpyromiliosEvangelos Spyromilios21 tunti sitten
  • I love it when Car reviewers talk about sturdiness of toyotas, either way you know they'll out last any German or American cars. Kinda funny

    Aviator253Aviator253Päivä sitten
  • Weird,why european/uk version of same car is so different compared to asian version of it though

    Hon2838Hon28382 päivää sitten
  • $27000 is very highly priced for this poorly built car. Toyota's have very longer lost their reputation of solidly built cars. Cheap thin sheet metal with recycled poor quality plastics with outdated design doesn't help this car to sell. Practically this car should ideally be priced somewhere around $12000 if locally manufactured. A big thumbs down👎 for this cheap tin can.

    karthickkb. rajakarthickkb. raja2 päivää sitten
  • Ford Fiesta is mikes better, it feels like a luxury car in comparison to this

    Forza223 BoweForza223 Bowe3 päivää sitten
  • Please please review a toyota hilux please @matwatson

    paul stemmetpaul stemmet4 päivää sitten
  • 20k for a piece of shit . This is supposed to be an affordable car.

    PANU 11PANU 116 päivää sitten
  • In Denmark we have normal petrol versions

    TIMMIE TIME!!TIMMIE TIME!!6 päivää sitten
  • 0:23: “You can only get it as an hybrid” Not in France (and probably most EU countries as well).

    Green MaskassGreen Maskass6 päivää sitten
  • The new Yaris comes as a 1.0 petrol and 1.5 petrol here in Ireland, but I'm not sure about you guys in the UK.

    Dylan LaceyDylan Lacey6 päivää sitten
  • You've got to be joking about being fussed around anti-pinch windows, how about using your brain and not sticking your fingers through a closing window.

    Roro utubeRoro utube8 päivää sitten
  • That's one thing I definitely agree with Mat on: Toyotas always have an excellent driving position. From Yarises to Land Cruisers, the seats are also perfect for me. They offer plenty of support without losing the plush feel that I really like.

    B ArrudaB Arruda9 päivää sitten
  • You gotta love Matt’s reviews.

    T JT J10 päivää sitten
  • Do Dacia Sandero review next - Europe's next car

    Car FanCar Fan11 päivää sitten
  • This cars become more and more expensive

    Moris HogoMoris Hogo11 päivää sitten
  • 14:30 Guys, what happened to your camera?! Looks like a 90's webcam. Several times in this video and others as well...

    AallokkoAallokko11 päivää sitten
  • Close, "Continuously Vulnerable Transmission"

    William StewartWilliam Stewart12 päivää sitten
  • Just bought one. Can” t beat them for reliability, economy and standard spec.

    Done DealDone Deal12 päivää sitten
  • That door closing sound legit sounds like my first car, my 2008 Citroen C1. Cars have auditory engineers now to make that shit sound good, new cars should be beyond sounding like closing a corrugated shed door.

    Jack MellorJack Mellor13 päivää sitten
  • Toyota yaris is dead. This is another car. This isn't a yaris...

    WakingCobainWakingCobain15 päivää sitten
  • CVT sucks

    Loosa BwayLoosa Bway15 päivää sitten
  • Please do one in-dept review on new Vauxhall Corsa E. The electric one.

    Syed ReyadhSyed Reyadh16 päivää sitten
  • 16:42 - the sound of that door closing is cringe-worthy

    Mark WMark W16 päivää sitten
  • You can buy a Mercedes E class from 2017-2018 with £20 k !

    Denis ElmaziDenis Elmazi16 päivää sitten
  • Please stop assuming that everyone uses a smartphone as a sat-nav. Some of us are smart enough to know "dumb" phones are far better!

    Bob SingetonBob Singeton16 päivää sitten
  • 😊❤❤🇳🇵🙏......

    Sukmit SharmaSukmit Sharma17 päivää sitten
  • In Japan, in addition to the hybrid model, you can choose between a 1.0-liter and 1.5-liter gasoline model, which is also available as a manual transmission.

