All Yaris models have a height-adjustable driver’s seat, plus a steering wheel that adjusts in and out as well as up and down; taller drivers may wish for more reach adjustment, though. The high seating position may also cause their knees to catch the bottom of the steering wheel when getting in and out.
The seats are nicely supportive, even on longer trips, although the Yaris makes do with a stepped lever to adjust the backrest, which is less precise than the wheel system used in rivals such as the Renault Clio and Volkswagen Polo.
The pedals are all nicely aligned with the steering wheel, and the simple controls for the air-con and radio are all placed within easy view and reach of the driver.
Toyota Yaris visibility
The Yaris is one of the more practical small cars around. Its design gives it an upright windscreen, big side windows, and a decent rear screen, so it’s easy to see out of.
None of the pillars are so thick that they block your view when parking or pulling out of a junction, and anyway all but entry-level Yaris models have a reversing camera as standard.
Front parking sensors come as standard from mid-range Icon Tech models, but an automatically dimming rear view mirror is only available on range-topping Excel cars.
Toyota Yaris infotainment
Icon versions of the Yaris and above come with a 4.2in TFT colour screen between their instruments and touch-screen infotainment system that reduces the number of buttons on the dash. The latter is reasonably easy to use, with simple menus and clear (if rather small) icons, but it’s also a little slow to respond and can be tricky to read in bright sunlight.
It comes with Bluetooth and the ability to stream music, plus a USB port, and audio controls on the steering wheel. All models with it get DAB digital radio and all but Icon Tech (which gets it as standard) can be upgraded with an optional integrated sat-nav system. Still, the screen on a VW Polo and Skoda Fabia is a lot slicker and easier to use, with clearer, simpler menus.
Toyota Yaris build quality
Soft-touch plastic inserts on the dash and doors, plus a thicker steering wheel, give the Yaris a reasonably plush feel, but there are still some harder plastics lower down.
Some trims feel flimsy, although most of the switchgear feels robust and the buttons on the dash are nicely damped. It feels more substantial than most rivals, but the Yaris is not quite as plush or nicely finished as its best rivals.
Most models come in fairly drab colour palettes, but Bi-Tone trim brings a dash colour that matches the exterior, which certainly lifts the mood inside.