Toyota Yaris review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
With its Tardis-like interior, the Toyota Yaris serves up plenty of space for passengers and luggage alike
Every version of the Yaris comes with a five-door bodystyle. And, interior space is an area where the little Toyota excels, as the little supermini provides enough accommodation to rival larger models in the compact family class, such as the Ford Focus.
Even with the hybrid, Toyota hasn't compromised on space, thanks to clever packaging of the petrol/electric drivetrain, which means boot capacity is unaffected. The battery pack does encroach into the rear footwell, however, leaving an awkwardly shaped bulge for back seat occupants to place their feet around.
Still, the driving position is pretty good in all versions of the Yaris – although some will find the seats set too high in the GR Sport – particularly if you specify seat height adjustment to go with the fully adjustable steering column that comes as standard. The upright driving position also ensures great visibility.
The rear provides a decent amount of room for three people, and no matter where you’re sitting in the car, there are plenty of storage spaces and cubbyholes for odds and ends.
One of the secrets of the Yaris’s success is a high cabin which – combined with that relatively upright seating – gives a great sense of space inside. At 1,510mm tall, the Toyota is higher than the 1,495mm Ford Fiesta and 1,462mm Volkswagen Polo.
It’s also shorter than both rivals, though; the Yaris measures 3,945mm in length, compared to the Ford’s 3,969mm and the VW’s 3,970mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
As you would expect, the five-door model allows for easy access to the rear seats, which will be especially relevant if you intend to use the Isofix child seat mountings. There's plenty of rear leg and headroom, and three adults can fit in the back – although taller passengers probably wouldn’t want to spend too long sitting there.
Toyota claims the boot in the latest Yaris is 25 per cent bigger than the previous-generation car’s, serving up a capacity of 286 litres with the rear seats in place. That's quite spacious, and edges the Volkswagen Polo. With the rear seats folded, this increases to 768 litres. It’s just a shame the seats don’t fold completely flat, while the relatively high lip can make loading a little awkward.
In this review
- 1Toyota Yaris reviewRivals beat the Toyota Yaris for fun driving and quality feel, but the Toyota is a practical and reliable supermini
- 2Engines, performance and driveIt’s comfortable and competent around town, but (with the notable exception of the GRMN version) the Yaris isn’t exactly thrilling to drive on the open road
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEfficiency is definitely the trump card of this little Toyota – all versions are impressively affordable to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyA fresh, contemporary face gives the Yaris a distinctive look, and there’s plenty of technology on offer inside, too
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingWith its Tardis-like interior, the Toyota Yaris serves up plenty of space for passengers and luggage alike
- 6Reliability and SafetyA five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating and Toyota’s strong reputation for reliability make the Yaris a pretty safe bet