    谷本要谷本要17 päivää sitten
  • Mat how dare u in the video drove ur car with ur eyes shut for 2 seconds. Blind driving? Haha

    Bing lalalaBing lalala17 päivää sitten
  • This interieur is awful. I would rather have the new Renault Clio hybrid!

    Oscar MullinkOscar Mullink17 päivää sitten
  • im finding it hard to find my first car im 6ft 6 and looking for a small hatchback

    NoiseFMNoiseFM17 päivää sitten
  • I want to see this up against the jazz.. 2 1.5L Hybrids

    Michael HTTMichael HTT17 päivää sitten
  • Whats it like on fuel?

    BounceBeyondBounceBeyond18 päivää sitten
  • I'm a Ford guy but I also like the polo but nothing compares to the fun factor of an ecoboost fiesta. The proportions of the polo and fiesta are spot on. This monstrocity looks so ugly and out of proportion. Seriously VW and Ford won't have any sleepless nights over this thing. Carwow is a joke 😄😄

    Stan yo broStan yo bro18 päivää sitten
  • I learned a new word "Padding"

    Bheki GivenBheki Given18 päivää sitten
  • boring and what is going on with the rear doors

    benchnorthantsbenchnorthants18 päivää sitten
  • For 10k extra wait for the gr

    Connor BrooksConnor Brooks18 päivää sitten
  • Me: Switches from RR Ghost reveiw to Yaris review Also me: WOW...

    Crazy cool carsCrazy cool cars18 päivää sitten
  • If I could afford a new car, I'd be tempted to get one of these, but with the HUD of course!

    MUSTASCH1OMUSTASCH1O19 päivää sitten
  • Hi I'm 93 years old and I have a 600hp mustang

    rusty pottsrusty potts19 päivää sitten
  • i like it, and it is very good looking, especially the front it looks mean and bad from the front

    Jon HayesJon Hayes19 päivää sitten
  • The false floor is extra

    Chris HChris H19 päivää sitten
  • damm this car is ugly... someone should lose his job

    liorlmliorlm20 päivää sitten
  • compare it to new Honda Fit. they are direct rivals

    User996User99620 päivää sitten
  • Yaris vs 208 vs clio vs jazz vs polo please 🙏

    daniel wdaniel w20 päivää sitten
  • The Yaris has much more different design in Malaysia. A better one actually.

    shadzfiq tahmalishadzfiq tahmali20 päivää sitten
  • Hang on, will it crush my fingers? I'm always smoking out the window

    A BaA Ba20 päivää sitten
  • I have just taken delivery Yaris 2020 Excel with tech pack & Panoramic roof. Initially Toyota Uk told the dealership the height adjustable boot floor was standard on all Uk models as in EU. Then they said sorry no it is available as an optional extra on all models. So they ordered one. When it came it was the previous generation Yaris. I am still waiting. Now the sting in the tail is it cost £275.00. What has annoyed me is in the EU false floor heated seats & Sterling wheel, boot release on key fob & built in Sat Nav all come as standard on at least Excel & Launch edition. Not in the Uk. We have been short changed again. The door closure does not sound like bag of tin nor do the rear door panels flex like that on the model I have. It is also a light fawn part leather upholstery on the Excel & the seats are really comfortable.

    Nicky foulkesNicky foulkes20 päivää sitten
  • Interesting, in germany we have a satnav

    AviatorAviator20 päivää sitten
  • I can't believe this car can drive over 1000km without stopping petrol station!

    デクマデクマ20 päivää sitten
  • Very good compact car

    ibo azimibo azim21 päivä sitten
  • Hot hatch!! 👍👍👍👍

    tech BCITtech BCIT21 päivä sitten
  • Horrific review. £20k for an AYgo on steroids, a frantic camera man, and a presenters legs who clearly need some steroids. This has nothing on a VW Polo.

