Toyota Yaris Hybrid practicality & boot space
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 this time around 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 well built cabin include a standard front centre armrest and a pair of front cupholders, along with a single seatback pocket and a pair of rear coat hooks. It's worth noting, however, that height adjustment for driver and passenger seats isn't standard fit until you reach mid-range Dynamic spec.
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 key rivals and has a notably smaller boot than the Renault Clio: 281 litres versus 391. 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 947 litres – significantly shy of the Clio's 1,069 litres.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe 2020 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 costsLow CO2 emissions, great warranty and top reliability potential bode well for the Toyota Yaris
- 4Engines, drive & performanceWhile a Ford Fiesta is more fun, the Toyota Yaris feels far better to drive than the car it replaced
- 5Interior & comfortIt's not the most exciting, but the Yaris' interior is comfortable, well built and packed with standard equipment
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingSmall yet well packaged, the Toyota Yaris balances compactness with decent practicality
- 7Reliability & safetyIt has yet to be officially tested in either areas, but we've got a good feeling about the latest Toyota Yaris' dependability and strong list of safety kit