Toyota Yaris
Toyota Yaris

There is nothing difficult or taxing about this car - everything is just so and easily to hand. The driver’s environment is clutter-free because, I’m glad to say, Toyota have retained the 3D central instrument panel with digital display that made such an impression in the original, back in 1999. The extra space in front of the driver is put to good use as an extra, lidded storage area to go with the many other cubbies and nooks dotted around the interior.

The centre console is vertically aligned and quite narrow. This satin aluminium-effect panel houses three tactile, chunky climate control dials. Above, the panel broadens slightly to accommodate the audio system and louvred, central air-vents.

It has to be said that there is an awful lot of plastic in the Yaris but it is well done and the use of different colours, such as the swooping armrests in a light stone colour, breaks up what would otherwise be a somewhat dark environment.

New generations of vehicles are rarely smaller than their predecessor and the Yaris is no different. It is some 100mm longer, 35mm wider and 30mm taller than before. It doesn’t sound like a huge increase but the result is evident. The Yaris is Tardis-like in that the amount of interior space seems incompatible with its road footprint.

Front legroom has been increased by moving the pedals forward and the thin centre console. The thickness of the front seat backs has been reduced by 5mm and although they don’t look very substantial they are nonetheless comfortable, even after a couple of hours in the driving seat.

Making the front seats thinner also serves to increase the legroom for the three rear passengers. This is made even better by the fact that there is no central tunnel. The rear seats have the ability to slide fore and aft as well as the usual 60:40 split. They feature the Toyota Easy-Flat system, whereby the seats can be folded to form a flat platform by simply pulling a lever. There is no need to move the front seats, pull up the squab or remove the headrests. It really is as simple as that to increase the boot space from 363 to 737 litres, measured to the top of the front seats.

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