Toyota Yaris Hybrid boot space & seating
Small yet well packaged, the Toyota Yaris balances compactness with decent practicality
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The latest Yaris is shorter than the car it replaced by around 50mm, but a longer wheelbase has opened up the car's interior. It's best enjoyed by front-seat occupants, who get plenty of head, shoulder and leg room, while the car's driving position is good, too. Overall, a Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo will be more versatile, but the Yaris does a good job of balancing useful packaging with compact exterior dimensions.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
There's enough space for four adults to get comfortable in the Yaris: the rear seats are fairly spacious, but taller people may have issues with headroom. Practical features in the cabin include a standard front centre armrest and a pair of cupholders, along with a seatback pocket and a pair of rear coat hooks. It's worth noting that height adjustment for the driver and passenger seats isn't standard until mid-range Dynamic.
Other standard nods to convenience include heated door mirrors, follow-me-home headlights and an electronic parking brake. A range of optional plastic protection plates is offered to shield your Yaris' paintwork from supermarket car-park dings.
The Yaris is smaller than a number of rivals and has a slightly smaller boot than the Renault Clio: 281 litres versus 300. However, the load area is a good shape and access is easy enough. Fold the seats down (60:40 split) and there's a total of 1,146 litres – significantly shy of the Clio's 1,069 litres.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest Yaris Hybrid is a major step forward from its predecessor and should be more of a worry for its rivals
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsToyota is one of only a few manufacturers to offer a true hybrid supermini; the Yaris' focus on efficiency is impressive
- 3Running costs & insuranceLow CO2 emissions, great warranty and top reliability potential bode well for the Toyota Yaris
- 4Performance, engine & driveWhile a Ford Fiesta is more fun, the Toyota Yaris feels far better to drive than the car it replaced
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortIt's not the most exciting, but the Yaris' interior is comfortable, well built and packed with standard equipment
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingSmall yet well packaged, the Toyota Yaris balances compactness with decent practicality
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Toyota Yaris is still fairly new but we expect it to be highly reliable, plus it has loads of safety kit as standard