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Toyota Yaris Hybrid hatchback (2011-2020) - Practicality & boot space

Yaris Hybrid is just as spacious as the conventional model

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Among the strongest suits of the Toyota Yaris is its practicality. The five-door-only hybrid has a spacious interior and a generous boot, making it a sensible choice as a family supermini. The only real limitation is that Toyota doesn’t rate it as suitable for towing.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid interior space & storage

Although it’s not the most tactile driving environment, getting comfortable behind the wheel is easy thanks to the height-adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that can be moved in and out as well as up and down.

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Although the standard Yaris has the option of three doors, the Hybrid is a five-door model only – but that does mean excellent access to the rear seats. The Yaris also has enough room inside to rival larger cars such as the Ford Focus.

Even the middle-seat passenger should be able to get relatively comfortable, and the car’s flat floor means they’ll also have somewhere to put their feet. Space in the front is fine, too, and all models come with a height-adjustable driver's seat.

Boot space

More good news is that turning the Yaris into a hybrid has had no effect on interior space – it has the same generous 286-litre boot as the standard car. That compares well to rivals such as the Ford Fiesta (276 litres) and Volkswagen Polo (280 litres). All models come with rear seats that split and fold down. Doing so increases boot capacity to 786 litres. The Yaris’ hatchback boot gives you a wide aperture to load large items. But there’s also a high lip to negotiate, making heavy items harder to get in. The rear seats don’t fold down completely flat, either.

Towing

Unfortunately, Toyota doesn’t rate the Yaris Hybrid as being suitable for towing a braked or unbraked trailer.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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