Toyota Yaris Hybrid interior
The Toyota Yaris has decent infotainment across the range and its cabin is well-built. There are small cars that are better in both areas, though.
The Toyota Yaris’s interior leans towards functional rather than fancy. There are some highlights, such that gloss black on the centre console and fabric material on the doors, plus everything feels pretty well screwed together, but cars like the Peugeot 208 are far more stylish inside.
Of course, the main focus inside is the Yaris Hybrid’s large touchscreen plonked atop its dashboard, but at least Toyota took the decision to separate the climate control below and these are easy to get your head around.
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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Entry-level Icon models come with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s worth upgrading to at least second-rung Design trim, though, because this comes with a more visually impressive 8-inch touchscreen with all the same goodies.
Both systems have the same basic menu structure, which isn’t quite as easy to use as a VW Polo’s system, but is by no means outright confusing. Each is flanked by shortcut buttons, plus there are a couple of rotary dials in each bottom corner.
Neither screen comes with 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, both in terms of ease-of-use and traffic info.
Unlike some other small cars, the Yaris Hybrid doesn’t come with fully digital dials, but you can add a Tech Pack which brings with it a 10-inch head-up display. Its 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 you can have a punchy JBL system with eight speakers as standard on Dynamic models and, strangely, an option on the range-topping Excel.