    S TomisonS Tomison21 päivä sitten
  • Me coming home after bought a Polo: oh...

    zezezeze21 päivä sitten
    • You made the right choice, the polo is a better car and better looking

      FuxynessFuxyness20 päivää sitten
  • Hire car special 😄

    John PJohn P21 päivä sitten
  • You're very excited about the "standard features" but the car is comparatively more expensive than like a Peug 208. I'd rather get a decked out higher end 208 model than the lowest end Toyota for the same price. Though I guess 208 isn't hybrid but then you have the Suzuki Swift (or Ignis) Hybrid which is also much cheaper so you could get better models.

    VitoVito21 päivä sitten
  • carwow is an fan from bad engine german cars polo. your money go to the garage. hahaha ore france cares haha very expansive for repair. Toyotas,mazda etc are the best cars in the world about engineering never leeking oil always driving years and years . For space the toyota yaris is make for asian people 5foot to 5 foot 4 and not foor 6 foot ++. I am myself from the Netherlands 1meter 82and weight 142 kilo. The Toyota yaris is the car where i can sit in easy in thailand. my Toyota Yaris G is from 2014 and have 200.000 km on the clock. Only cost 2time four new michelin tires total cost 450 pound. Every 10.000 km new oil,airfilter aircofilter total cost 30 pound. total 20x to 30 pound 600 pound at 200.000 km. The cost from your Polo ore Peugot if they came so far wthout engine change is 5 times higher. The Toyota Yaris G drive on E20 what cost 0,5 pound p lit . The Toyota Yaris G drive 1 lit at 24 km on highway and allover 1 lit at 18 km. If you are an serieus car analist write the real stuff and not the negative carbage. ore i think you get sponsor from France and German Carbrands????????????/

    thun hasirithun hasiri22 päivää sitten
    • the noise for door closing is super fake ore it is the toyotas they send to england for cheap price go look the solid real japanese cars in japan where the German cars shame in the shadow.

      thun hasirithun hasiri22 päivää sitten
  • Looks disgusting

    YaDadsA JOKRYaDadsA JOKR22 päivää sitten
  • 🤔

    Henrik KoukkuHenrik Koukku22 päivää sitten
  • 3:50 ....cutting costs taken to the extreme. That should be glued or screwed down, a bit ridiculous you can pull at it like that.

    Brian BennettBrian Bennett22 päivää sitten
  • Toyotas of the 90s were best..definately not the best looking, but go forever

    mykmyk22 päivää sitten
  • When is this coming to USA?

    jim liujim liu22 päivää sitten
  • It looks like a redesigned Toyota Aqua

    neil bhagwandeenneil bhagwandeen22 päivää sitten
  • They nailed everything everything except the infotainement screen, it's horrible, looks like what Dacia put on their latest Sandero who cost a lot less....

    ManuManu22 päivää sitten
  • good review and great car but the adverts are way to much ... FIstart sort it out.... ARGGGHH

    Stuart CStuart C22 päivää sitten
  • 17:08 Sounds exactly like what Jeremy Clarkson would say. 🤣

    Jie Hao KhorJie Hao Khor22 päivää sitten
  • When the car has a sat nav Matt: Who uses when CarPlay exist. When the car hasn't got a sat nav Matt: The infotainment system does not have a sat nav, that's annoying.

    Ateş'in Yeğeni HüseyinAteş'in Yeğeni Hüseyin22 päivää sitten
  • Honestly the older gen looks better

    Jean AguilarJean Aguilar22 päivää sitten
  • All i know from this video that is... I want a big inflatable cholote plastic bunny.

    KingOfHunKingOfHun22 päivää sitten
  • The fact that Mat is a Samsung guy makes me like him way better😂

    Emmanuel KideroEmmanuel Kidero22 päivää sitten
  • 🎀🤟

    خليل خليلخليل خليل22 päivää sitten
  • Corolla looks much better, man i love that car

    - Matos- Matos22 päivää sitten
  • 16.43 that sound when closing the tin can.

    DocDoc22 päivää sitten
  • Cant wait for the gr rc version😮

    M J88M J8822 päivää sitten
  • omg at the end when he closed that door, the slam sound is horrible..just like kicking a large dustbin..notice the incomplete paint around the spare wheel too.... wow budget

    powerslidingpowersliding22 päivää sitten
  • Hybrid??? The YARIS was supposed to be a RELIABLE ECONO box. Now when it does breakdown repairs will cost 2x as much!

