Toyota Yaris hatchback (2011-2020) - Practicality & boot space
The Toyota Yaris comes is available as a practical five-door model and has passenger space to rival cars from the class above
The current Toyota Yaris is bigger than the one it replaced and gives its passengers more room to play with. That’s most evident in the back, where it can rival models such as the Ford Focus from the class above, although it does without a rear seat that slides and reclines like the one in the old Yaris.
Toyota Yaris interior space & storage
Passengers won’t be disappointed by the space inside the Yaris and there’s plenty of room up front for tall adults. What’s more surprising is that the back seats are almost as spacious, which means the Yaris can rival models from the class above, such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. Toyota has given the car a flat floor, so the transmission tunnel doesn’t squeeze the middle passenger’s feet. The Yaris also has plenty of cabin storage areas, but some are so small they seem a bit pointless.
The Toyota Yaris has a 286-litre boot, which nearly matches the capacities of its two main rivals, the Ford Fiesta (290 litres) and Volkswagen Polo (280 litres). Small cars keep getting bigger, though, and new models such as the Skoda Fabia, with a 330-litre boot, can swallow even more luggage.
The Toyota’s boot opening is big, but a tall load lip that you have to push awkward items over compromises its practicality. All models have split-folding rear seats that drop to increase total boot space to 768 litres, but that’s way short of the Skoda’s 1,150-litre maximum capacity.
The Toyota Yaris is unlikely to be your choice if you want to tow a caravan or trailer regularly, but its towing capacity is reasonable for a car of this size. The 1.0-litre engine can tow up to 730kg, while that rises to 880kg if you choose the 1.5-litre petrol engine. Toyota advises against towing anything with the Hybrid model.