The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A great small car that fulfils everyday family needs

Starting price: £16,184

Pros

Affordable

3 boosters in the rear

8″ touchscreen

Tinted rear windows

Hybrid

Cons

Can’t fit a pushchair in the boot

No air vents in the rear

Cup holders could be better positioned

Intro

It’s exciting to learn that all Yaris models are now hybrid, meaning the electric battery is charged as you brake and there is no need to plug the car in to a power source to charge it.  Toyota are the market leading hybrid manufacturers and whilst you’re doing your bit for the environment, you’re also saving on the petrol use.

There are 5 trims in this range: Icon, Design, Dynamic, Excel and the Launch Edition.  We drove the Dynamic in automatic. Yaris models do not come in manual, so automatic is the only option. The car is much improved and has a classic, sleek look about it.  It is a great drive and it really moves when you want it to. The push-button start means there’s no need to insert the car key.

Interior

We liked the stylish interior of the Yaris. All trims (except for the Icon which has a 7 inch screen) have an 8 inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, allowing you to access your phone’s accessories.  It is perfectly positioned high up on the dashboard so within easy reach whilst driving, making it feel safer to use than screens placed lower down.  It is simple to navigate and manipulate.  Whilst not essential, the digital speedometer available from the Design trim upwards, gives it a more sophisticated look.  We also love the smaller steering wheel, giving it a sportier feel.

The dual climate control is also easy to use and means the driver and passenger can determine their own preferred temperature. 

The mirrors provide good visibility and we loved the large rear camera, making parking incredibly easy. If parking sensors are on your essentials list, then you’ll have to budget an additional £820 for the “City Pack” to gain front and rear sensors – rather steep in our opinion, and with the rear camera, do you really need them?  If so, the car will also come with auto-retractable wing mirrors. 

Seats & Passenger Space

The fabric seats are comfortable and wipeable (apparently!) Toyota have also used the same fabric on the inside of the doors, which is a stylish touch.  Sadly, leather does not seem to be an option. There’s plenty of space in the front and whilst the space in the back is fine for 3 children, 3 adults would find it a squeeze.

There are 2 ISOFIX points in the back and we managed to fit 2 child seats and a small booster seat in the centre on the rear bench. It should also be said, that the rear doors don’t open very wide, so it may be a struggle to get a rear facing baby seat in and out.  The rear windows are tinted (privacy glass), so no need for those flimsy stick on blinds that never cover the part of the window that let’s the sun shine through anyway!

Cups & Cubby

There are 2 small cupholders in the central console in between the driver and passenger seats, but the armrest blocks the way of the rear cupholder, making it obsolete!  The glove box is a reasonable size and there are a number of little storage shelves on the dashboard that can accommodate phones and keys. 

There are no cupholders in the back, but the door bins can hold a water bottle. 

Boot Space

Whilst the boot is a fairly good size for a small car, we struggled to get our stroller in, it simply wouldn’t fit. Strange when you compare that with the smaller Toyota Aygo, which we were just about able to fit a stroller into.  This appears to be due to the thicker frame at either side of the boot.  There is plenty of room for a few school bags and shopping bags, although it certainly won’t accommodate the weekly “big shop.”  There’s also quite a drop down to the boot floor too, meaning you will have to lift up and over to get items in and out.

Summary

Overall, we really liked the Toyota Yaris.  It ticks many boxes for a small family run around.  It’s comfortable, affordable and environmentally friendly. Sadly, families with babies and toddlers will find the boot inadequate.  Not being able to fit your pushchair in the car means this may not be the car for you.

Car seats used in this review – 1 x Graco Booster Basic (width 40cm) 1 x Babystart Topo Booster (width 38cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

286 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

3940 mm (L) x 1745 mm (W) x 1500 mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

57.5

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 9.6 secs