Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Great space in rear
  • Bootspace disappointing
  • Generally well put together

First thing’s first – this new Yaris is only available as a five-door. If you want a three-door Yaris, you’ll have to opt for the Toyota GR Yaris – the 257hp four-wheel drive rally-bred monster.

Slide yourself into the driver’s seat and most people will have plenty of room, both in terms of height and width.

In the back, legroom is more capacious than in the old car. This is mostly down to the extra 50mm between the front and rear wheels. It means there’s an additional 20mm of legroom compared to the old car. Doesn’t sound like much, but it means the Yaris will house four six-footers comfortably. Five people will fit in at a squeeze.

The rear windows, although awkward to look at from the outside, are at least tall, letting lots of light into the rear of the car. This is good for creating the illusion of more space, and, allowing kids to look at the world around them.

The door bins up front are tiny, allowing you to fit little more than a bottle in them, while a smaller cubby situated higher up right by the door pull will fit a phone. There are also two storage trays stretching across the dash. The depth of these trays are about the width of a large smartphone, but the shallowness means we can see smartphones sliding out in corners.

The glovebox isn’t the deepest, but it’s certainly wider than a Peugeot 208 or Vauxhall Corsa. Under the armrest, you’ll find two cupholders, but once you fold the armrest down, it’ll probably hit the tops of any bottles you place in here.

2020 Toyota Yaris boot

Space in the boot hasn’t improved over the old model. This means there’s 286 litres worth, which puts it pretty low down in the supermini space race. It’s a touch smaller than the Ford Fiesta’s boot (311 litres) and considerably tinchier than the Renault Clio’s 391-litre boot.

Those in the back gain phone storage pockets on the front seatbacks and there are a raft of other comfort options including the sleep package (two larger headrests and a blanket), retractable sun blinds and child safety locks that can be operated electrically from the driver’s seat.

The boot has a false floor like before but the electric tailgate gains a Tip-To-Close function, meaning a gentle pull will make it close, rather than having to push a button.

Finally – and this is a big one for parents – there are now sensors for the keyless open and close system in all four doors.

Safety

  • Toyota claims it’s the safest supermini
  • LED lights optional
  • Plenty of driver assistance software

There are airbags aplenty, with the standard-fit system incorporating an inflatable curtain bag between the front occupants, preventing them from colliding with each other during an impact. Toyota fully expects a five-star Euro NCAP score, as it did with the previous-generation Yaris.

LED headlamps and tail lights are available, as is lane-keeping technology, blindspot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking and a head-up display system. There are two Isofix points located on the outer rear seats.

2020 Toyota Yaris HUD

The combined use of a camera and laser scanner on the front windscreen, along with a radar sensor below the front badge (above) all form part of Toyota’s Safety Sense package fitted as standard on all models. The autonomous emergency braking system can detect pedestrians within the speeds of 6-50mph, while cyclists can be detected during daylight only.

Adaptive cruise control is also available with traffic-sign recognition and works from zero up to 112mph, and is able to follow the car in front in standing traffic. The system won’t work if you have the gearbox in its regenerative braking B mode, though.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Toyota Yaris.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric sunroof
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Design equipment

Design standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
Design optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric sunroof
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Dynamic equipment

Dynamic standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Dynamic optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

Excel equipment

Excel standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Excel optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Space saver spare wheel

GR Sport equipment

GR Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
GR Sport optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

Icon equipment

Icon standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
Icon optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Launch Edition equipment

Launch Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Launch Edition optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint