The Toyota Yaris has been launched and is drawing huge number of inquiries from the public. The sedan is being received well by the market and so we focus on the Yaris interiors to give you an in-depth report.
As soon as one enters the Yaris cabin, it is clear how much of an improvement the Yaris interior is as compared to the Etios. The Yaris engineers have got the styling and functionality correct with a much more modern design accentuated by a plush-looking color theme. The beige and black combination along with silver accents on the instrument panel looks wonderful. Given the beige color theme and large sized windows, the cabin looks roomy and well lit.
Toyota has utilized the space well as the rear legroom is plenty and wouldn’t trouble larger frames. That being said, the Yaris can only comfortably seat 4 adults as the rear center seat does not have ample headroom. The highlight of the interior and especially the rear cabin area has to be the ceiling mounted air vents. They present a ground-breaking design and are extremely user friendly and effective.
We look at the interiors in detail below.
The Toyota Yaris interior greets you with a lot of plush feel plastics and an overall premium theme laid out in beige and black with silver accents. The steering wheel has well placed controls with the Phone and volume control on the left hand side and the MID control on the right hand side. pseudo stitched look has been given on the steering wheel to give it a more premium look. The steering feels good while holding it and the paddle shifters present on the VX Automatic variant are similarly well within reach and easy to use.
The stalk protruding out at the 4-o’clock position houses the cruise control feature. It is present in the V and VX variants and gets activated at speeds above 42 kmph. Even though the overall feel of the plastics is a little hard, the usage is still crisp and without any unwanted play.
The digital display is divided into 3 dials out of which the left one is the tachometer while the centre one is the speedometer. The right side dial is a dummy dial and is overshadowed by a 4.2-inch HD MID display that gives you all the necessary data like trip average, outside temperature, fuel gauge, odometer reading, distance to empty, time, average speed and the gear position in the automatic variant. The MID will also record data of your fuel consumption from the past 30 minutes to the past one year. Additionally, a savings calculator has also been provided.
The centre of the instrument panel features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system finished in glossy black and the silver surrounds add a rather unique touch while breaking the beige-black monotony. The remote controlled system features USB, i-Pod and Bluetooth connectivity along with CD/MP3 playback (kind of old). Navigation has been provided for but most importantly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both missing. There is also a provision for hand gesture controls that work rather well once you get a hang of them. Below the infotainment display, the two central air conditioning vents line up side by side but again, there is no function to control their air flow or shut them off. Below this is the climate control feature that goes from 17.5 degrees Celcius (Lo) to 32.5 degrees Celcius (Hi) in increments of 0.5 degrees. the 7 levels of blower speeds become increasingly noisy after crossing the 3 speed.
The gear lever for the automatic transmission and the manual transmission have been shown. The levers are easy to operate and one can expect the usual Toyota reliability while coming to gear shifts. The automatic has the option of switching to manual and the Yaris does so with effective ease.
The leather wrapped armrest also has a small cubby hole for you to keep stuff in.
The dashboard too has pseudo stitching along the sides of the central instrument cluster to give the cabin a more premium look.
The 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat works well and has a good range of forward and backward travel and is available only the in top spec VX variant. Other variants get the regular lever control. The only feature missing with such an arrangement is a telescopic steering wheel. The one on the Yaris can only be adjusted in height but not in length. Taller drivers may find the steering a little far to reach comfortably. That being said, the seats are comfortable and well bolstered.
There is plenty of legroom at the rear even if the front seats are fully tracked back. As can be seen from the picture, the Yaris can comfortably seat a 6-foot frame at any seat adjustment. The only drawback is that the Yaris can essentially only seat 4 adults as the rear central seat doesn’t have good headroom.
The Yaris features ceiling mounted air conditioning vents for the rear passengers and even has a rear climate control console. The vents present a ground breaking design feature that should certainly be taken into consideration by other OEM’s. The air conditioning on any Toyota product never disappoints and so is the case for the Yaris as well. Even if the blowers are a little loud at higher speeds, the air vents function really well.
The rear seats fold out in a 60:40 split and open out to the boot.
Safety features like child lock and rear child seat ISOFIX mounts present a good case for the safety features in the car.
A total of 7 airbags including driver knee airbag and side window airbag are present and were crucial in earning the Yaris a 5-star rating at the EURO NCAP crash safety ratings.
The door opening handles are finished in chrome in the VX variant and in silver for the lower variants.
The boot opening handle and the fuel filler lid opening button have been neatly placed under the driver’s seat.
The top spec VX variant gets automatic rain sensing vipers and the intensity of the automatic viper can also be controlled. The lower end variants however, do not get this feature.