The exterior character of the Yaris is carried over on the inside too. There is nothing to get excited about with the dash design, as all the shapes and curves are as conventional as they come. All the same, the waterfall design of the centre console looks nice and the fact that they have placed the screen high up on the dash makes it easy to use on the move. Ergonomics are good too with logical placement of important controls and things like the air-con buttons are placed relatively high and have chunky buttons which is again well thought, as you don’t have to search for them. In the CVT VX variant the Pioneer touchscreen system is sensitive and the processing speed is good too. But there was screen quality is ordinary and the graphics didn't look modern too. You also get a DVD player in this system but the opening and closing mechanism is flawed as to load a DVD the screen flips open but to close it there is no physical button and you have to search for the closing command on the tilted screen to shut it. In comparison the Panasonic unit on the lower V variant had a better screen and graphics. But it doesnt come with navigation and it isn't as intuitive as the Pioneer unit.
As far as quality goes, it is decent but not great and bits like the rear armrest cup holders and some of the dash plastics isn’t of the highest quality. Even the faux stitching on the dash top panels look fake and won't be to everyone's tastes. In terms of comfort the Yaris hits the sweet spot. The seats are well contoured, the cushioning is soft but not overtly so and underthigh support in both rows is ample too.
Although there is enough space at the back for adults, it isn't nearly as roomy as its direct rivals. On our measuring tape, the Yaris was short by a massive 3cm as compared to the City and 7cm to the Ciaz in terms of kneeroom. For people looking at the the Yaris as a five-seater, they will be disappointed by the narrow cabin. Here too it falls short of the City by 2cm and the Ciaz by 7cm.
As far as practicality goes the Yaris fares really well with a lot of cup holders, big door pockets and a deep cooled glovebox too. The boot at 476 litres might sound small, but it is deep, well shaped and the loading lip is nice and low. You also get 60:40 split folding rear seats which is a segment first and adds to its practical nature.
As mentioned earlier, the Yaris really excels when it comes to standard features. In the base J variant you get features like keyless entry, projector headlamps, driver seat height adjust, music system, 60:40 split folding rear seat and projector headlamps. The higher G variant adds keyless go, auto climate control, roof mounted air vents, rear parking sensors and touchscreen infotainment system among others. The higher V variant comes with additional features like alloy wheels, auto headlamps, LED tail lamps, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, rear disc brakes and front parking sensors. The top VX variant is packed with even more unique features. This includes leather seat upholstery, daytime running lights, rear sun blind, powered drivers seat, a higher grade touch screen with gesture control and navigation, ESP and hill start assist. The biggest highlight, however, is Toyota offering seven airbags, ABS and ISOfix seats as standard accross the range. So it doesn't matter which Yaris variant you buy, it will come loaded with features. We did find some obvious features missing though. Things like one touch lane change indicator, telescopic steering adjust and auto dimming rear view mirror are surprisingly omitted.