    Shaka ZuluShaka Zulu23 päivää sitten
  • Got an advert for the VW Polo, just after you mocked it for being Square and Boxy..

    dodge2451dodge245123 päivää sitten
  • Volkswagen and Ford are lying with their space. They calculating every single gap into the bonnet room. Toyota just calculates the actual space. Thats were the difference comes.

    Tobias RieperTobias Rieper23 päivää sitten
  • おいマット、ゴルァ、お前、これからはペナペナペットボトルを窓に挟んで止まるかどうか、全車種でやれよ、ゴルァ!

    yuucyandesuyuucyandesu23 päivää sitten
  • It's actually ugly, both on the inside and outside, and also impractical. #sorryNotSorry Pretty & practical cars: Renault Clio, Peugeot 208, Dacia Sandero 2021 model, Hyundai i20, Ford Fiesta, VW Polo.

    criscris23 päivää sitten
    • Don’t forget ‘Reliability’ and ‘Economical’ edit your list to see what’s still comparable?! I’ll await solid arguments for anything other than the Polo and even that being ’Pretty’ is questionable 😏

      WhiteFox TVWhiteFox TV15 päivää sitten
  • Why did they do that ? 😅

    Mir Rakibul HasanMir Rakibul Hasan23 päivää sitten
  • Maybe they cocooned the door handle away from thief hands so that they can't open the doors from the window when it's open while you're stuck in traffic.

    Yamaç YorulmazYamaç Yorulmaz23 päivää sitten
  • Fine. Fine. But, will it come to America?

    Geir BaldersonGeir Balderson23 päivää sitten
  • Mat do be flexing his Samsung though

    Sergo GaloyanSergo Galoyan23 päivää sitten
  • I really liked Toyota as a brand when I started driving. But the last couple of years I even don’t care to consider them anymore: Too weird looking and really unequal in the perceived quality experience.

    Thomas MollThomas Moll23 päivää sitten
  • Not worth the price

    Kitz G.Kitz G.23 päivää sitten
  • CVT transmission. Nope.

    Michael GlynnMichael Glynn23 päivää sitten
  • 03:45 oh my ... is that plastic or cardboard? 😱

    Federico NardiniFederico Nardini23 päivää sitten
  • Starting from 23,600~ pound in Israel, very cheap car at premium price

    Michael TapelMichael Tapel23 päivää sitten
  • Best reporter out there. Funny, knowledgeable and honest. Thank you for all the great reviews. Review some jeeps please

    Andrei PretoriusAndrei Pretorius23 päivää sitten
  • Looks epic . But unfortunately not available in my country.

    Keshav SammiKeshav Sammi23 päivää sitten
  • Lexus was the hibri brand now toyota have hibri let forget lexus

    Julio HuangJulio Huang23 päivää sitten
  • Toyota Yaris hibri Now we don’t need to pay extra money to buy lexus :D

    Julio HuangJulio Huang23 päivää sitten
  • It's funny that in a Toyota review you mention the word VW Polo more often than ...Toyota! Toyota will outlast any german car, hands down! And lloking for space for 3 passengers in the back is looking to find flaws so that you can glow over your german supporters! pathetic!

    Nick PapanikolaouNick Papanikolaou23 päivää sitten
  • Hi :) What about 2020 Toyota GR Yaris in a review or drag race, or both :)

    Teddi AydarovTeddi Aydarov23 päivää sitten
  • これ日本語版出ないかな...

    洸大000洸大00024 päivää sitten
  • For the same price as a Renault Clio you can get a better car Uh

    TimochatTimochat24 päivää sitten
  • Toyota needs to massively improve its infotainment system

    TJTJ24 päivää sitten
  • Bit unfair comparing the Yaris to a Polo, would have thought the Up was a similar size. Same with the fiesta, the Ka is nearer.

    nick jollynick jolly24 päivää sitten