Small cars have small boots, right? Well, they do but at 286 litres the practicality of the Toyota Yaris is limited compared with a number of admittedly larger rivals.
Fold the 60:40 split rear seat over – usefully the floor is virtually flat when you do – and the capacity expands to 768 litres. Again, it’s not the roomiest of superminis, but then most people don’t buy a small hatch to run it as a makeshift van. However, the space offered by the Yaris is square and usable, and the rear seats are easy to fold from the back of the car. There’s just nothing particularly clever about the load space, with no false floor for extra space or extra pockets dotted about.
Safety a Yaris hallmark
Full five-star rating from Euro NCAP
Improved safety kit from 2017 facelift
Autonomous emergency braking standard
When crash-tested by the independent car safety experts from Euro NCAP, the Toyota Yaris was awarded a five-star rating.
The pre-collision system uses a front-mounted sensor to monitor the road ahead, warning the driver of an imminent collision risk and preparing the brakes to operate with maximum efficiency the moment the pedal is pressed. If the driver fails to respond to the warning, the system will trigger autonomous emergency braking to slow the car and reduce the severity of the impact.
Lane-departure alert notifies the driver with visual and audible warnings if the Yaris begins to deviate from its lane without activation of the indicators. Traffic sign assist recognises signs such as speed limits and no overtaking restrictions, presenting them on the multi-function display in the driver’s instrument binnacle, activating a warning light and buzzer if the speed limit is exceeded.
On board safety has also been improved from 2017. Rear seatbelts now feature pre-tensioners and force limiters. The head restraints have been redesigned to provide better protection against whiplash injury, and the shape of the curtain airbags has been revised. Child seat installation has also been made easier with adjustments to the Isofix anchoring system on the rear bench.
Folding rear seats
Front electric windows
Height adjustable drivers seat
Isofix child seat anchor points
Steering wheel rake adjustment
Steering wheel reach adjustment
3×3 point rear seat belts
Body coloured bumpers
Cloth seat trim
Front fog lights
Leather seat trim
Rear electric windows
Space saver spare wheel
MOT August 2020
Year of Manufacture 2016
Model YARIS EXCEL HYBRID VVT-I
Number of Former Keepers 1
Engine Size 1497cc
Fuel Hybrid Electric
Doorplan 5 Door Hatchback
Wheelplan 2 Axle Rigid Body
Gross Vehicle Weight 0 (KG)
Transmission Variable 1 Speed Auto Petrol/E