Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Easy to use
  • Long-lasting
  • Not the last word in style

Climb in and you'll find a cabin that's both functional and up to date. The plastics feel sturdy, the use of textures on the door cards are pleasant to touch. The indicator stalks seem particularly robust, plus, they make a loud and old-school indicator noise.

The dash itself is dark, even if you can choose two silver colour schemes for the seats and door inserts to offset this. Compared with the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208, it feels a bit older and not as special. But the Yaris remains a more colourful place to spend time in compared with a Ford Fiesta, while being miles ahead of the Suzuki Swift.

Toyota Yaris 2020 gear shift

Sit in the driver's seat and the instrument panel consists of two circular, digital screens and a trip computer ahead of you. We wouldn't be surprised if entry-level models come with traditional dials instead, though. The trip computer screen isn't the largest or the brightest even at its highest setting, and there's no option to view a sat-nav map here.

Annoyingly, the door-mounted switches for the windows and mirrors are positioned in such a way that when you try to adjust your door mirrors, the palm of your hand can rest on the window switches, causing you to open them by mistake. Thankfully, the door mirrors a large and put a Ford Fiesta to shame.

Comfort

  • Harsh on big wheels
  • Two six-footers in the rear
  • Engine quiet

We initially drove a cars with 17-inch wheels. These are set up with a firmer ride than smaller wheeled cars. This includes the firmest springs and dampers and the lowest profile tyres. This setup is aimed at satiating European tastes. The ride is firm. Not, hot hatchback firm, but too firm for your average Yaris driver.

The main ways this can be felt is at low speeds through uneven surfaces, broken tarmac, and potholes. There are just enough reverberations through the seat and steering wheel to become an annoyance. Travelling at 30mph for long periods will become tiresome. It just feels fidgety, constantly moving around.

The majority of cars sold in the UK will most likely have 16-inch wheels. Cars with these smaller wheels will have more compliant springs and dampers, plus higher profile tyres, and in combination this delivers a much smoother ride.

Toyota Yaris 2020 rear seats

The seats are firm with good side support, but the seat base might be a little short for taller drivers. Despite sitting lower than the previous model, you still have a good view over the dashboard. The windscreen pillars have also been moved back, closer towards the occupants in a bid to reduce blind spots.

The engine is far more hushed than it used to be, even when working hard, and there's little vibration coming through into the cabin, making for a relaxed place to spend time. The petrol engine itself makes a nice thrummy sound and no longer sounds strained when worked hard even with this style of automatic transmission.

Other than that, you get a whining from the electric motor under accelerating and during braking at low speeds. Things get a little louder if you shift the automatic gearbox into B mode, when the regenerative braking system generates a whirring noise that's noticeably annoying once you've tuned into it. Still, the JBL sound system (available on top-spec cars) does a good job of drowning it out.