4.1 out of 5 4.1
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Sensible yet charming small SUV made for the real world

Toyota Yaris Cross SUV (21 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £24,350 - £31,855
Lease from new From £316 p/m View lease deals
Used price £21,155 - £30,360
Used monthly cost From £528 per month
Fuel Economy 54.6 - 64.2 mpg
Road tax cost £155
Insurance group 11 - 13 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Not too small, not too big – just right
  • Boxy looks are appealing and rugged
  • Hybrid technology delivers strong economy
  • Impressive 10-year warranty

CONS

  • Rather plain inside for the cost
  • Feels wider than it is
  • Infotainment is still sluggish
  • Lacks the spark and identity of rivals

Toyota Yaris Cross SUV rivals

Written by Richard Kilpatrick on

Is the Toyota Yaris Cross any good?

Sitting at the bottom of a well-developed range of hybrid SUVs, the Yaris Cross is extremely good. Not only is it the newest evolution of tech that’s been developed on the market for over two decades, it’s the perfect size for most owners, in most locations, for most needs.

The Yaris name is deceptive, positioning it as a small, city-friendly car, when in fact it’s wide, with a usefully shaped large boot, an imposing attitude (the front is taller than the Lexus UX) and wide-opening rear doors. Increased ground clearance and impressive economy for a petrol-powered small SUV complete the package, wrapped up with a 10-year warranty bow.

While it is good, it’s competing with some exceptional rivals. The Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross are all highly-talented alternatives, and that’s before you consider the Parkers Car of the Year 2021, the Ford Puma.

The Yaris Cross has a few tricks to keep it on your shopping list, including models with all-wheel drive, but it’s the solidity of the overall package that makes it worth considering.

Read the Toyota Yaris Cross verdict

What’s it like inside?

Where the exterior of the Yaris Cross owes little to its supermini namesake, the interior is very similar. Lots of charcoal plastic and fabric with little by way of customisation to lighten the mood, it’s hardwearing and comfortable enough, but doesn’t feel special.

What it does feel is well-made, with only the smallest disappointments in finish on the door pulls and trim in the rear. It’s wonderfully free of squeaks and rattles, and has the air of a car made to a higher standard than most.

Which is reassuring, as the chances are you’ll probably have paid more for it than comparable rivals. As long as you’re satisfied with substance over style, you’ll love it.

Read more about the Yaris Cross interior

What’s it like to drive?

With a gruff, muted three-cylinder engine providing the power for the electric motor and batteries, it’s a charming small car that spends a lot of time cruising around in near-silence, but makes a pleasing noise when asked to press on. Like many hybrid cars it uses a continuously variable transmission, yet it rarely reaches the stratospheric screaming revs of some rivals.

That agreeable power delivery is supported by precise, but not overly heavy steering and a feel of solidity on the road that matches the build quality of the car. Best of all, despite the lack of a plug-in option it can comfortably exceed 50mpg, and approach 60mpg when the traffic suits.

Read more about how the Toyota Yaris Cross drives

What models and trims are available?

Making life easy, the Yaris Cross only has one engine to choose from, and it’s a hybrid. You do get a choice of trims, though – Icon, Design, Excel, Dynamic and for the first year, the Premiere Edition.

The only significant option beyond that is whether you have intelligent four-wheel drive or not; it uses a motor for the rear wheels and is aimed at mild off-roading and poor weather, rather than turning the Yaris Cross into a serious 4×4.

The Yaris Cross is available to order now, with initial PCP figures for the Yaris Cross Design at £229 per month on a 42-month plan with a £4,946 deposit. Full details and T&Cs are on the Toyota website.

Keep reading to fid out everything you need to know about the Toyota Yaris Cross including its practicality and how much it costs to run.

Toyota Yaris Cross SUV rivals