New Toyota Yaris Cross: prices and specs announced
Toyota’s new hybrid, four-wheel-drive crossover has arrived in UK with a starting price of £22,515
- New SUV is underpinned by the same platform as the new Yaris
- Features a hybrid powertrain with both front- and four-wheel-drive models
- Prices start from £22,515 with five trim levels available
Toyota has announced prices and specifications for the new Yaris Cross. The latest rival to the Nissan Juke, Skoda Kamiq, Renault Captur and Ford Puma, the Yaris Cross is available to order now with a price tag of £22,515.
The Yaris Cross uses the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform as the regular Yaris hatchback, and features a hybrid powertrain with four-wheel drive. It will slot into Toyota’s range beneath the C-HR and buyers will be able to pick from five trim levels, including a range-topping Premiere edition.
Toyota Yaris Cross trim levels and specs
The entry-level Toyota Yaris Cross, known as the Icon, sits on 16-inch alloy wheels and features automatic lights, keyless entry and a reversing camera. The cabin, meanwhile, is equipped with automatic air conditioning, an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a two-inch display for the gauge cluster.
The Design model is priced from £24,140 and adds features such as LED projector headlights, rear privacy glass, aluminium roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels. The styling upgrades continue inside with light blue ambient lighting and black headlining. The Design trim also adds a larger, seven-inch digital gauge cluster.
The mid-range Excel model starts from £26,745 and has dark grey 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic-folding door mirrors, a power-operated tailgate, intelligent parking sensors and an automatic braking system. Buyers also get dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, power lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The Excel also comes with a nine-inch infotainment system.
The next step up from the Excel is the Yaris Cross Dynamic, which starts from £26,465. Upgrades include a more rugged-looking bodykit with front and rear skid-plates, silver roof rails and two-tone paint finish with a contrasting black roof. Buyers can choose to add Toyota’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, which will bump the price to £28,825.
The Premiere Edition is at the top of the Yaris Cross range and is priced from £28,185. It rides on model-specific 18-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels while the interior is finished in black leather upholstery. It also gets an eight-speaker JBL stereo system and a 10-inch head-up display. Like the Dynamic model, for an extra £2,360, buyers can also opt for all-wheel drive.
Styling and design
While the new crossover shares its name with the Yaris, it gets a look of its own. The Yaris Cross borrows design cues from the larger Toyota RAV4. The front of the car features a flat-front design with swept-back headlights and two large air intakes. The sides of the car feature black plastic body cladding and squared-off wheel arches. At the rear, the Yaris Cross features a sharply angled C-pillar, with wrap around tail lights that merge across the rear hatch.
Lance Scott, design manager at Toyota’s European Design Development studio, told our sister magazine, Auto Express: “Clearly, we want the car to be immediately perceived as a SUV, so we emphasised a higher ground clearance, a strong horizontal axis giving a great balance and poise, big squared wheel arches and of course big wheels.”
Overall the car sits 30mm higher than the Yaris hatchback, and features the same wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels), but is 240mm longer. The roofline has also been raised by 90mm, meaning it offers more interior and luggage space than the Yaris hatchback. Despite being 200mm shorter than the C-HR, Toyota claims that the Yaris Cross is more spacious inside.
Interior and practicality
The interior of the Yaris Cross has been lifted wholesale from the latest Yaris hatchback, with a large dashboard-mounted infotainment touchscreen featuring both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A traditional analogue dial setup also features, along with a digital head-up display. There’s also a new steering wheel and a storage bin in the centre console.
The crossover’s boot size is yet to be confirmed but we would be surprised if it isn’t bigger than the Yaris hatchback. It will have a number of practical features, including an adjustable boot floor and underfloor storage. Toyota’s Belt Flex system for securing items will be available too.
Engines, performance and economy
At launch, the Yaris Cross will only be available as a hybrid, with a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine, electric motor and lithium-ion battery producing a power output of 114bhp. Both front and four-wheel-drive versions will be available and the system can power the crossover’s wheels via a CVT gearbox or charge the battery to provide some electric-only range. Toyota claims the front-wheel-drive model emits under 120g/km, with the four-wheel-drive version emitting under 135g/km of CO2.
Toyota has not confirmed details of any other engine options but has previously revealed that the Yaris hatchback will be available with a non-hybrid 1.5-litre petrol engine and a manual gearbox in certain European countries, meaning the Yaris Cross could also get this powertrain in the future.
What it means for car buyers
The popularity of small SUVs continues to grow in the UK but despite the introduction of a number of excellent conventional petrol models, such as the Skoda Kamiq, Ford Puma and Renault Captur, consumers currently don’t have a great deal of choice when it comes to low-emission hybrid versions. As buyer demand for greener cars increases, the introduction of the Yaris Cross, along with hybrid versions of the Captur, Panda and Puma, means that buyers who have previously been put off by the high price of larger low-emission SUVs have an excellent range of less expensive options to choose from.
If you want to know more about the best hybrid SUVs to buy in 2021, read our top ten picks here.