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Toyota Yaris Cross SUV review

"The Toyota Yaris Cross is a small SUV with a clever hybrid system, making it very cheap to run"

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Price
£21,604 - £30,344

Pros

  • Clever hybrid setup
  • Reliable
  • Easy to live with

Cons

  • Fairly small rear seats
  • Not as cheap as some rivals
  • Interior lacks style

The Toyota Yaris Cross is a small Crossover SUV that’s closely related to the Yaris supermini – a car that’s proved a huge hit with buyers and scooped the 2021 European Car of The Year Award. The Yaris Cross is only available with a hybrid powertrain, so its direct rivals include the Hyundai Kona Hybrid and Renault Captur E-Tense. Other alternatives include the Skoda Kamiq, Citroen C3 Aircross and Ford Puma.

The Yaris Cross never needs to be plugged in as its small battery charges every time the car decelerates. Toyota has long been a pioneer of hybrid technology, and their system now works better than ever. The Yaris Cross will regularly drive in EV mode up to a speed of 30mph for short trips. In testing we found that even on mixed roads, the Yaris Cross could run on electric power for around half the time.

As a result, the Yaris Cross is very cheap to run in day-to-day driving conditions, and emissions levels are impressively low. We managed 66.5mpg with minimal effort, which is even better than Toyota’s official 62.2mpg figure and beats its Hyundai Kona Hybrid rival. CO2 emissions are around 100-117g/km (depending on the trim level), so the Yaris Cross is a good choice for company-car drivers who want to save on their BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) costs.

It's possible to save money without sacrificing driving fun, too, because the Yaris Cross offers decent acceleration and the same neat handling as its smaller sibling. A powerful 79bhp electric motor compliments its 1.5-litre petrol engine, with a combined 114bhp giving it decent acceleration away from a standstill. The Yaris Cross also has responsive steering and resists body lean well, making it feel nippy and confidence inspiring.

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The interior doesn't break the mould, but offers a logical layout of controls and sturdy materials. It's not as upmarket as you'll find in a Peugeot 2008, but the Yaris Cross' interior feels built to last and there are conventional knobs and switches for the climate control that are easy to use while driving. A nine-inch central touchscreen and seven-inch digital dial cluster in the instrument binnacle provide plenty of information and come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to boost connectivity.

So far so good, but one area where the Yaris Cross doesn't score quite so highly is for practicality. This is one of the smaller SUV crossovers in its class, and the battery pack sits under the rear seats, making rear legroom rather tight. Its 397-litre boot also struggles to match petrol models, but stacks up well against other hybrids like the Kona with 374 litres.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £21,604

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 Hybrid Design 5dr CVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £23,209

Fastest

  • Name
    1.5 Hybrid Icon 5dr CVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £21,604

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