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Toyota Yaris Hybrid - Practicality & boot space

The Yaris Hybrid isn't exactly cramped but there are roomier alternatives

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​​As with all modern superminis, there's plenty of space in the front two seats and the rear bench is easily accessed via the standard rear doors. It's not as spacious as some rivals, however – the rear seats are only really suited to children and small adults, and the boot is rather small.

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Adults will be perfectly happy in the front but those above six feet tall will feel a little cramped in the rear seats. It’s perfectly adequate for short journeys but, if you’re planning to carry adults in the back regularly, they might thank you for buying the Honda Jazz instead, which is a bit roomier.

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The interior is well thought out, with a pair of cupholders in the front and a central armrest. In the back, there's a single seatback pocket and a pair of hooks to hang items of clothing you don't want to crease.

Boot space

The boot measures 286 litres, which is certainly reasonable for a supermini, particularly when it's a hybrid. It isn't class-leading, though, with the Renault Clio E-Tense pipping it with 301 litres and the Honda Jazz Hybrid managing 304 litres. It also misses out on tricks like Honda's flip-up 'Magic Seats', making do instead with a simple 60:40 split/fold rear bench. The boot is a handy square shape, though, with a smaller loading lip than the Clio, which also has a rather small boot opening.

Towing

If you plan on towing, we'd recommend steering clear of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid. Because of its small size and hybrid powertrain, it can only tow a braked or unbraked trailer weighing up to 450kg. By contrast, the Peugeot 208 can tow up to 1,200kg.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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