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Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid boot space, seating & practicality

The Yaris Cross may not suit some due to tight leg and kneeroom in the rear, but up front it feels fairly spacious and the boot is a good size, too

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

3.5 out of 5

LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,180mm1,765mm1,595mm397/1,097 litres

The Yaris Cross is ideal for couples and young families, because while it has a significantly larger boot than the Yaris supermini it shares underpinnings with, a lack of knee and legroom in the back mean it isn’t the best for tall rear-seat passengers. Bulky child seats won’t be easy to accommodate, either.

Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

In terms of storage, you get a set of cupholders up front, a glovebox ahead of the front passenger seat and door bins in all four doors – however, those in the rear offer a very limited amount of space.

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Slightly unusually, seatback pockets and underfloor boot storage are only standard on Excel trim and above, and if you want cupholders in the back, you have to upgrade to the Design trim level. Similarly, while entry-level Icon cars get a 60:40 split-folding rear bench, all others get seats that split 40:20:40.

While there’s a good amount of space up front for the driver and a single passenger, due to the hybrid system’s battery being placed under the rear seats, there's a little knee and legroom for passengers in the back. There is, however, no shortage of headroom in the rear.

Boot space

There’s up to 397 litres of boot space on offer in the Yaris Cross – over 100 more than the Yaris hatchback – or up to 460 litres if you pack the car up to the roof. Fold the rear seats down and the load volume expands to 1,097 litres.

While that's certainly more space than what's on offer in the Yaris supermini and even rivals like the Renault Captur, the Yaris Cross can't carry as much as a Hyundai Kona Hybrid or Toyota's own Corolla Touring Sports estate. Plus, although the opening for the boot is nice and wide, the load lip is quite high, which can make loading more difficult.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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