Toyota Yaris review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Yaris is a comfortable, sensible supermini, but rivals have bigger boots and offer more practicality.
The Toyota Yaris comes as a five-door model only and offers solid practicality for urban drivers. There are plenty of storage spaces and cubby holes for assorted items, along with cupholders, useful seatback pockets and two rear coat hooks.
The driving position and overall visibility are good, with the driver benefiting from a height-adjustable seat and a steering wheel that moves for reach and rake.
Toyota has also provided other useful touches as standard - all Yaris versions include a central armrest, automatic headlights and wipers and power-adjustable heated door mirrors. The rear seats also split-fold in a 60:40 configuration, which helps improve storage space.
The Yaris is slightly smaller than its predecessor, although Toyota has cleverly managed to increase the wheelbase by 50mm. Overall length is now 3,940mm, width 1,745mm and height 1,500mm. In comparison, the Honda Jazz is longer at 4,044mm, stands taller at 1,526mm, but its 1,694mm width makes it a little slimmer.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Room for the driver and front passenger is good, while the rear seats comfortably allow enough space for two adults. Taller occupants may struggle for headroom, however.
Boot space for the Yaris is 286 litres, which is just about acceptable when judged against rivals. If you plan on carrying more luggage, you may want to consider other alternatives: the Honda Jazz’s boot size is a decent 304 litres, the Fiesta offers 311 litres and the Renault Clio 391 litres of load space. However, if you fold the rear seats flat in the Yaris, you’ll see overall capacity boosted to a useful 947 litres.
In this review
- 1VerdictAn efficient hybrid powertrain, sporty styling and high standard specs make the Toyota Yaris a key contender in the supermini segment.
- 2Engines, performance and driveToyota is confident the efficient petrol-hybrid engine in the Yaris will prove to be a winner with customers.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsToyota has designed the Yaris with low running costs firmly in mind.
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Yaris features striking good looks and a decent level of standard equipment, although the bleak interior doesn’t inspire.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Yaris is a comfortable, sensible supermini, but rivals have bigger boots and offer more practicality.
- 6Reliability and safetyYaris customers can be reassured by excellent reliability and good safety kit, all backed up by a generous warranty package.