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
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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.
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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictToyota’s answer to the Nissan Juke is efficient and practical, although limited space in the rear means it may not be suitable for everyone
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe compact hybrid SUV is surprisingly efficient, capable of exceeding its claimed fuel economy with ease
- 3Running costs & insuranceOn top of the Yaris Cross’ fuel economy, owners also enjoy reasonable insurance ratings and manageable company-car tax rates
- 4Performance, engine & drivePerformance isn’t awe-inspiring, but the Yaris Cross is powerful enough for day-to-day driving and does well around town
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Yaris Cross’ cabin features some decent materials in key places, but the noticeable presence of scratchy plastics and some outdated instruments let it down
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe 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
- 7Reliability & safety ratingToyota's excellent track record for reliability and the Yaris Cross' five-star crash-test rating bode well here