Toyota Yaris Hybrid interior
The Toyota Yaris has decent infotainment across the range and its cabin looks neat. There are small cars that are better in both areas, though.
The Toyota Yaris’s interior isn’t that fancy to look at, but it feels good and everything’s where you need it to be. Highlights include gloss black trim on the centre console and classy-feeling fabric on the doors, and everything feels nicely built, but cars such as the Peugeot 208 feel far funkier inside.
The main focus of the dashboard is the large touchscreen, which looks a bit ‘plonked on’, but Toyota has had the good sense to keep the climate controls separate.
Icon and Design cars come with standard seats in cloth, but Dynamic and Excel models come with figure-hugging sports seats in fabric and synthetic leather, which helps lift the cabin. All cars get a leather steering wheel and gear lever, though.
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All models have a central touchscreen. On Icon models it’s a 7-inch set-up with Bluetooth, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, we’d recommend upgrading to at least second-rung Design trim, because this comes with an 8-inch touchscreen with all the same goodies.
Both systems use the same software and graphics package, which isn’t quite as easy to use as a VW Polo’s system, but is still pretty good. Each screen has some shortcut buttons on the side, and there are a couple of rotary dials in each bottom corner.
Neither system features built-in sat-nav, but that’s no problem at all, because both come with smartphone mirroring and therefore app-based navigation. These apps are far superior to built-in systems.
Fully digital dials aren’t available, but you can add a Tech Pack which brings with it a 10-inch head-up display. It’s clear, crisp and comes in very useful in day-to-day driving, but is only available on range-topping models.
The standard stereo has four speakers, but a punchy JBL system with eight speakers is fitted to Dynamic models but is, weirdly, an option on the range-topping Excel.