It isn’t particularly easy to pack the Toyota Yaris’ boot with bulky luggage but at least you can flip the back seats down in a two-way split as standard to carry a bike and a passenger at once
There’s enough seat and steering wheel adjustment to get reasonably comfortable in the Toyota Yaris, even if you’re quite tall. If you’ve got very long legs, however, you may find your knees knock against some hard plastics under the steering wheel when you climb in and out.
There’s loads of headroom in the front and the seats themselves are nicely padded and fairly supportive for such a small car. Lumbar support isn’t available on any Yaris, however, and the lever-style seat reclining mechanism can make it tricky to find your ideal seating position.
Every Toyota Yaris comes with four doors as standard so jumping in the back seats is fairly easy. Your taller friends may struggle with head and legroom, however, but there’s ample space for three kids to get comfortable.
There isn’t an annoying lump in the rear floor to get in the way so your passenger in the middle seat won’t struggle for foot space. The large rear windows let in loads of light, too, so the back seats don’t feel particularly claustrophobic.
The back doors open fairly wide and their large, square shape makes leaning in to fit a child seat pretty painless. Unfortunately, the Isofix anchor points are hidden under the seat padding which can make fitting the seat base fiddly.
The front door pockets in the Toyota Yaris are large enough to hold a one-litre bottle and the two cupholders in the centre console are each big enough for a thermos flask. The glovebox is pretty roomy, too.
There are two wide, shallow trays under the dashboard on the passenger’s side. They’re easy to reach but only really deep enough to hold a handful of loose change or a set of keys.
You won’t be able to hide away many bits and bobs in the back, either. Your passengers will have to share one cupholder between them and the door bins are much smaller than those in the front.
The driver’s seat doesn’t comes with a spring-loaded lever that lets you leap bolt-upright to fully reclined at a moment’s notice. Handy in an impromptu police stake out I suppose…
You can fit 286 litres of luggage in the Toyota Yaris’ boot with five seats and the parcel shelf in place. That’s less than in the roomy Skoda Fabia and SEAT Ibiza but slightly more spacious than the Vauxhall Corsa.
It’s big enough for two small suitcases but fitting a baby stroller is a tight squeeze. There’s a tall boot lip to lift luggage over, too, so loading heavy boxes is difficult – this isn’t particularly uncommon in such small cars, however.
All models come with 60:40 split rear seats as standard, but once you’ve folded them down there’s a large step in the boot floor that’ll make sliding in bulky items quite tricky. Its 768-litre capacity lags some way behind the 1,150-litre Fabia, but there’s just enough space to carry a bike with both its wheels attached.
There’s no adjustable boot floor option but the Toyota Yaris does have some hooks to hold your shopping bags in place. There’s a little underfloor storage but nowhere handy to stow the parcel shelf once you’ve removed it.